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COUNTY BOARD

August, 2019

Commissioner Proceedings

August 13, 2019

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call to Order

Chairman Cody Hasbargen 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, Jon Waibel, Buck Nordlof, Ed Arnesen and Cody Hasbargen. Also, present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Attorney Jim Austad and Woody Fiala.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following Additions:  Beacon update, Wheelers Point Sewer District, Louis Taylor, Giziibii, MN DNR, BWSR; and Remove:  Partial Vacation, Budget Session.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of July 9, 2019, with changes.

Social Services

Social Services Director Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval for claims and approval of a contract for Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports with Northland Counseling Center.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $23,756.34, Commissioners Warrant’s $3,393.32, Commissioners Warrant’s $7,764.12.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the Purchase of Service Agreement with Northland Counseling Center to provide Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports to eligible children and their families.

Auditor/Treasurer

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval of Claims, Approval of Amendment for Voting Equipment Grant, NWCA –Lease Government Center North, Prairie Fire Children’s Theater, Flu Shots, Satisfaction of Repayment Agreement and Affidavit of Lost Warrant.

Claims  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $145,675.43, Road & Bridge $110,000.86, Co Devlp $715.00, Solid Waste $34,597.19 and EDA $741.59.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 8/13/2019 For Payment 8/16/2019

Vendor Name                                        Amount

Bollig Inc                                                                      2,800.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                     10,570.62

Contech Engineered Solutions LLC                          30,385.40

Earthworks Contracting Inc                                        5,460.00

Fish/Kevin                                                                   9,300.00

Hanson Sales Inc                                                        2,014.36

Hasbargen Farms Inc                                                 3,450.00

Hasbargen Logging Inc                                               3,240.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                               7,691.71

Klein McCarthy & Co, Ltd, Architects                       81,415.92

Lavalla Sand & Gravel Inc                                        14,875.00

LOW Highway Dept                                                    6,494.58

LOW Soil & Water Cons. Dist.                                   28,720.00

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                          16,970.75

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                     5,150.00

Strata Corp, Inc                                                         10,766.19

Swanston Equipment Corp                                         4,688.84

Titan Machinery – Roseau                                           2,027.07

Wikstrom Telephone Co.,Inc                                       2,247.66

Woody’s Service                                                        4,534.71

Ziegler, Inc                                                                  3,365.13

87 Payments less than 2000 35,562.13

Final Total: 291,730.07

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants:  July 30, 2019 — $32,173.98, August 1, 2019 – 70.00 and August 7, 2019 — $43,773.69.

Voting Equipment Amendment

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the Voting Equipment Grant Agreement Amendment with the State of Minnesota extending the expiration date from August 31, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

NWCA-Lease

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson reviewed the lease agreement with Northwest Community Action for office space at the Government Center North.  They had questioned the possibility of the board allowing them to term the lease before the end of the year.   It was the consensus of the County Board to allow an early termination of the lease with a written request from them.

Prairie Fire Children’s Theater

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson presented a request from the Prairie Fire Children’s Theater Production for a contribution from the county.  The County Board reviewed their request and it was the consensus to have them come make a presentation to the board.

Flu Shots

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson had received a call from Lakewood Nursing Service to see if the County Board was interested in having them come to the courthouse to give flu shots on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.  It was the consensus of the County Board to have this scheduled. This would be available for all county employees, if interested, to receive the flu shot on that day at the Government Center.

Rehabilitation Housing Satisfaction

The board discussed the pay off balance of James and Nancy Jewell for their rehabilitation housing loan. The Jewells will be selling their home and were short of meeting their 10 year requirement.  In following the terms of agreement, the Jewels are required to pay the prorated amount off in order to satisfy the outstanding lien against their property.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the pay off balance for James and Nancy Jewell of $5703 to release the lien and $46.00 to record the lien release.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to authorize Chairman Cody Hasbargen to sign the Satisfaction of Repayment Agreement releasing the mortgage with James and Nancy Jewell once payment is received.

