County Notes 6/6/13

WashCo_logoCounty to register Government Center title, boundaries

An application to register the title and boundaries of the Washington County Government Center to reduce nearly 30 separate abstract parcels of land was approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The move comes after the County Surveyor’s Office recently completed a survey of the entire center boundary. Along with that survey, all recorded deed documents representing the county’s title to campus property were researched and analyzed.
The research found the center property consists of 27 separate parcels of land with an eight-page long legal description. Some legal descriptions for the 27 parcels are ambiguous, containing gaps and overlaps with adjoining parcels.

Registering the Government Center campus title and boundaries will reduce the legal description from eight pages to one page and eliminate ambiguities, gaps and overlaps. The move also protects the center’s assets, currently assessed at more than $100 million, in perpetuity.

The reports required for registration will be conducted by a qualified title company at a cost not to exceed $2,175. Once completed, registration will not have to be repeated.

County to participate in state program

The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to participate in the state’s 2013 Performance Measurement Program submit a report on 11 standard measures to a state Council on Local Results and Innovation.

Participation is voluntary in the program created by the legislature in 2010. A county participating in the standard measures program can be eligible for a reimbursement of 14 cents per capita in county program aid not exceeding $25,000.
To participate in the 2013 program, the County Board says the county has adopted a minimum of 10  council-developed performance measures, implemented a local performance measurement system and will report results of the adopted measures to residents by the end of 2013.

Some measures reported to the state include the county’s crime and offender recidivism rate; pavement conditions on county roads; child maltreatment rate; rate of low birth-weight children; residents’ ratings on parks and libraries and the county’s bond rate.

A full report can be viewed at under performance measurement.

Board accepts club gift of prize money

The Stillwater Noon Rotary Club will provide $750 in prize money for the Washington County Historic Courthouse Talent Show after the Board of Commissioners accepted the gift Tuesday.

The 11th Annual Ice Cream Social and Amateur Talent Show is 4:30 p.m. To dusk July 17 at the Historic Courthouse. Almost 1,500 visitors attend the Talent Show held in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social.