April 9th, 2024

April 9, 2024

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Legislative Updates

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official minutes of March 26, 2024.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $61,005.24; Commissioners Warrants $884.66; Commissioners Warrants $13,068.68.

Resolution of Support

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Clay County

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried. 

Resolution in support of a psychiatric residential 

treatment facility in clay county

Resolution No. 2024-04-01

WHEREAS, throughout Minnesota there is inadequate capacity in the continuum of care to support children with high acuity, complex and/or co-occurring conditions that include violent or sexually inappropriate behavior and/or physical health challenges; and

WHEREAS, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF) are a part of this continuum for children and youth under age 21 with complex mental health conditions and aggression; and

WHEREAS, currently there are four PRTF facilities operational in Minnesota with a total capacity of 166 beds and an additional PRTF set to open soon; and 

WHEREAS, there is a need for additional PRTF beds in the State of Minnesota to meet the needs of children with serious and complex mental health needs; and 

WHEREAS, the location of PRTF beds must be spread across the state to ensure equal access and proximity to a child’s home community, family, and service providers; and

WHEREAS, Clay County is committed to establishing a PRTF and will partner with an eligible provider in the delivery of PRTF services; and

WHEREAS, Clay County is seeking Minnesota bond funds to aid in land acquisition and building a PRTF; 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners via this Resolution, supports Clay County to request Minnesota bond funds for infrastructure in the development of a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Clay County.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $52,409.85; Road & Bridge $139,751.71; County Development $200.00; Joint Ditch $385.50; Solid Waste $32,953.62.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 4/09/2024 For Payment 4/12/2024

Vendor Name Amount

Angle Inlet Electric, LLC 4,166.00

Bert’s Truck Equipment Of Moorhead Inc 26,910.00

Braun Intertec Corporation 22,935.95

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 12,250.76

Farmers Union Oil company 2,275.93

Hildi Inc 4,500.00

Howard’s Oil Company 3,776.35

Interstate Billing Service Inc 4,173.40

KC TECH LLC 2,925.00

Lake of the Woods Electric LLC 2,539.44

Law Offices Of Patrick D. Moren 9,508.53

Mar-Kit Landfill 10,912.75

Mesabi Bituminous, Inc. 3,075.00

Nutrien Ag Solutions Inc 54,530.32

Pb Distributing Inc 9,648.35

Polk County Solid Waste 2,008.00

Powerplan 2,728.59

R & Q Trucking, Inc 4,888.00

University Of Mn 15,121.50

45 Payments less than 2000 26,826.81

Final Total: 225,700.68

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: March 27, 2024 for $16,326.21; April 3, 2024 for $124,725.66.

Sheriff

Intercom System Quote-Office & Jail

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the quote from Wiktel for the office & Jail intercom system in the amount of $21,431.00 to be paid for out of the building fund.

Minnesota Department of Health Grant Amendment

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the amended grant agreement from Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Grant Approval

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the grant from Minnesota Department of Health in the amount of $150,000 and for Chair Cody Hasbargen, and Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson to sign the same.

Public Works

Updates

County Engineer Anthony Pirkl gave an update on various highway projects.

Approval of SAP 039-635-012

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the bid from Mark Sand & Gravel in the amount of $3,203,423.59 for SAP 039-635-012 CSAH 35 project.

Permission to Advertise, Interview & Hire Summer Help

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the request to advertise, interview, & hire for seasonal summer help.

Land & Water

Hooper Creek Investments, LLC-Consideration of an Extension to Submit Final Plat

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously with Commissioner Jon Waibel abstaining to approve the request for an extension to submit the final plat from Hooper Creek Investments, LLC by December 1, 2024. 

North Star Electric

Tim Pelach and Robyn Sonstegard came to the board to request a letter and a resolution in support of a grant for new equipment that will allow better monitoring from the office. The project will take 3-5 years to complete

Letter of Support

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to draft a letter of support for the Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association’s Midwest Assess, Harden, and Intelligence Project Grant.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried. 

GOOD NEIGHBOR AGREEMENT BETWEEN 

NORTH STAR ELECTRIC AND LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY

Resolution No. 2024-04-02

WHEREAS, This Agreement is entered into this 9th day of April 2024 between Lake of the Woods County (“Community Organization”) and North Star Electric Cooperative, Inc. (“Utility”), collectively herein referred to as the “Parties.”

WHEREAS, The Utility is planning a resiliency electric grid project subjected to Department of Energy funding that will increase the resiliency and reliability of the delivery of power to the region; and

WHEREAS, the Utility is requesting community support throughout the design, construction, and completion stages of the resiliency electric grid project.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, in consideration of the mutual promise contained herein, the Parties agree as follows:

  1. The Utility will provide regular project updates to the Community Organization at the design, construction, and completion stages.
  2. The Utility and the Community Organization will communicate together and provide feedback regarding the proposed project. 
  1. The Utility will ensure a prompt response to any concerns or complaints from the local public, including businesses, residences, non-profit organizations, or the Community Organization.
  2. The Utility employs a workforce that encourages diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace.
  3. This Agreement will terminate effective immediately if the Utility does not receive funding from the Department of Energy for the project or on December 31, 2029, whichever occurs first.

RECESS

A brief recess took place at 9:30a.m. with a work session to follow. The board reconvened at 10:15 a.m.

Closed Session

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

RESOLUTION CLOSING BOARD MEETING

Resolution NO. 2024-04-03

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, Minn. Stat. § 13D.03, subd. 1 states that:

 “The governing body of a public employer may by a majority vote in a public meeting decide to hold a closed meeting to consider strategy for labor negotiations, including negotiation strategies or developments or discussions and review of labor negotiation proposals, conducted pursuant to sections 179A.01 to 179A.25.”

WHEREAS, a labor negotiation development has arisen regarding a labor dispute between Lake of the Woods County (public employer) and Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc., Local Union No. 510;  and  

WHEREAS,  the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners shall hold a closed meeting on April 9th, 2024 at 10:45 AM to consider strategy for labor negotiation developments.  The closed session shall be held at the Lake of the Woods County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Room, 206 8th Ave. SE, Suite 234, Baudette Minnesota 56623; and

BE IT RESOLVED by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners as follows:

  1. The  Board of Commissioners hereby closes this meeting pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.03, subd. 1 to consider strategy for labor negotiations including negotiation strategies or developments or discussion and review of Labor negotiation proposals, conducted pursuant to sections 179A.01 to 179A.25.
  1. This closed session shall be tape recorded at the expense of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners and said recording shall be preserved for two years after the contract is signed and shall be made available to the public after all labor contracts are signed by the governing body for the current budget period.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 10:40a.m.

Myles Hogenson

Myles Hogenson gave an update on various ATV trail projects.

Set Work Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to set a work session for maintenance on May 14, 2024 following the regular board meeting.

Legislative Update

Commissioner Ed Arnesen gave a legislative update about bonding for a new law enforcement building.

Adjourn

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Attest: April 23, 2024

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair Cody Hasbargen

March 26, 2024

March 26, 2024

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

in the ITV room at the Lake of the Woods School.

High School Social Studies teacher, Mr. Sam Longseth

Mr. Sam Longseth thanked the Commissioners for meeting at the School so his students could attend and participate in the meeting. Also present was retired Social Studies teacher Don Krause.

Call To Order

Chair Cody Hasbargen called the meeting to order at 8:15 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen, Joe Grund, Jon Waibel, and Ed Arnesen. Also present was County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson. The Board introduced themselves to the students and which districts they represented.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add Closed Session and Correspondence.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of March 12, 2024. 

Lake of the Woods Treatment Court

Judge Donna Dixon and Maria Pahlen presented on the process and the purpose of the Lake of the Woods Treatment Court. Alex Stodgell spoke to the board about how the treatment courts can help lead people living with substance use out of the justice system and into lives of recovery and stability and his own experiences with this program.

National Leadership Forum

Sandy Peterson, Doris Knutson and four Lake of the Woods Students, gave a presentation about their recent trip to Washington D.C. for the Community Anti-drug Coalition of America (CADCA) conference. The students discussed the benefits of meeting new people and learning how to have hard discussions about drugs and alcohol. Sandy Peterson discussed the local statistics of drug and alcohol use amongst teens in Lake of the Woods County and how other students could participate in the National Leadership Forum.

Public Works

County Engineer Anthony Pirkl introduced himself to the class and gave an overview of his position at the County.

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to add gravel source bids to the agenda.

Permission to bid FEMA Plans

County Engineer Anthony Pirkl gave an update on FEMA funds in the amount of $235,000 for various highway projects and requested permission to bid for those plans.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the request to bid for FEMA projects.

Permission to bid Gravel Source

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the request to bid for a gravel source.

DNR Fisheries (Matt Skoog)

DNR Fisheries Supervisor Matt Skoog gave an update about the sturgeon and walleye population and discussed the process for repopulating by using hatcheries and stocking the red river.

Social Services

Jodi Ferrier introduced herself and gave an overview of the Social Services department.

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $1,791.10; Commissioners Warrants $1,203.99; Commissioners Warrants $18,685.77.

Auditor/Treasurer

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson introduced herself to the students and gave an overview of the Auditor/Treasurer department and services.

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $34,383.34; Road & Bridge $22,650.44; Solid Waste $6,718.50; EDA $1,488.76.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 3/26/2024 For Payment 3/29/2024

Vendor Name Amount

Cdw Government, Inc 6,630.87

Clay County Sheriff 2,320.00

Integris LLC 2,188.23

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys 10,260.00

Quadient Finance USA Inc. 6,000.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

William Alexander Johnson 19,231.21

24 Payments less than 2000 12,342.23

Final Total: 65,241.04

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: March 13, 2024 for $57,723.00; March 20, 2024 for $12,654.54.

DNR Wildlife (Scott Laudenslager)

DNR Wildlife Manager Scott Laudenslager gave an update on various maintenance projects, Deer and Bear permits/harvest areas, and discussed upcoming summer projects.

Human Resources

Job Description Approval

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the job description for the Facilities Supervisor and Safety Operator position.

Facilities Supervisor and Safety Operator Grade Increase

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the grade increase for Facilities Supervisor & Safety Operator Shane Shaw to Grade 11, Step 12 at $28.20 per hour at 251 points effective next full pay period.

