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Approval of Budget Requests from Area Agencies

Posted: 09/03/2019

Category: County Board, Departments

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The Douglas County Board continued to work its way through 2020 appropriation requests from agencies that provide a wide variety of services to area residents. At its September 3 meeting, commissioners approved a request from Rainbow Rider, which has 14 to 16 buses in the county and provided 47,788 rides in the first 6 months of 2019.  

The Lakes Area Humane Society (LAHS) will receive county funding for 2020. The humane society is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its current shelter location. In addition to sheltering animals, LAHS provides low cost spay and neuter clinics, facilitates adoptionof homeless animals, assists law enforcement with abuse and neglect cases and provides education to current and future pet owners.   

Central MN Elder Network provides social connections and respite care services to Douglas County residents age 55 and older through its Companion Visiting Program, Connections Phone Program, In Home and Out of Home Respite, and Caregiver Support & Coaching. Commissioners voted for a slight increase to its annual funding amount.

The 2019 Douglas County Fair was a huge success and commissioners voted to continue funding for the 2020 fair and other fairground issues.

Commissioners voted to continue its funding of the Osakis Economic Development Association. Part of  the city of Osakis is included in Douglas County.

At its August 20 meeting, commissioners voted to support funding for the Economic Development Commission, which works to bring job growth and vitality to the entire county.

The Douglas County Library is part of the Viking Library System which will receive county funding for programs that benefit the six county Viking region. Those services include 20 bookmobile stops in Douglas County as well as automation services and an inter-library loan program.

Having the ability to efficiently retrieve historical data about Douglas County remains a priority for county commissioners who continued their financial support of the County Historical Society.

The Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has five full-time employees and one shared education coordinator with the Douglas County Land and Resources Department.  It will receive funding for 2020 to continue its work on initiatives that include: implementation of the Minnesota Buffer Law, administration of the State Wetland Conservation Act, administration of the County Local Water Plan and administration of the State Revolving Loan program. SWCD works in close partnership with the county’s Land and Resources staff and Public Works.

West Central Initiative has a new three-year plan to promote the possibilities of west central Minnesota and Douglas County. Commissioners voted to continue funding to build resiliency through economic development, workforce development and community development.

The Chamber of Commerce will receive funding in 2020 for leadership development of a county employee and the new Pride of the Lakes campaign received funding to promote the buy local campaign.   

For additional details on funding levels, see county board minutes available under Government then Board of Commissioners.

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