County board considers requests from trafficking task force and TH library
By: LaReesa Sandretsky, Lake County News Chronicle
Lake County commissioners expressed support for a local task force fighting human trafficking in the area at Tuesday’s county board meeting.
The task force was started to raise awareness of human and sex trafficking in the area, and its members approached Commissioner Brad Jones to ask if the county would be willing to commit funds toward a billboard. The advertisement would aim to raise awareness of trafficking and point victims toward helpful resources, Jones said.
“These things have happened in our area. It’s frightening. I think it behooves us to do what we can to help these organizations out,” Commissioner Rich Sve said.
Sve said they would ask a representative from the task force to come to a future board meeting to explain the billboard and its purpose in more depth.
Two Harbors Public Library director Michele Monson appeared before the board to ask for support for more library renovations. Recently, with county support, carpet was replaced in the building and Monson said she hoped the board would help with a project to install a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. She said the current system is outdated.
“It looks like something out of a 1950s movie,” Monson said.
Jones said the outdated system has been a nagging problem, as parts become impossible to find and repairs become more difficult to make.
“It has been an ongoing struggle for several years,” he said.
The board agreed they would consider the requests in upcoming budget talks.