Lincoln County ends 2012 in the black

IVANHOE – Lincoln County spent $5,800 more than budgeted for 2012, according to Chuck DeBates, financial accountant with the county auditor’s office. But that’s OK because county revenues were above expectations as well.

The county budgeted $4,666,000 for the general revenue fund in 2012, but collections amounted to $5,160,000, DeBates told the board at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.

In other business, the board voted to approve a five-year plan to replace county bridges at the recommendation of County Engineer Lee Amundson. In 2013, the county highway department plans to replace four bridges, as state funding becomes available, and three to four bridges a year over the next four years.

The board also passed a motion to apply for federal and state funding to install chevron traffic signs on curves on county roads, with Commissioner Don Evers dissenting.

The board acted on a written request from Linda Sjoberg, coordinator of the 18-county Adult Mental Health Consortium and voted to appoint Chairwoman Joan Jagt as county delegate to the consortium. Commissioner Curtis Blumeyer was named alternate.

The governing board of the consortium meets once per year to approve the operating budget and review the previous years activities.