Decision to install stop light tabled

County commissioners passed a motion Jan. 8 tabling action on a request to install a street light at the intersection of Highway 169 and CSAH 25 (Pine Center Road) in the northern part of the county.

That part of CSAH 25 intersects with 169 at Wigwam Bay and runs west into Crow Wing County.

County engineer Bruce Cochran told commissioners the installation of the street light would be similar to the ones at CSAH 12 and CSAH 13 in the southern part of the county. The difference would be that there would be one light instead of the two at those two intersections.

Cochran said the state was asking that the county be responsible for operation maintenance and electricity, although the state would install and own the lighting system.

He said he thought it was a good idea to put a light at an intersection where they are problems.

“Would we pay the [electric] bill?” asked Commissioner Phil Peterson.

“Yes,” answered Cochran, saying it would be about $600 a year.

Commissioner Tim Wilhelm asked if there was a good reason to install the light and Cochran answered that such lights do reduce crashes.

Peterson asked if the county could ask Mn/DOT if it’s a time-sensitive item and Commissioner Roger Tellinghuisen asked about the possibility of flashing lights there.

Cochran said during the discussion that he would ask the state about the possibility of  LED stop sign at the intersection.

A motion was passed to table action pending the submittal of information regarding options and alternatives.