Winter 2015 - Spring 2016 and beyond
Winter is here: Yes, we are finally into winter, the temps are getting lower, we've got snow, and today the weather folks are saying there is more (SNOW) coming our way. It's my belief we have one of the best Public Works Departments in the state. But, even the best can only get the snow removed so fast. So, please, be as patient as you possibly can be. Your county road will get plowed!
Winter Sports and Activities: Sooner than later it's going to get COLDER and ice fishing will come to life. Please be safe on the ice. The old saying is: Ice is never safe (and it's not). If venturing out on the ice, please check and re-check the ice to make sure you're on thick (enough) ice. Always use extreme caution when venturing out on the ice. The way it's looking, we will have snow for snowmobiling. There are many miles of groomed trails in Morrison County. So, out on the ice, fishing, in the snow, snowmobiling, or at home building a snowman, always be safe!
As YOUR County Commissioner: I continue to be active in matters dealing with OUR county, and active in the committees I'm assigned to. Recently, while addressing a High School class I was asked to give one example of what a Commissioner does. Certainly, I can't speak for any other Commissioner, but my answer was: I represent Y-O-U, and Morrison County, every day and try to be as active as I possibly can be. Always, as your Commissioner, I welcome your thoughts, input, and without question, your feedback. Please don't ever hesitate to contact me.
Cell: 320-630-7372, Home: 320-632-3435, Email: JeffreyJ@co.morrison.mn.us, TWITTER: Follow me @JeffreyJelinski, or contact me on Linked In.
I've included (just) a few upcoming events:
February 14 - Valentines Day
March 18 - Morrison County EMS/Public Safety Training & Awards night
April 20 - Spring Township Meeting, Meeting Room #1, MC Court House
April 25, 26, 27 - ARMER (Public Safety) Interop (Statewide) Conference, St. Cloud
April 27 - Mock Car Crash, Healy High School, Pierz, MN
May 21 - Rock and Run, Soccer Fields, Little Falls
May 26 - Spring AMC District Meeting, Meeker County
June 8 - Emergency Services Board (ESB) (Preliminary Budget), St. Cloud
July 4 - Independence Day
August 11, 12, 13, & 14 - See you at the Morrison County Fair
Here we are, headed toward the downhill side of summer. July is nearly history, which means County Fairs and school is right around the corner. Late summer (fall coming faster than we want) also means harvest time. I urge everyone to continue to exercise caution in our ranching/farming community (and everywhere else). Remember: Although you might think “your” all American Rancher/Farmer sees you, think again, they may not and “we’re” no match for taking on ranch/farm equipment. Please practice safety. Turn your lights on and say NO to texting and driving.
County Fairs and poultry: As we all know there will be no poultry at any Minnesota County Fairs this year. I’m confident Extension Office’s, 4-H Leaders and County Fairs throughout Minnesota are making allowances for our many, many 4-H clubs/members. Remember, no matter where we are in life, we have to be safe and, of course, always practice safety!
The age of Social Media and electronic devices: Yes, here we are in the midst of every electronic device known to man and new gadgets being introduced daily. I urge everyone, to be safe with your electronic devices. Be aware of scams and certainly, if you believe you’ve been scammed, contact your local Law Enforcement agency. Here in Morrison County it’s the Sheriff’s Office. If you live in a City with a Police Department, certainly notify that agency.
I continue to be very active in different City, County, Regional, and State Committees all (ultimately) affecting Morrison County. Most recently, on Thursday, July 23, 2015 I was appointed by the Statewide Emergency Services Board (SECB) as the Representative (Alternate) for Greater Minnesota. I am honored to be chosen to this Board, not only representing Morrison County, but (also) all of Greater Minnesota. The SECB ultimately deals with funding ARMER (Public Safety Radio), Homeland Security/Emergency Management (HSEM), FirstNet and much more. All of this, affects OUR Public Safety officials daily and certainly has a direct effect on YOU and me.
As YOUR Morrison County Commissioner I welcome your thoughts, your concerns and certainly your feedback. Please feel free to contact me:
Twitter: Follow me: @JeffreyJelinski
Linked in: Connect with me on Linked in
Be safe and Keep Smilin,
Upcoming (Highlights) events:
August 7, 2015 Little Falls FAB Golf Tourney/Hog Roast (I’ll be helping with the pork)
August 10, 2015 Hands of Hope Golf Tourney (Golfing and other surprises)
August 11, 2015 National Night Out (Little Falls Fire Department, I’ll see you there)
August 13-16, 2015 Morrison County Fair (Sunday, Polka Mass at 10:00)
August 13, 2015 Morrison County Comp Plan Revision (First meeting)
September 7, 2015 Labor Day Holiday (End of Summer?)
