Carver County Board approves JPA for cooperative purchasing

At its meeting on Oct. 1, the Carver County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a joint powers agreement for cooperative purchasing. The agreement, which also includes Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties, allows the member counties to share purchasing powers when buying materials, supplies, services, and equipment in order to procure the best terms.
The joint powers agreement does not mean that Carver County must utilize the service for every purchase, but simply provides more buying options. Benefits of the agreement include increased volume and efficiency, according to Nick Koktavy, Projects and Communications Manager in Administrative Services.
The agreement is open so that in the future, other counties may be able to join. Cities within member counties should also be able to utilize the services.
Also at the Oct. 1 session, the Board approved a resolution requesting that the state consider including Trunk Highway 212 (from Carver to Cologne) in the new Corridor of Commerce program. The Corridor of Commerce program was recently created during the 2013 legislative session and authorizes the state to use $300 million to improve trunk highways in two classifications: capacity development and freight development.
Carver County Public Works Director Lyndon Robjent believes that TH 212 in Carver County, especially the piece between Carver and Cologne, applies in both categories and would be a strong fit for the Corridor of Commerce program.
TH 212 fits well because it is currently a two-lane undivided highway that is a bottleneck between two larger four-lane pieces.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will choose which projects are accepted into the first round of the program.
The following items were also approved in the consent agenda:
• a proclamation was issued to recognize October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. During the month, county employees will participate in security awareness training.
• the date and terms of the tax forfeited land sale were set for Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carver County Board room.
• approved a seizure and sale of abandoned personal property from tax forfeited parcels for two county properties that have been abandoned.
The next meeting of the Carver County Board will be at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Sept. 24 meeting
At the Board’s Sept. 24 meeting, the following items were included in the consent agenda:
• The sale of county-owned ski equipment was authorized at Baylor Regional Park from October 2013 through February 2014. Sale proceeds will replenish the cross country ski inventory.
• The 2011-13 services contract with Wenck Construction & Remediation, Inc. was continued.

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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