County Board Briefs

Accessibility planning begins
County Administrator Pat Oman briefed the board on how Mille Lacs County must begin the process of developing a plan to make sure its public rights of way conform to the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. He said the county is not compliant to the act and must either have a plan in place to conform or be in the act of developing a plan to conform, or it risks being denied certain types of federal funding. Oman shared a flow chart on the process of ADA transition, which includes multiple steps such as evaluation, inventory, public comment and workshop sessions.

Four-wheel-drive recreation still in the works
After meeting with the Minnesota Four-Wheel-Drive Association a year ago, the County Board got an update on the status of a plan to develop a recreational area of trails for slow-moving, big-tired, rock-climbing trucks. The original piece of land proposed for the use in East Side Township is no longer available, so the commissioners looked at approximately a dozen county-owned parcels bigger than 10 acres that might be suitable for the use. Mille Lacs County applied for and received grant funds for the project and must use the money by 2017. Finding a site is a priority and discussions will continue with the association.

Free radios beef up emergency preparedness
The County Board agreed to receive four 800-megahertz base radios from Stearns County at no cost to enhance coverage of the emergency-communications system, called ARMER, in places where testers have found reception issues within some buildings in the county, including Milaca and Princeton schools. Stearns County is upgrading its equipment and has no use for the old radios.