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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 3:33 pm

Workforce and student housing remain on the to-do list for Lake Area Improvement Corporation, according to Eric Fosheim, LAIC executive director.

He was among those submitting budget requests to the Lake County Commission on Tuesday morning. Having received all budget requests, the commission will now receive a report on revenue from Lake County Auditor Bobbi Janke and make final adjustments before adopting a budget for Fiscal Year 2020.

While presenting the LAIC budget request, Fosheim reported Nielson Construction out of Harrisburg has purchased land in Madison for a housing development. The company's website indicates the company currently has 14 developments in the Sioux Falls and Yankton areas.

"Hopefully, in the next year, you'll see houses popping up in that area," Fosheim said, speaking of the Madison development.

Commissioner Dennis Slaughter indicated the housing development would be a benefit to the county.

Fosheim told commissioners LAIC remains "actively involved in a number of projects." Among them are ag projects, such as the Bosma Dairy, and TruShrimp.

"That project stands to be a huge benefit to the county," he said of TruShrimp.

LAIC requested $25,000 from Lake County.

In other business, the commission:

-- Received a request of $18,447 from Coroner Mark Rustand. He reported 12 coroner calls in 2018, which is the lowest number in the past 10 years. On average, there are 18 annually.

-- Received a request of $69,900 from the Lake County Conservation District. Last year the conservation district received just over half of the funding requested. The county is not required to provide funding, but historically Lake County has provided substantially more support than other counties provide their conservation districts.

Michelle Goodale, district manager, supplied information on the emerald ash borer before Carolyn Rudebusch, district chairperson, explained efforts to contact nonresident landowners about conservation issues in Lake County.

-- Approved a request from the Mark Clark family to use the 4-H show arena for a swine show on July 20.

-- Adopted a resolution to support First District Association of Local Governments in Fiscal Year 2020. The cost to the county will be $20,846.

-- Approved a recommendation from the information technology committee to migrate the email system to Office365.

-- Approved a resolution authorizing Chairperson Kelli Wollmann to sign a funding agreement with the state Department of Transportation which will allow the county to receive Highway Infrastructure Program funds. Highway Superintendent Dave Fedeler said this is new money which the state has released.

Lake County is eligible to receive $128,685, according to a report prepared by Shelli Gust, commission administrative assistant.

-- Approved a resolution authorizing Wollmann to sign a Bridge Improvement Grant (BIG) agreement for funds recently awarded for the bridge south of Chester. Gust indicated the total award was up to $320,000 plus 80% of the engineering costs.

-- Approved the letting authorization for the BIG project.

-- Approved fuel agreements with the City of Madison and Valiant Living.

-- Approved the termination of one dispatcher and the hiring of Nancy Vickmark as a non-certified trainee. Gust indicated they chose Vickmark out of the pool of applicants who recently applied for a position.

-- Approved a status change for Ryan McVey, who will now serve as a correctional officer and transport deputy.

-- Approved a status change for Justin Tvedt, who will now serve as a full-time deputy.

-- Received notice from Gust that the Lake County Courthouse will be closed on both Thursday and Friday because the governor has closed state offices on Friday to provide state employees with a four-day holiday weekend.

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