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County ditch request denied

A county ditch request from a land owner near Big McDonald Lake, north of Dent, was denied Sept. 4 by the county board of commissioners. County Ditch Inspector Kevin Fellbaum provided a brief history regarding a portion of Ditch 25 including the private property. The property owners requested a clean-out of Ditch 25 south of Highway 35. Concerns were expressed to county board members regarding the water quality in the area and the effect a clean-out could have on Big McDonald Lake. Fellbaum shared E-coli readings at the Highway 35 crossing, in Wendt Lake, and the northside of Big McDonald Lane. E-coli readings were very high in Wendt Lake, the Highway 35 crossing area and low on the north side of Big McDonald Lane. "The cattails in the ditch before it flows into Big McDonald Lake have been naturally filtering the water," Fellbaum said. After receiving the water quality data, a motion was offered and unanimously carried to deny the request to perform repair work south of Highway 35 in Ditch 25. The motion by the county board includes a directive for the Ditch Inspector Fellbaum to survey the culverts for elevation readings at Big McDonald Lane.

Pictometry product demo

County Land Services Director Brian Armstrong demonstrated to county board members a mapping product through EagleView. He explained its capabilities. EagleView provides access to its aerial imagery, 3D models, and measurement and analytical tools through proprietary software. Armstrong explained how some of this technology could be incorporated into the current GIS maps accessible on the Otter Tail County website.

County staffing approved

The five-person county board of commissioners unanimously voted to replace two current county public health positions, dietician and public health nurse, changing from .80 FTE to 1.0 FTE. A motion by Commissioner John Lindquist of Dalton and seconded by Commissioner Doug Huebsch of Perham was unanimously carried to approve a chief deputy position in the Recorder's Office to be filled internally.