At last Tuesday’s Chippewa County board meeting, commissioner Jeff Lopez was unanimously elected to be chairman of the board of commissioners for 2018. Commissioner David Lieser was chosen to be vice-chair. Each year at the first meeting of the new year, the board is re-organized.

In other business, Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson presented his report on the activities of his office and the court cases filed in Dec. of 2017.

Several items on the consent agenda were considered and approved by the board. The date for the next board meeting was set for Jan. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Court House. The minutes from the Dec. 19 regular meeting and the Dec.28 special meeting were approved. Also approved was the renewal of a farm winery license for Hinterland Winery in Clara City. Interim county auditor/treasurer Michelle May was added to the county credit card user list.

Chippewa County Sheriff Stacy Tufto met with the board to discuss the activities of his department during the month of Dec., 2018. He reported to the commissioners that the Drivers Diversion Pro­gram had been suspended based on court rulings from a similar case in Wabasha County.

County Engineer Steve Kubista met with the board to give a report on the activities of the County Highway Dept. during Dec., 2018.

Kubista requested ap­proval of a resolution setting wages for temporary employees and authorizing other expenditures in the road and bridge dept. for 2018. The resolution was discussed and adopted by the board.

Ag/Drainage Inspector Josh Macziewski requested authorization to submit a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as a part of the Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant Program. A grant application for up to $10,000 was approved.

Environmental Tech­nician JoAnne Blomme requested approval of a resolution of support for the Hawk Creek Watershed “One Water­shed, One Plan” project. The matter was discussed, but no action was taken by the board.

Blomme also requested approval of a Joint Powers Agreement with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to conduct Nitrate-N testing in Chippewa County townships. Total obligation for the program is $11,845, and the term of the agreement is from Jan. 2, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018.

The board of commissioners approved the Joint Powers Agreement as requested.

In addition, Blomme requested authorization to renew the Household hazardous Waste agreement with Kandiyohi County for 2018. The renewal agreement was approved by the board.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.