Approval of Step Increase for Custodian II

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve a step increase for Custodian II  Dylan Eason from Grade 6 Step 6 to Grade 6 Step 9 at 20.61 per hour effective next full pay period.

Set Work Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to set a work session for maintenance for April 9, 2024 following the regular board meeting.

County Surveyor-PLSS Restoration Project

County Surveyor Chad Conner came to the board to request a resolution for the Public Land Survey System Restoration Project.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried. 

Resolution to submit a proposal to the legislative-citizen commission on minnesota resources for public land survey system restorations 

Resolution No. 2024-03-01

WHEREAS, The Lake of the Woods County Land Surveyor’s Office has the opportunity to request funding from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) for the project titled “LOTW PLSS Restoration” up to the amount of $265,000, in Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF); and

WHEREAS, The Lake of the Woods County Auditor’s Office has reviewed the funding request and the “Duties of a Fiscal Agent” document provided by the State and is fully aware of the work that will occur if funded, the project timeline, and the project budget.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Lake of the Woods County Board authorizes the Lake of the Woods County Land Surveyor’s Office to submit a proposal for the project titled “LOTW PLSS Restoration” up to the amount of $265,000 for grant funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) funding from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Lake of the Woods County Board authorizes the Lake of the Woods County Auditor’s Office to act as a fiscal agent if funding is awarded for the 2024 project titled “LOTW PLSS Restoration”, and will comply with all terms as stated in the fiscal agent agreement.

Toward Zero Death

TZD Coordinator Sue Johnson, State Aid Engineer Brian Ketring, Assistant District Engineer William Pirkl, met with the board and presented a power point and information on the Towards Zero Death Task Force and the importance of safe driving and wearing seatbelts. William Pirkl gave an update on various highway projects and the installation of roundabouts in the area.

Recess

A brief recess took place from 11:50a.m. and reconvened at 1:20p.m.

Pine to Prairie Task Force

Deputy Sheriff/Investigator Craig Severs provided a presentation on the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force, which works with nine different counties, local law enforcement, conservation officers, and others.

Recess

A brief recess took place at 2:00p.m. and reconvened at the Lake of the Woods County Government Center Commissioners Room at 2:30p.m.

Closed Session

Resolution

The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the following:

Resolution Closing Board Meeting

Resolution No. 2024-03-02

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b) states that “meetings may be closed if the closure is expressly authorized by statute or permitted by the attorney-client privilege”; and

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County was served on March 20, 2024 with a United States District Court Summons and Complaint dated March 14, 2024, signed by Gregory M. Erickson, attorney for  Plaintiffs Jennifer Audette and Robert Audette, alleging that Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners violated, inter alia, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, requesting, inter alia, that the court require the County to remedy the alleged ADA violation and award damages; and   

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board seeks to meet with its attorney, to discuss the pending lawsuit; and

WHEREAS, it would be detrimental to the interests of the Lake of the Woods County Board to hold a public discussion with its attorney regarding the strengths and weaknesses of its legal position(s), strategy, and potential settlement position regarding the pending lawsuit where an opposing party or opposing attorney could listen to or be made aware of Lake of the Woods County’s positions; and

WHEREAS, there is an absolute need for the Lake of the Woods County Board to obtain confidential legal advice regarding the potential settlement modifications in order to maintain the attorney-client privilege.

BE IT RESOLVED by the Lake of the Woods County Board as follows:

  1. The Lake of the Woods County Board hereby closes this meeting based upon the attorney-client privilege pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b); and
  1. The specific subjects to be discussed, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.01, subd. 3, are the legal strategy regarding the pending United States District Court action. 

Adopted by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners, Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota this 26th day of March, 2024. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 2:50p.m.

Correspondence

The board reviewed correspondence from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof to add Cliffs Discussion to the agenda.

Cliffs Discussion

The board and Land & Water Director Josh Stromlund discussed the Cliff’s agreement.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to have Land & Water Director Josh Stromlund, and Commissioners: Jon Waibel, and Ed Arnesen have a meeting with Cliffs to review options.

Adjourn

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 3:35p.m.

Attest: April 9, 2024

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair Cody Hasbargen

March 12, 2024

 March 12, 2024

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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 changes: Add: Legislative Updates

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official minutes of February 27, 2024.

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 $32,337.05; Commissioners Warrants $2,055.79; Commissioners Warrants $25,627.43.

Sanford Crisis Contract Addendum

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the Sanford Crisis Contract Addendum to amend the dates of the original contract.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $174,611.12; Road & Bridge $80,671.35; Joint Ditch $11,432.50; Solid Waste $41,347.44; EDA $3,640.00; Taxes & Penalties ($390.00). 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 3/12/2024 For Payment 3/15/2024

Vendor Name Amount

Auto Value Baudette 2,241.86

ByteSpeed, LLC 2,468.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 11,816.57

Counties Providing Technology 4,327.00

Esri 28,400.00

Law Offices Of Patrick D. Moren 9,226.53

LOW Fair Association 34,610.00

LOW Highway Dept 14,403.75

LOW School District–390 3,472.00

Mar-Kit Landfill 11,397.50

Mn Dept Of Transportation 3,364.35

Pennington County Sheriff Office 20,203.29

Powerplan 9,332.28

Pro Mac Equipment Ltd. 4,027.18

R & Q Trucking, Inc 4,277.00

T-C Lighting 17,652.60

Traffic and Parking Control Co., Inc. 46,412.50

University of North Dakota 9,520.90

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc 37,225.00

Wright Locksmith and Security Systems 2,606.95

70 Payments less than 2000 34,327.15

Final Total: 311,312.41

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: February 28, 2024 for $13,033.93; March 5, 2024 for $245,965.96; March 6, 2024 for $64,628.84

Donation Request

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve a request from the Lake of the Woods Women of Today for a Post Prom donation in the amount of $200.00.

Cigarette License Approval

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the cigarette license application from J & L Hennum Sportsman’s Lodge.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

Northern Region Coordinator Christopher Stolan gave a presentation about the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative. No action was taken at this time.

Public Works

Updates

Highway Maintenance Supervisor Keith Grund gave an update on various highway projects

Approval of Stop Signs Payment

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of lighted stop signs in the amount of $46,412.50 to be paid for out of ARPA funds.

Approval of Plow Truck Payment

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the payment of a plow truck up to the remaining balance of ARPA funds.

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to add Lake of the Woods Cannabis Company to the agenda.

Lake of the Woods Cannabis Company

Eric Nerland came to the board to discuss the Lake of the Woods Cannabis Company business and intentions within the county. He would like the board to consider this business for a license when they become available for issuance.

Land & Water

Feedlot Annual Report

Resource Conservationist Mike Hirst presented the Feedlot Annual Report for approval.

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the Feedlot Annual Report and for Chair Cody Hasbargen to sign the same.

Feedlot Update-Discussion on Proposed Language

Resource Conservationists Mike Hirst and Land & Water Director Josh Stromlund discussed proposed language for new regulations/requirements and requested feedback from the board.

Human Resources

Personnel Committee Recommendations

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following recommendations from the Personnel Committee effective next full pay period:

Auditor/Treasurer Fiscal Officer Rita Hasbargen: Grade 15, Step 10, $33.78 per hour at 336 points

Auditor/Treasurer DL/MV Election Supervisor Erik Tange: Grade 14, Step 8, $30.84 per hour at 311 points

Auditor/Treasurer Treasury Service Manager Connie Nesmith: Grade 12, Step 5, $26.17 per hour at 267 points

Auditor/Treasurer Property Tax/Board Admin Anna Sanchez: Grade 13, Step 7, $28.69 per hour at 287 points

Auditor/Treasurer License Clerk Chelsea Anderson: Grade 11, Step 6 $25.30 per hour at 253 points

IT Systems Administrator John Butenhoff: Grade 18, Step 10, $39.76 per hour at 419 points

MIS/GIS Coordinator Eric Solo: Grade 18, Step 10, $39.76 per hour at 419 points

Deputy Recorder Christie Russell: Grade 12, Step 12, $29.77 per hour at 267 points

Job Description Approval

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the job descriptions for Auditor/Treasurer Fiscal Officer, DL/MV Election Supervisor, Treasury Service Manager, and Property Tax/Board Aministrator.

Building Committee- Craig Severs

Carpet quote approval for Government Center North Training Room

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the quote from Pirkl Lumber in the amount of $3629.48 for new carpet in the Government Center North Training room and plank flooring in the kitchen to be paid for out of building funds.

Legislative Updates

Commissioner Ed Arnesen gave an update on his recent trip to the capital meeting with Legislators regarding bonding for a new law enforcement building.

Adjourn

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 11:05 a.m.

Attest: March 26, 2024

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair Cody Hasbargen

January 9, 2024

January 9, 2024

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Board Meeting Date Change.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the official minutes of December 28, 2023.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the official minutes of January 2, 2024.

Board Meeting Date Change

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to change the August 20th, 2024 meeting to August 6th, 2024.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $31,845.90; Commissioners Warrants $1,217.32; Commissioners Warrants $6,111.39.

Border Bank Signature Cards-Rep Payee Account

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize Jodi Ferrier and Aspen Thompson or their successors to sign the Border Bank signature card for the Rep Payee Accounts.

Border Bank Signature Cards-Child Support Account

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to authorize Sheri Stebakken and Jo Aery or their successors to sign the Border Bank signature card for account number 4739.

Riverwood Bank Signature Cards-Social Welfare Account

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesn and carried unanimously to authorize Jodi Ferrier and Sheri Stebakken  or their successors to sign the Riverwood Bank signature card for account number 2155.

Child Support Agreement and Child Support Arrangement

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the Child Support Agreement and Child Support Arrangment between Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Support and Lake of the Woods County.

Healthcare Access Plan

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the Local County and Tribal Agency Biennial Health Care Access Services Plan.

