McLeod County Council approved the following at its April 19 meeting:
COLLECTIONS: Approved the purchase of two 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 4×4 Crew Cab Pickup Trucks from North Country GM of Hibbing for a price not to exceed $76,000. Funds come from county park budgets and highway equipment maintenance. vehicles are estimated at $34,789 each with fall or winter delivery. The vehicles would replace a 1997 Jeep and a 2004 Silverado, which would then be used by Parks and Recreation or sold.
TRAVEL: Approved out-of-state travel for McLeod County Engineer John Brunkhorst to attend the National Local Technology Assistance Program’s annual conference July 18-21 in Seattle, Washington. Expenses are paid by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board. Brunkhorst is a member of the Research Implementation Committee. The LRRB sends members to such conferences to bring back ideas that might be worthwhile in Minnesota. The Council requested a report after the event.
VOTING AID: Approved a resolution allowing the Auditor-Treasurer of McLeod County to petition the Secretary of State for the Help America Vote Act. Last year, state lawmakers authorized the distribution of $3 million in federal HAVA funds as grants. The county learned he had a price tag of $28,177. The funds must be used to “improve accessibility”, “implement security improvements” or to “fund other activities aimed at improving election security”. The county wishes us the funds as a local match for the VEGA-3 grant program, which it recently applied for. This would essentially remove a local match burden for townships and cities to pay for new devices to help with voting.