Fish Culverts, 911 Radio Infrastructure Among Topics County Will Highlight at Nov. 30 Legislative Roundtable

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Lewis County staff and commissioners will prioritize an agenda of funding 911 radio improvements, improved access to industrial areas in the north county, and replacing fish culverts when they meet with mayors and lawmakers from the 20th and 19th legislative districts for next week’s legislative roundtable.

The seventh-annual iteration of the event will be held 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30. While the in-person meeting will be restricted to only lawmakers and staff, the public can attend online through streams hosted on both Facebook and YouTube.

According to a news release from the county, the event will give commissioners and other municipal leaders the chance to discuss current projects and policy issues with state legislators heading into the short 2022 legislative session, which starts Jan. 10.

County officials will also provide an overview of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and approximate $15.6 million in recovery funds Lewis County will receive over the next year. Discussion over broadband internet access, water and sewer improvements, and a mapping effort to plan these projects is also planned.

According to the news release, other agenda items up for discussion may include unfunded mandates, flood plans, timber harvests and forests, and police accountability laws and their impact on the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.