Committee to meet again regarding new Highway Department building

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

 

Discussion carried over from the previous week’s County Board meeting regarding a new building for the Houston County Highway Department.

Commissioner Justin Zmyweski wanted to see the county hold a public hearing to gather community input.

Zmyweski repeated his concern that the board had only seen one set of plans and that some comparisons were needed.

“We have to look at all aspects of this,” said Zmyweski of the proposed building project. “I don’t want to see another jail project where we build more building than we ultimately need.”

Zmyweski said that perhaps with input from the public, they can get a sense for the public’s desire for another county building.

The other commissioners, however, disagreed and wanted to see the committee come forward first, and then gain public input.

“We need to bring forward some facts and figures first,” said Commissioner Judy Storlie.

“The public isn’t aware of exactly what’s needed and what is required by OSHA and the state,” said commissioner Steve Schuldt.

Schuldt, who sits on the committee handling the building of the new highway department shop, agreed that he’d sit down and meet with highway department engineer Brian Pogodzinski along with Zmyweski and that they would come up with additional plans to bring before the board.

The group might then look at a public hearing to gather input from the public once additional options are on the table to consider.

 

Other news

• The County Board accepted the low bid of 6 percent from Lee Babler Auctions of Caledonia for county auction services.

• The board requested that its attorney look into the taping of public meetings. A frac sand mine committee meeting was postponed when audience members in attendance began video-taping the meeting.

“We are consulting with our attorneys,” Commissioner Teresa Walters said.

Robin Tschumper, spoke during the open portion of the county board meeting.

“That committee would rather adjourn the meeting than allow people to videotape,” she said.  “I am pretty appalled by the lack of transparency and that that committee can continue to operate in violation of the open meeting law.”

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