Otter Tail County roadway paver patching projects reviewed

FERGUS FALLS -- Otter Tail County commissioners, on Aug. 6, heard a report from County Engineer Charles Grotte who reviewed roadway paver patching throughout Otter Tail County.

Grotte reviewed the overall paver patching process, including work orders for different roadways and how the work is determined.

He anticipates current projects to continue through mid-September 2019.

Otter Tail County is larger in size than the state of Rhode Island and paved roads total 1,062 miles.

“The backbone of the highway system in Otter Tail County requires lots of financial investment,” Grotte said. “County residents who have attended public meetings in previous months have expressed their desire for their roadways to be maintained at the highest level.”


County board, staff plan for annual fall retreat

Otter Tail County Internal Services/Human Resources Director Nicole Hansen discussed with the five-person county board of commissioners the potential schedule for the upcoming fall retreat.

The retreat will include discussion regarding the county’s Long Range Strategic Plan and succession planning for the county administrator position due to John Dinsmore’s upcoming retirement.

Hansen is researching potential dates with the facilitator and communicating with the county commissioners regarding a final date.

Master service agreement approved by county board

On Aug. 6 a motion by County Commissioner Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids and seconded by County Commissioner John Lindquist of Dalton was unanimously carried to authorize an agreement between Otter Tail County and Foth Infrastructure & Environment.

The agreement provides for professional services related to solid waste consulting for the Otter Tail County Department of Solid Waste.

Foth’s environmental services deliver what they term “smart solutions” for protection of land and water resources.

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