Washington County Agricultural Extension Services will get $25,600 less next year. Programs, including paid coordinators for 4-H, will get even less money in following years. Over time, the county board wants programs to be self-sufficient. Board members met with extension officials last week to discuss the future of extension programs, including 4-H, Master Gardner and environmental services. The county board cut extension funding two years ago and brought extension into the Department of Public Health and Environment.
A recently approved policy by the Washington County Board of Commissioners allows people with gun permits to have guns in the government center only if the sheriff is informed ahead of time. The policy is in line with a previous law that allows only licensed law enforcement officers and military personnel to have guns in a courthouse.
Washington County is hiring two collection agencies to collect on its delinquent accounts. After a trial period of up to a year, the Washington County Board of Commissioners will review the track records of Springer Collections and Central Portfolio Control and compare it with in-house bill collection. Edison Vizuete, county financial services director, said the agencies are not being hired because staff efforts were not good enough. His department spent $170,000 and collected $800,000 when the county did collections.
As John F. Kennedy said, "nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride." Mountain biking is not only an excellent exercise, it is also a fun challenge that all types of people can enjoy. "There's a lot of camaraderie amongst mountain bikers," said John Reents from the Afton Alps mountain biking department. It's something a wide range of abilities can enjoy together." Two of Minnesota's premiere mountain biking destinations are a quick car ride, or bike ride, away.
Washington County sheriff's deputies and local police officers will have the use of a shooting range thanks to a $1 million pledge approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners last week. The county is teaming up with Ramsey County to pay for a firing range at its new law enforcement center. Under a joint powers agreement, Washington County will be part owner of the facility for 30 years and have the use of three lanes of the 10-lane shooting range. Finding ways for law enforcement officers to maintain firearms qualifications for licensure has become increasingl
Because of new flood plain mapping, some Washington County residents will no longer have to pay flood insurance. Larry Nybeck, retiring county surveyor, told the county board last week that as a result of re-mapping shorelines of Big Marine and Carnelian lakes, nearly 140 homeowners will not be required to pay flood insurance. According to new lake maps to be submitted to the Federal Department of Emergency Management, the homes are not in the flood plain.