The Codington County Commission met Tuesday morning with a long agenda that included 33 items, most of which included normal 1st meeting of the year business. One of the first items on the agenda was the selection of the Commission Chair. Brenda Hanten was elected to fill that position and former Chairman Myron Johnson was elected Vice-Chair. Also during the meeting, Commissioners voted to allow the chairman to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for 211 services. That is a four-way cost share between the City of Watertown, the Watertown Area United Way, Prairie Lakes Healthcare and Codington County.
The 211 services is a three year commitment which will cost each entity $3,279.75.
One of the other items discussed at the meeting was the annual increase of commissioner salaries. The proposed increase was 1.5%. That motion passed 4-1 with Commissioner VanDusen voting no on the pay increase.
As part of the normal 1st meeting of the year business, commissioners decided that they would keep their existing liaison positions. The Codington County Community Health Nurse’s office gave their report. Cody Martin, a Registered Nurse says that statewide influenza cases are on the rise….
Discussion was also held about the county using E30 in their vehicles. The city of Watertown announced at their council meeting Monday night that they would be using E30 in all city owned vehicles. The county will be exploring to possibility of doing the same. The commissioners will meet again next Tuesday morning at 9:00AM.