All Commissioners present
Dennis Peterson, Noxious Weed Director, told the commissioners that some land owners are not doing their spraying for certain plants. All landowners, both public and private, are required to control and eradicate all noxious weeds on lands that they own or manage. Some townships have said that they don’t have the money and so are not complying with the law. The biggest problem is with bindweed. It was suggested this topic be discussed at the next annual meeting of the townships. The state has no money for spraying and state laws provide for legal action if the regulation is not complied with.
Peterson said that the next household hazardous waste pickup at Howie’s will be July 10th.
Greg McHenry, Appraiser, reported that good progress has been made with the Orion project. The post conversion work was finished 2-3 weeks earlier than anticipated.
Because of the recent flooding, the appraisers did damage assessments of 91 real estate parcels in the County – several parcels had multiple buildings on them such as apartment buildings, mobile homes, etc.
Monty Wedel, Planning/Special Projects Director addressed the question of building codes in the unincorporated areas of the county. Right now they are looking at codes for residential buildings with the option to consider commercial codes in the future if the need arises. They will look into requirements, costs for inspections, etc. If codes are adopted, all contractors will have to have a license from Manhattan. An owner/occupant may build it themselves but permits and inspections will be required and it will have to be up to code.
The commission then addressed the CIP budget. Two lists of infrastructure projects, one from 2010 and one for 2011 were looked at with a view to getting them completed promptly. Other items in the budget were discussed and will be looked at on July 8 work session.
Julie Merklin, Observer