Former commissioner appointed to Watershed District Board

At its Nov. 27 meeting, the Washington County Board of Commissioners appointed Anthony Haider of Lake Elmo and former commissioner Jack Lavold, who lives in Cottage Grove, to the South Washington Watershed District Board. The board oversees water issues such as drainage, irrigation and conservation. Haider’s term expires November 2021, while Lavold’s expires in May 2020. Lavold, who ended his term on the County Board this month after not seeking re-election, was appointed to be a commissioner by the board in March to fill the vacancy left by Karla Bigham, who left after being elected to the state Senate.

Wayne Johnson sworn in

After being elected to the District 4 seat, Johnson was sworn in at the Nov. 27 meeting. Previously, Johnson served three years on the Cottage Grove Planning Commission and two on the Cottage Grove City Council. In an interview with RiverTown Multimedia after the election, Johnson said he would be watching the water safety issues in the area, working on transportation improvement, and reaching out to city councils and neighborhoods to learn more about key issues.

In other news…

  • The board approved lease extensions through Dec. 31, 2019 with the Youth Service Bureau and Valley Tours, Inc., for office space in the Historic Courthouse. Both monthly rents will remain the same as in 2018.
  • The board accepted a donation of $1,600 from Target to the Sheriff’s Office for the Shop with a Cop program.
  • Meeting watch: The Nov. 27 meeting lasted about 45 minutes. All commissioners were present.