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County Board Meeting November 3

Posted: 11/03/2020

Category: County Board, Departments

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The meeting began with a pre-publicized public hearing regarding the issuance of bonds for the 5-year Douglas County Capital Improvement Plan which is on file with the county.

Todd Hagen, with Ehlers Public Finance Advisors, explained the process for issuance of General Obligation Capital Improvement Bonds in the amount of $5.2 million.

The proposed issue of bonds includes financing for the construction of various capital improvements, including remodeling the 822 Douglas Street building and to reimburse the county for prior expenditures made to acquire the property.

There were no members of the public at the public hearing. Commissioner Charlie Meyer made the motion to approve a resolution for sale of bonds. Vice Chairman Jerry Rapp seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Public Works

Public Works Director and County Engineer Tim Erickson requested to fill a vacancy for an engineering technician position. He said no one had the necessary qualifications after the first advertisement – so he plans to cast a wider net.

Commissioners reviewed information regarding County Ditch 6 Redetermination of Benefits. Drainage and Ag Inspector Tom Anderson told commissioners a redetermination has never been done. He says landowners on the ditch system will need to be notified of a public hearing, which commissioners decided to hold in early 2021.  

The board approved final payment of $2,722.00 for repair work done on County Ditch 3 Branch 11.

Land and Resource Management

Dave Rush, Land and Resource Management Director, asked the board to approve a resolution for the 2021 Natural Resources Block Grant agreement with the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) for the Septic Program. The 2021 grant will be used as follows:

$18,600 for septic treatment systems program at Land and Resource Management

$20,441 for septic treatment systems upgrade grants that assist property owners as they upgrade failed septic systems.

Pomme de Terre River Association

Micayla Lakey provided a budget update on the Pomme de Terre River Association and asked for a county contribution for 2021. She explained the association has a cash flow issue. She reviewed that the counties of Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Stevens and Swift have contributed in the past based on the number of acres the county has in the watershed. She said Douglas County has contributed $1,023.00 annually.

The board approved the request.

Social Services

The board gave permission to Community Human Services Director Laurie Bonds to sign two grants: the DHS LiveScan equipment contract and the 2021 Children’s Mental Health screening grant contract.

Auditor/Treasurer

Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow asked the board to abate a past due property tax penalty in the amount of $4,845.36 on the mall in Alexandria. Viking Plaza Realty Group says the payments were late due to technology issues with online payment. They have paid the actual taxes.

Rosenow recommended the board accept the 2021 net budget as it is and move forward with the Truth in Taxation meeting scheduled for December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at 822 Douglas Street in Alexandria.

Finally, commissioners approved payment for the latest round of county requests for CARES Act funds. Those funds are federal and are to be used for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

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