The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners is working to get out and meet their constituents in the month of March, setting up several meet and greets.
On March 5, the commissioners will meet in Perham for their monthly meeting, convening in the Perham City Hall Chambers at 12 p.m.
The commissioners will return to the chambers at 6 p.m. for an open house where Otter Tail County residents can address the commissioners and ask questions. Following the open house, there will be a meet and greet with one-on-one time with the commissioners and cookies and coffee.
“County Commissioners are dedicated to engaging with their constituents and being available for public feedback and comments,” said a press release from Otter Tail County. “This year the commissioners have committed to hold public board meetings in a variety of locations throughout the county. This schedule will allow for residents to conveniently attend the meetings and share their input.”
The board is setting three similar meetings throughout the county throughout 2019 to have meet and greets. The meetings are set in the afternoon into the evening so community members who may not be able to make a normal meeting time can attend. The three other events are; June 25 in Henning, Sept. 17 in Pelican Rapids and Dec. 10 in Fergus Falls.
Further meetings are scheduled on March 13 and 14. The March 13 meeting will be held at the Perham Area Community Center at 5-7 p.m. The March 14 meeting will be held at the Prairie Event Center in Parkers Prairie at 5-7 p.m.
These meetings are to discuss long term planning for Otter Tail County and were originally scheduled for February but were rescheduled because of bad weather. The events will be informal and in an open house format, allowing for discussion and questions. Attendees will be asked the strengths of the county and what the county needs to work on.
“Time to get together and get more feedback from community members,” County Administrator John Dinsmore said. “All of this information is going to be used by a study group that will be used for the next 10-12 months, they will be expanding on feedback from community members and putting together a long-range plan.”
The county has hired a consulting organization called SRF Consulting to work with them as they do long-range planning. They will be updating the community as they create the long-range plan. The plan will have to be approved by the board.