January 25, 2022

January 25, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the agenda.

Approval Of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the minutes from January 11,2022.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the minutes from January 18,2022.

Assessors

Mary Jo Otten Retirement

Resolution

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

RECOGNITION OF YEARS OF SERVICE

  MARY JO OTTEN

RESOLUTION 2022-01-03

WHEREAS: Mary Jo Otten has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County since July 18,2011 as Lake of the Woods County Assessor;

WHEREAS: Mary Jo has resigned from Lake of the Woods County service effective January 27,2022 with 10 years and 6 months of service;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESLOVED That Lake of the Woods Board of County Commissioners extends its deepest appreciation to Mary Jo for her dedicated service and wishes her well on her retirement.

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

Request for Credit Card

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the request for a credit card for County Assessor Alisa Jacobsen.

AMC

Matt Hilgart and Jill Suurmeyer representing the Association of Minnesota Counties gave a presentation about the new Final Rule for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds and how they can be used in the community. They discussed different options that are pre-approved by the final rule and gave examples of how other counties are distributing funds.

Set Work Session

A work session for the American Rescue Plan funds and Solid Waste was set for 2/22/22 after the board meeting.

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 $7,259.06; Commissioners Warrants $1,834.13; Commissioners Warrants $16,843.19.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $38,388.38; Road & Bridge $34,022.17; County Development $3,000; Solid Waste $31,392.67; EDA $1,692.02.

                                                     WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

                            Warrants Approved On 1/25/2022 For Payment 1/28/2022

Vendor Name Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 8,443.39

Counties Providing Technology 4,647.00

Freeberg & Grund, Inc 19,357.00

Headwaters Regional Development Commiss 3,500.00

Integris DBA 10,794.66

KRIS Engineering Inc 6,804.49

Mn Assn Of Counties 2,200.00

North East Technical Service,Inc 2,647.94

Nw Mn Household Hazardous 5,945.00

Sandpieper Design Inc. 3,697.02

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc 11,994.82

St. Louis County Auditor 2,000.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

34 Payments less than2000 20,195.42

Final Total: 108,495.24

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: January 12,2022 for $69,588.73; January 21,2022 for $93,480.77; January 19,2022 for ($641.10); January 24,2022 for $565,246.39.

Auditor/Treasurer Contract

The board discussed the Auditor/Treasurer Contract and opened the discussion up to the public for comments.

Approval of Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the Auditor/Treasurer contract and for Chair Buck Nordlof and Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson to sign the same. 

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to add the resolution for the Auditor/Treasurer appointed position to the agenda.

Resolution

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

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY

RESOLUTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF THE OFFICE OF 

AUDITOR-TREASURER

RESOLUTION NO. 2022-01-04

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Auditor-Treasurer is currently an elected office of Lake of the Woods County. 

WHEREAS; Minn. Stat. 375A.1205 allows a County Board to appoint certain offices including the County Auditor-Treasurer; and 

WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners recognizes the benefit to having appointed persons in the position of the County Auditor-Treasurer because it promotes efficiency and consistency of County business with individuals qualified to oversee a broad spectrum of complex issues within the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office; and 

WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners wants to ensure that the individual holding this position possesses the skills and/or experience necessary to properly carry out the responsibilities of this position; and

WHEREAS; pursuant to Minn. Stat. 375A.1205, Subd. 1, the parties have executed a contract between the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners and the Lake of the Woods County Auditor-Treasurer that provides that the Lake of the Woods Auditor-Treasurer will be appointed to the position and retain tenure, pay and benefits equal to or greater than the length of service; and 

WHEREAS, the Contract shall be effective thirty days after the adoption of this resolution, and will end on December 31, 2022. The Contract shall remain in full force and effect unless (a) modified by mutual consent of the County Board and Officer, (b) terminated as provided in the Contract or (c) the County Board adopts a resolution to provide for the election to the Officer’s position pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 375A.1205, Subd. 7. By December 1, 2022, the parties shall meet to discuss the terms of a subsequent contract; and

WHEREAS, the person elected at the last general election to an office made appointive under Minn. Stat. § 375A.1205 must serve in that capacity and perform the duties, functions, and responsibilities required by statute until the completion of the term of office to which the person was elected, or until a vacancy occurs in the office, whichever occurs earlier; and

WHEREAS; in accordance with Minn Statute 375A.1205, Subd. 6, a proposed resolution notifying the public of its intent to appoint the Auditor-Treasurer as described above was published for two consecutive weeks in its official publication; and

WHEREAS; the County Board of Commissioners provided an opportunity for public comment on November 9, 2021; and

WHEREAS, after the public comment opportunity, at the same meeting or a subsequent meeting, the County Board of Commissioners may adopt a resolution that provides for the appointment of the office or offices as permitted in this section; and

WHEREAS, the resolution must be approved by at least 80 percent of the members of the County Board upon which it may take effect 30 days after it is adopted.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners appoints the Auditor-Treasurer position pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 375A.1205.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners has entered into a contract with Lorene Hanson that will become effective thirty days after the adoption of this resolution by the County Board and will retain all tenure, pay and benefits equal to or greater of her previously elected position.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners may adopt a resolution in the future to provide for the election of an office that was made an appointed position pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 375A.1205, but not until at least three years after the office was made an appointed position.

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

Land & Water

Consideration of Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission Training Session

Land & Water Director Josh Stromlund came to the board to request the approval of a training session for Board of Adjustment/Planning members in the amount of $2,250.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the amount requested for training.

