Chris LeClair has been named the new director of the County Land and Resources Office after Bill Kalar retires.
LeClair has experience as a senior environmental health specialist with a focus on septic inspections for Washington County, near St. Paul. His years of employment with the county and including the city of Stillwater adds up to be 21.5 years in total.
The White Bear Lake resident works with county staff members and county commissioners to ensure a viable environment for both visitors and residents of Otter Tail County. LeClair works alongside his employees to enforce county and state land and water requirements to fight invasive species in lakes. He also works in association with entities such as the county planning commission.
The planning commission was advised by Land and Resource employees to consider projects located on shoreland areas. Conditional use permits must be approved by the five-person county board of commissioners.
Buffering projects also land under the umbrella of the Land and Resource employee responsibilities. Otter Tail County Shoreland Management Ordinance, which is similar to the state buffer law, has made provisions for buffering as part of agricultural used standards for shoreland areas.
LeClair and his predecessor Kalar are in agreement that the intent of regulations of the past and present are to improve water quality in Otter Tail County.