FERGUS FALLS -- Spitzer Lake property owners briefed the Otter Tail County board on Tuesday, Dec. 3, regarding the lake flooding and the properties that are affected south of Battle Lake.

Relief was granted at the County Board of Equalization in June to six properties, reducing the 2019 estimated market values. The county assessor’s office has since been proactive in identifying and reassessing additional properties found to be affected by the flooding for the 2020 assessment.

Valuation notices are sent 10 days prior to the township’s local board meeting held in the spring. Property owners are encouraged to contact their assessor with any questions or concerns regarding their property values.

Some townships need website help

County Commissioner Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids has been in contact with a number of townships in Otter Tail County that are struggling with implementing and maintaining their websites.

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At the county board meeting he suggested possibly hosting townships on the county website or assisting townships with finding a solution.

County E-Government Administrator Scott Backstrom expressed concerns regarding the maintenance, accuracy of information, sustainability and efficiency of the search engine if hosted on the county website.

“However, we are willing to assist with guiding townships and answering any questions they may have,” Backstrom said.

County to share ideas about highway planning

A motion by County Commissioner Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls and seconded by Commissioner Betty Murphy of Maine Township was unanimously carried to authorize Commissioner Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids to attend the County Engineer Association Conference in January in Brainerd.

Johnson will assist in presenting the Otter Tail County Long Range Transportation Plan Development & Implementation plan and participate in any discussion.