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Otter Tail County Board Briefs

County renews contract with Moorhead juvenile center

Otter Tail County Commissioners recently approved a 2018 annual purchase agreement between the county and the juvenile center in Moorhead for 4.5 beds, at a cost of $83,500 per bed.

County Probation Director Desta Lutzwick invited commissioners to a meeting regarding the expansion and remodeling project in Moorhead.

The juvenile center in Moorhead functions as a co-ed, 32-bed facility, as well as 15-bed non-secure care program. Services are for juveniles with behavioral, protection, dependency and delinquency issues

Member counties include Otter Tail, Cass, Clay, Becker, Wilkin, Wadena, Traverse, Grant, Douglas, Todd and Stevens. All of the counties are in Minnesota with the exception of Cass County, which is in North Dakota.

Dispatch Supervisor Siggerud to retire

Otter Tail County Dispatch Supervisor, Judy Siggerud, will be retiring at the end of the year.

"The County Board recognizes Ms. Siggerud's years of service to the county and commends her many contributions, which include managing the radio and E911 systems," said County Board Chairman Doug Huebsch at a recent board meeting.

Jason Karlgaard will be promoted to the Dispatch Supervisor position upon Siggerud's retirement.

Siggerud reported that Otter Tail County can expect to continue using its current radio system for at least the next five to seven years.

"The radios are in good condition," she said. "Parts are available for any necessary repairs, and support services will continue to be provided."

County discusses E911 system upgrades

Commissioners met with Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office personnel regarding upgrading the county's E911 (enhanced 911) system through its current vendor, Airbus.

"The updates will allow texting to 911 and provide software and equipment support," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

Currently, the state of Minnesota reimburses the county for 911 phone calls. This funding will be used to upgrade the system and pay for related training costs and monthly maintenance fees.

In the U.S., E911 involves support for wireless phone users who dial 911, the standard number for requesting help during an emergency.

Since wireless users are often mobile, some sort of enhancement is needed to 911 service that allows the location of the user to be known to the call receiver.

Dalton area ditch repair approved

Otter Tail County Ditch Inspector Kevin Fellbaum presented his recommendation that the tile repair on County Ditch 70 of Sewell Lake, southeast of Dalton, be changed from 12-inch tile to 8-inch tile.

"This will reduce the cost of the repair while maintaining the capacity to manage the water coming off a small drainage basin," said Fellbaum.

A motion by Commissioner John Lindquist of Dalton and seconded by Commissioner Roger Froemming of Parkers Prairie was unanimously carried to make the recommended repairs to Ditch 70.