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By Tim Franklin
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Pine County website discussed


Pine County is considering improving its website but what to add and at what cost are still to be determined.

The county website was the focus of the county board last Tuesday at its meeting in Sandstone. County Administrator David Minke said there has been some conversation on the website being too static and have been looking at other options.

What is the number one looked at area on the website? Minke said that was easy to find when they looked at the analytics and discovered the jail roster, by a large margin, was the number one requested part of the website.

“How much effort and how many funds do we use to fix a potential problem?” asked Commissioner Stephen Hallan of Pine City. “It costs money to make it better.”

Hallan said future discussions are planned to improve the website.

Minke said minutes and agendas are added on a regular basis and each department determines when to update the site.

“Sometimes things are not as updated as they should,” Minke said.

Part of the website discussion focused on aerial photos of property. Minke said some firms want additional meta data from the photos, and then be able to sell that data to others. Others just want basic aerial photos, Minke said.

County Attorney John Carlson said that data should be considered the county’s data and they could sell it. The county will research how other counties are handling requests for this type of information.

“We are right within the ballpark of where we need to be,” said Commissioner Mitch Pangerl of Pine City on the current website.

In other business, the county board:

– Approved naming incoming Sheriff Jeff Nelson the chief deputy effective from November 10. This position has been open for several months now.

– Approved the 2015 East Central Violent Offender Drug Task Force grant in the amount of $140,000. No county match is required. This grant is applied for every two years and will be for $140,000 per year. There are five officers on the task force, which started in 2012. The grant is for operating costs and not base wages. Overtime is paid for by the grant, however.

– Approved meeting with area elected officials on January 20, 2015, at the courthouse in Pine City. The main topic will be how to work together with cities on economic development.


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