Commissioners hear about Buffer Law

March 16, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding the Buffer Law. Olsen told the board that under the current governor, the law isn’t going to go away, and at this point the deadline for implementation is November of this year. Olsen said they are hoping to get federal dollars to compensate farmers for acres that are put into buffers. Commissioner Jack Vizecky asked how many acres would be lost. Olsen said, “Not a lot to meet compliance.Olsen went on to further clarify that amount to be about two to four acres.

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City accepts ownership of Senior Center building

March 9, 2017

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Dub Lutterman spoke to the council on behalf of the Tyler Food Shelf on Monday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
City Administrator Robert Wolfington told the council that members of the Tyler Food Shelf met following the February Tyler City Council meeting and voted to request that the City of Tyler consider taking ownership of the Tyler Senior Center building and “renting” it back to the food shelf.
“For clarification sake, at that time there wasn’t talk about a financial rent, but more the city owning the building and allowing the food shelf to utilize the structure,” Wolfington reported. “The financial rent would be maintenance and upkeep of the building.”

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Commissioners vote 3-2 to move forward with dispatching system

March 3, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

After hearing from Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester, Tyler Po­lice Chief John Spindler, dispatchers and deputy representatives regarding the benefits of purchasing a Computer Aided Dis­patch System, the Lincoln County Board of Com­missioners voted 3-2 to move forward with the purchase of the Zuercher Computer Aided Dispatch contract at a total cost of $127,175 with 50 percent paid upon contract ex­ecution, 30 percent upon delivery of the initial Con­figuration Management Document and 20 percent at the time the system goes live. The first year of maintenance is at no cost and the second year is at a cost of $20,133.

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County hears from Lake Benton regarding law enforcement

February 16, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Eileen Chris­tensen and Dave Enke of Lake Benton, who came before the board to ask questions regarding con­tracting with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Depart­ment for law enforcement coverage in Lake Benton.
Christensen and Enke said Lake Benton has been assessing the ef­ficiency and practicality of their law enforcement options—one being to continue as they have with their own police de­partment and the other to contract with the county, similar to what Hendricks is doing.

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Tyler Area Food Shelf to take possession of Tyler Senior Center

February 9, 2017

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Dub Lutterman (left) was on hand at Monday’s Tyler City Council meeting to speak on behalf of the Tyler Food Shelf.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Dub and Carolyn Lutterman were on hand to discuss possible changes to the Tyler Area Food Shelf. The group is looking to move into the current Senior Center on Bradley Street from their location behind the city offices. Dub Lutterman asked if the council would still be willing to continue to cover the cost of utilities after the move. The City of Tyler has been covering cost of utilities at both the current Food Shelf and the Senior Center.
The group is also asking for any assistance possible in covering upgrades to the new location…

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Commissioners approve watershed resolutions

January 26, 2017

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Dale Sterzinger of the Lincoln County SWCD reviewed the Yellow Medicine River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan with the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers unanimously ap­proved a resolution to adopt and implement the Yellow Medicine River Comprehensive Watershed Manage­ment Plan, and a reso­lution for adoption and implementation of the Lincoln County Com­prehensive Local Wa­ter Management Plan Amendment.
Dale Sterzinger had presented the Board of Commissioners with copies of the plan to review fully at their lei­sure, and went through an abbreviated version to highlight aspects of the plan. Sterzinger told the commissioners the county has to have the plans in order to re­ceive state funding.

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Council handles new 2017 business

January 11, 2017

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Pictured from left to right are City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Mayor Greg Peter, and Council-persons Erick Harper, Scott Dressen, Kenny Jensen and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Outgoing Mayor Merv Peter­son opened Monday evening’s regular meeting of the Tyler City Council by thanking outgoing Councilpersons Ivan Petersen and Cricket Raschke for their service to the City of Tyler. He also offered congratulations to incoming Mayor Greg Peter and Councilpersons Scott Dressen and Kenny Jensen. Peterson was presented with a plaque for his years of service.
City Administrator Robert Wolfington handled the swear­ing in of the new members, who immediately took a spot on the council.

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Commissioners sworn in; Hamer voted chairman

January 11, 2017

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Lincoln County Commissioners Jack Vizecky, Rick Hamer and Corey Sik were sworn in before their Jan. 3 meeting.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Beginning of the year busi­ness was the bulk of the first meeting of the new year for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 3.
Newly elected Commis­sioners Jack Vizecky and Corey Sik, who replaced Joan Jagt and Don Evers on the board, along with Rick Ham­er, who was re-elected in No­vember, were sworn in prior to the start of the meeting.
The election of the Board Chairman and Vice-Chair­man took place, with Mic VanDeVere nominating Rick Hamer as Chairman and Joe Drietz as Vice-Chairman. Hamer and Drietz held these positions in 2016. No further nominations were made, and a motion was made for nominations to cease. The two were elected to the posi­tions by unanimous consent.

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Lincoln County Assessor Bruce Nielsen is pictured above, right, as he was sworn in at the Tuesday, Jan. 3 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners.

City Council fills deputy clerk position at special meeting

January 5, 2017

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Pictured at last week’s special meeting of the Tyler City Council, from left to right, are City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Councilperson Erick Harper, Mayor Merv Peterson, and Councilpersons Ivan Petersen, Cricket Raschke and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler City Council met in special session on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the fire hall. City Adminis­trator Robert Wolfington told the council that after advertising for the Deputy City Clerk position, a total of 11 applications were re­ceived for the position recently vacated by Barb Powell.
“Four candidates were se­lected based on qualifications by the personnel committee,” Wolfington said. “The personnel committee offered interviews to those four candidates with one declining.”

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Ducks Unlimited purchases 40 acres of land in Lincoln County

December 28, 2016

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Thank you to Joan Jagt and Don Evers, pictured with plaques presented to them after their last meeting as Lincoln County Commissioners on Dec. 20.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their last meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
John Schneider, Man­ager of Conservation Programs for Ducks Unlimited, was on hand to speak to the Board of Commissioners re­garding the recent purchase of 40 acres of wetlands in LincolnCounty by Ducks Un­limited.
This is the first time Ducks Unlimited has purchased land in Lin­coln County.

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