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Star Lake Township ditch revision noted

County Ditch Inspector Kevin Fellbaum reported on, during a continued public hearing, the redetermination of benefits for Ditch 55 in Star Lake Township.

The benefits of Ditch 55 were reduced from $494,569 to $448,190. This is part of a county ditch viewers report.

Once the benefited property owners are determined, all costs incurred by the ditch system (for repairs, maintenance and inspections) are assessed back to the benefited property owners.

County ditches are regulated by the County Ditch Authority which is comprised of the five-person Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners.

Initially the purpose of county ditches was to drain lowlands so that more property could be made usable for farming practices.

An added benefit from the drainage systems is the fact that some of them are tied to lakes. These systems function as the only outlet for these lakes, helping with flood protection.

Human Services submits annual report summary

County Human Services Director Deb Sjostrom shared with county commissioners the first quarter fiscal report for the agency.

Revenues and expenses are on target in the budget considering the revenue payment expected after real estate tax payments have been received by the county.

Sjostrom shared the Human Services 2017 Annual Report which includes the organizational structure and detailed information about the food, health, child, and adult programs administered by the agency.

She emphasized the value of the Human Services staff who administer the programs.

After hearing the annual report, a motion was unanimously carried by county commissioners to express appreciation and recognize the Human Services team for their work and service to residents of Otter Tail County.

Grant helps support county in efforts to make lakes safer

County commissioners authorized the appropriate county officials' signatures to execute an agreement between the county of Otter Tail and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding a boating safety patrol grant agreement.

The grant is for summer 2018 overtime enforcement salaries for the boating season. Total amount of the grant is $11,375 beginning May 11 and ending September 3.