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County Board Meeting June 15

Posted: 06/15/2020

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: County Board, Departments

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Douglas County Commissioners accepted a number of grants at its June 15 meeting.

Social Services

Community Human Services Director Laurie Bonds asked commissioners to accept $21,879 from the Minnesota Department of Human Services for additional child protection services under the Opioid Epidemic Response allocation. The funds can be used in a variety of ways including: housing and food support, costs for parents to attend drug education classes and sober family activities.

Bonds also reviewed a request for a letter of support to expand chemical dependence services in Douglas County. The request came from Sobriety First Treatment Center. Bonds told the board her staff has referred about a dozen people over the years to this program in Sauk Centre but she did not believe there was a need to expand it to Alexandria.

The commissioners also approved updating and maximizing the efficiency of the department’s copier contracts.

West Central MN Communities Action

Amber Holmstrom, with West Central MN Communities Action, asked the board to accept a grant that will provide $1.7 million to assist homeless youth in 9 counties in west central Minnesota.

Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Troy Wolbersen asked the board to accept an additional $10,000 in funds for the 2020 Violent Crime Enforcement Teams.

Auditor/Treasurer

Auditor Treasurer Char Rosenow asked the board to fill a vacancy in the office and to create a new position. That position would be a property tax-elections technician.


Land and Resource Management

Justin Swart, filling in for Land and Resource Director Dave Rush, asked the board to accept the 2020 Behavior Change Grant for Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention in the amount of $4,530. The money will go toward a project that installs three Aqua Weed Stick Landing Stations with attached designated bait disposal containers at three highly used public water accesses in Douglas County. The stations will be located at Lake Geneva, Lake Mary and Lake Miltona. Aquatic Invasive Species Inspectors will show boaters how to use the Aqua Weed Stick and bait disposal containers and ask them to use them even if an inspector is not on site. This is a pilot project being done in coordination with two other counties. Look for more information coming soon on the Douglas County website and Facebook page.  

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