Lincoln County residents recycle, survey reports

IVANHOE – Recycling is up, and burning and burying rural garbage is down considerably in Lincoln County, according to the results of a survey presented to the Lincoln County Board on Tuesday.

County Environmental Director Robert Olsen presented the commissioners with the results of a questionnaire given to people during the summer who used the county rural garbage and recycling site outside Tyler.

Out of 299 respondents, 84 percent were rural residents of the county, and 94 percent recycle. Fifty-five percent use the site once a week or more, and 78 percent answered they had stopped burning or burying garbage.

And 98 percent of respondents said they thought the program was necessary and beneficial.

In other business, on the advice of Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers, the board authorized the renewal of a maintenance and service contract with MSpace for the video conferencing system in the county assembly for $925 per year.

According to Sommers, the system is used at least once a month.

The board approved Sheriff Jack Vizecky’s request to renew membership in the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children joint task force. The ICAC works with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to investigate and prosecute predatory adults who exploit children on the Internet and works to educate parents and children about online risks.

Acting Engineer Dustin Hauschild informed the board of his intention to look into starting a county highway department Facebook page, to use social media to keep county residents informed of ongoing road work and road closures.

The board moved to accept a $7,500 grant from the state Department of Veterans Affairs. According to Veterans Services Officer Dan Kuss, the grant will be used for outreach to county veterans and possibly for a VetraSpec web-based office system to reduce paper and enhance claim filing, organization and reporting.

Curt Madsen, representing the Lincoln County Fair board, informed the commissioners that $40,800 in state Legacy grants over the past two years, and about $35,000 in insurance payments stemming from the July 1 tornado two years ago, had enabled the fair board to make significant improvements on the fairgrounds.

“The canteen had a good year,” Madsen said, “and 4-H auctions just keep going through the roof.”

Madsen pointed out the county’s contribution to the fair has remained stable at $25,000 since 2006, though overall costs have risen about 20 percent and asked the board to consider raising the county’s contribution at a later date.