The Grant County commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, December 19, and continued their discussion of the water level issue surrounding Lake Albert located south of Highway 12 between Milbank and Big Stone City.
At the last meeting of the board, Grant County Auditor Karen Layher informed that board that she would make contacts to various agencies to determine whose responsibility it would be to clear out the main outlet on the south end of the lake that has not been draining properly because of excessive buildup of debris.
The current water level of the lake is a foot above normal. After further examination, it was noted that drainage is actually occurring within the lake itself, but the water level remains high because of rainfall amounts received last fall.
“In all likelihood, it would take a cooperative effort between the county, the Game, Fish and Parks Department and the private landowners that are being affected,” said Layher. “The goal is to clear the debris from the affected area so that normal drainage can occur and the lake’s water level can return to normal.”
In other business, the board approved the appointment of Jeff McCullouch to serve as an alternate on the Grant County Planning and Zoning Board. The board also gave approval to pay alternate board members a fee of $125 per meetings they attend.
The commissioners authorized a transfer of $10,000 from the general fund to the Grant County Emergency Management fund. They gave approval for new election equipment from ES&S Corporation as previously discussed with the 2018 budget. The board adopted a resolution outlining new campaign finance requirements for candidates running for county office positions. The new requirements will officially take effect for all county elections in 2018.
The next regular meeting of the board is set for Thursday, December 28, at 1 p.m. Other regular meetings were also set for Tuesday, January 2, and Tuesday, January 16, at