Working behind The Scenes To Benefit Lake County’s Citizens.
What comes to mind when you think about the term public servant? Often, one may envision folks like nurses, fire fighters, teachers, police officers and EMTs. In all likelihood, those employed as maintenance workers get overlooked when it comes to the idea of “public servant”. The fact is that maintenance workers play a vital role in keeping the County running and thereby bring stability to the lives of Lake County residents.
Curt Backen, Facilities Manager for the County updated the County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday on the work that the staff of the Facilities Maintenance Department have focused on over the past year. The scope of the department’s work covers the entire county and includes keeping County owned properties maintained so the business of the County runs efficiently and effectively. This work includes, among many other tasks, roof repair and replacement, maintaining and upgrading HVAC systems, resurfacing parking lots that have deteriorated over the years and replacing conventional lighting in County owned buildings with more efficient and cost effective LED lighting. Under Backen’s direction, the staff of Facilities Maintenance Department serves the residents of Lake County by helping make sure that County facilities are safe and open to the public and in a literal sense, by helping to keep the lights on.
County Administrator Matthew Huddleston indicated that there are currently 6 or 7 permit requests for short term vacation rentals. STVRs have been a frequent topic of discussion in municipalities across the county as elected officials consider the pros and cons of vacation rentals and look into how best to regulate and manage their impact on permanent residents.
Technological advancements are coming to the county’s 911 system. The new technology will allow dispatchers to better pinpoint the location of those who call into the system for help. These improvements will enhance response times and will improve public safety efforts. Commissioners are not sure, at present, what the costs of this will be to the county.
In recognition of the end of slavery, Juneteenth (June 19th) will be observed as a public holiday in Minnesota, starting this year. Public offices will be closed on the 19th.