Mille Lacs County Board Briefs

Below are summaries of actions from the Aug. 15 meeting of the Mille Lacs County Board. They were compiled by Debbie Griffin.

County Attorney requests drug court, victim coordinator
County Attorney Joe Walsh visited the Mille Lacs County Board meeting Aug. 15 to make a case before the 2018 budget is set for the county to hire an additional victim-witness coordinator and to commit to funding a drug court. Both have possible grants, but Walsh said they are “forward looking” and needed with or without the grants. The coordinator served nearly 400 victims in a quarter but spends so much time keeping records for the grant that funds her position, another person is needed. Walsh said a drug court is needed to combat the “significant” drug problem in Mille Lacs County that contributes to other crimes; there is a grant available that requires a county match. He called the possible specialty court a proactive measure with a medical focus that is used to help high-risk, high-need offenders to get and stay clean. Walsh said last year grants were only given to counties with an existing drug-court program.

County agrees to hire building inspector
Personnel Director Holly Wilson confirmed with the board that the county will hire a building official to work in the land services department, mainly to coordinate code administration and enforcement issues along with “other duties as assigned” for a potential wage of $24-$31 per hour (rounded numbers). The minimum qualifications for the job include building official certification and five years’ inspection experience. The job is posted on the Association of Minnesota Counties website.