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Douglas County Board Meeting March 15 2022

Posted: 03/16/2022

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: County Board, Departments

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners went into closed session shortly after calling to order its March 15 meeting. Commissioners conducted the annual department head evaluations while in closed session. The board went back into open session at 1:46 p.m.

The meeting began with a presentation on the options for the proposed I-94 Lake Burgen Interchange. Brian Bausman is the MnDOT project manager. Shane Ortlepp is the TKDA project manager. Commissioners heard about the pros and cons of three design options and the option for no interchange to be built. Some of the considerations include the nearby CAPX transmission lines, NuStar Pipeline, Alexandria Shooting Park, and accommodation of a future MnDOT maintenance and State Patrol facility.

There is also no funding for the proposed project.

MnDOT is hopeful the study will move funding forward but cautioned it’s unlikely ground would be broken on the project until 2027.

Public Works

County Engineer and Public Works Director Tim Erickson asked to award the bid for shoulder widening, grading and aggregate base on County Road 13 east of Carlos to low bidder Blombeck Construction. 

Erickson also asked for and received permission to advertise for bids for 2022 paving projects and maintenance striping.

Commissioners approved a resolution to submit another grant application for a bridge at Chippewa County Park. The county has unsuccessfully applied for grant funding in the past and is resubmitting with revision suggestions from the DNR. The bridge will allow expansion of camping at Chippewa County Park and will be large enough to accommodate emergency vehicles. If the grant is awarded the county, Brandon Fire Department, and the state will provide some matching funds.

Commissioners listened to, but did not need to act yet on, a request from Moe Township to take over Andes Road. The letter from the township board chairperson does not detail why the township is requesting the county take over the road which was recently rebuilt and is expected to last another 20 years. Erickson told commissioners the county plows the road for $40 each time so the only maintenance required by the township is mowing. Commissioners expressed concern that taking over the road would set a bad precedent unless the township provided monetary compensation.

Social Services

Director Laurie Bonds asked for permission to enter into a contract with Marco for two printer/copy machines for the newly renovated Social Services spaces. The funds are already contained in this year’s budget so it’s a revenue neutral request. The commissioners approved it. 

Land & Resource Management

Director Dave Rush asked for approval of 11 excavator/landscaper licenses and to hire a full-time office support specialist that will work with both Land & Resource Management and Extension. The position was initially approved at 80 percent.

Auditor Treasurer


Vicki Doehling presented a request for abatement of late penalty and interest for landlord Robert C. Beliveau. He wrote to commissioners that he had renters at seven properties who took advantage of a program designed to help people during COVID-19. That program allowed them to withhold rent during a specific time. Rent Help MN is a program that will compensate landlords for their COVID related losses but many landlords have yet to be paid. Beliveau asked for and received an abatement for $3,882.11.


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