Lakewood Health Ambulance Service-Letter of Support

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to draft a letter of support for Lakewood Ambulance Service to move from a BLS service to a part-time ALS service and for Chair Cody Hasbargen to sign the same.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $250,684.68; Road & Bridge $69,931.65; Solid Waste $34,471.94; EDA $365.00. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 1/09/2024 For Payment 1/12/2024

Vendor Name Amount

Air Med Care Network 16,803.00 

ByteSpeed, LLC 7,713.00 

Ferrellgas 2,051.72 

Headwaters Regional Development Commiss 3,500.00 

Integris LLC 2,159.90 

KnowBe4, Inc 2,227.50 

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys 15,700.00 

Mar-Kit Landfill 10,036.00 

Mn Assn Of Counties 7,146.00 

Mn Counties Computer Co-Op 21,470.97 

MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust 168,235.00 

Mn State Dept-Correction 27,762.36 

Moren/Law Offices Of Patrick D 8,960.80 

Motorola Solutions, Inc 17,079.83 

OnSolve,LLC 7,875.00 

Verus Corporation 3,896.75 

WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING & ASSOC., INC. 8,350.00 

47 Payments less than 2000 24,485.44

Final Total: 355,453.27

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: December 29, 2023 for $126,414.49; December 29, 2023 for $1,981,017.71; January 3, 2024 for $4,189.42.

ARPA Update

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson gave an update on American Rescue Plan funds.

Northwest Angle Post Office Update

The board discussed options for the post office at the Northwest Angle.

Affidavit of Lost Warrant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the Affidavit of Lost Warrant #40299.

Employee Recognition

The board presented John Butenhoff with the Steven R. Sindelir award for Excellence for the year 2023.

GIZIIBI

Land & Water Director Josh Stromlund gave an update on GIZIIBI. It was the consensus of the board to no longer participate in GIZIIBI.

DITCH AUTHORITY

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the Ditch Authority.

Ditch Funds Update

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson gave an update on ditch funds.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the Ditch Authority and open the regular meeting.

PUBLIC WORKS

Updates

County Engineer Anthony Pirkl gave an update on various projects that included snowplowing and bridge projects.

Township Road Inventory

County Engineer Anthony Pirkl and the Board of Commissioners reviewed Township Road Inventory and discussed the future of the project.

Splashpad Advisory Committee

Shelby Mason, Calista Wolf, Lindsay Payne and Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) Representative Ashley Walker gave a presentation to the board to show the splashpad design they have created and to request funding in the amount of $35,000.00. No action was taken at this time.

Recess

A brief recess took place at 11:32a.m. and reconvened at 11:38 a.m.

LAND & WATER

Consideration of Interim Use Permit #24-01IU by Daniel Klis

Lot 2, Block 1, East Pine Creek, according to the recorded plat thereof, in Section Twenty-nine(29), Township One Hundred Sixty-eight(168) North, Range Thirty-four(34) West-Parcel ID# 02.51.01.020. Applicant is requesting an Interim Use Permit as required by Section 401.B of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance to operate a short-term vacation rental in a Residential Development Zoning District (R1). This portion of Pine Creek is considered Lake of the Woods, a General Development Lake.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following Interim Use Permit/Findings of Fact #24-01IU by Daniel Klis to operate a short-term vacation rental in a Residential Development Zoning District (R1) with the following conditions:

  1. The interim use permit terminates five (5) years from the date of approval or upon sale or transfer of the property whichever occurs first.
  2. The maximum occupancy is limited to six (6) individuals as per the submitted application.
  3. The established quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am as per the submitted application.
  4. A valid Certificate of Compliance for the septic system is required. 
  5. No on-street parking is allowed.
  6. If applicable, the applicant must meet the Minnesota Department of Health requirements.

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Short-Term Vacation Rental Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Daniel Klis Date:  January 9, 2024

Location/Legal Description:  Lot 2, Block 1, East Pine Creek Plat

Project Proposal:  Applicant is requesting an Interim Use Permit, as required by Section 1106 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to operate a short-term vacation rental in a Residential Zoning District (R1).

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

Explain?  Resort and recreational destination.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

If yes, explain?  Applicant has met the criteria as per the submitted application.

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

Explain?  This type of use is allowed in a Residential (R1) Zoning District.

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

Explain?  Property has access from East Pine Drive Northwest.

  1. Has the applicant adequately demonstrated how the traffic and parking are to be addressed? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  Applicant indicates parking on site as per the submitted application. No on street parking is to be allowed.

  1. Has the applicant provided a map adequately depicting locations of property lines, well and septic system locations, accessory structures, parking areas, and shore recreational facilities?

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  As per the submitted application.

  1. Does the water test meet the Minnesota Department of Health drinking water standards? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  The water test results are part of the submitted application.

  1. Has the applicant identified the maximum number of occupants? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  The maximum number of occupants is limited to six (6) people as per the submitted application.

  1. Is the current SSTS compliant by evidence of a Certificate of Compliance and is the SSTS adequate to accommodate the identified maximum occupancy? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  The existing system has received a COC and is sized accordingly for the maximum occupancy.

  1. Has the applicant established quiet hours? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  As per the submitted application, the quiet hours are 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.

  1. Has the applicant provided a floor plan which includes the number of bedrooms and all other sleeping accommodations? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  See submitted application.

  1. Has the applicant provided an evacuation plan/fire safety protocol and have identified the locations of smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  See submitted application.

  1. Has the applicant identified a local person and their contact information? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  See submitted application.

  1. 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 (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Explain?  No signage is proposed as per the submitted application.

  1. Is fencing and/or screening needed to buffer the project proposal from adjacent properties?

YES (  )  NO ( )  N/A (X)

Explain?  No fencing and/or screening is warranted.

The answers to the questions above, together with the facts supporting the answers and those other facts that exist in the record, are hereby certified to be the Findings of the County Board of Commissioners.

The specific reasons for denial or conditions of approval are as follows: 

  1. The interim use permit terminates five (5) years from the date of approval or upon sale or transfer of the property, whichever occurs first.
  2. The maximum occupancy is limited to six (6) individuals as per the submitted application.
  3. The established quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am as per the submitted application.
  4. A valid Certificate of Compliance for the septic system is required.
  5. No on-street parking is allowed.
  6. If applicable, the applicant must meet the Minnesota Department of Health requirements.

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

January 9, 2024 _____________________________________

Date Cody Hasbargen

Chair, County Board

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

Louis Taylor-Address Request

Mr. Taylor came to the board to request an address for his property.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the request from Mr. Louis Taylor to have an address created for his property.

Fairboard

JP Sweet came to the board to inform them that the carnival for the County Fair has raised their prices and would like to request additional funding to secure a carnival for the next fair.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to increase the funding amount from $25,000.00 to $35,000.00 for the County Fair Carnival.

CLOSED SESSION

Resolution

The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following:

Resolution Closing Board Meeting

Resolution No. 2024-01-03

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b) states that “meetings may be closed if the closure is expressly authorized by statute or permitted by the attorney-client privilege;” and

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners wishes to meet with its attorney to discuss an ongoing investigation pertaining to sensitive data, which data could be construed as confidential/private pursuant to the Minnesota Data Practices Act; and

WHEREAS, it would be detrimental to the interests of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to hold a public discussion with its attorney regarding the ongoing investigation and its legal position; and

WHEREAS, there is an absolute need for the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to obtain confidential legal advice regarding the ongoing investigation and potential legal options in order to maintain the attorney-client privilege.

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners as follows:

  1. The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby closes this meeting based upon the attorney-client privilege pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b);
  2. The specific subjects to be discussed, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b), are the legal strategy of the Board regarding the ongoing sensitive data investigation.

Adopted by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners, Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota this 9th day of January, 2024. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the regular meeting.

Adjourn

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 12:35 p.m.

Attest: January 23, 2024

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair Cody Hasbargen

February 13, 2024

February 13, 2024

 The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Splashpad, Purchase of PUP trailers, replacement of furnaces in highway shop, Crack Seal Agreement, and Transfer of Green Tahoe. Remove: JDAI

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the official minutes of January 23, 2024.

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 $1,905.75; Commissioners Warrants $23,002.68; Commissioners Warrants $43,659.53.

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to add Daycare Fire Alarms at Lake of the Woods School to the agenda.

Daycare Fire Alarms at Lake of the Woods School

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to assist in the purchase of a new fire alarm system in the daycare at Lake of the Woods School up to the amount of the remaining balance.

Approval of Phone Stipend

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve a cell phone stipend for Aspen Thompson in the amount of $60.00 effective March 2024.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $299,484.23; Road & Bridge $203,320.60; County Development $1,000.00; Joint Ditch $12,030.00; Solid Waste $63,482.41; EDA $1,282.50. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 2/13/2024 For Payment 2/16/2024

Vendor Name Amount

Acme Tools 2,933.86

American Solutions For Business 2,073.78

Arnesen/Ed 2,941.83

Bert’s Truck Equipment Of Moorhead Inc 141,953.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 20,986.47

Clay County Sheriff 4,973.62

Compass Minerals America 10,017.20

Counties Providing Technology 4,327.00

Deputy Registrar No. 75 8,355.64

Election Systems & Software, Inc 5,746.81

Farmers Union Oil company 2,432.37

Freeberg & Grund, Inc 5,646.63

Howard’s Oil Company 5,857.48

Information Systems Corporation 10,935.00

Integris LLC 2,403.26

Interstate Billing Service Inc 12,558.69

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys 11,042.50

LOW Highway Dept 18,376.19

LOW Soil & Water Cons. Dist. 124,661.00

Mar-Kit Landfill 13,574.00

Moren/Law Offices Of Patrick D 9,065.73

Nw Mn Household Hazardous 5,311.00

Pennington County Sheriff Office 17,034.56

Pomp’s Tire Service, Inc. 11,547.44

Roseau Police Dept 5,000.00

Sandpieper Design Inc. 2,920.00

Schneider Geospatial, LLC 11,700.00

SeaChange Print Innovations 12,908.79

SHI International Corp 45,391.06

Verus Corporation 2,375.00

Ziegler, Inc 5,657.05

74 Payments less than 2000 39,892.78

Final Total: 580,599.74

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: January 24, 2024 for $140,114.12; January 31, 2024 for $50,785.45; January 31, 2024 $333.36; February 7, 2024 for $80,055.61; February 6, 2024 for $262,280.59; February 6, 2024 for ($34.00).

Transfer of Funds

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the temporary transfer of funds from general revenue to CARA grant funds to offset a negative balance.

