LS County Board approves bid

Project bids were opened Monday, July 24 for the S. Reed Street Project in Waterville and approved during the regular Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, July 25.

R.A.W. Construction of Faribault had the lowest bid among five bidders.

The engineer's estimate for the work from Highway 60 near Agri Systems to the bridge to the north, was $563,147.40.

R.A.W. Construction's bid was $490,387.67, which was approximately $8,000 less than the bid from James Bros. Construction ($498,254.54).

Bids ranged from the R.A.W. Construction bid to a high of nearly $800,000.

In other Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners business:

* Judge Mark Vandelist gave the commissioners an update on the drug court, which has been in existence at the county level since February of 2015.

In 2017, a total of 19 individuals have been referred to participate in the drug court, which helps with guidance for individuals who have been charged with felonies.

Vandelist said of the 19 referred, only five have been accepted into the program.

There are strict guidelines as to who can participate in the program. Reasons for not being accepted include the prosecution rejecting them, violent history, not high risk enough, did not have felony charges, did not complete the screening process, or simply did not want to participate.

Because this program is funded under a one-time Federal Grant, when it expires in October 2018 the program could be in limbo.

Vandelist is in the process of securing funding and retooling the position of coordinator for the drug court.

His thoughts include possibly implementing a corrections officer to this position, which would allow better coverage of those involved.

* The board was presented a 10-year (2018-2027) Capital Highway Investment Plan by Gordon Regenschid and Lisa Bigham, who work within the MnDot District 7 area.

Among the projects proposed for 2018-2021:.....

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