1/2/2013 11:17:00 AM Dodge County Commissioners
Land, records duties
By Gretta Becay
One of the decisions facing Dodge County in 2013 is how the duties of the county assessor and the county recorder will be completed.
In 2012, Recorder Sue Alberts and Assessor Wendall Englestad retired and the two positions are as yet unfilled.
County Administrator Jim Elmquist and the Dodge County Commissioners discussed ideas at the committee of the whole meeting Dec 26, 2012.
Possible solutions include having some assessor duties completed by another county's assessor with a deputy in Dodge County or, merging the assessor and recorder departments and hiring one director.
People in the departments are now doing the work, explained Lisa Kramer, finance director and Lisa Hager, employee relations director.
The commissioners approved the following official salaries for 2013:
County board members - $18,382; county board chair - $18,907; half-time county attorney - $44,103; county sheriff $89,009.
Sheriff Jim Jensen gave his yearend report to the board members. Jensen reported in 2012, there had been eight suicides, 14 attempted suicides, five attempted burglaries, 78 burglaries, three attempted larcenies, 254 larcenies, (includes gas drive-offs), 26 vehicle thefts, (includes ATV's, snowmobiles and motorcycles,) and several searches for missing or runaway children.
Jensen reported the number of suicides had increased over years past. In 2011 and 2008 there were five; in 2010, 2009, and 2005 there were three; in 2007 there were two; in 2006 and 2004 there were none; and in each 2002 and 2003, there was one.
Emergency Management Director Matt Maas presented the All Hazard Mitigation Plan for the county as required by federal regulators. The board formally adopted the plan. Maas will now take it to all cities and townships and request they adopt it, also.
The commissioners also approved:
Advertising and opening bids for the 2013 season supplies of 30,000 tons of gravel; 1,800 tons of bituminous mixture; 110,000 gallons of calcium chloride solution; and 4,000 gallons of pavement marking.
The placement of a 'Welcome to Kasson' sign by the City of Kasson just east of 260th Ave east of Kasson. The sign is less than 300 square feet in size.
Denying the reduction or abatement of a penalty for property taxes paid late on property on 595th St in Claremont township.
Revisions in the expense reimbursement transportation and travel policy including increases in the meal reimbursements.
Property tax abatements for some properties because of clerical errors in coding the tax district, an error in the number of acres on which taxes were being paid, and changes in property designation to homestead from non-homestead.
The legal paper for the county as the West Concord News-Enterprise.
The commissioners met again Jan 2 for the annual statutory meeting.