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Open Meeting Law to be reviewed today at County Board meeting

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will get an educational review of the state's Open Meeting Law during its regular meeting today.

Scott Anderson, a Minneapolis attorney with Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney who has represented the county on various issues, will provide a 45-minute workshop for the commissioners.

"Everybody is going to find it quite educational," said County Administrator Wayne Thompson.

Earlier this year the West Central Tribune que-stioned whe-ther the county violated the Open Meeting Law during a procedure for selecting Th-ompson's re-placement.

Thompson is retiring sometime in the next year and last January it was announced that Family Services Director Larry Kleindl had been selected to take over the top county job.

The decision was discussed with the media during an interview with Board Chairman Dean Shuck, Thompson and Kleindl even though the topic had not been formally discussed or voted on by the County Board.

The Tribune questioned how the County Board could have made a decision to hire Kleindl when it was not discussed at a public meeting.

Thompson said the presentation on the Open Meeting Law scheduled for today was a direct result of that incident. Anderson is scheduled to begin his presentation at 11 a.m. At 11:45 a.m. the board will discuss replacing Thompson.

Thompson said he will be presenting his recommendation for making the transition as he leaves the job, which he has held since 1977.

Kleindl has worked for the Family Services Department since 1994.

He has been the director since 2001.

The board will also award bids for several major utility and construction projects on property the county owns at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center campus.

The projects include installation of individual hot water boilers in several existing buildings and construction of a new maintenance building. Aside from the maintenance building, the county is renting the WRTC buildings to the state for programs.

Other items on the agenda include a nuisance hearing for Robert Olivero and William Tesly, action on a solid waste recovery agreement, a presentation by the Southwest Initiative Foundation and setting a hearing for an adult entertainment ordinance.

Prior to the regular board meeting, the commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. as the Family Services Committee. A report on the county's child protection assessments will be presented as well as discussion on potential cuts in target case management funding and its impact on the 2007 budget.

The Commissioners meet at the Health and Human Services Center.

The meetings are held on the second floor of the center, which is located at 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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