Board to consider ARMER radio site project for Sleepy Eye

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will consider a $312,100 Sleepy Eye ARMER radio site project on Tuesday,

The radio site is needed to bring a more reliable ARMER radio signal to the Sleepy Eye. There are currently several reported and documented radio signal “dead spots” in the Sleepy Eye area, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

The existing free-standing tower, tower shed and generator at the Brown County Highway Department in Sleepy Eye would be re-used to mount and house ARMER tower project equipment.

If the County Board favors the Sleepy Eye tower site, recommended funding sources are $183,500 from revenues remaining from special project levies since 2010 and $128,600 from Revenue Fund 01 contingency line items (General Fund reserves).

In other action, commissioners will consider:

A $2,373 bid from Roger Koski of South Lion, Mich., for the sale of a 2004 Ford El Dorado bus declared Property as Excess for Sale on Feb. 25, by commissioners.

Only one bid was received and opened on the date and time required by board action. Proceeds from the bus sale must be put into the Public Transit Account and may only be allocated for public transit purposes.

Final acceptance of urban grading, storm sewer, cold in-place recycling (CIR), overlay and aggregate shoulder work on CSAH 16 (old TH 258) from the south county line to TH 14. The project included grading, storm sewer and surfacing work in Comfrey and CIR, overlay and aggregate shoulder work in rural areas.

The highway had many pavement cracks and needed rehabilitation. The City of Comfrey constructed water main and sanitary sewer work using City Funds. The project was completed in September 2013 except the televising of sewer lines in Comfrey. The City and contractor have agreed on that issue and final acceptance of the project can be completed.

The Brown County Highway Department has completed finalizing quantities and required testing and recommends final acceptance.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m., Tuesday, in the courthouse commissioners room.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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