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Lac qui Parle County Commissioner’s Report. Tuesday Sept. 6th, Meeting

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The Lac qui Parle County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, September 6th. The Board heard an update on the Primary Prevention School Health Education Program from Countryside Public Health Director Liz Auch and Assistant Director Laura Larson.

Environmental Officer Marg Berg introduced Jennifer Schuelke as the new Environmental Solid Waste Specialist. Berg also received approval for receipt of a BWSR grant for septic replacements. Berg notified the Board of a plan to update some outdated ordinances.

County Emergency Manager Blain Johnson presented a proposal for an updated county website. Staff from Morris Electronics, the County’s IT contractor, explained the security risks with the current county website. The plan to move forward with a new website through CivicPlus was approved, with an anticipated delivery date near the first of next year.

License Center and Elections Supervisor Kelly Vaala gave a summary of the primary election. Lac qui Parle County had 20.5% of registered voters place a vote, compared to 13.3% voter turnout statewide.

Finance and Accounting Supervisor Tiffany Moen presented information on the 2021 audit. The Board approved the audit as presented.

The Board appointed Commissioner Patzer, Commissioner Bothun, and Administrator Sieg to the newly formed public lands committee. This committee will work with the DNR to examine any possible issues with future proposed land acquisitions in the County.

The Lac qui Parle Commissioners also approved a lawful gambling site premise license for West River Winery and approved the 2023 Health Insurance renewal with the SW/WC Cooperative, with an increase of 5%.

The Board went into closed session to discussion upcoming union negotiations.

Written by: KLQP

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