Public Works

Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl gave an update on various projects. There was a brief discussion about the fish guts removal process and a request to have a meeting with the resorts.

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to add approval of bids for projects SAP-039-599-001 and SAP-039-649-005.

Approval of Bids

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to authorize the advertisement for project bids on SAP-039-599-001 and SAP-039-649-005.

Set Meeting Date

A meeting with local resorts was set for February 8th 2022 at 6:30p.m.

NorthWest Community Action

Leah Hesson and Randy Jensen representatives from NWCA gave a presentation to the board about a new car repair grant from Blue Plus/Blue Shield. The initial grant is for $40,000 and can be used in LOTW, Marshall, Roseau, and Kittson counties. They gave various examples that show a need in the community to help those who need car repair but can not afford it on their own. They are requesting $10,000 from each county to add to the grant funds to help with this program. The board requested to add this to the next agenda and no action was taken at this time. 

Hospice-Red River Valley

Brenda Iverson came to the board to discuss the Red River Valley Hospice care program. This program is now training 4 local nurses to do in home care and they have a projected start date of April 5th. They are trying to create awareness and answer any questions the community might have. 

Open Official Bank Bids

The board opened the official bank bids at 11:30a.m. Two bids were received from: Border Bank and RiverWood bank. The board will review the bids in a scheduled work session following the regular bboard meeting.

Law Enforcement

North Building Renovation and Furniture

Deputy Sheriff/Investigator Craig Severs joined by phone to discuss the improvements and requests for the North Building offices. They agreed that the project should be done in phases beginning with furniture and paint.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to move forward with the purchase of furniture and paint for the North building.

Tourism

Attorney Patrick Plunket joined by phone to discuss Tourism with the board. Consensus was made by the board to explore and move forward with special legislation for lodging tax.

Recess

With no further business before the Board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 12:25p.m.

Attest: February 8, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

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

January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Set work session-RFP Bank.

Auditor/Treasurer Contract

The board discussed the Auditor/Treasurer Contract and any changes that would need to be made. No action was taken at this time, to be added to next agenda.

Recess

A brief recess took place at 10:05a.m. and reconvened at 10:25a.m.

Tourism

Old Business- The board discussed tourism and no action was taken at this time.

NWA Transportation

The board discussed a request for $10,000 for assistance. No action was taken at this time, to be added to next agenda.

Union Negotiations

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the special meeting and open the closed session pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03 Union Negotiations. 

The following were present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen and County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, County Attorney James Austad and Human Resources Director Savanna Slick.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the special meeting.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 1:13 p.m.

Attest: January 11, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

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

January 11, 2022

 January 11, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to order at 9:00a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen 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 to approve the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of January 4, 2022.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $25,387.51; Commissioners Warrants $1,076.64; Commissioners Warrants $4,599.53.

Law Enforcement

Deputy Sheriff/Investigator Craig Severs gave an overview to the board about the working conditions in their current office and requested the board look into furnishing and improving the North building for office use. The board discussed the long term uses for the building and how the improvements are necessary to create safe and convenient working space as well as allowing privacy for interviews. Craig requested that the Building Committee take a look at the improvements needed and come back with a better estimate of costs and improvements. No action was taken by the board at this time. 

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to add the following to the Agenda: Purchase of a Semi-Truck for the Landfill, Authorization of SAP 039-608-025 Bids.

Public Works

Public works Director Anthony Pirkl gave an update to the board on various County projects and discussed the timeline of the demo landfill and possible solutions for the Williams school building.

Solid Waste

Purchase Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of a semi-truck for Landfill up to $50,000. 

Highway Department- Authorization to Advertise Project for Bid: SAP 039-608-025

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to authorize the advertisement for project bids on SAP 039-608-025.

Set County Road Tour Date

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to set the county road tour date for October 19, 2022. 

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $224,941.55; Road & Bridge $75,459.51; Solid Waste $38,433.26; EDA $1,555.00.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 1/11/2022 For Payment 1/14/2022

Vendor Name Amount

Air Med Care Network 16,803.00

Hotsy Minnesota 2,397.61

Howard’s Oil Company 5,981.65

Integris DBA 2,014.38

Mar-Kit Landfill 12,861.50

Mn Assn Of Counties 5,538.00

Mn Counties Computer Co-Op 17,501.25

MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust 162,970.00

Mn State Dept-Correction 25,412.79

Motorola Solutions, Inc 10,000.00

Northern Light Region 5,148.25

OnSolve,LLC 7,500.00

Schneider Geospatial, LLC 8,400.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

University of North Dakota 9,432.78

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc 14,610.00

Woody’s Service 5,185.65

50 Payments less than 2000 22,363.96

Final Total: 340,389.32

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: December 30,2021 for $47,162.51; December 30,2021 for $10,167.44; January 5,2022 for $53,779.13.

EDA Director- Phone Stipend

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the authorization of a Lake of the Woods County cell phone for EDA Director Ryan Zemek in the amount of $60.00 effective 2/01/2022.

Set Meeting Date

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to set a special meeting date for 1/18/2022 at 9:00 a.m. for the County Auditor/Treasurer Contract, Tourism, a closed session for Union Negotiations, NWA Transportation, and for the Building Committee to meet following the meeting.

