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Somerset hires public works employee

The Somerset Village Board hired Michael Bodlovick as a public works laborer/parks coordinator at its June 18 regular village board meeting, pending his successful completion of a standard physical test. A routine background check and drug screening have already been completed. The finance/personnel committee selected Bodlovick from a pool of five applicants interviewed. He currently works in the same parks capacity for the City of Lake Elmo, Minn.

In other business:

* The board agreed to consider an annually-updated fee schedule at its next meeting. The fee schedule would affect the prices for various fees the village collects.

* The board heard an update on Somerset's Tax Incremental District projects. A contract was awarded on a project to improve Laser Drive. Construction began two weeks ago. The road is closed to all local traffic at Laser Drive and Church Hill Road. However, detours have been set up, and businesses on Laser Drive can be accessed, according to Rob Jones of Cedar Corp.

Jones also said a budget is in the works for a project on LaGrandeur. Department of Natural Resources permits are also being obtained for the project.

* The board approved purchasing a computer for the village municipal court in the amount of $920

* The board approved the appointment of Rita Lawson to a three-year term as Town of Somerset representative on the Somerset Public Library board.

* The board confirmed Village President Jeffrey Johnson's appointment of Trustee Ryan Sicard to the village's finance/personnel committee. As the village's committee ordinance only allows for three trustees on each committee, Sicard will replace Johnson on the finance/personnel committee. The board agreed to look into the possibility of amending its committee ordinance in the future.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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