Approval of Voyageurs Quote

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the quote from Voyageurs Comtronics Corporation in the amount of $74,450.00 for County TV transmitters to be paid for out of ARPA funds.

Appointment of 2024 Election Judges, UOCAVA & Absentee Ballot Boards and Hourly Pay

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson met with the County Board to approve election judges, to set up UOCAVA and Absentee Ballot Boards, for the appointment of the Canvassing Board and to request a pay increase for the election judges; all for the 2024 primary and general elections.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously  to approve the following election judges for the 2024 Presidential Primary (March 5, 2024), State Primary (August 13, 2024) and the General (November 5, 2024) Elections:  Christie Russell, Sandy Peterson, Judy Johnson, Shelley Pepera, Rita Krause, Margie Sporlein, Dale Boretski, Dawn Christianson, John Carroll, Dena Pieper, Alisa Jacobsen, Heather Larson, Barb Larson, Beverly Becklund, Jo Aery, Roy Sandstrom, Mary Jo Otten, Jaime Boretski-LaValla, Mike Rasmussen, Marti Carlson, Jon Hanson, Lester Boomgaarden, Connie Nesmith, Anna Sanchez, Chelsea Anderson, Rita Hasbargen, Erik Tange and Lorene Hanson.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the hourly pay for election judges as follows:  head election judges at $21.00 per hour and election judges at $20.00 per hour, effective with the 2024 elections.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to appoint the following Election Judges to the UOCAVA Board for the 2024 Presidential Primary, State Primary and General Elections:  Christie Russell, Rita Hasbargen, Anna Sanchez, Connie Nesmith, Chelsea Anderson, Erik Tange and Lorene Hanson.    

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to appoint the following Election Judges to the Absentee Ballot Board for the 2024 Presidential Primary, State Primary and General Elections:  Christie Russell, Lester Boomgaarden, Dale Boretski, Rita Hasbargen, Anna Sanchez, Connie Nesmith, Chelsea Anderson, Erik Tange and Lorene Hanson.    

Appointment to Canvassing Board

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson met with the County Board to request approval to appoint two Commissioners to the 2024 Canvassing Board.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to appoint Commissioners Joe Grund and Buck Nordlof to the Canvassing Board for the 2024 Presidential Primary, State Primary and General Elections. 

Lake of the Woods Prevention Coalition

Letter of Support

Sandy Peterson and Doris Knutson came to the board to request a letter of support for the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPFPFS) Grant to continue the work they do by adding in mental health support.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to draft a letter in support of the SPFPFS grant and for Chair Cody Hasbargen to sign the same.

Human Resources

Permission to Hire Part-time Dispatch

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the request to hire Harley Poppitz as part-time dispatch at grade 11, step 1, $22.89 per hour at 253 points effective February 12, 2024.

Set Work Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to set a work session for maintenance on March 12, 2024 following the regular board meeting.

Public Works

Approval of SAP 039-599-004

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to accept the bid for project SAP 039-599-004 from Korby Construction in the amount of $513,253.65.

Resolution to Accept Bridge Funds

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following:

RESOLUTION

For Agreement to State Transportation Fund Local Bridge Replacement Program Grant Agreement Grant Terms and Conditions SAP 039-599-004

Resolution No. 2024-02-01

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County has applied to the Commissioner of Transportation for a grant from the Minnesota State Transportation Fund related to Bridge No. 39530; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioner of Transportation has given notice that funding for this project is available; and

WHEREAS, the amount of the grant has been determined to be $187,175.36 by reason of the lowest responsible bid;

NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that Lake of the Woods County does hereby agree to the terms and conditions of the grant consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 174.50, and will pay any additional amount by which the cost exceeds the estimate, and will return to the Minnesota State Transportation Fund any amount appropriated for the project but not required. The proper county officers are authorized to execute a grant agreement and any amendments thereto with the Commissioner of Transportation concerning the above-referenced grant.

Approval of SAP 039-559-005

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to accept the bid for project SAP 039-559-005 from Korby Construction in the amount of $515,915.41.

Resolution to Accept Bridge Funds

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following:

RESOLUTION

For Agreement to State Transportation Fund Local Bridge Replacement Program Grant Agreement Grant Terms and Conditions SAP 039-599-005

Resolution No. 2024-02-02

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County has applied to the Commissioner of Transportation for a grant from the Minnesota State Transportation Fund related to Bridge No. 39531; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioner of Transportation has given notice that funding for this project is available; and

WHEREAS, the amount of the grant has been determined to be $505,915.41 by reason of the lowest responsible bid;

NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that Lake of the Woods County does hereby agree to the terms and conditions of the grant consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 174.50, and will pay any additional amount by which the cost exceeds the estimate, and will return to the Minnesota State Transportation Fund any amount appropriated for the project but not required. The proper county officers are authorized to execute a grant agreement and any amendments thereto with the Commissioner of Transportation concerning the above-referenced grant.

Approval of Bid SAP 039-598-072

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to accept the bid from Olson Construction from Thief River Falls, MN in the amount of 156,045.00

Extended Warranty on 210 G Excavator

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of an extended warranty for a 210 G Excavator up to 4,000 hours or the year 2028 in the amount of $5,194.80.

Purchase of Aluminum Box Culverts for Bridge Replacements

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of two aluminum box culverts in the total amount of $30,000.00 with $14,000.00 to be paid out of JD 24 funds.

Purchase of Belly Dump and PUP trailers

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of belly dump in the amount of $46,500.00 and two PUP trailers in the amount of $21,700.00.

Replacement of Furnaces in Highway Shop

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of three furnances from Rainy River Refrigeration in the amount of $18,990.00

Crack Sealing Agreement

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the crack sealing project in the amount of $66,963.00.

Transfer of Green Tahoe

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to move the Green Tahoe from the Assessor’s office to the Landfill.

Updates

County Engineer Anthony Pirkl gave an update on the NWA post office and discussed options for land recently purchased and a possible gravel pit location south of Williams.

Sheriff

Boat & Water Grant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the 2024 Federal Boating Safety Supplemental Equipment Grant in the amount of $3,950.00.

Land & Water

Consideration of Interim Use Permit #24-02IU by Walleye Empire, LLC

A parcel of land lying in the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SW1/4SW1/4), Section Twenty-five (25), Township One-hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West – Parcel ID#19.25.33.022. Applicant is requesting an Interim Use Permit as required by Section 1106 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance to operate a short-term vacation rental in a Residential Development Zoning District (R1).

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following Interim Use Permit/Findings of Fact #24-02IU by Walleye Emipre, LLC to operate a short-term vacation rental in a Residential Development Zoning District (R1) with the following Conditions:

  1. The interim use permit terminates five (5) years from the date of approval or upon sale or transfer of the property, whichever occurs first.
  2. As per the Winter Agreement, a septic system design or a compliance inspection of the existing system is to be submitted to the Land & Water Planning Office by July 31, 2024.
  3. The maximum occupancy is limited to three (3) individuals as per the submitted application and then may be increased to nine (9) individuals upon completion of one of the following actions:
  1. A certificate of Compliance is issued for a new SSTS. The SSTS design will determine the maximum occupancy allowed.
  2. The dwelling is connected to the Wheeler’s Point Sanitary District,
  3. The current septic system is to be abandoned and replaced with a or b above, by December 31,2025.
  1. The established quiet hours are from 10:30p.m. to 6:30a.m. as per the submitted application.
  2. Parking along State Highway 172 Northwest is prohibited.
  3. If applicable, the applicant must meet the Minnesota Department of Health requirements.

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Short-Term Vacation Rental Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Walleye Empire, LLC Date:  February 13, 2024

Location/Legal Description:  See Attached Parcel Number:  19.25.33.022

Project Proposal:  Applicant is requesting an Interim Use Permit, as required by Section 1106 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to operate a short-term vacation rental in a Residential (R1) Zoning District.

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

Explain?  The project is located within the Growth Corridor, which is between Highway 172 and the Rainy River.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  Applicant has met the criteria based upon the submitted application and the septic system will be addressed when conditions allow. 

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

Explain?  This type of use is allowable, with appropriate conditions, in a Residential Zoning District (R1).

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

Explain?  The property has a private driveway which is accessed from State Highway 172 Northwest.

  1. Has the applicant adequately demonstrated how the traffic and parking are to be addressed? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  Applicant indicates parking on site as per the submitted application. No on street parking is to be allowed.

  1. Has the applicant provided a map adequately depicting locations of property lines, well and septic system locations, accessory structures, parking areas, and shore recreational facilities?

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  As per the submitted application.

  1. Does the water test meet the Minnesota Department of Health drinking water standards? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  The water test results are part of the submitted application.

  1. Has the applicant identified the maximum number of occupants? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  The application states a maximum of three (3) people. However, the applicant verbally indicated a maximum of nine (9) during the Planning Commission meeting. The maximum number of occupants is to be addressed in the conditions below.

  1. Is the current SSTS compliant by evidence of a Certificate of Compliance and is the SSTS adequate to accommodate the identified maximum occupancy? YES (  )  NO (X)  N/A (  )

Explain?  Due to the time of year, the applicant has signed a Winter Agreement. The status of the current septic system is to be determined by July 31, 2024, as per the Winter Agreement. The septic system is to be addressed in the conditions below.

  1. Has the applicant established quiet hours? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain? As per the submitted application, the quiet hours to be from 10:30 pm to 6:30 am.

  1. Has the applicant provided a floor plan which includes the number of bedrooms and all other sleeping accommodations? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  See submitted application.

  1. Has the applicant provided an evacuation plan/fire safety protocol and have identified the locations of smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  See submitted application.

  1. Has the applicant identified a local person and their contact information? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Explain?  See submitted application.

  1. 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 (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Explain?  No signage is proposed as per the submitted application.

  1. Is fencing and/or screening needed to buffer the project proposal from adjacent properties?

YES (  )  NO (X)  N/A (  )

Explain?  An adequate vegetative buffer already exists.

The answers to the questions above, together with the facts supporting the answers and those other facts that exist in the record, are hereby certified to be the Findings of the County Board of Commissioners.

