Otter Tail County officials talk to Legislators about broadband and other priorities

The Fergus Falls Daily Journal reports on Otter Tail County officials visit to the MN Legislature…

The Association of Minnesota Counties Legislative Conference was a successful event for Otter Tail County. Otter Tail County officials had the opportunity to meet with Representative Nornes, Representative Green, Representative Franson, Senator Ingebrigtsen, DNR Commissioner Strommen, and Representative Mary Murphy, Minnesota House Bonding Chair,” said Rick West, Otter Tail County Public Works Director. “These meetings provided us the ability to engage in constructive one to one conversation on legislative priorities that are important to Minnesota counties and more specifically important to Otter Tail County during this legislative session such as broadband, multi-modal transportation funding, mental health initiatives among others.”

Otter Tail County leaders’ goal was to speak to legislators about the issues important to the residents of the County. Elected officials listened as key issues such as broadband were discussed. They were asked to support the build-out of broadband infrastructure in Minnesota, including legislation that would provide continued funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program. West also asked officials to fully fund the local Road Wetland Replacement Program; an important program for the County Highway Department in constructing roadways.

The article also mentions upcoming meetings…

County commissioners will host a meet and greet in Perham City Hall Council Chambers on March 5 at 6:15 pm for interested constituents to engage with their commissioner. Look for Board of Commissioner Meetings being held throughout the county in 2019. The Long-Range Strategic Planning Open Houses for Perham and Parkers Prairie have been rescheduled:

March 13, 2019, Perham Area Community Center (PACC), Meeting Room No. 1,620 3rd Avenue SE, Perham.

March 14, 2019, Prairie Event Center, 201 West Main Street, Parkers Prairie.

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