A busy intersection near a charter school and an expanding neighborhood will get a stoplight for safety as traffic grows on Stagecoach Trail, the County Board decided last week.
The intersection sits at the entrance to St. Croix Preparatory Academy, which now has more than 1,100 students in grades K-12, said county engineer Wayne Sandberg.
Across Stagecoach Trail, also known as County Road 21, the Inspiration housing development also has a growing number of residents who use the intersection, he said.
Washington County placed temporary stop signs at the intersection when school started. Construction of a new St. Croix River bridge also changed traffic patterns, Sandberg said, with hundreds of fully loaded gravel trucks using Hwy. 21 every day.
Commissioners approved a $133,000 bid from Egan Co. for the signal installation and pedestrian improvements. The county will pay half the cost. Bayport and Baytown Township will split the balance.
No loss of benefits in federal shutdown
Only a prolonged shutdown of federal government will hurt residents who depend on Washington County for food support and other human services programs, Administrator Molly O’Rourke told the County Board last week.
State officials advised the county that federal funds needed to sustain programs through the county’s Community Services division would remain intact at least through October, O’Rourke said.
Meanwhile, it’s expected that all other county programs and services will continue.
Victim/witness program gets grant
The Washington County Attorney’s office has received a $68,000 grant from the state of Minnesota for its victim/witness program. The money will be used to offset personnel costs of the county’s victim/witness coordinators, County Attorney Pete Orput said.
Genealogy course teaches online use
The Stillwater Public Library is offering a class on using the Library Edition of Ancestry.com online genealogical resource from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the library.
The class is co-sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society. Space is limited, so it is necessary to register ahead of time. For more information, call 651-275-4338, ext. 111, or visit www.stillwater library.org.
Chemical specialist joins Youth Service
Holly Brabeck has joined the Youth Service Bureau’s Stillwater office as a chemical health specialist.