The specific reasons for denial or conditions of approval are as follows:

  1. The interim use permit terminates five (5) years from the date of approval or upon sale or transfer of the property, whichever occurs first.
  1. As per the Winter Agreement, a septic system design or a compliance inspection of the existing system is to be submitted to the Land and Water Planning Office by July 31, 2024.
  1. The maximum occupancy is limited to three (3) individuals as per the submitted application and then may be increased to nine (9) individuals upon completion of one the following actions:
    1. A Certificate of Compliance is issued for a new SSTS. The SSTS design will determine the maximum occupancy allowed.
    2. The dwelling is connected to the Wheeler’s Point Sanitary District.
    3. The current septic system is to be abandoned and replaced with a or b above, by December 31, 2025.
  1. The established quiet hours are from 10:30 pm to 6:30 am as per the submitted application.
  1. Parking along State Highway 172 Northwest is prohibited.
  1. If applicable, the applicant must meet the Minnesota Department of Health requirements.

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

February 13, 2024 _____________________________________

Date Cody Hasbargen

        Chair, County Board

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

FY2024 State of Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Watershed Based Implementation Funding Grant Agreement

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to agree to implement the Grant Agreement in accordance with the BWSR policy.

Splashpad

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to conditionally give $35,000.00 to the splashpad committee pending DNR Grant approval.

CLOSED SESSION

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 for Union Negotiation pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03, Sub 1(b).

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the regular meeting.

Union Negotiations

The board discussed the matter of a holiday pay grievance.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to move forward with the mediation process over the request of holiday pay by the non-licensed LELS.

Adjourn

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 11:15 a.m.

Attest: February 27, 2024

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair Cody Hasbargen

February 13, 2024

AGENDA

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

TIME TAB

9:00 a.m. #1 Pledge to the Flag

Approval of Agenda

Approve Minutes of January 23, 2024

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services

  • Claims
  • Cell Phone Stipend

9:10 a.m. #3 Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • Transfer of Funds
  • Approval of Voyageurs Quote
  • Motion to Appoint Election Judges & Wages

9:15 a.m. #4 LOTW Prevention Coalition

  • Letter of Support

9:25 a.m. #6 Human Resources

  • Permission to Hire PT Dispatch
  • Set Work Session

9:30 a.m. #7 Public Works

  • Updates
  • Approval of Bid SAP 039-599-004
  • Approval of Bid SAP 039-599-005
  • Resolution to Accept Bridge Funds
  • Approval of Bid SAP 039-598-072
  • Resolution to Accept Bridge Funds
  • Permission to Bid SAP 039-635-012
  • Extended Warranty on 210 G Excavator
  • Purchase of Aluminum Box Culverts for Bridge Replacements
  • Purchase of Belly Dump

9:45 a.m. #8 Boat & Water Grant

9:55 a.m. #9 Land & Water

  • IUP #21-02IU-Walleye Empire, LLC
  • FY2024 State of MN. Board of Water & Soil Resources Watershed Based Implementation Funding Grant Agreement

10:10 a.m. #10 Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

10:30 a.m. #11 Closed Session

  • Resolution Open/Close
  • Union Negotiation-MN Statute 13D.03, Sub 1(b)
  • Motion Open/Close

11:00 a.m. #12 Adjourn

Old/New Business

  • Lessard –Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Land Trade
  • Township Road Inventory
  • Law Enforcement Center
  • Unused Wells

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January 23, 2024

January 23, 2024

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: NWA Post Office Correspondence, Safeboat Donation, IT Issues.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the official minutes of January 9, 2024.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $5,268.98; Commissioners Warrants $785.96; Commissioners Warrants $14,814.29.

Transfer of Homeless Funds

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the transfer of $50,000.00 from the social services fund monies received from a state funded homeless prevention grant to the Baudette Housing Authority to increase capacity of local housing through infrastructure/building.

Approval of Child Crisis Response Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the Child Crisis Response Contract between Stellher Human Services and Lake of the Woods County Social Services.

Mobile Children’s Dental Clinic

Social Services Director Amy Ballard informed the board that Children’s Dental Services has agreed to provide 3 mobile clinics in Lake of the Woods County in 2024. The mobile clinic will be held in the County Commissioner’s Room in the Government Center until an alternative site is found. The mobile dental clinic will be open to all ages.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $100,612.27; Road & Bridge $93,982.50; Solid Waste $20,969.02; EDA $1,572.18. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 1/23/2024 For Payment 1/26/2024

Vendor Name Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 14,005.47 

Compass Minerals America 13,955.57 

Farmers Union Oil Co. 2,625.23 

Integris LLC 2,159.90 

John Deere Financial 3,245.60 

Joy Brandt Painting 28,800.00 

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys 28,819.00 

Lavalla Sand & Gravel Inc 57,690.50 

LOW Soil & Water Cons. Dist. 20,000.00 

Northern Light Region 3,715.25 

Quadient Finance USA Inc. 3,000.00 

Rainy Lake Oil, Inc 2,513.50 

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc 8,727.60 

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50 35

Payments less than 2000 21,609.85

Final Total: 217,135.97

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: January 10,2024 for $77,105.89; January 17, 2024 for $111,110.95; January 16, 2024 for $324,392.49; January 16, 2024 for ($1,853.50).

Human Resources

Case Aid I to Case Aid II

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve Sheri Stebakken to move from Case Aid I at Grade 8, Step 10, $23.27 per hour to Case aid II at Grade 9, Step 10, $24.50 per hour at 224 points effective next full pay period.

Splashpad

Mayor Rick Rone discussed the City of Baudette’s involvement with and support of the splashpad project.

Public Works

Updates

County Engineer Anthony Pirkl gave an update on various projects for highway and solid waste departments.

Correspondence

The board reviewed correspondence about the Northwest Angle Post Office.

County Road Discussion

Yulia Bogdanova and Alex Butler came to the board to discuss the road access to their property. No action was taken by the board at this time.

Sheriff

Deputy Ben Duick informed the board that the State of Minnesota DNR has offered to donate a 2013 Safeboat that may require some repairs.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to accept the donation of a 2013 Safeboat from the State of Minnesota DNR.

Remove From Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to remove IT issues from the agenda.

Closed Session

Resolution

The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following:

Resolution Closing Board Meeting

Resolution No. 2024-01-04

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b) states that “meetings may be closed if the closure is expressly authorized by statute or permitted by the attorney-client privilege;” and

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners wishes to meet with its attorney to discuss an ongoing investigation pertaining to sensitive data, which data could be construed as confidential/private pursuant to the Minnesota Data Practices Act; and

WHEREAS, it would be detrimental to the interests of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to hold a public discussion with its attorney regarding the ongoing investigation and its legal position; and

WHEREAS, there is an absolute need for the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to obtain confidential legal advice regarding the ongoing investigation and potential legal options in order to maintain the attorney-client privilege.

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners as follows:

  1. The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby closes this meeting based upon the attorney-client privilege pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b);

The specific subjects to be discussed, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b), are the legal strategy of the Board regarding the ongoing sensitive data investigation.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the regular meeting.

Closed Session

Resolution

The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following:

Resolution Closing Board Meeting

Resolution No. 2024-01-05

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b) states that “meetings may be closed if the closure is expressly authorized by statute or permitted by the attorney-client privilege”; and

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County, while not yet served, has received a copy of a Summons and Complaint dated January 3, 2024 signed by Plaintiffs William E. Fischer and Cathy Fischer, requesting, inter alia, that the court quiet title and declare that a disputed roadway be considered private property. Lake of the Woods County is named as one of the Defendants in the action; and   

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board seeks to meet with its attorney, to discuss the pending lawsuit; and

WHEREAS, it would be detrimental to the interests of the Lake of the Woods County Board to hold a public discussion with its attorney regarding the strengths and weaknesses of its legal position(s), strategy, and potential settlement position regarding the pending lawsuit where an opposing party or opposing attorney could listen to or be made aware of Lake of the Woods County’s positions; and

WHEREAS, there is an absolute need for the Lake of the Woods County Board to obtain confidential legal advice regarding the potential settlement modifications in order to maintain the attorney-client privilege.

BE IT RESOLVED by the Lake of the Woods County Board as follows:

  1. The Lake of the Woods County Board hereby closes this meeting based upon the attorney-client privilege pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b); and
  1. The specific subjects to be discussed, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.01, subd. 3, are the legal strategy regarding the pending Quiet Title Action signed by Plaintiffs William E. Fischer and Cathy Fisher, and received by the County from another named defendant. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the regular meeting

Correspondence

The board reviewed correspondence from Arrowhead Library.

Adjourn

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 11:00a.m.

Attest: February 13, 2024

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair Cody Hasbargen

January 2, 2024

January 2, 2024

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Election of Chair and Vice Chair 

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson called for nominations for Chair for Lake of the Woods County Board for the year 2024. Commissioner Joe Grund nominated Commissioner Cody Hasbargen for Chair with Commissioner Ed Arnesen seconding the nomination. County Auditor/Treasurer called for nominations two more times.

Chair
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the nominations for Chair.

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson called for a roll call for Commissioner Cody Hasbargen for Chair.  Roll call carried as follows: All in favor: Commissioners: Jon Waibel, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, Joe Grund and Buck Nordlof.  Against:  None.  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen assumed the position of Chair of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners for 2024.

Vice – Chair

Chair Cody Hasbargen called for nominations for the position of Vice-Chair for the year 2024.  Commissioner Joe Grund nominated Commissioner Jon Waibel for Vice-Chair for Lake of the Woods County Board with Commissioner Buck Nordlof seconding the nomination. Chair Cody Hasbargen called for nominations two more times.  


Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the nominations for Vice-Chair.  

