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County Board Meeting December 17

Posted: 12/18/2019

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: County Board, Departments

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County Board Meeting Actions

For at least the next year, there will be two funeral homes providing medical transport for Douglas County. Medical transport occurs when the body of a deceased person needs to be taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County. The Anderson Funeral Home and the Lind Family Funeral & Cremation Services both responded to a Request for Proposal to provide medical transport services. The two will work on an every-other-month service basis. The cost for each transport will be $1.

Vicki Clayton, a Complete Count Census worker, appeared before commissioners to share the importance of counting every Douglas County resident for the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census. That census will occur next spring. Residents will receive a post card in mid-March with a unique number for that residence. The card will advise them they can respond to the census survey online, by written form through the mail or by phone. Clayton asked the commissioners to share the information on the census with city councils and townships in their districts. She said the two largest groups overlooked in the 2010 census were senior citizens and children under the age of 5. A complete count is critical to retaining our 8th congressional seat and receiving the full amount of federal funding available. Clayton shared response percentages by city and township in Douglas County. Those response rates range from a low of 40 percent to a high of 90 percent. Douglas County has a complete count committee and meets with the Alexandria complete count committee. County members included Commissioner Tim Kalina, Public Information Officer Julie Anderson, Senior Coordinator Joyce McIntosh, and Veteran Services Officer Jake Turner.

Nathan Paler from the Fish and Wildlife Service presented a habitat easement which will protect 157 acres in Millerville Township. The landowners will continue to pay the property taxes and 115 acres of the land will continue to be used for hay and grazing. Commissioners approved the easement.

Emergency Management Department

 

County Commissioners approved the 2019 Emergency Operations Plan which outlines roles and responsibilities for county departments, cities, townships, and other agencies in the event of a major emergency or natural disaster. Commissioners also approved the Continuity of Operations Plan which outlines roles and responsibilities if county buildings are impacted by an emergency or natural disaster. The purchase of an outdoor warning siren was also approved by commissioners for Chippewa County Park. That park has overnight camping.

Land and Resource Department

 

Land and Resource Director Dave Rush presented commissioners with a list of license holders up for renewal. Board members approved licenses for disposal haulers, excavators/landscapers, sign erection and maintenance providers and Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management to dispose at the county’s ash landfill. Commissioners also approved final plats for a Wally Lake Addition, Fairfield Creek Second Addition, and Zavadil Addition; Conditional Use permits for Jennifer G. Sundby and Rohlers, Inc.; and gave permission to Marvin Hertwig to build a detached accessory structure on Outlot A of Miltona Lakeview Estates.

Veteran Services

 

Veteran Services Officer Jake Turner requested the county accept a Vets in Need donation of $500 from the VFW Auxiliary to Fort Chippewa Post #936 for veterans in need of food and gas cards. Turner also asked commissioners to approve the creation of a budget line item that would create a roll over fund for the eventual purchase of a new van to transport veterans to medical appointments. Commissioners approved both requests.

Social Services

The Social Services Department received approval of contracts with: Doug Whiting, a welfare fraud investigator with the Douglas County Attorney’s Office; Mended LLC which provides parent coaching sessions and supervised visitation services; Vikingland Community Support Program, Inc. which provides community support services to persons with serious and persistent mental illness including the Friendship Center which is a recreation and socialization drop-in center; Sourcewell which handles family child care licensing; Lakeland Mental Health, pre-petition and outpatient services; Rural Minnesota CEP to provide services authorized under the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) which is intended to divert applicants from public assistance when possible and to encourage rapid movement into employment when public assistance is needed, and the Diversionary Work Program (DWP) which is a short-term, work-focused program which includes intensive, up front services to help families move immediately to work rather than go on MFIP; Productive Alternatives; the Alexandria Opportunities Center and the West Central Regional Juvenile Center.

Public Works

 

Public Works requested permission to: promote a current employee to a senior engineer; to act as the sponsoring agency for a bike path along County State Aid Highway 46 in Alexandria which would be in the ditch and not adjacent to the road and agree to maintain the path once it’s constructed; approve the final payment to Central Specialties for work on County Road 114, Lake Brophy County Park and Algonquin Trail; Drainage and Ag Inspector Tom Anderson asked commissioners to approve the 2020 Special Assessments and 2019 Loan Adjustments for Legal Drainage Systems in Douglas County.   Commissioners approved all requests.

Auditor Treasurer's Office

 

Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow presented her plan for the Public Tax-Forfeited Land Sale which will be held Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. in the Douglas County Board Room. She shared a booklet containing information about the parcels of land which will be sold to the highest bidder. For more information on the sale contact the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office at: 320-762-3077.

County Coordinator Department

Commissioners approved the agreement reached with the Douglas County Public Works Employee Council. This 3-year contract takes effect January 1, 2020 and outlines wages, hours, and all other working conditions with respect to regular employees of the Douglas County Public Works Department.

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