St. Croix Prep applies for raffle permit
The Washington County Board has approved an application for an exempt gambling permit from the St. Croix Preparatory Academy to conduct an April 12 raffle at the school in Baytown Township.
State law allows for an exempt permit to be issued to a nonprofit organization that conducts lawful gambling on five or fewer days and awards less than $50,000 in prizes during a calendar year.
The application now will be sent to the State Gambling Control Board for approval.
Community Thread gets medical contract
Washington County will continue to work with Community Thread, a nonprofit organization in Stillwater, to manage the county’s Medical Reserve Corps. The County Board approved the agreement with the agency on March 4.
The Medical Reserve Corps is part of the national Citizens Corps initiative to mobilize and coordinate volunteers to respond to disasters of all kinds.
The county receives federal public health emergency preparedness funding through the Minnesota Department of Health and procures volunteer management services with a portion of that funding. The agreement is for calendar year 2014.
County Board endorses state transportation bill
The Washington County Board has expressed its support for efforts to educate the public on Minnesota’s transportation challenges and to build a coalition that will work to advance a comprehensive transportation bill in the 2014 state legislative session.
Commissioners expressed support in a resolution that was passed on Tuesday.
The resolution notes that Minnesota counties increasingly have relied on property tax revenue to maintain roads and bridges. The annual funding gap for counties has resulted in delayed maintenance, mounting congestion and missed economic growth for businesses and commuters.
The resolution notes that rural road networks in Minnesota should be adequate to bring goods to market. The overall transportation and transit funding gap for Minnesota exceeds $2.1 billion per year for the next 20 years, the county said.
The County Board will review bills individually before providing support for any particular one.
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