Commissioners consider road upgrade

Boone County residents Dan and Tiffany Preister met with county commissioners Monday to discuss a request to upgrade about a half mile of a minimum maintenance road on 260th Street to an approved county road.
The Preisters want to build a home with access on the road, but current zoning regulations do not allow building on a minimum maintenance road.
Ultimately, the commissioners have the authority to make the final decision, but no verdict was decided on Monday.
Cost of upgrading the road has yet to be determined, but commissioners discussed possibly splitting the project costs with the Preisters, after figuring out a percentage and possibly drafting an agreement.
Commissioner Ken Luettel said he hopes to continue to move forward with the process, but he warned it may take awhile to get things in order.
Commissioner Hilary Maricle made it clear that she hopes to set a precedent so that if/when this issue arises in the future, the board will have a plan of action. She said it’s important to remain consistent moving forward.
Looking ahead, Commissioner Rasmussen and Highway Superintendent Stacey Ziemba agreed that there should be some set guidelines in place.
While the cost of the project is a major concern, ensuring that the road is certified and up to standards is another top priority, according to commissioners.
Commissioners are going to look into ways to possibly cut back on some costs by having county road employees do some of the work.
Commissioners have received a proposal from JEO Consulting for the sum of $11,000 for engineering plans on the project. They tabled action on the proposal until a later date.

Read the complete story in the Oct. 17 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.