Acting Police Chief position eliminated at early morning special city meeting

July 11, 2019

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The Lake Benton City Council held a special early morning meeting on Monday, July 8 to discuss the current police department situation.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council held an early morning special council meeting on Monday, July 8. There were two items on the agenda: 1) REVIEW/ ACT on Elimination of Temporary Police Chief Position and 2) DISCUSS Temporary Coverage by Lincoln County. Trustee Rosie DeZeeuw was not present at the meeting, due to holiday travelling plans.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Bob Worth opened the meeting by requesting a motion to eliminate the temporary (acting) police chief posi­tion. Trustee Dave Enke re­sponded that he had a few questions that he needed answered before he could make a decision.

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Road and bridge projects discussed by the county board

July 11, 2019

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Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the board about recycling sites in Hendricks and Verdi. Pictured from left are Commissioner Corey Sik, Commissioner Rick Hamer, Auditor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf and Olsen.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, July 2 at the Lincoln County Courthouse. All commissioners were present.
Nancy Walker of South­west Health and Human Services (SWHHS) spoke to the council about approv­ing a resolution supporting Prime West as the health plan provider for Lincoln County. According to Walk­er, every four to five years, procurement takes place…

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Lincoln County represented at GMRPT Commission’s quarterly meeting

July 3, 2019

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The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission met last Wednesday, June 26, at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park. Pictured from left are Commission Executive Director Renee Mattson, Commission Chair Tom Ryan of Byron, and Lincoln County Parks Supervisor Daryl Schlapkohl.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPT) met for their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, June 26. The meeting was held at the Chalet located at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park of Lake Benton, which was recently designated as a regional park. In addition to the members of the commission, Lincoln County Board Chair Mic VanDeVere and Lincoln County Parks Supervisor Daryl Schlapkohl attended the meeting, as well as Vince Robinson, Teresa Schreurs and Lisa Graphenteen with Development Services, Inc. (DSI).
Schlapkohl, who has worked with the Lincoln County Parks system since 1979, spoke to the commission about the county park…

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Police business and public works updates discussed at council

July 3, 2019

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Mayor Bob Worth stated at Monday’s City Council meeting that this city council will continue to say the Pledge of Allegiance as long as he is the Mayor of Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting Monday night, opening with the Pledge of Allegiance. Following the pledge, Mayor Bob Worth commented, in response to a decision made by the St. Louis Park City Council, that, “For the record, we will be saying the Pledge of Allegiance until I’m not Mayor anymore.”
After the minutes of the June 17 meeting and the claims against the City of Lake Benton were approved, Acting Police Chief Dallas Cornell presented the police report…

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FEMA in Lyon County June 26 for disaster relief meeting

June 26, 2019

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Dustin Hauschild and Joe Wilson spoke to the commissioners concerning bidding for upcoming road projects in Lincoln County.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Emergency Manager Amber Scholten spoke to the board requesting permis­sion to travel to Chicago, Illinois for a wireless/broadband confer­ence. She was asked by the radio board to represent our region at the ARMER Radio training con­ference. When she returns, she will report to the rest of the re­gion the topics discussed at the conference. The board granted Scholten the permission she re­quested.

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Lincoln County property taxes reported on at Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting

June 26, 2019

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Bruce Nielsen presented the changes in the 2019 property tax rates (payable in 2020) during the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting on Tuesday, June 18.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Appeal and Equal­ization meeting was held Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. No members of the public attended the meet­ing, but County Assessor Bruce Nielsen reported on changes in Lincoln County property taxes for 2019, payable in 2020.
According to Nielsen’s report, the 2019 total levy in Lincoln County is $5,672,867. The 2019 County Tax Capacity is 14,898,506 and the taxable market value in Lincoln County is $1,738,307,852. The total market value is $1,785,571,500.

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Many hot topics discussed by the city council at Monday’s meeting

June 20, 2019

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The water shutoff valve at Dezeeuw Softball Complex was pulled out of the ground sometime during Sunday’s parade. This caused the water to be shut off at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park and campground most of Sunday. Anyone with any information about the damage should contact the Lake Benton Police Department or the Lake Benton City Office.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Coun­cil met for their regular meeting on Monday, June 17. According to the agenda, the meeting was expected to immediately go into closed session following the Pledge of Allegiance; however, under advice from legal counsel that closed session was not nec­essary, the meeting remained in open session.
A purchase agreement with Henry Sollie Post No. 10 of the American Legion to purchase the former Lake Benton Com­munity Center and the Veterans Memorial in front of the build­ing for $27,500 was presented to the trustees…

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Cornell appointed acting police chief of Lake Benton

June 13, 2019

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Dallas Cornell was appointed Acting Police Chief at Monday night’s special city council meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for a special meeting on Monday, June 10. The meeting was called following the res­ignation of Police Chief Tony Sievert.
Discussion focused on the pros and cons of a local police depart­ment versus contracting with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department…

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Overby presented LPRW’s audit report to the county

June 13, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Com­missioners held their reg­ular meeting on Tuesday, June 4. All commissioners were in attendance.
Jason Overby of Lin­coln-Pipestone Rural Wa­ter (LPRW) spoke to the commissioners, giving a report on their 2018 au­dit. According to Overby, LPRW received a clean audit. Their net position is $96,997,367, which is a decrease of 6.2% from 2017. Overby explained that the decrease in net po­sition was because LPRW received a federal grant in 2017 and did not receive a grant in 2018. They have $5,130,277 in unrestrict­ed reserves. LPRW’s total net position as of Dec. 31, 2018 was $54,961,711, which is an increase of 1% from 2017.

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Lake Benton police chief submits his resignation at Monday’s meeting

June 6, 2019

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Jason Overby of Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water spoke to the council about the reasons for increasing water rates.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, June 3 at the Heritage Center. Jason Overby of Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water spoke to the board about the reasons behind the increasing water rates. Currently, the bulk rate of the water is $2.56/1,000 gallons of water used. It will go up to $2.66/1,000 gallons. Municipalities do not pay a base cost, which rural customers pay.

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.