Chair Cody Hasbargen called for a roll call for Commissioner Jon Waibel for Vice-Chair.  Roll call carried as follows: All in favor: Commissioners, Jon Waibel, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, Joe Grund and Buck Nordlof.  Against:  None.  Commissioner Jon Waibel assumed the position of Vice-Chair of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners for 2024.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: ARPA Update, Northwest Angle Update

OFFICIAL COUNTY NEWSPAPER BID-OPENING

Chair Cody Hasbargen called for the bid opening at 9:10 a.m. for the Official Legal Newspaper for the year 2024.
The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and unanimously moved for adoption:                                                      
 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING
OFFICIAL LEGAL NEWSPAPER for YEAR 2024Resolution No. 2024-01-01WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners per Minnesota Statutes 279.08 called for legal bids for the official newspaper for the year 2024WHEREAS, upon opening all bids, Lake of the Woods County designates the Northern Light Region as the official legal newspaper for the year 2024;WHEREAS, the Northern Light Region, as the official legal newspaper for the year 2024, is awarded the first publication of the annual financial statement at $8.00 per standard advertising unit, (no other bids received, therefore no second publication required);WHEREAS, the Northern Light Region, as the official legal newspaper for the year 2024, is awarded the first publication of the notice and list of the real estate remaining delinquent taxes on the first Monday of January, at $8.00 per standard advertising unit and; WHEREAS, the Northern Light Region, as the official legal newspaper for the year 2024, is awarded the second publication of the notice and list of the real estate remaining delinquent taxes, at $8.00 per standard advertising unit, and;BE IT RESOLVED, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners further designates the Northern Light Region for all other legal publishing, not specified above, for the year 2024. 

Lake of the Woods County
Bid Tabulation
Legal Publishing 
Year 2024
January 2, 2024
Per Standard Advertising Unit
Financial StatementDelinquent Tax ListAll Other Publications
1st Publ.2nd Publ1st Publ2nd Publ   
Northern Light Region
PO Box 1134
  8.00        8.008.008.008.008.00
Baudette, MN  56623
218-634-2700
Award To:
Official Legal Newspaper
Northern Light Region
1st Publ/Financial Stmnt
8.00 
2nd Publ/Financial Stmnt If applicable8.00N/A 
1st Delinq Tax List
8.00       
2nd Delinq Tax List
8.00         
All Other
8.00 

County Auditor/treasurer

Bank Signature Cards

RiverWood Bank Signature Cards

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith and Chair Cody Hasbargen to sign the RiverWood Bank signature cards for account numbers 6443,6484,3846,8645.

RiverWood Bank Signature Cards

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson and Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith to sign the RiverWood Bank signature card for account number 8645 and investments.

Border Bank Signature Cards

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson and Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith to sign the Border Bank signature card for account number 2404.

RiverWood Bank Motor Vehicle Checking Account

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Erik Tange, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Anna Sanchez, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith and Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Chelsea Anderson for account number 6450.

Official Depositories

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to designate the following institutions as Official Depositories of county funds for the year 2024:

  1. RiverWood Bank, Baudette Branch
  2. Border Bank, Baudette Branch
  3. Multi Bank Securities

It was further moved to designate RiverWood Bank, as the official safekeeping Institution for Lake of the Woods County.  

Elected Officials – Minimum Salaries

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson presented the 2024 Minimum Salaries for Elected Officials to the board for approval.

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and moved for adoption:

Resolution For

Establishing Minimum Salaries for Elective Offices

Resolution No. 2024-01-02

WHEREAS, M.S. 388.18, Subd. 2, (County Attorney), M.S. 386.015, Subd. 2b, (County Recorder), and M.S. 387.20, Subd. 2b, (County Sheriff), requires the County Board, at the January meeting prior to the first date on which applicants may file for County elective offices, to establish minimum annual salaries to be paid to the respective office holders at the term next following;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following statutory minimum annual salaries are hereby established for county elective offices for the term beginning in January of the year 2024:

County Attorney: $96,646.56

County Recorder: $73,464.80

County Sheriff: $81,974.56

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

Approval of 2024 Committees

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following committees for the year 2024:

2024 ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA COUNTIES (AMC)

Ag Task Force: Commissioner Jon Waibel; Alternates: Commissioners;

Environmental and Natural Resources: Commissioner Ed Arnesen; Alternates: Commissioners;

General Government: Commissioner Buck Nordlof; Alternates: Lorene Hanson and Commissioners;

Health and Human Service: Commissioner Joe Grund and Amy Ballard; Alternates: Commissioners;

PILT Advisory: Commissioners and Josh Stromlund;

Public Safety: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; Alternate: Commissioners

Transportation and Area Transportation Alliance: Commissioner Jon Waibel and Anthony Pirkl; Alternates: Commissioners;

2024 COUNTY RELATED COMMITTEES

Airport Commission:  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Border Coalition/Passports: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel, Sue Ney and Jill Olson;

Building and Safety Committee: Commissioner Jon Waibel, Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Anthony Pirkl, Peder Hovland, Lorene Hanson, Amy Ballard, one from Law Enforcement, and Safety Director;

Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP): Jill Olson and Commissioners;

County Extension Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Lorene Hanson.  Additional Members: Tabitha Ubel, Kenneth Horntvedt, Dean Thompson, Colleen Stanton, Nyla O’Connell and Sandy Peterson. Extension Members: Brenda Nelson, Lisa Loegering and Karen Santl. 

County TV:  Commissioner Joe Grund, Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Kent Christianson, Lorene Hanson, Peder Hovland and Jill Olson;

Data Privacy Administrator: Savanna Slick; Lorene Hanson; Michelle Moren

Department Head Liaison: Chair/Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; Alternates: Commissioners;

Department Liaisons:  

Assessor – Commissioner Joe Grund;

Land and Water Planning Office – Commissioner Buck Nordlof;

Attorney – Commissioner Buck Nordlof; 

MIS – Commissioner Ed Arnesen; 

Sheriff – Commissioner Jon Waibel; 

Social Services – Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; 

Recorder – Commissioner Buck Nordlof; 

Highway – Commissioner Ed Arnesen; 

Auditor/Treasurer – Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; 

H/R – Commissioner Jon Waibel; 

County Surveyor- Commissioner Joe Grund;

Veterans Service Officer – Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; 

Tourism Bureau- Commissioner Ed Arnesen; 

Wheelers Point Sewer- Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Economic Development Authority- Commissioner Cody Hasbargen

Department of Natural Resources: Commissioner Ed Arnesen and Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Drainage Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Joe Grund, Byron Tviet, Anthony Pirkl, Josh Stromlund, Dennis Johnson, Marshall Nelson and SWCD Representative;

Enhanced 911 Committee: Commissioner Buck Nordlof and Commissioner Jon Waibel, Eric Solo, Gary Fish, Jill Olson and other local appointees;

GIZIIBII: SWCD Representative Corryn Trask;

Grievance Committee: Chair/Commissioner Cody Hasbargen , Michelle Moren, Savanna Slick, Daryl Fish, Josh Stromlund and Angie Eason; Alternate: Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Information Systems/Technology Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Peder Hovland, Josh Stromlund, Boyd Johnson, Lorene Hanson, Craig Severs and Michelle Moren; 

Insurance Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel, Amy Ballard, Lorene Hanson, Sue Ney, Ben Duick and Savanna Slick;

Jail Committee: Commissioners, Gary Fish, Anthony Pirkl, Michelle Moren, Tami Mauer, Peder Hovland and Lorene Hanson;

Joint Drainage Authority: 

JD22: Commissioner Joe Grund-District 3, Commissioner Ed Arnesen-District 5, Commissioner Jon Waibel-District 4; 

JD 62: Commissioner Joe Grund- District 3, Commissioner Ed Arnesen-District 5, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen-District 2; 

Labor/Management Committees: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Savanna Slick; Alternate: Commissioner Buck Nordlof;

Lake of the Woods Affordable Housing/Loan Committee: Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Sue Ney, Alisa Jacobsen and Lorene Hanson; Alternate:  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Law Library:  Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Michelle Moren to appoint and Chief Judge to appoint;

Legislative Committee:  Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel.

Motor Pool Committee: Commissioner Jon Waibel, Lorene Hanson, Jodi Ferrier, Alisa Jacobsen, Josh Stromlund, Peder Hovland; Alternate:  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Opioid Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund, Kay Schell (Public Health), Doris Knutson, Sandy Peterson (County Prevention Coalition), Craig Severs (Law Enforcement), Jodi Ferrier (Social Services), Michelle Moren (Attorney), Lake of the Woods School, and Lakewood Health;

Ordinance Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel, Michelle Moren, Gary Fish,Josh Stromlund, Mike Hirst; 

Park Commission: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Anthony Pirkl and Joe Laurin; Alternate: Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Personnel Committee (combined Compensation Plan and Personnel): Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Savanna Slick, Sue Ney, Anthony Pirkl, Christine Hultman, Lorene Hanson and Daryl Fish;   

Public Information Officer: Lorene Hanson; Alternate: Savanna Slick and Michelle Moren;

SHIP Committee: Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Alternate: Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Snowmobile Trails Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund and Commissioner Buck Nordlof;

Solid Waste Committee/Household Waste: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen (as the (NWMNHHW representative for the Joint Powers Agreement), Commissioner Joe Grund, Anthony Pirkl, Tina Rennemo, Lorene Hanson and Alisa Jacobsen; 

Subdivision Controls Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Josh Stromlund, Alisa Jacobsen, Sue Ney, Peder Hovland and Commissioner of the District involved;

Township Road and Trails: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Anthony Pirkl, Josh Stromlund, Peder Hovland, Boyd Johnson and Alisa Jacobsen;  

Northwest Angle Development: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; Alternates: Commissioners;

Vets Service: Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Commissioner Joe Grund, Legion Commander or Delegate, VFW Commander or Delegate and Rick Rone;

Wellness Committee: Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Angie Eason, Julie Berggren, Savanna Slick, Cassondra Brune;

2024 BOARDS/COLLABORATIVE/COALITION

Arrowhead Library System:  Colleen Stanton (01/01/23-12-31-26); Alternate: Commissioner Buck Nordlof (01-01-22-12-31-25);

Board of Adjustment-/Planning Commission: District 1- David Marhula, District 2-Monica Dohman, District 3- Marshall Nelson, District 4- Tom Mio, District 5-Nancy Dunnell; at large; Ken Horntvedt and Weston Johnson; non-voting Commissioners;

Border Substance Abuse Court and Steering Committee: Commissioner Jon Waibel and Amy Ballard;

Humane Society: Commissioner Joe Grund and Gary Fish;

Headwaters Regional Development Commission: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Commissioner Buck Nordlof; Alternate: Commissioner Joe Grund;

Joint Powers Natural Resources Board: Commissioner Joe Grund and Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Keep It Clean Committee/Aquatic Invasive Species: Commissioner Ed Arnesen;

Lake of the Woods County Children and Families Collaborative and Prevention Coalition Committee:   Commissioner Joe Grund;

