Lincoln County applying for Safety Grant to improve courthouse security

April 13, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Amber Scholten came before the Lin­coln County Board of Commis­sioners to seek approval for an application for a Safety Grant which is provided through the State of Minnesota. The funds would be used for the instal­lation of safety features in the courthouse, namely in the Court Administrator area to provide for a more secure work space. The grant is a 50 percent match grant; the amount the county would be responsible for would be $29,413. The Board of Com­missioners approved the appli­cation by unanimous consent.
Scholten also mentioned the upcoming Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is April 17-21…

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Council asks for action on 1903 school building

April 6, 2017

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City employee Dave Haroldson, left, expressed concerns over shoreline erosion at Stoney Point Campground.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

In a continued effort to seek relief from blighted properties in Tyler, the Tyler City Council passed a resolution requesting that issues with the 1903 RTR High School building be ad­dressed. Staff and students have been kept out of the building and a snow fence has been erected in front of the structure. Due to safety concerns, the council is requesting the RTR board take action on the issue. The motion requested that the school dis­trict “provide a report on the structural stability of the 1903 building and take measures to restore structural integrity or other measures to restore safety to the 1903 Russell-Tyler-Ruth­ton High School building located at the end of Tyler Street in Ty­ler, Minnesota.”

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County camping surcharge discussed

March 30, 2017

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The Road and Bridge public hearing at the courthouse last week was well attended.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regard­ing a $50 per campsite surcharge at Norwegian Creek that has been past practice. The Parks Department takes funds out of the revenues. Olsen said the question of doing the same with other campers around the lake has come up as those people are also making use of the lake. The discussion that ensued included bringing forth the points that unlike Norwegian Creek Camp­ground, other campers are camp­ing on private property, and that the money collected goes to the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District. The fee, Olsen said, is a direct way of placing mainte­nance of the lake on the users rather than the taxpayers. The Lake Benton Lake Improvement District would be making the de­cision whether to implement the fee for other campers; the deci­sion for the county to continue collecting the surcharge fee is up to the county. A motion was made and passed by unanimous consent to continue collecting the $50 surcharge at Norwegian Creek.

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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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