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Stevens Co. Board of Commissioners preview: Public comments, VSO updates and recording equipment

MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners will hold their first scheduled public comment period, hear an annual update from Veterans Service Officer Hugh Reimers and consider the cost of equipment for recording county meetings at their meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Stevens County Courthouse.

County Coordinator Brian Giese told the commissioners at an earlier meeting that he planned to build in a time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting, since the agenda sometimes gets shifted around, making it hard for citizens to arrive in time to speak on issues. The designated public comment period is scheduled for 9:05 a.m.

VSO Hugh Reimers will share an annual report from his office. In 2011, the office started 39 new files for veterans, processed 17 new claims, helped with 269 other benefits applications and spoke with 716 total contacts.

IT Director Scott Busche will present the board with a new ID/keycard policy and quotes for equipment that will be used to record county meetings. In a memo to the board, Busche said the recordings can be uploaded to the Internet and share with local access TV stations.

The board will approve a new county employee handbook, approve the hiring of an assistant county attorney and pay commissioner warrants.

A full copy of Wednesday's agenda is attached to this article. Look for a full re-cap of Wednesday's meeting online later this week and in Saturday's edition of the Sun Tribune.