County Home Health Nurse

Steve Christianson and Greg Brown came to the board with concerns about the need for a County Home Health nurse. Their concern is when county residents need care there are no at home care nurses available. Social Services Director Amy Ballard explained that the county does have other options in place for those that need care and Hospice care will also become available soon. No action was taken by the board at this time.

Recess

With no further business before the Board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 10:20 a.m.

Attest: January 25, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

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

January 4, 2022

January 4, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 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 2022. Commissioner Joe Grund nominated Commissioner Buck Nordlof for Chair with Commissioner Jon Waibel seconding the nomination. County Auditor/Treasurer called for nominations two more times.

Chair
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, 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 Buck Nordlof 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 Buck Nordlof assumed the position of Chair of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners for 2022.

Vice – Chair

Chair Buck Nordlof called for nominations for the position of Vice-Chair for the year 2022.  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen nominated Commissioner Ed Arnesen for Vice-Chair for Lake of the Woods County Board with Commissioner Jon Waibel seconding the nomination. Chair Buck Nordlof called for nominations two more times.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to close the nominations for Vice-Chair.  

Chair Buck Nordlof called for a roll call for Commissioner Buck Nordlof 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 Ed Arnesen assumed the position of Vice-Chair of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners for 2022.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Audit Engagement Letter.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of December 30, 2021.

OFFICIAL COUNTY NEWSPAPER BID-OPENING

Chair Buck Nordlof called for the bid opening at 9:15 a.m. for the Official Legal Newspaper for the year 2022.The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and unanimously moved for adoption: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING OFFICIAL LEGAL NEWSPAPER for YEAR 2022 Resolution No. 2022-01-01WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners per Minnesota Statutes 279.08 called for legal bids for the official newspaper for the year 2022 WHEREAS, upon opening all bids, Lake of the Woods County designates the Northern Light Region as the official legal newspaper for the year 2022; WHEREAS, the Northern Light Region, as the official legal newspaper for the year 2022, is awarded the first publication of the annual financial statement at $7.00 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 2022, is awarded the first publication of the notice and list of the real estate remaining delinquent taxes on the first Monday of January, at $7.00 per standard advertising unit and; WHEREAS, the Northern Light Region, as the official legal newspaper for the year 2022, is awarded the second publication of the notice and list of the real estate remaining delinquent taxes, at $7.00 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 2022. 

Lake of the Woods County
Bid Tabulation
Legal Publishing 
Year 2022
January 4, 2022
Per Standard Advertising Unit
Financial StatementDelinquent Tax ListAll Other Publications
1st Publ.2nd Publ1st Publ2nd Publ  
Northern Light Region
PO Box 1134
7.00 7.007.007.007.007.00
Baudette, MN  56623
218-634-2700
Award To:
Official Legal Newspaper
Northern Light Region
1st Publ/Financial Stmnt
7.00 
2nd Publ/Financial Stmnt If applicable         7.00 N/A 
1st Delinq Tax List
        7.00  
2nd Delinq Tax List
        7.00  
All Other
        7.00  

County Auditor/treasurer

Bank Signature Cards

Wells Fargo Signature Cards

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith and Chair Buck Nordlof to sign the Wells Fargo signature cards for account numbers 3908, 6724, 5716, 6372 and 3100.

RiverWood Bank Signature Cards

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel 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 Cody Hasbargen 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.

Wells Fargo Motor Vehicle Checking Account

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, 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 5502.

Official Depositories

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to designate the following institutions as Official Depositories of county funds for the year 2022:

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

It was further moved to designate Wells Fargo Minneapolis, as the official safekeeping Institution for Lake of the Woods County.  

Elected Officials – Minimum Salaries

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson presented the 2022 Minimum Salaries for Elected Officials to the board for approval.

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Joe Grund and moved for adoption:

Resolution For

Establishing Minimum Salaries for Elective Offices

Resolution No. 2022-01-02

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 2022:

County Attorney: $90,854.40 

County Recorder: $62,004.80

County Sheriff: $77,043.20

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

APPROVAL OF 2022 COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following Committee Appointments for 2022:

2022 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;

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

2022 COUNTY RELATED COMMITTEES

Airport Commission:  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Beaver Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund, Commissioner Buck Nordlof, Lee Hancock, Anthony Pirkl and Steve Levassuer;

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, Nicole Olson, Colleen Stanton and Sandy Peterson. Extension Members: Brenda Nelson, Lisa Loegering and Karen Santl. 

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

Data Privacy Administrator: Savanna Slick;

Department Head Liaison: Chair/Commissioner Buck Nordlof; Alternates: Commissioners;

Department Liaisons:  

Assessor – Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Land and Water Planning Office – Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Attorney – Commissioner Cody Hasbargen; 

MIS – Commissioner Joe Grund; 

Sheriff – Commissioner Jon Waibel; 

Social Services – Commissioner Joe Grund; 

Recorder – Commissioner Ed Arnesen; 

Highway – Commissioner Ed Arnesen; 

Auditor/Treasurer – Commissioner Buck Nordlof; 

H/R – Commissioner Buck Nordlof; 

County Surveyor- Commissioner Jon Waibel;

Veterans Service Officer – Commissioner Buck Nordlof; 

Tourism Bureau- Commissioner Ed Arnesen; 

Wheelers Point Sewer- Commissioner Jon Waibel;