Lake of the Woods Criminal Justice Coalition and Children’s Justice Initiative: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Lutheran Social Service Board: Commissioner Buck Nordlof and Amy Ballard; Alternate: Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Mid-State Co-op: Delegate #1 – Peder Hovland, Delegate #2 – Alisa Jacobsen;

Minnesota Counties Computer Co-op: Delegate #1 – Peder Hovland, Delegate #2 – Lorene Hanson; Alternate: Michelle Moren; 

Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust: Commissioner Jon Waibel; Alternates: Commissioner Buck Nordlof and Lorene Hanson;

Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus: Commissioner Ed Arnesen; Alternates: Commissioners;

North Country Community Health Board:  Commissioner Joe Grund (term expires 12/31/25) and Tom Mio (term expires 12/31/26) these are three-year terms; Alternate: Cody Hasbargen

North Country Community Health Services Advisory Committee: re-appoint Commissioner Joe Grund (term expires 12/31/25) and Tom Mio (term expires 12/31/25) these are two-year terms; Alternate: Cody Hasbargen

Northern Coalition Regional Charging Network: Cody Hasbargen

Northern Counties Land Use Coordinating Board: Commissioner Ed Arnesen and Josh Stromlund; Alternates: Commissioner Buck Nordlof and Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Northwest Board of Aging/Area Agency: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Amy Ballard; Alternates: Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Northwest Community Action:  Commissioner Ed Arnesen and Commissioner Jon Waibel; Alternates: Commissioners;

Northwest Minnesota Juvenile Center Board: Amy Ballard (term expires 12/31/2026, appointed in 2023).  This is a four-year term;

One Watershed/One Plan: Commissioner Ed Arnesen; Alternate: Commissioner Buck Nordlof;

Rainy Rapid River Board: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Josh Stromlund; Alternate: Commissioner Joe Grund;

Red River Valley Development Association:  Commissioner Ed Arnesen and Ken Horntvedt;

Regional Advisory: Jill Olson;

Rainy Rapid Water Shed One Plan Committee: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Nancy Dunnell; John Sonstegard;

NW Emergency Communications Board: Commissioner Ed Arnesen; Alternates: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Jill Olson;

SWCD District Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund and Josh Stromlund; Alternate Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Baudette: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; Alternate Commissioner Buck Nordlof.

Joint Jail Koochiching County Committee: Commissioner Jon Waibel, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Sheriff Gary Fish, Tami Mauer, Michelle Moren, Lorene Hanson; Alternate: Craig Severs.

DITCH AUTHORITY

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open ditch authority.

Ditch Assessments

The following Ditch Assessments were recommended by the Ditch Authority and presented to the County Board for 2023:

  • CD 1: $22,800.00
  • CD 2: $882.40
    • JD 16: $8,500.00
    • JD 24: $16,000.00
    • JD 26: $24,000.00
    • JD 28:  $50,000.00
  • JD 22:  $4,800.00 (Joint Ditch with Roseau County)
  • JD 62: $16,900.00 (Joint Ditch with Roseau County)

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnsen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund  and carried unanimously to close the Ditch Authority meeting and reconvene the regular meeting.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the recommendations of the Ditch Authority to set the 2023 Ditch Assessments as follows: County Ditch 1-$22,800; County Ditch 2-$882.40, Judicial Ditch 16 Outlet Fee- $8,500; Judicial Ditch 24- $16,000; Judicial Ditch 26- $24,000; Judicial Ditch 28-$50,000; Judicial Ditch 22-Joint Ditch with Roseau-$4,800; Joint Ditch 62 with Roseau-$16,900.

Set County Road Tour/Ditch Meeting Date

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to set the county road tour date and the annual ditch meeting date for October 23, 2024 with the time being determined at a later date.

ARPA Update

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson gave an update on ARPA funds.

NORTHWEST ANGLE UPDATE

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson informed the board that the checks for the forgivable loans were sent out on December 29, 2023 for a total of $2,100,000.00, the amount approved during 2023 legislation.

ADJOURN

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 10:10a.m.

Attest: January 9, 2024

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair Cody Hasbargen

December 28, 2023

December 28, 2023

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on December 28, 2023 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Sick Leave Pay, Amend Meeting Minutes.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES WITH AMENDMENT

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the official minutes of December 12, 2023 with an amendment to the 2024 Board Meeting Dates to change the date from August 13,2024 to August 6, 2024.

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 $5,513.85; Commissioners Warrants $1,257.52; Commissioners Warrants $35,378.54.

CMH SCREENING GRANT
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the CMH screening grant contract for mental health screening services.

LIFECARE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONTRACT

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the Lifecare Behavioral Health Contract for Clinical Supervision and for Chair Ed Arnesen to sign the same.

MERIDIAN SERVICES INC CONTRACT

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the contract with Meridian Services Inc, for contracted case management services and for Chair Ed Arnesen to sign the same. 

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $96,033.74; Road & Bridge $5,682.86; County Development $400.00; Natl Resc Enhanc $3,537.50; Solid Waste $122,043.22. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 12/28/2023 For Payment 12/29/2023

Vendor Name Amount

Barr Engineering Co. 3,973.00 

Clark Equipment Co Dba Bobcat 104,229.33 

Cps Technology Solutions 3,995.00 

LOW Soil & Water Cons. Dist. 29,235.00 

Motorola Solutions, Inc 33,475.76 

Msop-Mn Sex Offender Prgrm-462 2,921.90 

Rinke-Noonan 3,737.50 

Thortsen Trucking, Inc/Dale 3,496.00 

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50 

 University Of Mn 15,437.69 

 35 Payments less than 2000 20,927.64

Final Total: 227,697.32

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: December 13, 2023 for $65,412.70; December 20, 2023 for $476,387.02; December 27,2023 for $32,585.09; December 27,2023 for $352,951.00; December 26,2023 for (81.79).

Salaries

2024 Elected Officials & Non-Elected Department Heads Salaries

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to adopt the following County Commissioners salaries schedule and County Board Chair salary schedule for the year 2024; and to adopt a committee meeting per diem of $125.00 for the year 2024.  The motion was seconded by Joe Grund and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Elected Officials – Commissioners:

Commissioners                 $24,000                        

Board Chair                      $25,000         

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof to adopt a Technology Fee of $50.00 per month for County Commissioners for the year 2024. (Technology fee reimbursement for county related phone, internet, computer and copy expenses.)  The motion was seconded by Jon Waibel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and unanimously carried to approve the 2024 Salary Grade Table, with an increase of 2.75% to the table.

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and unanimously carried to adopt the following Elected Officials salary schedule for the year 2024.  

Elected Officials – Department Heads:

Interim County Attorney      $ 103,000.00 (plus mileage)

County Recorder                  $   89,624.96

County Sheriff                      $ 103,710.08

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel to adopt the following Non-Elected Department Heads salary schedule for the year 2024.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Non-Elected – Department Heads:

Assessor                              Alisa Jacobsen            $   81,031.36    

Aud/Treas                        Lorene Hanson       $ 109,893.28

Land/Water                         Josh Stromlund           $   98,302.40

MIS Director                       Peder Hovland            $   96,562.72

Public Works                      Anthony Pirkl                 $ 140,000.00    

Social Service                     Amy Ballard              $   98,281.44

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof to adopt the following Non-Elected Department Heads salary schedule for the year 2024.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Non-Elected – Department Heads:

Human Resources           Savanna Slick                  $   36,019.76          

Veterans Service             Rick Rone                        $   28,998.16

Salary Adjustment, as agreed upon per Union Contract

Motion- Highway Union

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to adjust all full time Highway Union employees’ salary by a 2.75% general adjustment and by 1 merit step, if applicable (not maxed), effective January 1, 2024.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Salary Adjustment, as agreed upon per Union Contract

Motion- Solid Waste Union

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund to adjust all full time Solid Waste Union employees’ salary by a 2.75% general adjustment and by 1 merit step, if applicable (not maxed), effective January 1, 2024.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

All County Employees (Full time/Permanent Part Time/Part Time/Seasonal Employees) Salary Adjustment (Excluding Elected and Non-Elected Department Heads) 

Motion- Non-Union

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to adjust all non-union employees: full time, permanent part time, part time and seasonal (excluding elected and non-elected department heads) salaries by a 2.75% general adjustment and by 1 merit step, if applicable (not maxed), effective January 1, 2024.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Health Insurance/Health Care Savings Plan

Motion (motion made 10/24/2023)

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to set the 2024 county contribution for family health insurance up to $1395 per month and single health insurance up to $1045 per month.  The Public Employees Insurance Program “Advantage Plan” consists of “High”, “Value” and “HSA” plans.  For the HSA plans only, any excess county contribution will be deposited directly into the employee’s health savings account, up to the IRS caps.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to set the 2024 county contribution for family health insurance up to $1395 per month for all Highway Union and Solid Waste Union employees.  The International Union of Operating Engineers Local No 49 AFL-CIO health insurance consists of family coverage only.

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve that all PERA eligible Lake of the Woods County employees contribute one percent (1%) of their regular pay (no overtime) into their Health Care Savings Plan (HCSP); in addition, Lake of the Woods County, as employer, will contribute one percent (1%) of the employee’s regular pay (no overtime) to the same all PERA eligible Lake of the Woods County employees.

Motion to Pay Year End Bills

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the payment of year end bills on December 29, 2023.

IRS Mileage Rate

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the 2024 Standard IRS Mileage rate for business miles at .67 cents per mile.

Resolution for Year End Commitments

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following:

RESOLUTION

YEAR END COMMITMENT OF FUNDS

RESOLUTION NO. 23-12-06

WHEREAS, per Lake of the Woods County Fund Balance Policy, the County Board will annually or as deemed necessary commit specific revenue sources for specified purposed by resolution;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Lake of the Woods County hereby commits the following reserves with the amounts to be determined at a later date: Building; Community Health; Elections; Health/Medical; Housing Rehabilitation; Land & Building Acquisitions; Sheriff’s Posse; Sheriff’s Vending Commission; Technology; Transit; Drainage Maintenance; Economic Development; Prepaid Fiber; SANE; Snowmobile Trails; Future Equipment, and Future Budget Expenditures; Borderland DUI Drug Court; Wetland Banks; ARPA Funds; Opioid Funds; CARRSA, USDA Funds; Day Care-Deed; Landfil Cap.

