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County board discusses ditch southeast of Vergas

Kevin Fellbaum, county ditch inspector, informed county board members about clean-out work completed in Ditch 25 from Highway 35 to the outlet of Wendt Lake, southeast of Vergas.

Kevin Fellbaum, county ditch inspector, informed county board members about clean-out work completed in Ditch 25 from Highway 35 to the outlet of Wendt Lake, southeast of Vergas.

Bill and Elaine Schepper spoke to the board about standing water on their property which they believe is a result of a culvert under Highway 35 that had been changed in the year 2000 from a 20-inch culvert to two 18-inch culverts at a higher elevation than the original culvert.

The Scheppers indicated that the culvert under Highway 35 is not working.

Julie Adland, hydrologist from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) indicated that there is some concern with lowering the culverts because it would allow more sediment moving into Big McDonald Lake.

Discussion continued about the elevation difference between Highway 35 and the culvert. County commissioners requested the county highway department to obtain elevation data.

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This topic will again be addressed by the five-person count board at a future meeting.

County License Center hires okayed by board

A motion by County Commissioner John Lindquist of Dalton and seconded by Commissioner Roger Froemming of Parkers Prairie was unanimously carried to authorize hiring two County License Center specialists.

One hire will replace a vacancy and one will replace an upcoming retirement. Information came from Auditor-Treasurer Wayne Stein.

A motion by Commissioner Doug Huebsch of Perham and seconded by Lindquist was unanimously carried to authorize a reclassification from an eligibility worker to a financial assistance specialist.

Tax abatement plan considered

County Administrator John Dinsmore requested authority to publish a notice to consider a tax abatement for the former Catholic Charities building for a new chemical dependency program.

A motion by Commissioner Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls and seconded by Commissioner Doug Huebsch of Perham was unanimously carried to schedule a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the County Government Services Center in northwest Fergus Falls.

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The hearing will be held to consider a tax abatement for Inventure Properties, aka Fergus Care Center, LLC, for a chemical dependency treatment program to be located in Fergus Falls.

The City of Fergus Falls is also considering a tax abatement for this property.

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