Lost Warrant

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant for R & Q Trucking, Inc, dated May 17, 2019, in the amount of $4,120 without furnishing indemnifying bond.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Conditional Use Permit – Nels Holte

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board and presented a Conditional Use Permit for Nels Holte to create a Commercial Planned Unit Development consisting of a 4-plex transient rental cabin. No comments were heard from the Public. Josh reviewed the Findings of Fact of the Planning Commission and informed the board that this application was approved by them with the following conditions: 1) Meet Minnesota Department of Health requirements. 2) One single sided sign is allowed up to 4’ x 8’ (32 square feet).

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact for Nels Holte to create a Commercial Planned Unit Development consisting of a 4-plex transient rental cabin with the following conditions:

The specific conditions of approval are as follows:

  1. Meet Minnesota Department of Health requirements.
  2. One single sided sign is allowed up to 4’ x 8’ (32 square feet).

 Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Nels Holte                                                                      Date:  August 13, 2019

Location/Legal Description:  Lots 5 and 6, Block 6, Morris Point Estates, Section Twenty (20), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West, parcel ID# 19.69.06.050, 19.69.06.060

Project Proposal:  A Conditional Use Permit, as required by Section 401-D of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to create a Commercial Planned Unit Development consisting of a 4-plex transient rental cabin.

  1. Is the project proposal consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?                                                                                                                    YES (X) NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  Property is zoned commercial and is identified as land most easily developed in accordance with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

2. Is the project proposal consistent with maintaining the public health, safety, and welfare?

            YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The structure will be served by a private water supply which is required to be tested annually by the Minnesota Department of Health. The structure will be served by a new septic system in accordance with Minnesota Rule 7080.

3. Is the project proposal consistent with the goal of preventing and controlling water pollution, including sedimentation and nutrient loading?                                                                                                YES (X) NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  Proposed project will have a fully vegetated grasses buffer to reduce or eliminate any surface water sedimentation and/or nutrient loading from entering the existing ditch system.

4. Will the project proposal not adversely affect the site’s existing topography, drainage features, and vegetative cover?                                                                                                              YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The proposed project will not adversely affect the site’s existing topography other than where the structure is to be located, the addition of fill for parking area, and the construction of mound septic system. There will be no drainage features affected. The vegetative cover will not be adversely affected other than the areas for the structure, parking area, and mound septic system.

5. Is the project proposal’s site location reasonable in relation to any floodplain and/or floodway of rivers or tributaries?                                                                                                                        YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The site location is not within any floodplain and/or floodway.

6. Has the erosion potential of the site based upon the degree and direction of slope, soil type and existing vegetative cover been adequately addressed for the project proposal?

                                                                                                                                    YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  See items 3 and 4 above.

7. Is the site in harmony with existing and proposed access roads?                               YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The property will utilize an existing approach off of 42nd Ave NW (County Road 20) to access the property.

8. Is the project proposal compatible with adjacent land uses?                         YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  Property is zoned commercial and other commercial uses are within the general area.

9. Does the project proposal have a reasonable need to be in a shoreland location?

                                                                                                                                    YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

10. Is the amount of liquid waste to be generated reasonable and the proposed sewage disposal system adequate to accommodate the project proposal?                                                                  YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  A new mound septic system is to be installed in accordance with Minnesota Rule Chapter 7080.        

11. Will the visibility of structures and other facilities as viewed from public waters comply with Section 901 of the Zoning Ordinance?                                                                                                       YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

12. Is the site adequate for water supply and on-site sewage treatment systems?

                                                                                                                                      YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not? A private well will serve the structure and a new mound septic system is to be installed in accordance with Minnesota Rule Chapter 7080.

13. Are the affected public waters suited to and able to safely accommodate the types, uses, and numbers of watercraft that the project proposal will generate?                                                                    YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

14. If the project proposal includes above ground or below ground storage tanks for petroleum or other hazardous material that is subject to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requirements, has a permit been sought?                                                                                                                        YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not?  ______________________________________________________

15. Will there be fencing and/or other screening provided to buffer the project proposal from adjacent properties?                                                                                                                        YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not?  None is required.

