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COUNTY BOARD

April 26, 2022

April 26, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call To Order

Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to order at 9:00a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel and Cody Hasbargen. Also present was County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson. Absent: Commissioner Ed Arnesen who was on County business testifying to State Legislators.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Permission to advertise, interview, and hire Social Worker for Social Services, Williams School Building.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the minutes from April 12,2022.

Social Services

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $2,885.54; Commissioners Warrants $4,347.37; Commissioners Warrants $13,824.63.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $53,749.85; Road & Bridge $19,609.16; County Development $200.00; Solid Waste $10,079.96.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION WARRANTS

  Approved On 4/26/2022 For Payment 4/29/2022

Vendor Name Amount

CARRIFF Engineered Fabrics Corporation 2,387.43 

Counties Providing Technology 3,972.00

Integris DBA 2,050.95

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys 10,078.50

Northwest Tire Inc 10,324.80

Quality Decorating LLC 2,645.00 

Skinner Roofing 2,824.63 

The Brink Center DBA 20,000.00 

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50 

41 Payments less than 2000 23,087.16

Final Total: 83,638.97

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: April 11, 2022 for $397,253.13; April 13, 2022 for $14,832.94; April 20, 2022 for $68,814.82.

County Government Appreciation Day

Resolution

Resolution Adopting

County Government Appreciation Day

Resolution   2022-04- 02

The following Resolution was proposed and moved for adoption by Commissioner Jon Waibel:

A RESOLUTION

Commending the commitment and dedication to public service excellence of county staff and officials by proclaiming April 26 County Government Appreciation Day.

WHEREAS, Minnesota’s 87 counties employ over 36,000 people to provide essential services to create healthy, safe and vibrant communities; and

WHEREAS, the work of county employees is fundamental, whether it’s a newborn well-check by a public health nurse, a passport renewal at a license center, or voter registration and ballot processing; and 

WHEREAS, through their commitment to public service, county employees dedicate their time, skills, and expertise for the benefit of their neighbors, and at times, risk their personal safety coordinating emergency management and managing justice and public safety systems; and 

WHEREAS, the vital work of counties promotes healthy communities, fosters conditions for economic growth, strengthens infrastructure, and improves residents’ quality of life; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners recognizes the commitment and dedication to public service excellence of county staff and officials and proclaim April 26 County Government Appreciation Day.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. 

Williams School

The board discussed options for boarding up or covering openings at the school to prevent intruders from getting in and the possibility of the school building being demolished in the near future. It was the consensus to replace and board up the openings at this time.

Public Works

Assistant Engineer Boyd Johnson gave an update on various projects and the flooding in the area. 

Set Work Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to set a work session for May 10, 2022 after the regular meeting for solid waste.

Department of Natural Resources

North West Regional Director Theresa Ebbenga and NW and Southern Regional Supervisor Lands and Minerals Cheryl Kelley-Dobie talked with the board about a list of land they received back in 2017 from Lake of the Woods County. They also gave information from statutes in regards to the acquisition of the Carp swamp addition land that has been discussed with Scott Laudenslager in previous meetings. The board would like more information on the list of land when all members are present.

Set Work Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to set a work session with the DNR for June 28, 2022. 

Human Resources

Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the request to advertise, interview and hire a social worker in the social services department at Grade 13, Step 1 at 298 points.

Amend Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to add a declaration of emergency resolution, and set department head review date to the agenda.

Set Work Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to set a work session for May 10, 2022 to create department head reviews. 

Recess

A brief recess took place at 10:20 a.m. and reconvened at 10:25 a.m.

Emergency Management

Emergency Management Director Jill Olson asked the board to approve a resolution stating a declaration of emergency to receive funds for the flood clean up and for Chair Buck Nordlof to sign the same.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and moved for adoption: 

RESOLUTION

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY

Resolution No. 22-04-03

WHEREAS; the April 23, 2022 Severe Weather and Flooding event impacted the population of Lake of the Woods County and its cities, and;

WHEREAS; the April 23, 2022 Severe Weather and Flooding event has caused a significant amount of public property damage, and;

WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods County Department of Emergency Management requests the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to declare Lake of the Woods County in a STATE OF EMERGENCY for the April 23, 2022 Severe Weather and Flooding event of 2022.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners declares Lake of the Woods County in a STATE OF EMERGENCY for conditions resulting from the April 23, 2022 Severe Weather and Flooding event of 2022.

Assessors

County Assessor Alisa Jacobsen discussed the recent valuations and explained the county wide increase that occurred this year. Consensus was made by the board to mail the information explaining the reason for the change to everyone and to also publish it in the newspaper. 

Amend Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to add approval to purchase software and hardware to the agenda.

Approval to Purchase

County Assessor Alisa Jacobsen is requesting approval to purchase new software and tablets that would allow the assessors to input information at the property being assessed. The software would cost $3,000 to set up and then a monthly fee of $114.00 to be paid out of the recorders enhancement fund.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of software with CamaMobile and hardware for the assessor’s office.

RECESS

With no further business before the Board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 10:55 am.

Attest: May 10, 2022

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County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair James “Buck” Nordlof