IVANHOE - The Lincoln County Board banned ATVs in county parks at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday on the recommendation of Daryl Schlapkohl, county parks supervisor.
Schlapkohl told the commissioners there had been problems with people riding off the roads and trails and riding while intoxicated in the parks.
The commissioners also voted to accept a $750 grant from Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative toward a fund to buy playground equipment for Norwegian Creek Park. Schlapkohl estimated the total cost of the equipment at about $22,000-$23,000. The grant is the first to go toward the purchase of the equipment.
In another motion, the board authorized Schlapkohl to negotiate with a local John Deere dealership for a contract to buy a new mower yearly for a cost of no more than $2,600 with trade-in.
Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen presented the board with a resolution approving the acquisition of Kontz Family Trust property in Marble Township by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which passed unanimously.
The resolution provides that the property will be removed from the assessment rolls for Judicial Ditch 11, contingent on a one-time payment of $10,000 into the ditch repair and replacement fund by the Kontz Family Trust from the proceeds of the sale. The county retains right of entry for inspection and maintenance of the drainage system. The benefits lost from the sale will be re-allocated among remaining properties on the drainage system.
"This effectively takes away any future responsibility for assessments and conveys $10,000, paid by the owner Mary Kontz into the repair fund," Olsen said.
After a presentation by Lincoln County Engineer Lee Amundson, the board voted to approve a multi-year road construction plan. The plan is projected to run from 2012 through 2018 and will rebuild and repair a total of 115.5 miles of county roads and bridges at a total estimated cost of $13,470,000.