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Supervisors hear funding requests, discuss litigation

December 22, 2010
By LINDSEY MUTCHLER Messenger staff writer

The Webster County Board of Supervisors met for two hours covering an extensive list of action and discussion items Tuesday morning.

The Elderbridge Agency on Aging approached the board with a request for $21,000 to help fund its programs.

Last year, due to budget problems, the board didn't fulfill the agency's request, which resulted in $21,000 worth of cuts to the program.

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Supervisors meeting, Dec. 21, 2010

Lahoma Counts, the agency's executive director, told the board she hoped it would be able to provide the agency with the total amount proposed in order to avoid cuts in services.

Supervisor Keith Dencklau said the board would take the request into consideration when it begins work on its budget.

The board also briefly discussed the county's Planning and Zoning Administrator position. Supervisors Bob Singer and Eddie Peterson said they would discuss the matter further after a meeting with Enxco, a Minnesota-based company planning to build a wind farm west of Lehigh.

The board will again discuss the position's hours in January.

"I think this part-time position is working well," Peterson said. He added that the Enxco executive director estimated that all permits and fact-finding associated with the project should be wrapped up by March.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Sheilah Lizer had asked her position to be reinstated to full time in light of the proposed wind farm project, during the Dec. 14 board meeting.

In other business, the board went into closed session to discuss imminent litigation. However, due to Iowa's Open Meetings Laws, the meeting was closed to the public, and board members declined to comment on the nature of the litigation.

Contact Lindsey Mutchler at (515) 573-2141 or lindsey@messengernews.net

 
 

 

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