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 Buck Nordlof, James Austad, Savanna Slick, Daryl Fish, Josh Stromlund and Angie Eason; Alternate: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Information Systems/Technology Committee: Commissioner Joe Grund, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Peder Hovland, Josh Stromlund, Boyd Johnson, Lorene Hanson and James Austad; 

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

Jail Committee: Commissioners, Gary Fish, Anthony Pirkl, James Austad, 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, Mary Jo Otten and Lorene Hanson; Alternate:  Commissioner Cody Hasbargen;

Law Library:  Commissioner Ed Arnesen, James Austad to appoint and Chief Judge to appoint;

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

Ordinance Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel, James Austad, Gary Fish, Josh Stromlund; 

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 James Austad;

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 Mary Jo Otten; 

Subdivision Controls Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Josh Stromlund, Mary Jo Otten, 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 Mary Jo Otten;  

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, Mary Jo Otten, Cassondra Brune;

2022 BOARDS/COLLABORATIVE/COALITION

Arrowhead Library System:  Ronald Rudd (01-01-19 to 12-31-22) appointed 01-08-19; Alternate: Commissioner Buck Nordlof (01-01-19-12-31-22);

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 Ed Arnesen 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 – Mary Jo Otten;

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

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 12/31/22) and Tom Mio (term expires 12/31/23) these are three-year terms;

North Country Community Health Services Advisory Committee: re-appoint Commissioner Joe Grund (term expires 12/31/22) and Tom Mio (term expires 12/31/23) these are two-year terms;

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; Alternates: Commissioners;

Northwest Minnesota Juvenile Center Board: Amy Ballard (term expires 12/31/2022, appointed in 2019).  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;

Recreation Committee: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Jon Waibel and Anthony Pirkl;

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

Regional Advisory: Jill Olson;

RRWS 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;

County/City/Tourism Joint Powers Board: Commissioner Ed Arnesen, Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Gregg Hennum; 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, James Austad; Alternate: Craig Severs. 

DITCH AUTHORITY

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, 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 2022:

  • 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 Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen 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 Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the recommendations of the Ditch Authority to set the 2022 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.

Remove from Agenda

In the absence of the County Engineer the board decided to delay setting the County Road Tour date until the following meeting. 

Old Business

The Board referenced old business for the Lake of the Woods Tourism Joint Powers Agreement for discussion.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to send a letter of formal intent per the Lake of the Woods Tourism Joint Powers Agreement and for Chair Buck Nordlof to sign the same. 

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 9:50 a.m.

Attest: January 11, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

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

December 30, 2021

DECEMBER 30, 2021

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to order at 9:00a.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 Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Williams School Building; and Permission to Hire Assessment Technician I. 

Williams School Building

The board discussed possible funding or grants for the removal of the old Williams school building. Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl informed the board that there are options for certain grants but a formal plan needs to be in place. No action was taken at this time. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of December 14, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $12,584.87; Commissioners Warrants $3,673.21; Commissioners Warrants $17,211.96.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $51,922.79; Road & Bridge 7,720.35; County Development $3,782.50;Solid Waste $15,338.32; EDA $882.58.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 12/30/2021 For Payment 12/30/2021

Vendor Name Amount

American Solutions For Business 2,653.56

Counties Providing Technology 3,860.00

Lakewood Health Center 11,386.00

North East Technical Service,Inc 8,401.84

Pirk’s Carpet 14,530.00

Swanston Equipment Corp 5,962.20

WIDSETH 6,082.50

49 Payments less than 2000 26,770.44

Final Total: 79,646.54

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: November 24,2021 for $15,110.24; December 15,2021 for $26,725.50; December 21,2021 for $845,580.80; December 21,2021 for $(652.80); December 21,2021 for $(19,676.93); December 22, 2021 for $26,087.70; December 29,2021 for $96,028.08.

Motion to Pay Year End Bills

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the payment of year end bills on the Auditors list on December 30, 2021.

Salaries

2022 Elected Officials & Non-Elected Department Heads Salaries

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to adopt the following County Commissioners salaries schedule and County Board Chair salary schedule for the year 2022; and to adopt a committee meeting per diem of $125.00 for the year 2022.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Elected Officials – Commissioners:

Commissioners                 $22,000.00                          

Board Chair                      $23,000.00          

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof to adopt a Technology Fee of $50.00 per month for County Commissioners for the year 2022. (Technology fee reimbursement for county related phone, internet, computer and copy expenses.)  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and unanimously carried to approve the 2022 Salary Grade Table, with an increase of .75 cents and two additional steps to the table.

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and unanimously carried to adopt the following Elected Officials salary schedule for the year 2022.  

Elected Officials – Department Heads:

County Attorney                 $115,294.40

County Recorder                  $78,228.80

County Sheriff                      $94,078.40

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to adopt the following Non-Elected Department Heads salary schedule for the year 2022.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Non-Elected – Department Heads:

Assessor                              Mary Jo Otten            $89,065.60      

Aud/Treas                        Lorene Hanson       $92,393.60

Land/Water                         Josh Stromlund           $88,982.40

MIS Director                       Peder Hovland            $82,763.20

Public Works                      Anthony Pirkl                $105,123.20     

Social Service                     Amy Ballard              $88,961.60      

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof to adopt the following Non-Elected Department Heads salary schedule for the year 2022.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Non-Elected – Department Heads:

Human Resources           Savanna Slick                  $32,583.20          

Veterans Service             Rick Rone                        $26,800.80

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 .75 cents per hour general adjustment and by 1 merit step, if applicable (not maxed), effective January 1, 2022.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof 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 Buck Nordlof to adjust all full time Solid Waste Union employees’ salary by a .75 cents per hour general adjustment and by 1 merit step, if applicable (not maxed), effective January 1, 2022.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen 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 Jon Waibel 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 .75 cents per hour general adjustment and by 1 merit step, if applicable (not maxed), effective January 1, 2022.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Health Insurance/Health Care Savings Plan

Motion (motion made 10/26/2021)

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to set the 2022 county contribution for family health insurance up to $1,320 per month and single health insurance up to $970 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 Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to set the 2022 county contribution for family health insurance up to $1,325 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 Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel 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

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the renewal and amended Health Care Savings Plan as presented, effective January 1, 2022.

