Elections and roads discussed at County Board Work Session

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners heard a number of presentations in their work session Tuesday.

No formal action was taken on work session agenda items.

County Auditor-Treasurer JoDee Treat gave a presentation on election security.

Treat described in great detail the processes of training election judges, tabulating and verifying ballots, and reporting procedures, for both in-person and absentee ballots.

Treat cited an example of when she and a team of election judges recounted by hand all House District 5A ballots in 2018, with Beltrami County as headquarters.

Treat noted that the base of all voting in Minnesota is on paper ballots, with or without electronic tabulation.

County Engineer Bruce Hasbargen gave a number of presentations on street-related items.

Hasbargen discussed the plan for next year’s construction on Irvine Avenue, from 30th to Anne Streets.

After input from adjacent landowners and members of the public, Hasbargen said they will opt for the larger roundabout with driveable curbs for large trailers.

The Safe Streets and Road grant program offered by the federal government could be used for a number of street projects not currently planned and budgeted for.

The Highway Department repairs county roads on a 5-year plan, but possible eligible projects include Anne Street improvements and shoulder widening on County Roads 5, 15 and 30.

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