Commissioners approve Sheriff’s Department staffing requests

November 16, 2017

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Lincoln County Deputy Isaiah Wahl and Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding the need for an additional full-time deputy.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester, accompanied by Deputy Isaiah Wahl, Dis­patcher Sarah Koch and Jail Administrator Robin Sik, were in attendance at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to speak about staffing needs.
Sheriff Meester and Dep­uty Wahl spoke to the board about difficulties the depart­ment has had with trying to hire a part-time deputy; get­ting people to apply for the position has been an issue. Meester proposed hiring a full-time deputy to garner more interest in the position and to alleviate the difficulty in filling shifts left open be­cause of sick, vacation or fam­ily leave.

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Council to encourage sidewalk repairs

November 9, 2017

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Pictured from left are City Attorney Glen Petersen, City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Mayor Greg Peter, and Councilpersons Erick Harper, Scott Dressen, Kenny Jensen and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
City Administrator Robert Wolfington brought before the Tyler City Council a program to incentivize property owners to replace badly cracked and eroded sidewalks in town at Monday’s regular monthly meeting. The project would require property owners to apply for the city to cover 30 percent of the cost with the owner responsible for the remaining 70 percent. The amount of the city match would not exceed $400, or $800 for lots with sidewalks on two sides of the property…

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New Verizon cell tower planned for county

October 27, 2017

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Dale Sterzinger provided the quarterly SWDC update for the Lincoln County Commissioners.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Dale Sterzinger provided the SWCD quarterly report for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting. Sterzinger said they have reached the implementation stage of the Watershed One Plan, and that a signed agreement was needed to move forward. This was approved by unanimous consent.

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Joe Wilson appointed County Highway Engineer

October 12, 2017

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Joe Wilson (right) was appointed Lincoln County Highway Engineer by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. He is pictured with Dustin Hauschild, who, along with Wilson, represented the Highway Department at the Oct. 3 meeting.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners appointed Joe Wilson as the County Highway Engineer at their Tuesday, Oct. 3 meeting.
The possibility of appointing Wilson, who is replacing Dave Halbersma in the position, was brought forth last month by Halbersma, whose services Lincoln County has been sharing with Pipestone County. Halbersma had suggested appointing Wilson to the position now versus in May, as Halbersma felt Wilson is ready to take over the position. Halbersma had reminded the Lincoln County Board that the original plan was to have their own highway engineer, and that for the past few years Wilson had been working to complete his degree.

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Council approves variance permit

October 5, 2017

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Kari Althoff of Tyler was on hand to discuss a variance permit application with the council.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Kari Althoff was on hand to discuss a variance permit for the property at 130 W. Bradley Ave. in Tyler at Monday evening’s regular monthly Tyler City Council meeting. The building, adjacent to the alley behind Citizens State Bank, formerly housed Althoff’s Body Kneads business. Althoff has an interested buyer who would like to convert the building into a two-bedroom apartment.
“The buyer would like to do something constructive with it,” Althoff said. “I’d like to see something in there. I really don’t like to see it set empty.”

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Commissioners hear from mayor, city administrator of Hendricks

September 28, 2017

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Hendricks Mayor Julie Hogie and City Administrator David Blees, left, talked to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week about the rural dumpsters and recycling site in Hendricks.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks City Administrator David Blees and Mayor Julie Hogie attended the Tuesday, Sept. 19 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to speak to the commissioners regarding the rural garbage and recycling site located in Hendricks.
Recently, there has been talk at the county level of moving the site back to its original location, to property owned by the county along Hwy. 17 across from NB Golf…

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County approves preliminary plat for Shaokatan

September 14, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Sept. 5 meeting, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding a subdivision on Lake Shaokatan. Olsen was requesting the approval of a preliminary plat, as the same had already been approved by the Planning and Zoning Board.
Olsen said the public had a chance for input and questions, with a favorable result. However, there was a question regarding excavating for a boat ramp. Olsen is working with the landowner and coming up with alternatives.

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Council hears audit report for 2016

September 14, 2017

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Matt Taubert discussed the 2016 audit report at Monday’s Tyler City Council Meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Matt Taubert of Meule­broeck, Taubert & Co. gave the 2016 audit report at Monday’s regular monthly meeting of the Tyler City Council. Taubert reported that the audit had earned a clean opinion with the exception of an issue with the volunteer fire relief asso­ciation regarding the depart­ment having an actuarial done on their pension fund. Taubert said that it was not a major concern for the auditors due to the relatively small amount of money.
“It is expensive to have an ac­tuarial done,” Taubert said. “If something comes about where I think that the city should rec­ommend that the fire depart­ment [should address] that, we’ll definitely let you know.”

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County holds special meeting

August 23, 2017

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

A special meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held Monday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. for the purpose of discuss­ing potential litigation stemming from a protest that occurred related to the bid opening for the box culvert project on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
On Monday morning, Lincoln County Attorney Glen Petersen told the Board of Commissioners that he had received com­munication from the at­torney of Qualm Construc­tion, Inc., the party that is protesting the results of the bid opening.

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LCEDC asks county commissioners for increase in their 2018 budget

August 23, 2017

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Vince Robinson and John Engels, representing the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation (LCEDC), spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners last Tuesday providing an update on LCEDC activities and presenting their 2018 budget request.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Vince Rob­inson and John Engels, representing the Lincoln County Enterprise De­velopment Corporation (LCEDC). They reviewed the projects and services provided by the LCEDC and their importance, and where staff time is spent. Robinson presented the 2018 budget request of $58,000. Last year’s bud­get request was $52,000, but the board kept the amount appropriation at $45,000. Robinson and Engels explained that the LCEDC’s reserves are de­pleted, and they would like the Board of Commission­ers to consider appropriat­ing the requested amount. The Board of Commission­ers is currently reviewing the budget for 2018, and took the request under consideration.
Robinson requested the approval of the submission of the Hole-in-the-Moun­tain Master Plan, which was approved by unani­mous consent.

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