Published On: Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011

Bridge tops County agenda

HARTINGTON — Bridge repairs were on the top of the Cedar County Commission agenda last week.
The Commission heard discussion concerning BRO7014(31) a federal aid bridge project that will replace the existing bridge on 881st Rd between Hwy. 15 and 573 Avenue.

“Replacing the bridge is on the County’s radar as a high priority,” County Road Supt. Carla Schmidt said.
However, the bridge may not get the needed attention as early as the County would prefer. A hold-up has occurred at the state level because of a procedural change, Schmidt said.
As a precautionary measure, the State Dept. of Roads asked the Commissioners to pass Resolution 11-03. The resolution will relax the standards on the bridge and change its state classification from an HL 93- to a HL 20-bridge. Resolution 11-03 was approved unanimously.
The change means the bridge will not be able to handle some of the heavy traffic that had been using it.
In other action, Commissioners heard a report about the Meridian Trail Project from Tom Moser of Lewis and Clark NRD.
The trail will be a ten-foot wide, crushed concrete, hiking/biking trail. No vehicles will be allowed on the trail, but it will be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
Maintenance of the trail will be covered in a mutual agreement between the L&C NRD and the county. Cedar County, Yankton and L&C NRD invested $76,000 to help complete preliminary engineering of Phase I. However, procedural problems with the Dept. of Roads have caused delays in the project.
Commissioners approved a special licence for Nissen Wine, which will hold a wine tasting at Diane’s Greenhouse May 7-8. The Commission approved exemptions for Cedar Catholic High School, East Catholic, and Goldenrod Hills.
The Commission signed permits for the L&C NRD’s rural water pipeline projects, heard a report from Cedar County Extension and relayed the good reviews of a recent Farm Transition Seminar sponsored by Extension.