The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a funding request brought forth by Ray Mullins and Brian Freed of the Larrabee Fire Department.
Mullins and Freed requested $40,000 to help in their efforts to purchase a 1999 Tanker Truck. Recently, a house fire in Larrabee presented a problem for the department when water from the Larrabee water tower was depleted and fire crews from Cherokee and Calumet had to haul water to the scene.
The purchase of a tanker truck would help with future needs of the department by having water on the stand-by. The total price for the tanker truck is $81,723 and the department plans on requesting grant money and holding fundraisers to make up the difference.
The Board granted Mullins and Freed's request from funds from the Cherokee County Rural Betterment Fund.
Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin sought the Board's tentative approval on his efforts to share with O'Brien County with a multi-county collection program.
The proposal would essentially have one person in charge of collections for both counties. If both counties share in a collection person, both counties could also share that person's wages and benefits, accoding to Kolpin.
The Board gave Kolpin tentative approval and asked Kolpin to get back to them with more information.
Jim Nielsen of the Marcus Historical Society also brought a funding request to the Board. Nielsen requested in their efforts to build a historical village on the Marcus Fair Grounds. It is something similar to what is currently at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. No amount was discussed and the Board tabled the request until budget time and will consider the request when planning the next budget.
In other business, the Board approved two wage-authorization requests for the Cherokee County Conservation Department. The first wage authorization was for new hire Emmet Kohn, who was hired by the Conservation Board to be a Conservation Technician. His starting wage will be $13 per hour.
The second wage authorization was for Chad Brown who recently received a promotion and is now Director of the Cherokee County Conservation Department. As the new Conservation Director, Brown will have an annual salary of $48,732.
Brown replaces Ginger Walker, who resigned her post to accept a regional position with Pheasants Forever.
The Board also met with Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan and discussed general business.