Add to Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to add the partnership with Koochiching County Jail to the agenda.

Koochiching County Jail

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve in the general consensus of joining with Koochiching County in the planning process of a new jail in Koochiching County.

Auditor/Treasurer

IRS Mileage Rate

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the 2022 Standard IRS Mileage rate for business miles at 58.5 cents per mile.

Resolution

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION

YEAR END COMMITMENT OF FUNDS

RESOLUTION NO. 21-12-04

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. 

Transfer of Funds to Ditch Funds

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to authorize a temporary loan to Ditch Fund 26; to mitigate a temporary negative cash balance.

Motion to Increase Per Diems

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve county appointed committee from $75.00 per day per diems to $100.00 per day effective January 1, 2022.

Human Resources

Permission to Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to hire Ryan Zemek for the position of EDA Director at Grade 13, Step 1, 24.07 per hour, Points 305, effective 1/03/ 2022.

Set Work Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to set a work session with Ryan Zemek for the EDA Director January 4 , 2021.

Permission to Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to hire Emily Brandt for the position of Assessment Technician I at Grade 11, Step 1, 21.68 per hour, Points 262, effective 1/10/ 2022

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     20 Thru 01/02/2023

Paul Johnson           Three Year Term     20 Thru 01/02/2023

Justin Ferguson       Three Year Term     19 Thru 01/02/2022

Motion

Motion was made by Buck Nordlof, seconded by Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to appoint Justin Ferguson to the Wheeler’s Point Sanitary District Board for a three year term beginning January 2, 2022 thru January 2, 2025. 

Public Works

Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl gave an update on various projects. He informed the board that the containers for recycled fish guts have arrived and they have been collected and sent their first batch. He also presented the following motion for approval of final payment:

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the final payment of SAP 039-608-024 for Gladen Construction, Inc. of Laporte, MN in the total amount of $590,779.21 and hereby authorize final payment of $29,538.96.

Land & Water

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the adoption of the Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan for the years 2021-2025.

Recess

The meeting recessed at 10:02 a.m. and reconvened as follows:

Set Work Session

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to set a work session for the Auditor/Treasurer on January 4,2022.

Adjourn

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 11:45a.m. 

Attest: January 4, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chairman 

December 14, 2021

 DECEMBER 14, 2021

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to order at 9:00a.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 Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add:2022 Giziibii Membership Contributions, Affidavit of Lost Warrant, Public Works-Credit Card Request, Opioid Memorandum of Agreement, Correspondence-MCIT Excellence Award, and Move Dr. Retention to afternoon.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of November 30, 2021 with changes.

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 $13,300.41; Commissioners Warrants $2,746.52; Commissioners Warrants $18,015.19.

Approval of Children’s Mental Health Screening Grant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the Children’s Mental Health Screening Grant and for Chair Joe Grund and Social Services Director Amy Ballard to sign the same.

Contract For Purchase of Services-Minnesota CEP

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agreement with Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc for Minnesota family investment program-including Diversionary Work Program services and for Chair Joe Grund and Social Services Director Amy Ballard to sign the same.

Appointment of County Auditor/Treasurer

Resolution

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

RESOLUTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF THE OFFICE OF 

AUDITOR-TREASURER

RESOLUTION NO. 2021-12-01

WHEREAS; Minn. Stat. 375A.1205 allows a County Board to appoint certain offices including the County Auditor-Treasurer; and 

WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners recognizes the benefit to having appointed persons in the position of the County Auditor-Treasurer because it promotes efficiency and consistency of County business with individuals qualified to oversee a broad spectrum of complex issues within the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office; and 

WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners wants to ensure that the individual holding this position possesses the skills and/or experience necessary to properly carry out the responsibilities of this position; and

WHEREAS; pursuant to Minn. Stat. 375A.1205, Subd. 1, the County Board will appoint a County Auditor-Treasurer under circumstances that there is a signed contract with the County Board and incumbent Auditor-Treasurer and that the incumbent officer will be appointed to the position and retain tenure, pay, and benefits equal to or greater than length of service; and

WHEREAS; in accordance with Minn Statute 375A.1205, Subd. 6, a proposed resolution notifying the public of its intent to appoint the Auditor-Treasurer as described above was published for two consecutive weeks in its official publication; and

WHEREAS; the meeting with the public hearing was held on November 9, 2021, provided an opportunity for public comment.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that pursuant to Minn Statute 375A.1205, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts this resolution, and the office of the County Auditor-Treasurer shall be an appointed position, and filled by a signed contract with the incumbent Auditor-Treasurer effective January 1, 2022.

Set Work Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to set a work session for the Auditor/Treasurer position contract with Kristi Hastings for December 30th, 2021.

