YMC to update sheriff’s equipment

GRANITE?FALLS?- At the recommendation of Sheriff Bill Flaten, the Yellow Medicine County Board on Tuesday authorized a lease purchase agreement to acquire new dashboard video cameras for the sheriff’s department vehicles.

Cost of the equipment is $63,800 total, spread over a five-year period.

The board also agreed to rent a building and use of the track at the county fairgrounds in Canby to the Minnesota chapter of the National Tractor Pullers Association for an event to be on July 27. Commissioner Louis Sherlin suggested a rental fee of $75, a refundable $75 deposit on the building and a refundable $250 for the use of the track.

The board informally agreed to a request by Lyon County Environmental Administrator Paul Henriksen to allow the use of the Yellow Medicine County Courthouse parking lot for a dropoff spot during the Problem Materials event to be on May 4.

The event is scheduled to allow people to drop off materials the Lyon County landfill will not accept, such as appliances, televisions and computers and tires.

Dropoff locations and times will be announced for Granite Falls, Canby, and Clarkfield, and a schedule of fees for tires, computer hardware and televisions and appliances containing freon gas.

After discussion, the board voted to advertise for a full-time parks manager and invite applicants who have previously applied for the position and have a Class B Commercial Drivers License to apply for the position, or a seasonal position for mowing at county parks. The park manager will be at least temporarily under the supervision of the county highway department.

Restorative Justice Director Sharon Hendrichs reported to the board the current activity of the department.

According to Hendrichs, Circle Sentencing is currently serving 10 youth in circles in Granite Falls, Canby, Clarkfield, and Hanley Falls and one youth in Lyon County.

Family and Community Circles in Granite Falls, Canby and Clarkfield are serving three families, including five adults and five children.

Three Circles of HOPE chemical dependency programs in Granite Falls and Canby are serving 10 adults with three referrals pending.

The Restorative Justice programs in Yellow Medicine County are staffed by one full-time coordinator, one full-time program assistant, and 80 community volunteers.