Douglas County commissioners recently met with court administration to discuss options for a $2.2 million pending court remodel project set to resume this fall.
Presently, a shelled out space in the Douglas County Courthouse awaits finishing. Hindering progress is the approach to who, what, when and where.
Ida Lake Association expressed concerns and upset regarding ditch water overflow in Garfield. Parks Superintendent Al Lieffort discussed new ways to get state money into Douglas County parks and trails.
Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs – as long as they’re not too close to property lines. Douglas County commissioners approved a zoning ordinance revision that affects sign placement throughout the county at the June 11 county board meeting.
Commissioners also discussed road closures, county meeting videos online and veteran services.
Voyager Industries, formerly Voyager Aluminum, plans to double manufacturing and office space in Brandon. Meanwhile, the school district is polling residents on the potential of combining Brandon and Evansville schools completely. Both changes would be effective July 2013.
Douglas County commissioners were presented with the Blue Ribbon Award at Tuesday’s county board meeting. The honor is given to counties and tribes that have exhibited excellence in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect.
The Sauk River Watershed District (SRWD) presented it’s 10 year report to update Douglas County commissioners on the progress of improving water quality in area lakes and rivers. SRWD Administrator Holly Kovarik explained that by law, watershed districts are required to have a 10 year plan.
Asking for help is frustrating, especially when you aren’t speaking the same language – literally. Douglas County Social Services recognizes this hurdle with a limited English proficiency component added to the 2013 Civil Rights Compliance Plan. Spanish has been identified as the non-English language most likely to be spoken in Douglas County.
Alexandria City and Douglas County boundary lines continue to converge since the governing bodies first joint meeting on April 25, 2012. Now the two have been approached by the Douglas County Historical Society to unite in an effort to resurrect a historic property both the city and county once owned – the Raymar Building, a Carnegie Library.
Douglas County commissioners took a virtual leap into the county’s future on Tuesday at their county board meeting in Alexandria.
After just two months on the job, new Internet Technology Director Brent Birkeland submitted a bold request to adjust the 2013 IT department budget for staff training from $500 to $10,500. His request was unanimously approved.
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