16. If signage is associated with the project proposal, has the applicant demonstrated the need for the number and size requested, and minimized the visual appearance as viewed from adjacent properties to the extent possible?                                                                                                                          YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not? A 4 foot by 8 foot sign is proposed.

17. If the project proposal will generate additional traffic to or from the site, has the applicant adequately demonstrated how the additional traffic and parking is to be addressed?

                                                                                                            YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  Existing approach to serve property and parking will be addressed on this property.

If all answers to the Findings of Fact-Criteria are either “Yes” or are “Not Applicable” to the request, the criteria for granting the conditional use permit have been met. The conditional use permit will maintain the goals of safety, health, and general welfare of the public. 

The specific conditions of approval are as follows:

3. Meet Minnesota Department of Health requirements.

4. One single sided sign is allowed up to 4’ x 8’ (32 square feet).

Approved as Presented (  )                            Approved with Conditions (X)                       Denied (  )

                                                                                    _____________________________________

                                                                                                            Cody Hasbargen

                                                                                                        Chair, County Board

This is in accordance with Section 1204 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance.

Highway

Interim Engineer Boyd Johnson met with the County Board with the following: Update on the progress of projects, John Daly – Ditch, Wheeler’s Point Sewer District.

Update

Interim Engineer Boyd Johnson updated the County Board on the progress of the construction projects going on throughout the county.   He mentioned that the Judicial Ditch 26 cleaning was going good and it was the consensus of the County Board for them to continue with the cleaning there.

Wheeler’s Point Sewer District

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve partial payment #8 to Wheeler’s Point Sewer District in the amount of $104,195.05.

John Daly-Ditch

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve a 50% Cost Share Ditching Project with John Daly, total project cost of $15,830.

Beacon Update

GIS Specialist Eric Solo gave an update to the County on the new interactive mapping site, Beacon.  He mentioned that this should be going live soon.

Correspondence

Correspondence was acknowledged from:  NWA Airport – Option, Giziibii request for financial support, MN DNR update on tax forfeited land sale, Board of Soil & Water Resources approval of LOW Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan Extension.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 10:10 a.m. and reconvened at 10:15 a.m. as follows:

City of Baudette

Chamber Building

City Public Works Director Roger Schotl met with the County Board to discuss the water/sewer service project for the Chamber Building. He was estimating a total cost of $3,000 and wondering if the County would consider splitting the cost with the City of Baudette.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to split the cost (50/50) with the City of Baudette, for the Water/Sewer Service project for the Chamber of Commerce with an estimate total cost of $3,000.

1st Ave Project

City Public Works Director Roger Schotl discussed the 1st Ave Project with the County Board and wanted to know if the County was still planning on working together on this project for next year.  It was the consensus of the County Board to continue as planned and to continue with updates.

Louis Taylor Property

Louis Taylor met with the County Board to discuss his property on the Graceton Beach Road.  No board action was taken.

CLOSED SESSION- LITIGATION

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the closed session at 11:00 a.m. pursuant to MN Statute 13D.05, subd.3b. (Pending or threatened litigation involving appointment of County Engineer.)  Members present: Commissioners Ed Arnesen, Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel and Joe Grund.  Others present were:  County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson, County Attorney James Austad and Human Resources Director Savanna Slick.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 12:05 p.m.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Cody Hasbargen called the meeting to recess at 12:05 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                      August 27, 2019

__________________________________                            _________________________________County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                                Chairman of the Board, Cody Hasbargen

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Commissioner Proceedings

August 27, 2019

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call to Order

Chairman Cody Hasbargen 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, Jon Waibel, Buck Nordlof, Ed Arnesen and Cody Hasbargen. Also, present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Attorney Jim Austad and Woody Fiala.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions:  Satisfaction of Mortgage and Satisfaction of Repayment Agreement, Deputy Sheriff FT Conditions and Correspondence from Braun Intertec.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of August 13, 2019.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of August 14, 2019, Budget Meeting.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of August 15, 2019, Budget Meeting.

