County Notes

Parcel transfer between school districts OK’d

A transfer of land between the Stillwater and Woodbury school districts requested by a residential developed was approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners following a public hearing.

Pulte Homes petitioned the County Board to detach and annex several parcels in the newly platted Dancing Waters 11th addition to and from Independent School District 834 and South Washington School District 833.

Pulte Homes filed its request with the county after discovering the new subdivision line did not following the existing border between the school districts. The area is bordered by Settlers Ridge Parkway on the west and Conifer Pass on the north.

The county approved a boundary change in 2003 based on drawings for the development. Since then, minor boundary changes occurred in the subdivision’s layout and resulted in the need for further boundary changes.

Pulte Homes worked with officials from both school districts to create a new boundary line, which both districts agreed to.

Board approves computer license grant

A $3,132 grant that pays for computer licenses that aid in the search for relatives to care for children was approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

The state Department of Human Services grant pays for license agreements from this month through June 30. The license provides access to a database that searches for relatives and views records of children placed in out-of-home care.

State law requires the county to search for available relatives to care for children placed in out-of-home care. Studies show children generally do better if a responsible relative can care for a child removed from the parents’ home.

Grants help cover alcohol compliance checks

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will receive two annual $1,560 grants to cover the costs of alcohol compliance checks after the County Board of Commissioners approved the grants Tuesday.

The grants are from the Invitation Health Initiative under the U.S. Justice Department’s Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program. That program provides federal funds for both enforcement and education of underage drinking laws.

The grants will pay for overtime and supply costs of compliance checks at county establishments that serve alcoholic beverages.

 Hearing set for development plan

Modifications to a redevelopment plan for a Newport site in the Red Rock Gateway is the subject of a Nov. 27 public hearing set by the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

Newport and the county’s Housing and Redevelopment Agency commissioned a redevelopment plan for commercial, industrial and residential properties in the Red Rock Gateway area at the northern tip of Interstate 494 and U.S. Highway 61.

The aging, isolated industrial and commercial area has a variety of land uses and vacant sites. The HRA is preparing to modify Redevelopment Project Area No. 2 to include areas of Newport around the Red Rock Gateway for potential development.

State law requires a public hearing. The city of Newport holds a Nov. 1 public hearing on the plan.