Transfer of Ditch Funds

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the request to transfer ditch funds to ditch 22 to cover a temporary overage.

Election Polling Places Resolution

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and moved for adoption:

A Resolution Re-stablishing County Precincts and Polling Places

Resolution 23-12-07

WHEREAS, the legislature of the State of Minnesota has been redistricted; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, Section §204B.14, subd. 3(d) requires that precinct boundaries must be reestablished within 60 days of when the legislature has been redistricted or at least 19 weeks before the state primary election, whichever comes first;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners, State of Minnesota hereby reestablishes the boundaries of the voting precincts and polling places as follows:

Precinct 1A (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 1A consists of that portion of Baudette Township that lies East of the Winter Road River and East of County Road 75, south of where it intersects the Winter Road River; North of Krull St; and West of the City of Baudette.

Precinct 2A (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 2A consists of that portion of Gudrid Township that lies outside of the City of Baudette.

Precinct 2C (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 2C consists of the Townships of Boone, Rapid River, Swiftwater, Unorganized 158-30, Keil, and Unorganized 157-30.

Precinct 3A (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 3A consists of the Townships of Victory, Rulien, Walhalla, and that portion of Spooner that lies outside of the City of Baudette.

Precinct 3C (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 3C consists of that portion of McDougald Township that lies South of State Trunk Highway 11, not including the City of Williams.

Precinct 3D (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 3D consists of Potamo Township and the Forest Area.

Precicnt 4A (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 4A consists of Wheeler Township.

Precinct 4B (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 4B consists of Wabanica Township and that portion of Baudette Township that lies West of the Winter Road River and West of County Road 75, south of where it intersects the Winter Road River.

Precinct 4C (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 4C consists of that portion of McDougald Township that lies North of State Highway 11.

Precinct 5A (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 5A consists of Myhre, Chilgren, Lakewood, and Prosper Townships.

Precinct 5B (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 5B consists of Zippel Township.

Precinct 5C (Mail Ballot — Lake of the Woods Government Center, 206 8th Ave SE, Baudette)

Precinct 5C consists of the Northwest Angle and Islands.

Attached to this resolution, for illustrative purposes, is a map showing said precincts and the location of each polling place.

The resolution was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Lost Warrant Affidavit

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the application for lost warrant #40114.

Motion to Rescind Painting Quote from Minutes of 11/14/2023

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to rescind the painting quote motion from 11/14/2023 minutes.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the quote from Joy Brandt Painting in the amount of $29,800.00 to paint the interior of the courthouse building. 

LOW Youth Hockey-LG 220 Exempt Permit Approval

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the LOW Youth Hockey-LG 220 Exempt Permit as presented.

Phone Stipend

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve a phone stipend for Appraiser Kristina Roth in the amount of $60.00 per month.

Credit Card Approval

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve a County Credit Card for Appraiser Kristina Roth in the standard amount of $1500.00.

Snowmobile Grant-in-Aid

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the LOW Drifters Grant-in-Aid trail permit.

Resolution to Accept IDC Funds

Resolution

RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT FUNDS FROM IDC

Resolution No. 23-12-08

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Jon Waibel and moved for adoption:

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Commissioners hereby approves the acceptance of two funds from the IDC for the Economic Development Authority.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the terms set forth by the IDC, the funds will be used for Economic Development Purposes

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

ARPA Funds

County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson gave an update on ARPA funds.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to pay for the purchase of a 2023 chassis in the amount of $120,702.00 out of ARPA funds.

NWA Postal Service

The board discussed options for the Northwest Angle Postal Service.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to set a work session for NWA public work on January 23, 2024 following the regular board meeting.

Sick Leave Policy 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to accept the sick leave policy contingent upon the County Attorney effective January 1, 2024.

County TV

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the contract agreement with KC Tech LLC contingent upon the County Attorney.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof  and carried unanimously to approve the request to pay KC Tech LLC from July 2023 through December 2023 for services rendered.

Northern Tier Propane

The following Resolution was offered by Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following: 

RESOLUTION APPROVING

NORTHERN TIER PROPANE SYSTEM

Resolution No. 2023-12-05

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board met on December 28, 2023; and,

WHEREAS, Northern Tier Propane, LLC (an LLC organized and existing through the laws of Minnesota with the sole member being Coop Service, Inc of Baudette) has built and is operating a new propane distribution system to serve residential and commercial customers in unincorporated areas within Baudette, Wabanica and Wheeler townships in Lake of the Woods County; and,

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board finds that addition of a propane distribution system within the County does enhance overall utility service for its customers; and

WHEREAS, Northern Tier Propane has appeared before this Board and has provided assurances that it has obtained all necessary regulatory approvals for construction and operation of the propane distribution system from applicable regulatory agencies including: 1) the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety, 2) the Minnesota Department of Transportation, 3) the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and 4) the Lake of the Woods County Highway Department; and

WHEREAS, Northern Tier propane has agreed to provide periodic progress reports to this Board regarding development, construction and operation of the propane distribution system; 

BE IT RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County Board approves of the establishment of a propane distribution system within unincorporated areas of Lake of the Woods County by Northern Tier Propane, LLC as described above.

LOW Tourism

Patrick Plunket and Joe Henry discussed the articles of incorporation and bylaws.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the articles of incorporation contingent upon the County Attorney.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the bylaws contingent upon the County Attorney.

Public Works

Updates

County Engineer Anthony Pirkl gave an update on various projects that included: Fema Funds, Northerly Park, and Ditch 1.

Permission to Bid

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the request to bid 039-598-072.

ADD TO AGENDA
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to add Ditch 1 Funds to the agenda.

Ditch 1 Funds

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to use funds from Ditch 1 to hire HDR to create a plan for investigating sloughing and erosion on Ditch 1.

Wheelers Sanitation

Wheelers Point Sewer Board Members and Terms

Alan Thompson       Three Year Term     21 Thru 01/02/2024

Marshall Monk        Three Year Term     21 Thru 01/02/2024

Brian Ney                Three Year Term     23 Thru 01/02/2026

Paul Johnson           Three Year Term     23 Thru 01/02/2026

Justin Ferguson       Three Year Term     19 Thru 01/02/2025

Motion

Motion was made by Jon Waibel, seconded by Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to appoint Alan Thompson and Marshall Monk to the Wheeler’s Point Sanitary District Board for a three year term beginning January 2, 2024 thru January 2, 2027. 

EDA Board Member Appointment

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to adopt the following resolution:

Re-Appointment of Terms of the economic development authority

Resolution 23-12-09

Whereas Lake of the Woods County Board, pursuant to MN Statute §469.093, Subd.1 has provided a public notice and conducted a public hearing on September 14, 2010 to consider the creation of an Economic Development Authority and adopted the Enabling Resolution creating the same; and

Whereas the County Board of Commissioners of the County of Lake of the Woods adopted the following:

The EDA shall consist of a governing body of nine (9) members, as per the adopted Enabling Resolution, of which: Five (5) Sitting Commissioners, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Four (4) Members shall be nominated by the following organizations and appointed by the County Board:

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to recommend appointment

Chamber of Commerce to recommend appointment

Lake of the Woods Tourism to recommend appointment

City of Baudette to recommend appointment

The Board Members and 6-year terms are established as follows:

Board Member Term Expires Representing

Steve Theis Jr. 12/31/2023 City of Baudette

James “Buck” Nordlof 12/31/2023 County Board District 1

Jeff Bauers 12/31/2024 IDC

Paul Johnson 12/31/2024 Tourism Board

Ed Arnesen 12/31/2025 County Board District 5

Jon Waibel 12/31/2025 County Board District 4

Brittney Peterson 12/31/2026 Chamber of Commerce

Cody Hasbargen 12/31/2027 County Board District 2 

Joe Grund 12/31/2028 County Board District 3

Whereas the City of Baudette member is to be replaced;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the County Board of Commissioners of the County of Lake of the Woods hereby rappoints the following board members for a 6-year term;

Board Member              Term Expires Representing

Steve Theis Jr.       12/31/2029 City of Baudette

James “Buck” Nordlof      12/31/2029 County Board District 1 

MIS

Approval of Logging Quotes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the quotes from SHI, Splunk, and Bytespeed for a total amount of $52,966.00 out of ARPA funds.

Old/New Business

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to remove Home Health Care Task Force from old/new business.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to add Unused Wells to old/new business.

Correspondence

The board congratulated Commissioner Jon Waibel on the birth of his baby girl, and County Engineer Anthony Pirkl on the birth of his baby boy both born recently.

Adjourn

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 11:23 a.m.

Attest: January 9, 2024

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair Ed Arnesen

December 21, 2023

December 21, 2023

EMERGENCY MEETING

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in an emergency meeting on December 21, 2023 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Vice-Chair Cody Hasbargen called the meeting to order at 5:30p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Jon Waibel, and Joe Grund. Also Present was Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson, MIS Director Peder Hovland, and Systems Administrator John Butenhoff. Joining by Phone: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Buck Nordlof, and County Attorney Michelle Moren.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the agenda.

CLOSED SESSION

Resolution

The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the following:

Resolution Closing Board Meeting

Resolution No. 2023-12-04

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b) states that “meetings may be closed if the closure is expressly authorized by statute or permitted by the attorney-client privilege;” and

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners wishes to meet with its attorney to discuss an ongoing investigation pertaining to sensitive data, which data could be construed as confidential/private pursuant to the Minnesota Data Practices Act; and

WHEREAS, it would be detrimental to the interests of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to hold a public discussion with its attorney regarding the ongoing investigation and its legal position; and

WHEREAS, there is an absolute need for the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to obtain confidential legal advice regarding the ongoing investigation and potential legal options in order to maintain the attorney-client privilege.

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners as follows:

  1. The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby closes this meeting based upon the attorney-client privilege pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b);
  2. The specific subjects to be discussed, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 3(b), are the legal strategy of the Board regarding the ongoing sensitive data investigation.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously by roll call to close the closed session and open the regular meeting.

Adjourn

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously by roll call to adjourn the meeting at 6:10p.m.

Attest: December 21, 2023

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Vice-Chair Cody Hasbargen