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The Fillmore County Board held its annual meeting on Tuesday, and, as its first order of business, elected three-year veteran commissioner Duane Bakke as the new Chairman of the Board for 2002. Commissioner Marc Prestby was elected the Vice-Chair.
Commissioner Bakke began the meeting with a prepared statement, outlining his priorities for the board’s agenda for the coming year.
At the top of the new chairman’s list are the county’s facilities. Bakke stated that the board would continue its ongoing planning and renovation work at the courthouse as a top priority, but that the board would also have to "keep in mind the total needs" of the county buildings, including the jail and the highway shops.
Chairman Bakke proposes paying for the renovation projects through bonding and the sale of the County Farm. On the former, the commissioners recently looked into bonding as a capital project revenue source, and were informed that it is a good time for the county to bond because the rates are low.
According to Bakke, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is very interested in purchasing the County Farm and is currently having the property appraised.
Setting the tone for the rest of the annual meeting, Bakke warned the other commissioners that the board needs to be aware of state funding cutbacks that will require county government to be very efficient, and may eventually lead to a possible reduction of county staff.
"The Governor has made it very aware, he’s going after county funding," said Bakke, referring to the state’s projected budget deficit.
The second priority for the new chairman is going to be the completion of a new zoning ordinance for the county. As both a commissioner and a member of the Fillmore County Planning Commission, Bakke has been the most active commissioner in the zoning process.
"I started a process three years ago when I made a motion to re-zone to one home per 160 acres. I did that to get people involved, and what we see now is a 180 degree difference on ideas," stated Bakke, eluding to the differing public opinions on the proposed zoning changes.
In referring to the zoning process, he also told his fellow board members that the commissioners would have to get more involved in the process, or as Bakke put it, "get our fingerprint on this."
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