Social Services

Social Services Director Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval for claims and approval of out of state travel.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $5,055.04, Commissioners Warrant’s $2,990.95, Commissioners Warrant’s $22,273.45.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve out of state travel for Social Services Director Amy Ballard to Seattle, WA, October 16-18, 2019 for a Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Conference, with all expenses paid by the Annie E Casey Foundation.

Auditor/Treasurer

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval of Claims and Satisfaction of Repayment Agreement.

Claims  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $59,863.01, Road & Bridge $88,313.71, Co Devlp $1,800.00, Joint Ditch  $19,355.95, Solid Waste $6,481.48 and EDA $804.77.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 8/27/2019 For Payment 8/30/2019

Vendor Name                            Amount

Braun Intertec Corporation                      4,477.50

Counties Providing Technology               3,690.00

Earthworks Contracting Inc                    6,060.00

Fish/Kevin                                                9,810.00

Freeberg & Grund, Inc                           19,740.00

Government Management Group, Inc      3,600.00

Hasbargen Logging Inc                            6,000.00

Interstate Engineering Inc                      34,685.61

LOW Highway Dept                                 6,467.50

NetCenter Technologies                        16,294.00

RUDYSTYX, LLC                                   27,885.00

Uline                                                          3210.83

Voyageurs Communications, Inc           15,714.00

43 Payments less than 2000 18,984.48

Final Total: 176,618.92

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants:  August 14, 2019 — $224,627.04, August 20, 2019 – $21,123.80.

Rehabilitation Housing Satisfaction

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve County Board Chair Cody Hasbargen to sign the Satisfaction of Mortgage and the Satisfaction of Repayment Agreement for the Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program for Brock Stebakken.

Human Resources

Human Resources Director met with the board requesting approval to hire Anthony (AJ) Pirkl as County Highway Engineer effective September 30, 2019.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund, and carried unanimously to approve and hire Anthony (AJ) Pirkl as County Engineer, effective September 30, 2019 at Grade 24, Step 1, Points 610 at $41.50 per hour.

Highway

Interim Engineer Boyd Johnson met with the County Board with the following: Update on the progress of projects and Fence at NWA Parking – Kirk Hiner.

Update

Interim Engineer Boyd Johnson updated the County Board on the progress of the construction projects going on throughout the county.   He also updated for Ross Eberle, Interstate Engineering on the projects.  He mentioned some of the paving projects were delayed a little due to weather.

NWA Parking Fence-Kirk Hiner

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve amending the initial Kirk Hiner temporary easement for parking at the NWA in the amount of $7,830 by $1,000 for a total of $8,830. 

DITCH AUTHORITY

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. and open Ditch Authority.

Petition for Repair of a Drainage System

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson presented a petition for repair of a drainage system to the Ditch Authority from John Rooney, Myhre Township, T161, R34, Sec 25, Judicial Ditch 23.  The Drainage Authority reviewed the petition and directed Interim County Engineer Boyd Johnson to examine and survey the drainage system to determine the extent of the repair required, including determination of the original grade or depth of the ditch.  Upon completion of the survey, the Interim County Engineer is to make a written report of his findings to the drainage authority. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the Ditch Authority meeting at 10:50 a.m. and reconvene the regular meeting.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Conditional Use Permit – Jamie Gowdy

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the County Board and presented a request to withdraw the application for a Conditional Use Permit from Jamie Gowdy.  (This request for a Conditional Use Permit had been presented to the County Board originally on June 11, 2019 and was to be brought back to the board for further clarification.)

County Sheriff

County Sheriff Gary Fish met with the County Board for:  Resignation letter, Motion to hire full time, Motion to hire part time, Sheriff fee schedule and Sheriff full time deputy conditions.

Resignation Letter

County Sheriff Gary Fish informed the County Board he had received a resignation from Deputy Sheriff Joe Morisch effective September 2, 2019.

Motion to Hire Full Time

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve hiring Craig Severs as full time Deputy Sheriff-Investigator effective September 3, 2019, Grade 13, Step 7, Points 288 at $25.31 per hour.

Motion to Hire Part Time

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve hiring Derrik Johnston and Nathan Walbaum, both as part time Deputy Sheriffs effective September 2019, Grade 12, Step 1, Points 282 at $21.07 per hour.

