County administration to introduce 2013 budget Tuesday

Washington County administrators will introduce the county’s 2013 budget to the Board of Commissioners at a workshop Tuesday immediately after the board’s regular meeting.

Along with learning about the preliminary 2013 budget, commissioners will also hear a budget-related presentation from the Internal Services offices, made up of administration, accounting and finance, Human Resources, General Operations and Information Technology.

Tuesday’s workshop is the start of meetings between commissioners and county department heads on proposed 2013 department budgets. Other budget decisions commissioners must address include setting the county’s maximum levy in September and a public hearing on the ’13 budget later this year before board adopts a final budget in December.

Other items on the board’s agenda Tuesday include:

Appointing members of 2012 primary election canvassing board that meets at 1 p.m. Aug. 17 to certify results from the Aug. 14 primary. Members eligible to serve on the canvas board are Commissioners Dennis Hegberg, Gary Kriesel, Autumn Lehrke and Lisa Weik. District 2 Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek is not eligible because he is in a primary against two other candidates.

A report from Greater MSP officials Michael Langley and Kathy Schmidkofer. Greater MSP was started in 2011 to improve regional job growth. Among the items the pair will discuss are the county’s current and future job-related priorities. Current priorities include hospitality, transportation and logistics and education, and future priorities are knowledge-based jobs and data centers.

Presentations by Building Services Manager Greg Wood on the county’s daylight cleaning programs, and a workshop with Washington County Historical Society Executive Director Brent Peterson on WCHS activities.

Meeting as the county Railroad Authority, acting on a memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Transportation on construction of a roundabout at U.S. Highway 61 and County State Aid Highway 4 and County Road 4A in Hugo, and a resolution from the WCRRA granting the county a highway easement for the project.

The WCRRA meeting is 9 a.m., followed by the county board meeting. Both sessions are in the fifth-floor boardroom at the County Government Center in Stillwater.