Randy Neumann, Todd County commissioner
As I sit down to write this article, there are four days left in 2017. With the New Year, there will be new challenges. As I reflect on 2017, I can say Commissioner Rod Erickson did a fantastic job chairing the Todd County Board. He represents District 3, which serves the city of Long Prairie and the townships of Long Prairie and Reynolds. The board also hired Joe Hatch as Todd County's coordinator last February and he has been a great asset.
The Todd County negotiating team has been working hard to settle the six union contracts in the county. As of Nov. 14, we have tentative agreements with four out of the six, with cost of living increases of 2.5 percent for 2018, 2.5 percent for 2019, and 2.5 percent for 2020. But the unions started out with wanting 5 percent for 2018, 5 percent for 2019 and 5 percent for 2020.
The Todd County Finance Committee recommended to the full County Board a 4.13 percent preliminary levy increase for 2018. This is required by the state for counties to set the preliminary levy by Sept. 30 of each year. Counties are not allowed to increase this number once it is set but are allowed to lower it.
Title: County commissioner; reports to: county citizens; positions reporting to: elected and appointed department heads; term: four years, staggered. Qualifications: The candidate must be a U.S citizen and a resident of the county. No specific length of residency is required. A commissioner cannot hold another elected position at the same time. The candidate must be 18 years of age or older. No minimum education or prior experience is required for the position of county commissioner. Desirable qualifications • A willingness to work long hours, including:
On June 20, the Todd County Board passed the resolution and order dissolving Independent School District 2759, Eagle Valley Public School and attaching its territory. The County Board chose option 2, which was more of a north/south split. The old Eagle Bend School went to Bertha Hewitt and the Clarissa school went to Browerville. On a motion from Becker and second by Neumann, the resolution was introduced and adopted by unanimous roll call vote.
I said I would follow up regarding the Eagle Valley School District dissolution, here's how things are progressing. Since my last article, Todd County Board Chair Rod Erickson, County Coordinator Joe Hatch and I (vice chair), had a lot of meetings with area school districts, lawyers and accountants. This information is reported back to the full board of commissioners. The full county board has also discussed the dissolution at its board meetings. We are gathering as much information as we can to make a good decision.