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Lake County Board of Commissioners Meeting; February 28, 2023

Scott Johnson, Forest Conser­vation Coordinator for the Ruffed Grouse Society for Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin, met with the Lake County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb­ruary 28th to talk about the work of the organization. The Ruffed Grouse Society is involved in forestry conservation and works to acquire, manage and restore habitat areas for Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock and song­bird populations. The RGS ad­vocates for active forest manage­ment as a means to maintain and grow Grouse populations, stating that an unmanaged habit will out­grow its ability to provide grouse with food, cover and protection from predators. Johnson said that the RGS has access to funds from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Her­itage Council that can be used to acquire small tracts of forest­ed private land, which can then be managed or rehabilitated for grouse and woodcock popula­tions. Readers who are interest­ed in conserving forested areas or who enjoy grouse hunting can learn more about the RGS by visiting their website at www. ruffedgroussociety.org.

Let’s talk trash. How many of us spend time thinking about the trash we generate and what actu­ally needs to be done to dispose of it? The good folks from Envi­ronmental Services spend a lot of time thinking about such issues and Christine McCarthy, Lake County’s Environmental Ser­vices Director/Planning and Zon­ing Administrator/Solid Waste Officer, was on hand to talk to the Board about ongoing efforts related to upgrading the solid waste management plan for the County. In the near future, a new landfill site will need to be found and developed. Planning for such a site needs to be certified by the State and must show how the County will reduce the amount of waste that is collectively gen­erated moving forward. McCa­rthy indicated that the two most viable ways to reduce the overall amount of garbage produced by area residents is through recy­cling and composting. One goal is to increase recycling by 35% over the next two years. Com­posting will need to be increased as well. When it comes to dealing with trash, we all have a role to play.

There were multiple items on the Lake County Board’s Action Agenda at Tuesday’s meeting. Among those items approved were payment in the amount of $7,560.00 to Election Systems & Software for maintenance for the DS200 precinct counters, au­thorization for the Board Chair to sign the 2023 Lake County Emergency Operations Plan, and acceptance of a proposal dated January 20, 2023 for the purchase of a new Zamboni to cover ice re­surfacing on area rinks.

Related to ongoing labor nego­tiations, the Board discussed and approved a policy that outlines how the County will respond to labor stoppages should a strike occur. The policy recognizes la­bor’s right to strike while out­lining the need for the County to insure the continuation of neces­sary public services. Here’s hope for successful negotiations.

The next Board of Commis­sioners meeting is scheduled for March 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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