At the Chippeswa County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, the commissioners reviewed bids for bridge replacement projects in Rosewood and Rheider­land townships.


At the Chippeswa County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, the commissioners reviewed bids for bridge replacement projects in Rosewood and Rheider­land townships.

The engineer’s estimate had put the project at $319,409. The lowest bid came from Midwest Contracting LLC, of Marshall, at $280,772.

The commissioners re­viewed a joint power arrangement to explore the possibility of acquiring the dam owned by Xcel Energy on the Minnesota River in Yellow Medicine County. After some discussion, they decided to decline the arrangement.

The board of commissioners heard from Dr. Richard Lee with Wood­land Centers. He explained that there had been an increase in demand for their services over the last few years, but that their operating costs had not seen an increase.

David Lieser, commissioner for District 5, asked if there was any room to save money from the $285,975 a year the county pays. Dr. Lee explained that it would be possible, but only at the loss of services.

“I think mental health is a good place for the county to put its money,” said Jeffrey Lopez, commissioner for District 4. “This is money well spent.”

The commissioners discussed how cutting money from mental health services would end up coming back up in prison and law enforcement costs.

Chippewa County Sheriff Stacy Tufto presented a grant from the state for $5,000 intended to help setup an electronic ticket system that would cut costs over time. The commissioners decided to accept the grant.