Commissioners also agree to take the lead on pursuing federal funds for Nielsville Bridge construction

    Polk County Commissioners approved a preliminary five-percent levy increase for 2018 over last year’s levy, or about $1.1 million, which will be used on notices that go out about the public hearing that is set for December 12 in the county board room. They have been averaging closer to three percent the last couple of years and may work on getting it lower over the next month.

    Commissioners also agreed to be the lead applicant for the Transportation Investments Generation Economic Recover (TIGER) Discretionary Grant in partnership with Traill County in North Dakota for the Nielsville Bridge. County Engineer Rich Sanders requested approval of the resolution Tuesday along with the Wage Rate Certification and Match Assurance letters that needed to be signed. Polk County will commit a match amount equal to 10 percent of the total project cost if the TIGER grant is awarded.

    “Replacing the bridge and upgrading the road will have immediate impacts to the local community and will derive short-term and long-term benefits in the areas of economic competitiveness, safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life and state of good repair,” said the county’s signed letter to Elaine Chao of the United States Department of Transportation.