Aitkin County Board listens to presentations, awards COVID Business grants

Aitkin County Board listens to presentations, awards COVID Business grants

February 25, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0
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By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (2/25/21)

(Aitkin, MN) — The Aitkin County Board of Commissioners heard a pair of presentations and moved forward with upcoming construction projects at their second February meeting on Tuesday from the Aitkin County Government Center.

The Board did approve a gambling permit for TJ’s Liquor in Malmo Township for Mille Lacs Trails, Inc and MnDOT agreements for bridge replacements over County Road 62 and CSAH 12.

Phil Steger of Brother Justus Whiskey Company spoke before Commissioners on a partnership with Peggy Jones with American Peat Technology to supply granular peat for making distilled spirits.

Jessica Johnson of Talon Metal presented before the Board on their recent activities.

Outgoing Environmental Services Director Terry Neff was honored by the Board for his years of service as he will step down from his position effective March 1st. Commissioners also approved an On, Off, & Sunday Liquor License for Prairie River Retreat. Human Resources Director Bobbie Danielson presented a pair of Personnel Committee recommendations.

The Board approved the Personnel Committee recommendations. County Engineer John Welle mentioned to Commissioners on Local Road Improvement Program grants and letters of support for County road projects.

County Administrator Jessica Seibert, under her Administrator report, elaborated on awarding County COVID Business Relief Grants.

Currently, 43 businesses and nonprofits will be awarded funds that have applied for the relief funds. The Aitkin County Board will also participate in the Blandin Foundation’s Community Broadband Resources: Accelerate! Program. 

The Aitkin County Board of Commissioners will be meeting on March 9th from the Aitkin County Government Center.