They're at it again. Board members from Alexandria School District 206 voted once again to put a freeze on their salary. Back in 2008, the seven-member board approved an increase in their annual salary, something they hadn't done in 17 years.
A new year equals new leadership for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and new salaries for four elected officials. At its organizational meeting Tuesday morning, the five county commissioners voted Paul Anderson in as the new board chair. Outgoing board chair Bev Bales shared a few words before handing the gavel off to Anderson. "Thanks to all of you for your patience and for putting up with me," Bales told everyone in the nearly full room. Before the vice chair and secretary/clerk could be voted in, Anderson addressed the other commissioners and county employees at the meeting.
What does it take to lift a Ford F-150 pickup truck out of 21 feet of icy water? Time, perseverance, heavy-duty equipment and patience, according to Jeff Bosek, owner of Divers Clubhouse in Alexandria. Last week, Bosek, along with a crew of helpers, lifted a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck out of Lake Reno, south of Alexandria, after it broke through the ice on the north side of the lake. Fortunately, the truck is the only thing that went all the way through the ice - the fish house still hitched to the pickup remained on the surface. Bosek also rescued a 1988 three-quarter-ton Chevy pickup w
The Douglas County Lakes Association (DCLA) is taking another step in its prevention efforts to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels. The association, according to Bonnie Huettl, a member of the DCLA, is planning to submit three grants to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The grants are being written by DCLA, but can include all lakes within Douglas County, not just those that are members of DCLA. A meeting with the DNR and the DCLA has been set for this Friday, January 8 at 4 p.m. in the Douglas County Public Works meeting room.
As of today, January 1, there'll be a new chief in town. A new fire chief, that is. Jeff Karrow took over the role from Shane Schmidt, who has been chief of the Alexandria Fire Department for the past six years. The maximum time someone can serve as chief is three, two-year terms. Schmidt has been a member of the department for the past 21 years. He will remain on the department until he decides to retire. Karrow, who owns Karrow Jewelers in Alexandria, has been on the Alexandria Fire Department for 16 years.
Alexandria School District 206 leaders found out last week that the community supports a plan to build a new high school. At a special work session last Monday, December 21, Don Lifto from Springsted Inc., the district's financial advisor, presented the results of a community survey conducted in October. The survey indicated that overall, the community appears to be in support of the district's long-range plan, which includes building a new high school. "The big picture is that the news is encouraging," Lifto told board members and administrators. Lifto explained that the survey involved 4
Although he was not on the agenda at last week's Douglas County Board meeting, Sheriff Troy Wolbersen went before the commissioners with two issues. His first issue was to ask the commissioners to approve a $500 donation to the sheriff's office from Rick and Connie Rosengren.
The good news is that the proposed tax levy for Alexandria School District 206 is going down. The proposed local levy is $7.7 million - a decrease of about 5 percent over last year's local levy, which was $8.1 million. The bad news, however, is that the decrease doesn't necessarily mean residents' taxes are going down, said Tom Wieczorek, District 206 business manager. "Some people will still see increases," said Wieczorek at the district's regular board meeting Monday night.
Per diems and mileage rates were set, the levy was approved, a report was heard from the state auditor's office and raises for some department heads were given while there was a debate over pay bumps for elected officials. These were just a few of the items that took place at Tuesday's regular Douglas County Board meeting. Douglas County commissioners were kept busy during the nearly three-hour-long meeting. The commissioners, minus Commissioner Paul Anderson, who was absent from the meeting, adopted the proposed levy, which increased 6.3 percent.
A new policy is in place for Douglas County's burial allowance for indigent residents. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners adopted the new policy at its regular board meeting, which took place Tuesday evening. If it's determined that a person does not leave sufficient means to defray the necessary expenses of burial, nor if any relative has the sufficient means to procure burial, the Douglas County Board will ensure that financial arrangements are made to ensure a proper burial. The new part of the policy states that the county will pay a flat rate of $3,200 for traditional burial and