Lincoln County OKs resignation of emergency manager

IVANHOE?-?During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Lincoln County Board accepted the resignation of the county’s emergency manager Jeanna Sommers.

Sommers has taken a job with the state of Minnesota, and her resignation will be effective Aug. 8. The board thanked Sommers for her service and hard work with the county’s ARMER system.

During her emergency management report, Sommers told the board that RENEW Energy will be holding a wind turbine safety drill with county emergency crews on July 23 at the Ruthton Wind Farm. The drill will help train local emergency groups on how to respond to an injury in a wind tower.

In other business the board approved a 3.2 on-sale malt liquor license for the 19 & 75 Filling Station.

County engineer Dave Halbersma updated the board on current road projects in the county. Halbersma spoke with MnDOT, and it reported that the U.S. Highway 14 project is on schedule. Fill was placed in road and it is waiting for it to settle before they repaves. The highway is expected to re-open in early November.

Halbersma requested that the board help encourage townships to erect bridge load postings on township bridges to avoid damage and liability. He also reported to the board that the county is working on becoming ADA compliant with its pedestrian curb ramps. A transition plan will be written to help identify areas that need sidewalk updates.

The board approved a new policy and permit application process for the closure of roads in the county. Earlier this summer, a company closed a road to allow planes to land and be refueled for spraying work. The new policy will allow private companies to close roads, but only after applying with the county highway department, alerting emergency personnel and paying a $100 fee.

Daryl Schlapkohl with the county parks department asked the board to approve an addition to a shed at Hole in the Mountain Park in Lake Benton. The shed would be used to store equipment that sits outside the current building. Schlapkohl requested the a 30-by-32 foot addition and presented an estimate of $14,720 for materials, $5,000 for concrete and $3,000 for labor. The board agreed that the addition is needed but that more quotes should be gathered as it thought the material cost was high. Since the addition will not be heated and just used for storage, the board also asked Schlapkohl to consider forgoing a cement floor.