Budget workshops highlight board meeting

Officials from three Washington County departments will discuss their 2013 budget requests that include a proposal to reopen Washington County Library branches on Mondays during workshops following Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Budgets for the library system, Departments of Property Records and Taxpayer Services and Public Works and the county Regional Railroad Authority will be discussed at the workshop.

In July, the WCL Board discussed a plan to reopen five of the system’s six branches on Mondays. All county library branches have been closed Sundays and Mondays since Jan. 1 to make up for revenue lost through state aid reductions and when the Lake Elmo City Council voted to leave the WCL system and start a city library, taking with it Lake Elmo’s more than $250,000 library levy.

WCL officials are proposing to reopen branches in Woodbury, Forest Lake, Oakdale, Cottage Grove and Mahtomedi from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays.

Following the budget workshop, commissioners meet in another workshop where Department of Public Health and Environment officials present the department’s strategic plan.

During the county board’s regular meeting prior to the workshops, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Division Director David Benke will extend the MPCA’s appreciation to county officials for the county’s 2012-2030 waste management plan.

Commissioners will also go into a closed executive session related to the county’s 2013 health insurance contributions.

The board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the fifth-floor boardroom at the County Government Center in Stillwater. The regular meeting and workshops are open to the public.