County has new auditor/treasurer

The Le Sueur County now has an official auditor/treasurer.
Pam Simonette, who served as chief deputy in that office for several years, recited the oath of office which was administered by Judge M. Michael Baxter during the county board meeting Tuesday, June 4.
Simonette was appointed to the interim position in May, and will serve through 2014 to complete the term of Joe Boettcher, who retired May 31. She has been employed with Le Sueur County for 28 years.
The county board also:
• Accepted the resignation of Jaci Hanson, eligibility worker in human services; approved recommendation to post and request the merit list for two eligibility workers, one to replace Hanson and another to work with the Affordable Care Act, which will have federal reimbursement; accepted the retirement request from Ginger McCollum, agency social worker in human services; and hired Megan Maas, part time jailer/dispatcher in the sheriff’s office.
• Approved design and request to move forward with permitting process for an outlet control structure at Lake Washington to regulate water level. Representing the lake association was Dean Otto, with Bill Douglas of Bolton & Menk presenting the design plan. Permits from the DNR and Army Corps of Engineers are necessary, and the lake association would raise all funds for the project, according to the information presented by Otto. At this point, the county board was only being asked to approve the design and and start of the permit process.
• Approved bid from New Prague Ford for three sheriff’s department vehicles. Low bid was $48,849 after trade-in of older vehicles. Other bidders were Wolf Motors and Factor Motors.
• The board will not meet next Tuesday, June 11, but on Saturday, June 15, at 9 a.m., prior to the Board of Appeal and Equalization Hearing starting at 10 a.m.

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