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County Board Meeting August 16, 2022

Posted: 08/19/2022

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: County Board, Departments

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Douglas County commissioners had a full agenda at the August 16 meeting.

Much of the time was devoted to hearing from the agencies and organizations that provide an array of services to county residents. Each year non-profits, water quality groups, and other non-governmental organizations make requests for county funds. Commissioners listen to each proposal and then vote on how much to appropriate. They approved the following for 2023.

Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District $269,918

Viking Library System $145,316

Rainbow Rider $131,089

Alexandria Economic Development Commission $50,000

Douglas County Water Quality Legacy Fund $25,000

Douglas County Historical Society $17,000

Lakes Area Humane Society $12,000

Central MN Elder Network $10,000

West Central Initiative $9,900

Alexandria Senior Center $5,000

Chippewa Watershed $4,200

Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce $4,000

City of Osakis Economic Development Agency $2,346

Pomme de Terre River Association $1,023

Glacial Ridge Trail Association $1,000

Commissioners tabled discussion on a request from the Douglas County Fair Board until a later meeting.

2023 salaries for commissioners were set at $31,000 with a $100 day per diem limit.

2023 salaries for the county’s four elected officials were also set at this meeting.

  • Sheriff Troy Wolbersen $140,000
  • County Attorney Chad Larson $135,500
  • Auditor/Treasurer Vicki Doehling $96,000
  • County Recorder Mary Skilling $70,200

Sheriff Wolbersen requested and received permission to add two fulltime dispatchers, eliminate one Sentence to Serve fulltime crew leader, and add a compliance and training sergeant position in the jail.

The board also voted to increase basic life insurance for county employees to $40,000.

Public Works

County Public Works Director Tim Erickson asked the board for a letter of support for two bridge projects the Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning for Douglas County. Those bridges are on I-94 over County Road 23 and the CP Rail Line. Commissioner Charlie Meyer says the timing for this is good and the board should support the projects. Erickson also shared that the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the county are hosting a public meeting to release information on two proposed roundabouts in the county. That meeting is September 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Douglas County Public Works 526 Willow Drive, Alexandria. The roundabouts are planned for eastbound I-94 and Highway 27 and the intersection of westbound I-94 and Highway 27/County Roads 45 and 46 which is by the Pilot gas station.

Commissioners awarded a bid to Precision Asphalt to fill the cracks in the portion of the Central Lakes Trail that runs through Douglas County.

Board of Commissioners

County commissioners allow residents and business owners to request, in advance, time to speak before the board. During the August 16 meeting they heard from one resident and a couple that runs a local business.  

The resident requested work be done to clean and alter the slope of County Ditch 6 that runs through his property. He says his property got flooded this spring and he’d like to prevent that in the future.

The owners of the CBD Center in Alexandria were given time to address the recent passage of legislation allowing for the sale of 5 milligram hemp-based products. Daryl and Carol Johnson told commissioners they try to educate those who visit their center and said these products, when used as directed, can help with pain and sleep disorders. They explained that the product is a cannabis plant and said the difference between cannabis hemp and cannabis marijuana is like corn grown for a cow and corn grown for sweet corn – they’re both corn but consumed in a different way. They also said most of their customers are 55 and older and their main goal is to help people.  Their presentation was informational only.

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