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County Board Meeting April 6

Posted: 04/12/2021

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: County Board, Departments

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The meeting began when commissioners held a public hearing on an amendment to the county’s Water Surface Use Ordinance. The amendment, which was approved, imposes a no wake zone within Latoka Narrows on Lake Latoka and Boxcar Bay on Lobster Lake. It also allows electric trolling motors on Lake Ida’s Johnson Bay. The Department of Natural Resources must approve these amendments before they officially take effect.

A composting operation is now permitted in the northwest part of Douglas County. Utopia Soils, located at 8498 County Road 12, will compost organic nitrogen and carbon sources with post-processing by-product from their sister company TFC Poultry. This nutrient rich compost will be used as fertilizer on surrounding farmland operated by the applicant. One of the conditions of permit approval was that semi-trucks hauling to and from the facility will be limited to the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office  

Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen asked the board to accept a $25 donation from Alvan and Joan Martell to be used for the K9 division.

Auditor-Treasurer

Auditor/Treasurer Vicki Doehling appeared before the board to present the list of businesses needing to renew their liquor on-sale and off-sale licenses for July, 2021 - June 30, 2022. The board approved the list with the condition the sheriff and county attorney find no reasons not to renew.  There was also a discussion over the situation regarding 3.2 beer. Minnesota is the only state in the country that still provides 3.2 beer and manufacturers are not prioritizing production any longer. Six businesses in the county hold 3.2 beer on-sale and off-sale licenses. Doehling told commissioners the county does not have the authority to allow them to sell strong beer in place of 3.2 unless they meet the requirements and apply for a different type of license.

IT

IT Director Brent Birkland asked commissioners to approve a security risk assessment to be conducted by FRSecure. The department has performed several self-evaluations and has implemented a number of security policies. The risk assessment is a more comprehensive review and was included in the annual budget.

The board also approved a proposal for a fiber optic project at the 822 Douglas Street building. 

Public Works

The Public Works Department shared with commissioners the plan to sell some excess equipment and tools on K-Bid.

Part of an Ida Township road will now become a county road. Commissioners adopted a resolution designating Pilgrim Point Road west of CSAH 34 as a county road effective May 1, 2021. Ida Township also agreed to assist in the county’s acquisition of right-of-way on the south side of Pilgrim Point road for the purpose of constructing a multi-use trail. The county has acquired land on Pilgrim Point and will create a county park/beach area.

Commissioners approved the Redetermination of Benefits Report on Douglas County Ditch #6, approved the Engineer’s Report and Viewers’ Report on improvements to Douglas County Ditch #17 and agreed to the request to clean a section of ditch in Millerville Township.

Coordinator’s Office

School District 206 will continue to lease two gymnasium spaces from Douglas County. The two parties agreed it was in the best interest of the county’s residents for the school to continue to use the space in the Douglas County Services Center while the school district finalizes plans for future gym space in an addition to Discovery Middle School. Currently the space is used for the Shenanigan’s Indoor gym, pickleball, basketball and other exercise classes.

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