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Dunn County approves ATV routes

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE — The Dunn County Board has approved for a second reading an ordinance designating all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicle routes on county roads.

The ordinance was approved by a unanimous vote at the March 20 meeting.

County roads in the ordinance act as a connection with other ATV routes.

Many townships and villages in Dunn County have designated ATV routes as well.

The ordinance includes portions of the following county roads: D, K, P, X, O, Q, F, FF, N and V.

The ordinance will go into effect upon publication in the county’s official newspaper.

Purchase orders

The Dunn County Board reviewed the following purchase orders that were in excess of $40,000:

• $62,834 for a Bobcat compact track loader.

• $76,851 for a ceiling track lift system for the new health care center.

• $75,000 for employee on-site training at the health care center.

• $241,624 for materials for the new health care center.

• $63,529 for funding to the Boyceville Public Library.

• $451,713 for the Menomonie Public Library.

• $89,018 for the LE Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. The money paid to Eau Claire covers the cost of Dunn County residents who borrow materials from the Eau Claire library or pick up their materials at Eau Claire, instead of patronizing their local Dunn County libraries in Sand Creek, Colfax, Boyceville, Menomonie or Elk Mound.

• $60,997 for the Colfax Public Library.

• $63,496.89 for Workforce Resources Inc.

• $401,180 to Arbor Place.

• $132,268.40 to Northtown Ford-Mercury for five police vehicles and three LED spot lamps.

• $870,846.69 to the Samuels Group for the new health care center.

• $128,992.55 to New Beginning Material for the new health care center.

• $65,154.92 for ShoreTel Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone equipment.

• $63,175.86 to Hewlett Packard for the wireless network at the new health care center.

• $43,901.88 to Hewlett Packard for the “neighborhood” network switches at the new health care center.

• $98,642.94 to Hewlett Packard for core network switches for the new health care center and to connect the health care center to the Dunn County network.

Other business

In other business, the Dunn County Board:

• Learned that the county is gradually converting to “cloud” and “virtualization” technology for data storage rather than using servers in a data center. Dunn County started with 65 servers in 2002 and will soon only have six servers.

• Learned that construction at the new Dunn County Health Care Center is on schedule and that residents may be moving into the new facility at the end of July.

• Approved a zoning change from Exclusive Agriculture to A3 for St. John Lutheran Popple Creek’s plans to build a new church in the Town of Grant .