County board approves economic development strategy for regionIt was routine business for Douglas County commissioners Tuesday.
By: Celeste Beam, Alexandria Echo Press
It was routine business for Douglas County commissioners Tuesday.
After hearing from six department heads, the board listened to a presentation by two key West Central Initiative personnel – Greg Wagner, economic development planner, and Tom McSparron, donor services officer.
The board approved the resolution they presented in support of a five-year comprehensive economic development strategies for West Central Initiative.
And although there was no action taken, the five-member board also had a lengthy discussion about the proposed joint law enforcement center.
A couple of county commissioners had questions on the size of the proposed center, as well as cost concerns.
It was decided that the county’s auditor/treasurer, Tom Reddick, would attend the Tuesday night Alexandria City Council meeting to find out if the city is on the same page as the county. (See related story from the city council meeting.)
After hearing from the department heads, here is what the county commissioners approved:
•Three gambling permits for various raffles.
•Fifteen liquor licenses – these were either renewals for on-sale liquor or new licenses for off-sale liquor.
•The closing of a road in Millerville on June 20 for a street dance.
•Contract for bituminous surfacing and aggregate base for the County Road 7 project from Brandon to Millerville. The contract was awarded to Central Specialties, Inc. of Alexandria for a total of $813,899. Public Works Director Dave Robley noted that this bid was nearly 20 percent under the engineer’s estimate of more than $1 million.
•The project to develop a model of Love’s Lake, which is on the south side of Highway 82 east of Brandon and west of Moon Lake. This basin reportedly does not have a proper outlet. Commissioner Norm Salto made a motion to approve the project and to talk with Brandon city officials to see if the city would be willing to pay for a portion of the project, which is estimated at $10,000.
•Calling for bids on four different road projects, including projects on County Roads 3, 45, 46 and 81.
•Filling a housekeeper vacancy. The person would work at the courthouse, as well as the law enforcement center.
•The preliminary plat of Wood Ridge Acres, which is along County Road 22 near Garfield.
•A permit to allow the use of pervious pavers to meet the 25 percent impervious surface requirement for David and Sharon Odland.
•Excavator and landscaper licenses to Don Lawson Construction and Mark Boesl Excavating.
•The final plat of Cassady Estates, which is on County Road 73.
The board also denied a conditional use permit, which would allow a controlled access on the north side of Lake Ida at property owned by Ryan and Constance Bremmer.