(Tuesday - December 29, 2020) - Dickinson County
Commissioner Kevin Pirlot (pictured left above) sat at his final County
Board meeting on Monday, having lost his seat in the November election
to Ann Martin (pictured right above), whom he defeated for the District
two Commission seat in 2018. Pirlot is one of only two Democrats
currently serving on the five-member board. The other is Commissioner
John Degenaer, Jr., who represents District five.
In his final
remarks to the Board, Pirlot said: "The two years did go by quite
quickly. But I did enjoyed my time on the County Board and enjoyed
working with all the commissioners and the staff. Everybody does a
Pirlot pointed out that the County has gotten a
lot done in the past two years, including projects at Lake Antoine Park,
the County fairground, the County airport and improvements at the
Courthouse. Pirlot said that he was "proud to serve with all of you." He
went on to say that while the board may disagree on National matters,
"locally, we all work toward the same thing, serving the taxpayers."
Pirlot said that while he lost the election, he still won, getting
to live on a small farm that the family purchased near Norway. Pirlot
said he hopes to put up some greenhouses, and perhaps grow some
vegetables. He concluded saying, "I'm not sure if I won or lost. I think
it was a win-win situation all around, so we're going to enjoy having a
little bit more time in our household."
All of his fellow
Commissioners expressed their thanks to Pirlot for his two years of
service on the Board.
Martin will assume her seat on January
first, pretty much picking up where Pirlot leaves off.
commissioners who will remain on the Board were issued their oath of
office by County Clerk Dolly cook. While the Board will not hold its
organization meeting until January 4th, it was necessary to issue the
oath of office at this time in the event that Board action might be
needed before that organizational meeting.