Emergency Manager Tim Heisler to retire

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor
Tim Heisler wears many hats for Ramsey County including that of Emergency Manager.

The resignation of Tim Heisler topped Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Ramsey County Commission at the courthouse in Devils Lake.

Heisler, one of the most experienced emergency managers in the state, will be done next month, he said. It will end 34 years of association with the county, and Heisler admitted it was a tough decision.

“I’ll be around to do some part-time work and continue to push on the flooding issues,” Heisler said. “I’ll still be on the City Commission to keep working toward flooding solutions.”

Auditor Elizabeth Fisher told the board the year was ended in solid financial shape.

She detailed several items and commended department heads on their fiscal responsibility.

The board also approved several first-of-the-year amendments, including one that would keep meetings at their presently scheduled times.

Commission Chairman Joe Belford praised the financial standing of the county.

Veterans Service Officer Earl Hanson told the commission things are slow in his office right now.

County Highway Superintendent Kevin Fieldsend informed the commission of a couple of upcoming conventions.

“We also have to think of an update on some of our snow removal equipment,” Fieldsend said.

Nels Halgren of Ramsey County Rural Water told the commission  of a building the Water Board recently bought that could be available to the county.

It’s the Jehovah Witness building on the south edge of town.

Commissioners said they need a price on the building and need to figure out if they have a legitiate need for it.

“We need to figure it out and come back to the next meeting,” said Belford.

The meeting concluded by hearing commissioner portfolios.