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County Board Meeting November 5

Posted: 11/06/2019

Category: County Board

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Following recommendations made by Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow, the Board of Commissioners is hopeful the 2020 levy will be set at $28.4 million which should mean no county property tax increase for the owner of a $200,000 home in the county. The budget is not yet final, but the news appears to be positive.

Rosenow also received permission to hire a Strategic Finance Office Collections Officer. This position will be full-time.

Sheriff Troy Wolbersen will be allowed to hire one additional full-time road deputy. He is also able to move forward with position descriptions for the possible promotion of two current employees to lieutenants in the next budget year.

The sheriff’s office received permission to enter into a contract grant with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for $5,704.00 for 2020 to enforce snowmobile regulations.

Commissioners also approved a contract between the sheriff’s office and Consulting Solutions. Yvonne Kinney, with Consulting Solutions, explained she will work with the sheriff and his staff to enhance a culture of care and support for one another. Specifically, she will work with them to build upon positivity, accountability and sustainability.    

University of Minnesota Extension Coordinator Robin Trott shared with commissioners the awarding of a Meritorious Support Staff Award to Kim Taveirne. Taveirne has worked with Extension for 22 years. In her letter of recommendation, Trott writes that as Taveirne’s duties have become more varied, “Kim has met each challenge with determination, organization and elegance.” Taveirne not only supports three Extension educators, she juggles requests from 65 master gardener volunteers and more than 300 4H members and volunteers.

Emergency Management Director Julie Anderson received approval, via resolution, to accept a $27,525.00 grant from the Department of Public Safety and she received direction on spending limits during a partial or full activation of the Emergency Operations Center.

The owners of a feedlot in Millerville Township will be able to move forward with future plans following a public hearing. A conditional use permit, containing multiple provisions, spells out exactly what the Wagner family will be allowed to do. The county will continue to monitor the farm to ensure conditions of the permit are being followed.

Final payment was approved for the Lake Brophy County Park Bathhouse. The project came in under cost. The bathhouse is open during the spring, summer and fall months.

At the end of each county board meeting, the board chair asks if anyone has an item from the floor. Laura Kremer from Miltona raised the subject of response policies for first responders and volunteer firefighters in the county. She asked commissioners whether they would support a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption. Sheriff Wolbersen shared there will be a county fire chiefs meeting in January in Alexandria which would be a good opportunity to learn more about policies in individual cities.

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