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Kandiyohi County Board to meet Tuesday

WILLMAR — A report on the Kandiyohi County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force will be heard Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting.

County Administrator Larry Kleindl will give an update on the AIS panel. The county took action in April to make the task force an official county committee, and the task force’s kickoff meeting was scheduled last week.

Also Tuesday, the commissioners are expected to discuss a joint powers agreement for merging Kandiyohi Area Transit with Renville County’s transit program. KAT and the Renville County system currently share routes, but the merged entity is expected to have coordinated programs that allow for increased service and decreased expenditures.

The city of Willmar’s Finance Committee has given its approval to the concept of merging Kandiyohi Area Transit and the Renville County transit program. According to information presented to the committee, the new agency will be called Kandiyohi Renville Transit and the merger would take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Assets and cash reserves will be combined, and employees will be hired by the new agency. KAT Transit Director Tiffany Collins will take the lead role, with Renville County Transit Director Rachel Schneiderman being assistant director until she retires.

Other agenda items Tuesday for the County Board include a report on the Water Planning Task Force, discussion of a county auction and refinancing of bonds for the Law Enforcement Center. The full agenda is available on the county website at

The County Board’s regular meeting begins at 10 a.m. The board meets at 9 a.m. as the Human Services Committee.

Meetings are conducted in the board room on the second floor of the Health and Human Services building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar.