County closes bridge on County Road 126If you’re one of the limited number of folks who use the bridge on County Road 126 near Wright, you’ll have to make other travel arrangements beginning this week.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
If you’re one of the limited number of folks who use the bridge on County Road 126 near Wright, you’ll have to make other travel arrangements beginning this week. In a report to the Carlton County Board at its adjourned meeting on Monday, County Transportation Director Wayne Olson said he planned to close down the bridge on Tuesday morning as a precautionary move.
Olson said while the aging bridge has not officially been condemned, its deteriorating condition is such that he prefers to err on the side of caution and close it to automobile traffic before any incident occurs. Talks are under way with the adjoining townships regarding the future jurisdiction of that stretch of road, particularly the bridge. For the time being, the bridge will remain closed indefinitely.
In other business to come before the board, a public hearing was set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, in the Carlton County board room to consider an off-sale permit for Big Lake Golf Club. Though the golf club currently has an off-sale, on-sale license, the sale of the club is pending, and the ordinance mandates that the new owner must reapply for the off-sale portion of the license, given its proximity to Cloquet.
Two representatives of Holyoke Township requested that the county consider selling two lots of tax forfeited land at the end of Maple Street to the township in order to add that land to the Holyoke Park to be used as an access area. The board unanimously voted in favor of beginning the process to negotiate the property sale.
The board authorized the county and the Fond du Lac Reservation to acquire right-of-way land for the continuance of the Moorhead Road upgrade project west of Mission Road and the Sawyer Center. According to Olson, purchase of the right-of-way lands will be funded through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Commissioners unanimously supported an annual adjustment in the gate fees at the Carlton County Transfer Station amounting to 90 cents a ton effective July 1. For example, the annual adjustment will amount to an increase of two cents for a 20-gallon container and an increase of 23 cents for a level pickup load.
The board approved the appointment of Shelly Micke as an at-large member on the Recycling and Solid Waste Advisory Committee, along with Julie Lindner, who will represent District 5.
A public hearing date to consider the peat lease rates with Peatrex and Michigan Peat was set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, during the meeting board at the Carlton County Courthouse.
Board members gave the go ahead to an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan as developed for Carlton County by the Arrowhead Regional Development Corporation (ARDC), as mandated by the federal government so all counties will have a plan on file in case of a natural disaster.
Finally, a premise permit was granted to the Quad River Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association at the Star Club in Split Rock Township.