Douglas County board reorganizes for 2013
Another round of musical political chairs: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has added two new members for 2013. The shift has altered committee assignments and new leaders have been appointed.
Commissioner Dan Olson replaces Jerry Johnson as board chair in 2013. Bev Bales has moved into the vice-chair position vacated by Olson. County Coordinator Bill Schalow will continue serving as board secretary.
Newcomers Charlie Meyer and Jim Stratton beat out Paul C. Anderson and Norm Salto in the 2012 election.
Meyer serves District 4 including the township of Alexandria and Alexandria city Ward 1, precinct 2 and Ward 2. Meyer lives in Alexandria.
Stratton serves District 2 including LaGrand, Lake Mary and Hudson townships, the city of Forada and Ward 1 precinct 1 and Ward 5 precinct 1 of the city of Alexandria. Stratton lives in Alexandria.
Johnson represents District 1, which includes Lund, Millerville, Leaf Valley, Evansville, Brandon, Ida, Urness, Moe, Solem and Holmes City townships and the cities of Millerville, Evansville, Brandon, Garfield and Kensington. Johnson resides in Evansville.
Bales represents District 3, which includes the townships of Belle River, Carlos, Miltona, Orange, Osakis and Spruce Hill and the cities of Carlos, Miltona, Nelson and Osakis. Bales resides in Carlos.
Olson represents District 5, which includes the city of Alexandria's Wards 3, 4 and Ward 5, precinct 2. Olson resides in Alexandria.
Residents can visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us to find their district in Douglas County.
Commissioners approved membership dues in the amount of $659 for participation with the National Association of Counties. This is the sixth year dues have not increased. An additional $14,045 was paid out for inclusion in the Association of Minnesota Counties.
County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow presented the board with a list of financial institutions as depositories and investment brokers of funds for Douglas County in 2013. Twelve of the 18 banks are located in Douglas County.
The Echo Press will continue to be the publication in which Douglas County will publish legal notices in the coming year. The cost of $11.47 per inch is a 2 percent increase from 2012 rates. The Echo Press, designated as the official newspaper of Douglas County, was the only publication to submit a bid.
Two oil change and minor maintenance bids were received for vehicles used by the social services department, public health, the assessor's office, land and resource and the sheriff's office. The current provider, Shutters Tire and Auto, was awarded the service contract.
A five-quart oil change for county vehicles with minor maintenance such as belts, hoses, vacuuming and window washing will run $15 with an additional $3 charge for an additional quart of oil, the same rate as last year. Shutters in Alexandria also offered routine mechanical services at $30 an hour and diagnostic mechanical repairs at a rate of $30 per hour.
Dave Rush, Douglas County land and resource management director, said that bids for mechanical and diagnostic services won't be accepted at this time because many of the vehicles are under warranty, but as the fleet ages, it may be something to look into in the future.
Nokomis Auto Service in Alexandria also submitted a bid. The oil change service with Nokomis was for $23.95 plus $2.95 for additional quarts of oil. Routine mechanical services were bid at $70 per hour; diagnostic mechanical repairs would cost $44.95 per hour.
Commissioner meetings will continue to be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Douglas County Courthouse, 305 8th Avenue West, Alexandria.
For information on how to contact the commissioners, visit the Douglas County website or call (320) 762-2980. Committee assignments are below.
Alexandria Area Economic Development District board (Commissioner Dan Olson), Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (Commissioner Bev Bales), Building committee (Olson, Bales), Chamber Legislative committee (Commissioner Charlie Meyer), Lakes Area Community Recreation (Meyer), NACo Member programs (Bales), Senior Citizen Anti-Fraud (Sheriff Troy Wolbersen, Public Health Department Head Sandy Tubbs), Senior Volunteer Advisory board (Olson), West Central Communities Action (Olson), West Central Initiative (Meyer).
EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION
Central Minnesota Regional Advisory board (Meyer, Commissioner Jerry Johnson), Douglas County Building Connections (Bales), Emergency Management (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Commissioner Jim Stratton), Interagency Early Intervention (Bales), KXRA update (rotating Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton), Library (Meyer), Viking Library (Meyer).
ENVIRONMENT AND LAND USE
Chippewa River Basin (Johnson), County Ditches - excluding JD2, JD3 and JD4 (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton), Judicial Ditch 2 (Johnson, Meyer, Stratton), Judicial Ditch 3 (Johnson, Olson, Stratton), Judicial Ditch 4 (Bales, Meyer, Johnson), Douglas County Lakes Association (Dave Rush, Land and Resource Director), E-Waste (Bales), Flood board (Johnson), Noxious Weed Appeals board (Stratton), Pomme de Terre Joint Powers board (Johnson), Pope/Douglas Environmental Health (Johnson, Meyer), Pope/Douglas Solid Waste (Olson, Stratton, Jerry Wright), Runestone Park board (Johnson), Sauk River Watershed board (Bales, Bob Mostad), Soil and Water Conservation District (Johnson), WesMin Resource Conservation and Development (Johnson), Zoning Land Use Ordinance (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton).
AMC District IV (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton), AMC delegates (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton, County Coordinator Bill Schalow, Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow, County Engineer/Public Works Director Dave Robley), AMC, Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) and National Association of Counties (NACo) conferences and committees (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton), Legislative committee (Olson, Bales), Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus (Stratton).
Active Living/Safe Communities (Bales), Area Agency on Aging - Land of the Dancing Sky (Stratton), County Committee on Aging (Johnson), Horizon Community Health board (Bales, Johnson), Hospital board (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton), Lakeland Mental Health Center (Olson), Mental Health committee (Bales), Nurse-Family Partnership (Olson), PrimeWest (Bales, Olson), Public Health Advisory (Johnson), Regional Mental Health Committee (Bales), Task Force on Aging (Meyer), West Central Wellness Statewide Health Improvement Program (Bales).
PLANNING AND FINANCE
Budget committee (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton), Budget sub-committee (Olson, Bales), Long range planning (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton), Planning advisory (Stratton), Planning commission (Gaylen Croonquist - District 1, Gerhard Thoennes - District 2, Bob Mostad - District 3, Russ Niskanen - District 4, Les Zimmerman - District 5), Public Works Planning - road and bridges (Olson, Bales, Johnson, Meyer, Stratton), Tax Abatement (Olson, Bales).
SAFETY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
Corrections Advisory (Stratton), Extension (Johnson, Meyer), Jail Construction committee (Johnson, Olson, Bill Schalow), Law Enforcement committee (Stratton), Law Library (Stratton), West Central Regional Juvenile Center (Stratton).
Rainbow Rider (Olson, Meyer), Regional Transportation Advisory (Dave Robley).
Crystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.