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COUNTY BOARD

August 10, 2021

Commissioner Proceedings

August 10, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, Buck Nordlof, and Jon Waibel.  Also present: Jaime Boretski-LaValla. 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add – Motion to Approve Grant Contract SPAP-21-0018-P-FY22, Add – COVID-19, Add – SURVEY.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of July 27, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $14,748.13; Commissioners Warrants $1,513.79; Commissioners Warrants $9,839.44.

AUDITOR/TREASURER
Claims
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $199,589.79; Road & Bridge $240,515.32; Road & Bridge $15,025.56; Joint Ditch $7,708.25; Solid Waste $26,044.05; EDA $44.56. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 8/10/2021 For Payment 8/13/2021

CentralSquare Technologies, LLC     138,296.48

Contech Engineered Solutions LLC       14,245.00

Counties Providing Technology         3,860.00

Extreme Duty Ironworks         5,200.00

Fort Distributors Ltd       34,020.00

H & R Const.Co                       11,787.50

Howard’s Oil Company       13,891.08

Knife River Corporation     117,028.44

Lavalla Sand & Gravel Inc       45,067.00

LHB Inc         2,495.00

LOW Highway Dept                       11,840.75

Mar-Kit Landfill       16,746.50

Motorola Solutions, Inc       42,612.50

Northwest Tire Inc         3,350.00

Woody’s Service                           2,626.94

49 Payments less than 2,000                                       25,860.34

Final Total:     488,927.53

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: July 28, 2021 for $12,271.74; August 5, 2021 for $64,965.64.

Lost Warrant Affidavit
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant number 93782 for vendor number 4662 dated June 2, 2021 for $1,250.00 without furnishing indemnifying bond. 

Williams Potato Day Donation Request
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve a $500 donation to Potato Day from levied funds and an additional $750 donation to Potato Day from American Rescue Plan funds, if applicable, or Con Con funds.

Motion to Approve Grant Contract SPAP-21-0018-P-FY22
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve Grant Contract SPAP-21-0018-P-FY22 with the State of Minnesota, acting through the Department of Employment and Economic Development, for a forgivable loan program for eligible remote recreational businesses in Lake of the Woods County that experienced loss in revenue due to the closure of the United States and Canadian border; and for Chair Joe Grund and Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson to sign the same.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Law Enforcement Resignation

Deputy Sheriff Brad Abbey submitted his resignation effective July 28, 2021.

Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve permission to advertise, interview and hire for Deputy Sheriff at grade 12, points 282 or grade 13, points 288, if the candidate is coroner certified.

PUBLIC WORKS
Highway Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update on the status of current projects, including: ditch cleaning, paving and bridge work.

Solid Waste Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update.  The process needed to get approval to haul garbage from the Northwest Angle to Steinbach, Manitoba is almost complete.

SURVEY
The County Surveyor will report back to the Board regarding a property marker and related property survey.

MN GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Update on Lake of the Woods County Geologic Atlas
Barbara Lusardi and Jordan Mayer from the Minnesota Geological Survey provided an update to the Board on their progress with the Lake of the Woods County Geological Atlas.

COVID-19
Commissioner Ed Arnesen is communicating with CHI LakeWood Health’s Public Health Manager, Kay M. Schell, regarding COVID-19 testing equipment for the Northwest Angle.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 10:18 a.m.

Attest: August 24, 2021

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Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, Jaime Boretski-LaValla Chair of the Board, Joe Grund