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Rogness to lead county board this year

Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls will head the county board of commissioners as chairman for 2016. Vice chairman will be Doug Huebsch of Perham. The other county commissioners are outgoing chairman John Lindquist of Dalton, Wayne Johnson of Pelican Ra...

Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls will head the county board of commissioners as chairman for 2016. Vice chairman will be Doug Huebsch of Perham.

The other county commissioners are outgoing chairman John Lindquist of Dalton, Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids and Roger Froemming of Parkers Prairie.

Johnson and Froemming were reelected in 2014 to new four-year terms on the county board of commissioners. The other three commissioners will be up for reelection in November 2016.

Otter Tail County is comprised of an area that’s larger than the state of Rhode Island. The county budget is more than $90 million on an annual basis.

County taxpayers will contribute $37.1 million for county operations in 2016. The other remaining portion comes from state and federal contributions, as well as other sources.

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The county is divided into five districts, with one commissioner from each district. Commissioners oversee various departments which provide services to over 57,000 residents in Otter Tail County.

Duties of the county board of commissioners, in addition to adopting an annual budget and county levy, include overseeing highway maintenance, adopting solid waste policies, overseeing human services programs and working in conjunction with county department heads and staff members on a variety of other programs.

Rogness, whose background is in the farm equipment business, reminds constituents that all county board meetings are open to the general public, including committee meetings.

Regular county board meetings are usually held the first, second and fourth Tuesday’s of the month starting at 9:30 a.m. at the County Government Services Center in northwest Fergus Falls, just west of the RTC complex.

There are periodic changes to the schedule. An example is this month with meetings scheduled for Jan. 5, 19 and 26.

Public hearings, held during evening hours in various locations in Otter Tail County (Pelican Rapids, Perham, Henning and other communities), are held periodically to allow county residents the opportunity to speak on various issues.

Meeting information and details about various county-run programs are available for public use by accessing the Otter 

Related Topics: OTTER TAIL COUNTY
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