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County Board Meeting November 16

Posted: 11/17/2021

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: County Board, Departments

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Bids should be arriving in the near future to construct a visitors’ center at Lake Brophy Park in Douglas County. This was one of many actions taken Tuesday, November 16, at the Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting.


Director Rod Naab asked for approval for a lighting upgrade at the Service Center which houses Social Services, Horizon Public Health, and other agencies. The cost of the project is expected to be $23,806.70.

Commissioners were also asked to approve a baseboard replacement and VAV install at the Service Center.

Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Wolbersen asked the board to accept three donations, one was specifically earmarked for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Honor Guard.

Social Services

Community Human Services Director Laurie Bonds asked the board to approve her office providing reception services for Horizon Public Health. The contract runs the entirety of 2022 at a cost of $12,000.

Public Works

The Visitor’s Center at Lake Brophy Park will include large bathroom facilities, a warming area, storage, and an exterior event space that can be rented for family reunions or other events. The goal is to have the building constructed by late 2022.  

County Surveyor Pat Veraguth presented a grant funded project that will provide for the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct a LIDAR, or light detection and ranging which is a popular, remote sending method used for measuring the exact distance of an object on the earth’s surface.

Land and Resource Management

Director Dave Rush had a number of items for the board.

  • Resorters Marine LLC, which owns and operates a marine and recreational sales and service business in Osakis, requested to build a pole-style building for storage.
  • The owner of Shady Oak Campground requested permission to expand by 25 RV units. There are currently 35 units at the property which is located on Smith Lake between Alexandria and Osakis.
  • Marvin Hertwig is proposing a preliminary plat consisting of 25 lots, seven of which will have frontage on Lake Miltona.  The project must include a permanent stormwater management plan and, if a cluster septic treatment system is proposed, the complete design must be submitted to Land and Resource Management for review.
  • A training and retreat facility, to be called the Rock N Willow Ranch, is moving forward north of Lake Irene. The business would convert an existing barn that would serve up to 75 individuals at a time. The goal is cater to all types of business with a focus on rural business development.
  • Nicholas and Andrea McFarlane are planning to purchase a one-acre lot on Lake Moses. The township road was moved back from the lake several years ago, but the elevated road base was not removed. The McFarlane’s are asking to remove the old road base and decrease the grade of the land toward the lake.
  • The board passed a resolution to accept the FY 22-23 Natural Resources Block Grant for $163,980 to be used to deal with issues on shoreland, septic treatment systems, local water management and the Wetland Conservation Act.

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