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County continues discussions on solid waste project

By Kayla Kloos

Sun Tribune

Environmental Services Coordinator Bill Kleindl met with the Stevens County Board of Commissioners to discuss Stevens County's role in the Pope/Douglas Solid Waste project in Alexandria.

The board passed a motion initiated by Commissioner Paul Watzke to honor the current contract with Kandiyohi County until its expiration in April 2009, but to show strong interest in the Pope/Douglas incineration project.

Commissioner Neal Hofland asked what an increase in tipping fees mean to a resident of Stevens County. The board agreed to look into the question and get a firm figure before making any commitments to Pope/Douglas.

In other board business:

• The Stevens County board presented Human Services Director Joanie Murphy and two county representatives, Beth Mahoney and Dave Burns, with a resolution recognizing the exemplary work efforts of the employees for financial reporting requirements.

Commissioner of Human Services Cal Ludeman has issued a letter specifying "perfect performance" from members of the Stevens County Human Services staff in meeting or exceeding department expectations.

• The board also approved a resolution to modify JOBZ sub zones in the city Industrial Park. The Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission must also get approval from the other two taxing entities -- the City of Morris and the Morris Area School District -- before the modification can be approved.

The new JOBZ reclassification would open the program to Bonanza Bean LLC, which is planning to build a plant in the park.

• Stevens County confirmed its continued participation of the West Central Multi-County Secured Treatment Facility that is in the works.

The 11-county partnership is hoping to set up a secured facility to be used by all counties to help with the treatment of recurring drug users.

"It will not solve the county's jail needs," County Coordinator Jim Thoreen stated. "Stevens County will be limited to two to three people to use the facility at a given time."

The board agreed to continue talking about the initiative, but to not yet commit to any large expenses at this time.

• The County Board also approved the implementation and funding for a County Document Imaging Project.

The project would allow easier access for staff and the public to documents, as well as provide a safeguard for disaster recovery. Currently, with a paper system, there is no recovery in the case of a natural disaster or fire. The funding of this project will come from a legislative funding proposal that places a fee on all documents obtained from the Recorder's Office. That money is put aside for technological projects. This fee has already been in place for a number of years and generates about $1,800 per month.