Randy Neumann, Todd County commissioner
When is enough, enough when it comes to taxes? Back in the first part of April, Todd County sent out what I call the blue sheets or property valuation notices for 2019, payable in 2020. Within a few days of these being mailed, my phone started ringing. Now, I was not only getting calls from my district but was getting calls from some of the other districts.
Well, I believe we have had an old-fashioned winter this year. Lots of cold and snow and school closings. Last Wednesday was the first day of spring and I see some of our birds are coming back, so spring is close.
I have had the honor of being the Todd County Board chair three times. In Todd County, the commissioners are on a rotation to serve as chair. Being the chair brings on a lot of extra responsibilities and duties. You have more committee assignments and you are in Long Prairie a lot more.
Update on the One Watershed One plan: Right after I submitted my last column, I received an email that the public meetings were going to be held Nov. 13-14 in Sauk Centre and Waite Park. I did attend the meeting in Sauk Centre. I felt the public turnout was low.
Wow, it is October and Halloween already, how time flies. So, I said I would follow up on the 1 Watershed 1 Plan. As of now in Todd County, this is the first of possibly five that could happen. As of now, the 1 Watershed 1 Plan pertains to the Sauk River, which involves Douglas, Pope, Stearns and Todd Counties. Meeker County opted out as they had very little land draining into the Sauk River.
Battle Point Park would not be what it is today without the people who see and have seen the value of it. Starting with the late Fifth District Commissioner, Bob George Sr., who in 1985 had a vision on Battle Point, but passed away before he could get the things he wanted to get done at the park.
When the new commissioners took office in January 2005, we were the acting Park Board and one of our first actions was to have Battle Point Park surveyed. What we found was landowners were on park land. The survey on the south side of the park showed survey stakes in the middle of a mobile home. The other was on the lakeside when you first drive in. The county attorney resolved both issues for around $30,000. This money was put into the park fund. Before the survey, most people thought Battle Point was 3 to 4 acres when in reality it is 10 acres.
Battle Point in the 1970s started to get pressure to stop camping from its neighbors. I remember there was camping into the mid 70s. In 1977, the Minnesota DNR did a quitclaim and conveyed to Todd County interests in the land (Battle Point).
As I sit down to write this article today, it's Valentine's Day, or as I call it a day of love. Please share it. January went fast and we now have all union contracts signed for the next three years. We will start our financial committee meetings for the 2019 budget for Todd County next month.