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The Douglas County Board did more than vote down the joint Law Enforcement Center at its regular meeting last Tuesday. County commissioners also approved a resolution for the issuance of general obligation temporary bonds in the amount of $18 million for the Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management expansion project. The issuance of these temporary bonds will have no impact on the taxpayers of either Douglas or Pope counties, according to Tom Reddick, Douglas County auditor/treasurer. The commissioners approved a resolution recognizing October 27 as The Aagard Group, LLC Day in Douglas County.
The grand opening for the new $10.5 million law enforcement training center at Alexandria Technical College (ATC) took place Friday. The 58,000-square-foot facility fully opened in August, just in time for this year's new batch of law enforcement students.
The idea of a new joint law enforcement center (LEC) coming to fruition appears to be dead in the water. At Tuesday's regular Douglas County Board meeting, commissioners voted 3-2 to not move forward on the joint LEC project. The city of Alexandria and Douglas County have been working together on a proposed joint LEC that would be located at the site of the new Douglas County Jail. The project was estimated to cost nearly $12 million with the county's portion at about $6.3 million and the city's portion at about $5.6 million. Commissioner Jerry Johnson said, "We have discussed this.
School District 206 residents will see a change on their school tax statement next year. A welcome change, that is. At Monday night's regular school board meeting, Tom Wieczorek, business director for the district, noted that there is a decrease in this year's preliminary tax levy. The preliminary total net levy for 2009, which is payable in 2010, is $7.75 million.
County Road 45 west of Alexandria was closed for several hours Monday morning after a tanker truck filled with unleaded fuel tipped over on its side. The accident took place at 5:19 a.m. The road was not reopened until about noon. The driver of the Western Co-op Transport truck from Montevideo, Todd Anderson, 51, of Alexandria, had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to Douglas County Hospital by North Ambulance.
Parents looking for after school or before school care for their school-aged children now have another option. Compass, a Community Education program, is now being offered at each of the elementary schools within School District 206. The program has been offered in the past at Carlos and Garfield elementary schools, but this year, Compass is being offered at all the elementary schools. Susan Scarborough, Community Education director, said that currently, the program serves more than 230 students and that there are 17 staff members. Compass offers before and after school programming at each
The expansion project at Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) is one step closer to being completed. At the September 16, 2009 board meeting, the Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management Board members passed a motion requesting the Pope and Douglas County Boards pursue temporary bond sales of $18 million for the third unit expansion. The temporary bonds, according to Pete Olmscheid, PDSWM executive director, will be paid by long-term bonds upon completion of the project. The long-term bond payments will be made by PDSWM, not taxpayers, he added. Because Pope and Douglas counties were gro
Although it hasn't been formally announced, the buzz on senior citizens is that they won't receive their annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). "Because the consumer price index is in the negative, there probably won't be an increase in COLA this year," said Mike Syverson, office manager of the Social Security office in Alexandria. Syverson said a formal announcement about COLA isn't expected until sometime in October. He expects that there won't be an increase, but there also won't be a decrease.
It was a stomping good time this weekend at Carlos Creek Winery. The annual Minnesota Food and Wine Festival was hailed as a success, according to winery owner Tami Bredeson. "The weather gods blessed us this year with some of the best grape-stomping weather in years," she said. Bredeson noted that attendance was up about 25 percent from last year and that the new shuttle service from local hotels and the Viking Plaza Mall went over very well. "We never had a traffic back-up this year and we had zero cars parked on County Road 34," she noted, adding that it was a big relief. Bredeson also
The issue of whether or not to join the city of Alexandria in building a new joint law enforcement center (LEC) led to a heated discussion among all five Douglas County commissioners at Tuesday's regular meeting. Commissioner Paul Anderson started the discussion by saying that he didn't know of another project or committee that he has spent so much time on. He believes the county should move forward on the project and build a new LEC with the city. Anderson began listing reasons why the current LEC shouldn't be used, including windows that date back to the 1930s, a sprinkler system that nee