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Douglas County Board Meeting August 6

Posted: 08/06/2019

Category: County Board, Departments, Public Works

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, August 6.

Among the actions taken, they approved the sale of $5.125 million dollars in General Obligation Solid Waste Revenue Bonds. The bonds will be issued by Pope County to pay for upgrades and equipment replacements at the Pope/Douglas Waste-to-Energy Facility in Alexandria. The facility is co-owned by the two counties.

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Douglas County requested a resolution approving its 2020 Administration Budget and Special Benefit Tax in the amount of $835,000.00. The HRA provides Douglas and Pope Counties with affordable housing options. Currently, HRA Assistant Director Al Glaesman told commissioners, there are 300 people on the Section 8 Housing Choice Waiting list. The board approved the resolution.

Douglas County Veterans Service Officer Jake Turner asked the board to sign a resolution allowing him to use a $10,000.00 grant from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs to provide outreach to the county's veterans; to assist in the reintegration of combat veterans into society; to collaborate with other social service agencies, educational institutions, and other community organizations for the purposes of enhancing services offered to veterans; to reduce homelessness among veterans; and to enhance the operations of the county veterans service office. The board approved the resolution. 

Susan Keehn from Someplace Safe requested to use the Douglas County Courthouse lawn for an event Tuesday, October 15th. It’s the 13th annual Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence Walk. Approximately 200 participants will gather on the courthouse lawn at 5p.m. They will listen to speaker Mary Nortman and walk a mile in the city as a show of solidarity against domestic violence. The board passed the resolution contingent on Someplace Safe securing the required certificate of insurance.

Commissioners also approved a natural gas generator for the courthouse at a  cost of $153,278.00, a  door security system for the public works building, the thinning of red pine trees in Spruce Hill Park and participation in a project by the University of Minnesota Geological Survey to create an Atlas that will show aggregate and groundwater resources in Douglas County. This will enhance the ability to plan land use in the future. The county’s role will be to document  thousands of wells in the county. The cost is expected to be approximately $5,000.00. 

Commissioners also approved payment for a number of road projects including Andes Road from CR 107 to Andes Tower Hills Ski Resort. The county will use funding from a Minnesota Department of Transportation Local Road Improvement Program to help pay for that project which will reconstruct and pave a road that has been a challenge for the township to maintain in the winter due to steep grades and icy conditions. 

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