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County board adopts emergency operations plan

Each year Otter Tail County's Emergency Operations Plan is updated to reflect the most current information and to enhance existing information, documentation and practices.

And each year the plan, through County Emergency Manager Patrick Waletzko, is brought to the county board's Internal Services Committee for review and later on to the full county board for approval.

"The Minnesota Department of Public Safety also require that our emergency plan be reviewed annually by one of our peers," said Waletzko, "in this case a community within the county which has an emergency manager."

The City of Henning was certified this year and contacted officials in St. Paul to ensure that the current county plan meets state requirements and is locally applicable.

The county board's Internal Services Committee (which includes county commissioners John Lindquist of Dalton and Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls) met on Jan. 9 with Waletzko and County Administrator John Dinsmore to review the plan updates.

Having conducted that review, the Internal Services Committee recommended the county board adopt this year's Emergency Operations Plan. The plan was officially approved by the county board on Jan. 23.

County board members to attend AMC Conference

Otter Tail County commissioners will attend a gathering of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Feb. 28 and March 1 in St. Paul.

The topic will be state legislation that affects each of the 87 counties in Minnesota.

"The goal of the AMC is to work closely with our state legislators and administrative branches of state government in seeing that legislation and policies are favorable to Otter Tail County and the other 86 counties in Minnesota," says County Board Chairman Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids.

The AMC provides legislative advocacy, educational programs, training, research and communications for its member counties.

This year's legislative conference offers county commissioners the opportunity to refine AMC legislative policy and discuss concerns with legislators who also will be in attendance at the gathering in St. Paul.

Workshops on a variety of legislative issues and topics will also be available for Otter Tail County commissioners and other commissioners from throughout the state.