County board agenda includes ditch liens, personnel, reports

Jake Keohen, Montgomery Messenger

The Le Sueur County Board put liens on three more ditch systems which are in debt to the county, dealt with personnel issues and heard department reports as part of its agenda for the Tuesday, August 18 meeting.

County Auditor Ron Germscheid presented recommended liens on three ditches, #19, 54 and 62. Ditch #19 in Lexington and Derrynane Township is three miles long and has a current debt of $2,850. A lien of $13,450 will pay off the debt and leave $9,700 for future expenses.

Ditch #54 in Lanesburgh Township is 7.5 miles long, has a debt of $18,000, and a $45,000 lien will provide a pad for future expenses of $27,500.

Lanesburgh Township Ditch #62 is three miles in length with a current debt of $17,264. A $23,000 lien will get the system debt free and allow $5,800 for future expenses.

A public hearing on each ditch system was held at a designated time, with people given the opportunity to comment or question the lien procedure. Several people approached the podium, and if they were not satisfied with answered provided, they were referred to the county auditor's office for further information.

Discussing the need for these liens following board action, Germscheid said Le Sueur County ditch systems are in debt by about a total of $125,000, and these are funds which have been paid by county taxpayers over the years, whether or not they benefit from a ditch. The liens place the responsibility for payment on those property owners who actually benefit from the drainage the ditches provide.

The board also approved personnel actions and received a monthly report from the human services department.

Personnel

The board accepted the resignation of Rosalva Rodriguez, financial worker in the human services department, who has been employed by the county since January 2002.

Personnel Coordinator Cindy Westerhouse was given authority to post and call for the merit system list for a financial worker to fill the position.

Alesha Meyer was hired as a full-time jailer/dispatcher in the sheriff's office. She had been a temporary, full-time jailer/dispatcher.

Human services

Human Services Director Sue Rynda presented her monthly report of department activity, with month/year comparisons for county board review and information. She commented that there has been a recent alarming increase in child neglect/abuse cases, with use of drugs believed to be a contributing factor.

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