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County Board Meeting June 4

Posted: 06/05/2019

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: County Board, Public Works

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted to purchase the First Lutheran Church located at 822 Douglas Street. The closing is expected to occur on or before September 30.

The purchase price was $425,000. Approximately $5 million  in improvements will be made to convert the church to use for the county. A study recommends moving Social Services to the church but no final decision has been made on which department or departments will relocate there.

Commissioners passed a resolution supporting the Family Homeless Assistance and Prevention Program grant application submitted by West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc. The resolution states that Douglas County recognizes the need to have stable housing for families, youth and single adults at risk of becoming homeless and to shorten the length of time they stay in emergency shelters.

The Board voted to accept a donation from VFW Post 936 in the amount of $1,000. The money will be used for veterans in need of food or gas cards or hotel stays.

The Board also accepted a donation of $30,000 from Brandon Manor Homes Inc. to be used for Chippewa County Park.  

Several staff vacancies were on the agenda. Commissioners voted to fill an Office Support Specialist in Social Services and a Housekeeping vacancy in Facilities. They also accepted the resignation of Facilities Maintenance Director Steve Ziemer who will leave the county November 1st. Board members thanked him for his many years of loyal service.

Public Works Director Dave Robley got approval for two road improvement projects. One on Andes Road, the other on CSAH 1 south of Kensington.

Drainage and Ag Inspector Tom Anderson explained the need and cost for repair on County Ditches 6 and 10. Commissioners approved moving forward with the necessary work.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will begin providing 20 hours per month of dedicated patrol services to the city of Carlos beginning July 1. The city’s longtime police chief is retiring.  The city will pay the county $39.44 per hour for this service.

Land and Resource Director Dave Rush informed commissioners many lakes in the county are experiencing very high lake water levels. Rush said he will continue to evaluate the lake levels and bring a recommendation to the board at its next meeting to be held June 17.

Library Director Dawn Dailey shared the good news that the library received a grant for $79,885.90 to expand the Memory Loss Resource Center in Douglas County and to expand the concept to libraries in the Viking Library system.  (Please see related story on the News site)


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