September 12, 13, 2015 Annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair
September 15, 16, 2015 6th Grade Water Festival at Camp Ripley
September 19, 20, 2015 Man –vs- Beast (Rodeo) at the Morrison County Fairgrounds
October 21, 2015 Fall Township Board Meeting (Government Center, meeting room 1)
We are now one month into the New Year and County Government (from my perspective) is steady as she goes. Every day and every year are new learning experiences.
I was truly honored to serve as the Morrison County Board Chair for the year 2014. It was a learning, humbling, and growing experience.
In 2014 I served as Vice Chair of the ARMER Regional Emergency Service Board (ESB). The ARMER Region that we are in consists of 19 counties and the city of St. Cloud. What started out to be a Public Safety "Radio" Region has now grown to include much more than 800 MHz, public safety radios.
Grant Funding for the Region 4 Emergency Managers now goes through the ESB. Next Generation 9-1-1 (You will be hearing more and more on this) is coming. This too falls under the ESB.
I am very proud and honored to have been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the ESB for 2015.
Also in 2014 I served as the Chair of the Central Minnesota EMS Regional Joint Powers Board and was re-elected as Chair for 2015.
As your County Commissioner I strive to be involved and will stay involved. I am involved (as are the other Commissioners) in many different committees. I continue to make myself available to you the residents of District 2, along with anyone and everyone in Morrison County. My contact numbers remain:
I don't have all the answers to all the questions, but rest assured I will do my best to listen and find answers to any question you might have.
Continue to enjoy the Minnesota winter. Be safe and always keep smiling. :)
The Budget season is upon us. A year ago this was a new experience. I’m confident, that experience is going to guide the Board in coming up with the best budget we possibly can for everyone. I’m very clear, the Board is very clear, no one wants to pay more! Understood. That being said, most all of us still want more. There often is a fine line when it comes to wants and needs. I ask anyone with a comment, with a concern, with an idea, to contact me. Let me know what you’re thinking. I have, and will, continue what I consider an open door policy – whether that open door is my cell phone (preferred) (320-630-7372), my home phone (320-632-3435), my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), my house or yours, please feel free to contact me.
As your Morrison County Commissioner I strive, and will continue to do my best, to be and stay involved with an assortment of different committee assignments. Just a few highlights since the first of the year would include, but are not limited to:
Continued involvement with ARMER (Public Safety Radio System), Stand Up 4 You, Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM), Hazard Mitigation Planning, AMC (Association of MN Counties), The Ag Society, Participation in the Mock Car Crash at the LFCHS, Morrison County EMS & Recognition, Delivered safety talks to Pierz, Royalton, and the Little Falls High Schools, Community Health Fair (Little Falls Middle School), Town 101 (City of Little Falls), Take Back the Night (Hands of Hope).
I hope you are having an enjoyable summer:
Events coming up:
August 7, 8, 9, & 10 – MC Fair (August 8 - Cow Milking contest with Dairy Princess –vs- Sheriff Candidates, and House of Representatives Candidates –vs- one another)
August 12 – Primary Elections (Get out and vote – Your vote does matter)
August 12 – National Night Out (City of Little Falls – Fire Department)
August 22 – (Wacky Hacker Golf Tourney – Pierz Golf Course)
September 6, 7 (Water Fest, Camp Ripley)
September 9 (Hands of Hope Golf Tourney
It’s been nearly a year since I took the oath of office and became your District 2 Morrison County Commissioner. It hasn’t always been easy, but no one said it was going to be. I truly believe I’m working with a Board that gets things done and one that has demonstrated an open form of communication. We may not always agree on everything (we don’t) and the vote may not be 5-0 or 0-5 (many aren’t) but still we’ve managed to get the job done.
January 2013 Committee assignments were handed out (as they are every January).
The following is a list of Committees and Sub Committees that I’ve been a part of:
As a Morrison County Commissioner, the importance of being involved and staying informed is without question second to none. The above list is just a taste of some of the stuff I’ve been involved in and will continue to be involved in. Keeping communication with you, and engaging the County Board to keep communications flowing, will continue to be one of my priorities.
As always, if you have a question, or concern please feel free to contact me. I may not have the answers, but together we will find the answer and get the issue resolved!
Jeffrey J. Jelinski