Resolution-Motion

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and moved for adoption:

County Board PERA Resolution

Resolution   2019-08-01

WHEREAS, the policy of the State of Minnesota as declared in Minnesota Statutes 353.63 is to give special consideration to employees who perform hazardous work and devote their time and skills to protecting the property and personal safety of others; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes Section 353.64 permits governmental subdivisions to request coverage in the Public Employees Police and Fire plan for eligible employees of police departments whose position duties meet the requirements stated therein and listed below;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Commissioners of Lake of the Woods County hereby declares that the position titled Part Time Deputy Sheriff, currently held by Derrik Johnston meets all of the following Police and Fire membership requirements:                         

  1. Said position requires a license by the Minnesota peace officer standards and training board under sections 626.84 to 626.863 and this employee is so licensed;
  2. Said position’s primary (over 50%) duty is to enforce the general criminal laws of the state;
  3. Said position charges this employee with the prevention and detection of crime;
  4. Said position gives this employee the full power of arrest, and
  5. Said position is assigned to a designated police or sheriff’s department.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this governing body hereby requests that the above-named employee be accepted as a member of the Public Employees Police and Fire Plan effective the date of this employee’s initial Police and Fire salary deduction by the governmental subdivision.

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

Resolution-Motion

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and moved for adoption:

County Board PERA Resolution

Resolution   2019-08-02

WHEREAS, the policy of the State of Minnesota as declared in Minnesota Statutes 353.63 is to give special consideration to employees who perform hazardous work and devote their time and skills to protecting the property and personal safety of others; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes Section 353.64 permits governmental subdivisions to request coverage in the Public Employees Police and Fire plan for eligible employees of police departments whose position duties meet the requirements stated therein and listed below;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Commissioners of Lake of the Woods County hereby declares that the position titled Part Time Deputy Sheriff, currently held by Nathan Walbaum meets all of the following Police and Fire membership requirements:                         

  1. Said position requires a license by the Minnesota peace officer standards and training board under sections 626.84 to 626.863 and this employee is so licensed;
  2. Said position’s primary (over 50%) duty is to enforce the general criminal laws of the state;
  3. Said position charges this employee with the prevention and detection of crime;
  4. Said position gives this employee the full power of arrest, and
  5. Said position is assigned to a designated police or sheriff’s department.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this governing body hereby requests that the above-named employee be accepted as a member of the Public Employees Police and Fire Plan effective the date of this employee’s initial Police and Fire salary deduction by the governmental subdivision.

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

Sheriff Fee Schedule

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve an increase of the Sheriff’s Serving fee for Rush Service within 24 hours, from $45 flat fee plus mileage to $65 flat fee plus mileage, effective August 27, 2019.

Sheriff-Full Time Deputy Conditions

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve removing the contingency of being full time at forty (40) hours per week as long as a Deputy Sheriff serves on the Task Force (Board action February 9, 2016) and making this a regular full time forty (40) hours per week position without the previously attached contingency, for Deputy Sheriff Russell Platz effective August 27, 2019.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 10:15 a.m. and reconvened at 10:25 a.m. as follows:

Legislative Update

Representative Matt Grossell and Senator Paul Utke met with the County Board and gave an update of the Legislative Session this year.  The County Board asked for assistance in presenting a request for approval of Local Sales Tax to the Legislature next year. They also asked for assistance with the permitting for the expansion of the Lake of the Woods County Landfill.

Correspondence

Correspondence was acknowledged from:  Braun Interech.

Closed Session-Litigation

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the closed session at 11:54 a.m. pursuant to MN Statute 13D.05, subd.3b. (Pending or threatened litigation involving appointment of County Engineer.)  Members present: Commissioners Ed Arnesen, Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel and Joe Grund.  Others present were:  County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson and County Attorney James Austad.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 12:10 p.m.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Cody Hasbargen called the meeting to recess at 12:10 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                      September 10, 2019

__________________________________                            _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                                Chairman of the Board, Cody Hasbargen