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Kandiyohi County pares back road maintenance budget

WILLMAR -- Maintenance on Kandiyohi County roads will be trimmed this year to help reduce expenses.

During a road and bridge meeting Thursday, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners approved $260,000 in cost-saving measures proposed by Public Works Director Gary Danielson. They shifted an additional $134,000 in maintenance cuts to the construction budget.

"We asked how we can cut back without hurting the public," said Danielson. He said he didn't want to jeopardize public safety and didn't want to lay-off county employees.

"We're positioning for the future," said Danielson.

Meanwhile, the county's construction budget for this year was jacked up by $3 million because of an expected federal stimulus payment of $2.7 million for reconstruction of County Road 2 in the southern part of the county. The project extends into Renville County.

The project was scheduled for 2010, but since getting word that the road had been targeted to receive federal stimulus funding this year, county engineers have been working to get plans drawn up, right of way purchased and the project bid in short order.

Danielson warned however that new money isn't "iron clad" yet because of a delay at the state level.

Read more details about the Kandiyohi County's 2009 road budget in Friday's West Central Tribune.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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