YMC Board refuses to endorse website resolution

GRANITE?FALLS?- The Yellow Medicine County Board passed a resolution Tuesday denying the county’s endorsement of proposed legislation allowing counties to publish certain public notices on their websites.

The resolution has already passed in Lyon and Lincoln counties.

The proposed legislation would allow counties to some post notices on their county site instead of or in addition to newspapers, as they are presently required to.

County Administrator Peg Heglund told the commissioners publication costs for the county run approximately $6,000-$7,000 per year.

Commissioner Gary Johnson proposed the motion to deny the county’s endorsement.

“Too many old people don’t have access to websites,” Johnson said.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner John Berends.

“It’s hard enough to get people to come to meetings,” Berends said. “This denies them another source of information.”

Commissioner Ron Antony, the only opposing vote pointed out the legislation would allow but not require counties to use only their websites for public notices.

Commissioner Greg Renneke was absent.

The board approved an additional appropriation request on the consent agenda by Sheriff Bill Flaten for $12,000 to replace the video matrix system for controlling security cameras in the jail. The equipment is worn out and not repairable, according to the request.

Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Lou Ann Nagle informed the commissioners Yellow Medicine SWCD had been chosen “2013 SWCD of the Year” by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, during her 2013 financial review briefing.