Meeting Change

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to change the next board meeting date from December 28, 2021 to December 30, 2021.

GIZIIBII Membership Contributions

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to pay the contribution fee in the amount of $300.00 for 2022 GIZIIBII Membership.

Affidavit of Lost Warrant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the Lost Warrant Application and Affidavit for Vendor# 5735 in the amount of $386.40.

Public Works-Credit Card

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the issuance of a County credit card to Christina Pierce, Public Works Deputy Accountant, in the amount of $1500.00. 

Sheriff 

I-Mobile Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the renewal of the I-Mobile Contract for computer systems and for Chair Joe Grund and Sheriff Gary Fish to sign the same.

AirMed Contract

Tami Evavold, the representative for AirMed Services, joined the meeting by phone and spoke with the board about the benefits of the existing contract between AirMed and Lake of the Woods County.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the renewal of the AirMed Contract Agreement for 2022 and for Chair Joe Grund to sign the same.

Jim Meikle

Jim Meikle came to the board with concerns he has about an Easement on his property. His concerns are mainly with the building and the trees that occupy the area. He would like the board to consider saving certain trees that he has marked. The board will consider his requests and no action will be taken at this time.

Public Works

Highway 

Public Works Director A.J. Pirkl gave an update on the refurbishment of a motor grader. He informed the board that it came with a warranty and looks brand new other than the tires.

Solid Waste

Public Works Director A.J. Pirkl informed the board that various resorts are requesting the use of the Keep It Clean dumpsters during the Winter season. They discussed a cost of $10.00 for rental of these dumpsters.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the use of the Keep It Clean dumpsters by Resorts with a $10.00 rental fee. 

EV Charging Stations

Commissioner Jason Sjoblom of Koochiching County, and Mike Hanson of Koochiching County presented to the board the idea of Electric Vehicle charging stations along Hwy 11. They would like to form a Northern Coalition to lead the change towards becoming more Electric friendly. They believe this is the direction most areas are heading and would like the County to appoint someone to be a representative in the Coalition. The board will add this to their organizational meeting in January. No action was taken at this time. 

Public Hearing

Cartway Peter R. Jones

Motion

Motion was made at 11:17a.m. by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for the Peter R. Jones Cartway.

Cartway Review

The Board was joined by Timothy Lyon, Terry Brown, Attorney Steve Anderson, County Attorney James Austad, Glenn Borgen, Gloriann Fischer, Jeff Hovde, Anthony Pirkl, Chad Conner, Pat Derosier, Jim Etterman, and Robert Hopwood to discuss the best location for the Cartway and if any damage fees would be needed. Different options for location were presented and the original petition was used for reference. 

Recess

A brief recess took place at 12:14p.m. and reconvened at 12:30p.m. 

Easement Agreement

Mr. Lyon informed the board that he would be willing to sign an Easement document after it is reviewed by an Attorney. If Mr. Lyon signs the Easement, the Cartway will be dismissed. No further action will be taken at this time.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing and open the regular meeting with a continuation of the Public Hearing set for January 11th, 2022 at 11:00a.m.

Louis Taylor

Louis Taylor came to the board with a request to be able to build a sewer system on his lot after his application was denied. Land & Water Director Josh Stromlund informed Mr. Taylor that the land had been split into six lots creating an issue with the ability to approve his application. In order for this to be approved he would need to take the remaining six lots and form one single ownership. At this time Mr. Taylor is unsure if that would be a possibility and would like the board to consider other options to allow him to build a proper sewer system. The board took no action at this time.

Recess

A brief recess took place at 1:15p.m. and returned at 1:25p.m. to continue the meeting.

Lakewood Health

Motion

Dr. Retention

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve, contingent upon legal approval, the Dr. Retention Agreement between Lake of the Woods County and Lakewood Health Center effective October 1, 2021, for three years, unless earlier terminated by written notice by the County, for employed Physicians in the amount of $10,000 per year and $5,000 per year per employed advanced practice clinician, not to exceed $45,000 per year; and to authorize County Board Chair, Joe Grund, County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson and County Attorney, James Austad to sign the same.

Approval of Community Health Services Agreement

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the Purchase of Service Agreement for Community Health Services between Lake of the Woods County and Lakewood Health Center and for County Board Chair Joe Grund and County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson to sign the same.

Opioid Settlement Agreement

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously the following:

RESOLUTION FOR OPIOID SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

RESOLUTION NO 2021-12-02

Authorizing county staff to execute all necessary documents to ensure County participation in the multistate settlements relating to opioid distributors and manufacturers, and in the Minnesota Opioids State-Subdivision Memorandum of Agreement, and declaring support for an amendment to Minn. Stat. § 256.043, subd. 3(d).

WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota and numerous Minnesota cities and counties are engaged in nationwide civil litigation against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids related to the opioid crisis; and

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Attorney General has signed on to multistate settlement agreements with several pharmaceutical distributors, McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen, as well as opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, but those settlement agreements are still subject to sign-on by local governments and final agreement by the companies and approval by the courts; and 

WHEREAS, there is a deadline of January 2, 2022, for a sufficient threshold of Minnesota cities and counties to sign on to the above-referenced multistate settlement agreements, and failure to timely sign on may diminish the amount of funds received by not only that city or county but by all Minnesota cities and counties from the settlement funds; and

WHEREAS, representatives of Minnesota’s local governments, the Office of the Attorney General, and the State of Minnesota have reached agreement on the intrastate allocation of these settlement funds between the State, and the counties and cities, as well as the permissible uses of these funds, which will be memorialized in the Minnesota Opioids State-Subdivision Memorandum of Agreement (the “State-Subdivision Agreement”); and 

WHEREAS, during negotiations of the State-Subdivision Agreement, representatives of Minnesota’s counties prioritized flexibility in how local governments may use settlement funds for opioids abatement and remediation and advocated for counties to receive settlement allocations directly rather than using the distribution mechanism detailed in Minn. Stat. § 256.043, subd. 3(d); and  

WHEREAS, in order to achieve the goals of flexibility and direct allocation, Minn. Stat. § 256.043, subd. 3(d), must be amended to remove a provision which would otherwise appropriate approximately 50 percent of the state’s settlement allocation to county social service agencies for statutorily-prescribed use(s); and

WHEREAS, the State-Subdivision Agreement creates an opportunity for local governments and the State to work collaboratively on a unified vision to deliver a robust abatement and remediation plan to address the opioid crisis in Minnesota; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, Lake of the Woods County supports and agrees to the State-Subdivision Agreement; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Lake of the Woods County supports and opts in to the multistate settlements with McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen, and with Johnson & Johnson; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Lake of the Woods County authorizes county staff to execute all necessary documents to ensure County participation in the multistate settlements, including the Participation Agreement and accompanying Release, and in the State-Subdivision Agreement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Lake of the Woods County, supports the amending of Minn. Stat. § 256.043, subd. 3(d), to remove a provision which would appropriate approximately 50 percent of the state’s settlement allocation to county social service agencies via the existing Opiate Epidemic Response Fund distribution mechanism for statutorily-prescribed use(s).

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the Opioid Memorandum Agreement.

MCIT

Correspondence

Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson informed the board that Lake of the Woods County received the Excellence award for Outstanding Experience In Workers’ Compensation from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust presented December 6, 2021.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $66,453.80; Road & Bridge $87,627.93; County Development $200.00; Joint Ditch $600.00; Solid Waste $57,234.99; EDA $2,798.36.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 12/14/2021 For Payment 12/17/2021

Vendor Name   Amount 

Baudette/City Of 5,000.00 

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 13,762.58 

GM Construction Inc 18,000.00 

Government Management Group, Inc 3,750.00 

Hoffman, Philipp & Martell, PLLC 12,800.00 

Howard’s Oil Company 4,079.49 

Integris DBA 2,813.79 

Koochiching Co Treasurer 2,500.00 

Mar-Kit Landfill 11,154.25 

Marco Technologies LLC 2,311.48 

Mark Sand & Gravel Co. 37,047.50 

MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust 3,077.00 

Naylor Heating & Refrigeration LLC 14,093.01 

Pirkl/John 25,500.00 

Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc 4,151.50 

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc 9,352.53 

University Of Mn 10,192.00 

WSB 3,075.50 

55 Payments less than 2000 32,254.45

Final Total: 214,915.08

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: December 1,2021 for $57,835.99; December 1,2021 for $523,090.94 and December 7, 2021 for $43,000.22.

2022 Meeting Dates

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the following 2022 County Board Meeting Dates:

2022 LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY BOARD MEETING DATES

January

Tuesday, January 4  (Organizational Meeting)             9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, January 11 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, January 25 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

February

Tuesday, February 8 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, February 22 8:15 a.m. Lake Of The Woods School

March

Tuesday, March 8 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, March 22 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

April

Tuesday, April 12 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, April 26 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

May

Tuesday, May 10 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, May 24 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

June

Tuesday, June 7 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Monday, June 13   6:00 p.m. Board Of Equalization

Tuesday, June 14 10:00 a.m. NWA

Tuesday, June 28 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

July

Tuesday, July 12 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, July 26 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

August

Tuesday, August 16 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, August 30 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

September

Tuesday, September 13 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, September 27 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

October

Tuesday, October 11 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, October 25 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

November

Tuesday, November 15 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, November 29 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

December

Tuesday, December 13 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, December 13 6:00 p.m. TNT MEETING

Thursday, December 29 9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MAY BE ATTENDING THE FOLLOWING:

AMC JOINT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE: March 2-3 in St. Paul

AMC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: March 30-April 1 in Nisswa

AMC DISTRICT 2 MEETING: UNKNOWN DATE May or June

AMC POLICY COMMITTEE: September 15-16 in Alexandria

AMC ANNUAL CONFERENCE: December 5-7 in Bloomington

 LAKE OF THE WOODS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY MEETINGS

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners will be attending these meetings on the 2nd 

Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Government Center

Snowmobile Grant-In-Aid Program

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to authorize the FY 2022 Maintenance and Grooming Grants with the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Grant-In-Aid Program for Northwest Angle Edgeriders in the amount of $54,727.54 and authorize Chair Joe Grund and County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson to sign the same. 

Subrecipient Policy

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson presented the Subrecipient Procedures and Policy that is to be adopted by all counties for the use of federal funds received by the County. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the Lake of the Woods County Subrecipient Policy for the use of federal funds.

Rehabilitation Housing Satisfaction

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve County Board Chair Joe Grund to sign the Satisfaction of Repayment Agreement for Robert A. Peterson and Sandra J. Peterson.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve County Board Chair Joe Grund to sign the Satisfaction of Mortgage Agreement for Robert A. Peterson and Sandra J. Peterson.

Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve County Board Chair Joe Grund to sign the Professional Services Agreement between TriMin Systems Inc. and the Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative for the maintenance and support of IFS.

Permission to Advertise for Legal Publishing Bids

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve permission to advertise for Legal Publishing Bids for 2022.

Permission to Advertise RFP for New Banking Bids

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve permission to advertise for RFP for New Banking Bids.

Human Resources

EDA Director Job Description

Human Resources Director Savanna Slick presented to the board the job description for the new EDA Director position for approval. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the job description for the new EDA Director position at Grade 13 points 305.

Permission to Advertise/Interview/Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve permission to advertise, interview and hire for the EDA Director position.

Con-Con Fund Application Review

Lake of the Woods County Development Year 2022

Baudette Arena Assoc- $10,000; Baudette Arena Assoc New- $40,000; Williams Arena Assoc- $7,000; Baudette Community Foundation-$10,000; Economic Dev-$10,000; Friends Against Abuse- $2,500; LOW Historical Society-$5,500; LOW Humane Society- $7,500; University of MN Extension- $2,000; Williams Sr Center- $7,500; Williams Public Library- $1,000; Joint Powers Natural Resources Board- $1,000; LOW School Trap Team- $3,000; LOW Sr Fishing-$1500, Rinke-Noonan-Retainer-Drainage- $2,400; St Louis County Aud- $2,000; Take A Kid Fishing- $1,000; Widseth Smith Nolting- $16,000; Auditing Fees- $1,000; Williams Potato Day-$1,000; Zippel Bay Friends-$2,500.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, Seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to make allocations to the above organizations from the Con-Con funds, Payable 2022.

Union Negotiations

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 3:45p.m. and open the closed session pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03 Union Negotiations. 

The following were present: Commissioners:Joe Grund, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen and County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson and Human Resources Director Savanna Slick.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the closed session at 4:00p.m. and open the regular meeting. 

Add To Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to add the Pending Union Contract for Highway and Solid Waste to the agenda.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the Labor Agreement between Lake of the Woods County and International Union of Operating Engineers Local No 49 AFL-CIO / Highway Department effective January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the Labor Agreement between Lake of the Woods County and International Union of Operating Engineers Local No 49 AFL-CIO / Solid Waste Department effective January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 4:00p.m. and reconvened at 6:00p.m.

Truth In Taxation Meeting

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for Truth In Taxation meeting at 6:00p.m. Members present, Commissioners Joe Grund, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen, Jon Waibel, and Ed Arnesen. Others present, County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, County Assessor Mary Jo Otten, County Attorney James Austad, and Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl.

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson reviewed the 2022 Proposed County Levy at the Truth In Taxation Public Hearing. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the public hearing and open the regular meeting at 6:50p.m.

Resolution

Resolution Adopting

Certified 2022 Budget and Tax Levy

Resolution   2021-12-03

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

WHEREAS, the Proposed County Budget for the year 2022 has been reviewed by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners; and 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following Proposed Budget and Tax Levy is hereby adopted for the Lake of the Woods County for 2022:

Revenue Fund $ 1,912,390

Road & Bridge Fund $    449,580

Social Services Fund $    603,935

Economic Development Authority Fund $60,000

2022 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy $ 3,025,905   

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following amounts be levied against the unorganized townships of Lake of the Woods County for 2022:

Twp Road & Bridge $   471,470* 

Twp Fire – Baudette $     25,000

Twp Fire – Williams $     16,274

Twp Fire – NW Angle $       6,500

Total $   519,244

2022

* $471,470 for Township Road & Bridge, includes $12,765 Admin of Township Roads (458,705+12,765=471,470)  

A public meeting to discuss the 2022 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy was held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lake of the Woods County Commissioners’ Room. 

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

RECESS

With no further business before the Board, Chairman Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 6:55 p.m. 

Attest: December 30, 2021

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chairman Joe Grund

November 30, 2021

November 30, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

Vice-Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to order at 9:21 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Ed Arnesen by Zoom and Jon Waibel by phone.  Absent: Commissioner Joe Grund. Also present was Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Highway Department- Final Payment; Land and Water Vehicle maintenance; Lineworker’s Facility – Sewer Blanket; and Remove:  Con-Con Requests and Union Negotiations. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the official and summarized minutes of November 9, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $10,094.01; Commissioners Warrants $1,980.49; Commissioners Warrants $10,942.47.

Meridian Services, Inc. Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the Contract Renewal for Meridian Services, Inc. No changes were made to this service.

Tri-Valley Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the Contract Renewal for Tri-Valley Rural Transportation Collaborative. This contract is renewed annually and without changes to the service.

AUDITOR/TREASURER
Claims
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $17,208.89; Road & Bridge $65,388.10; County Development $245.00; Solid Waste $26,438.72; EDA $968.05. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 11/30/2021 For Payment 11/30/2021

Vendor Name       Amount

ARRO of the North, LLC 2,200.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 2,097.54

Freeberg & Grund, Inc 43,105.00

Greenview Landscaping, Inc 9,250.00

Norman County Highway Dept. 4,138.38

North East Technical Service,Inc 8,692.95

Powerplan 4,226.59

Quadient Finance USA Inc. 3,000.00

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc 9,026.12

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

35 Payments less than 2000 18,243.68

Final Total: 110,248.76

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: November 10, 2021 for $127,302.59; November 10,2021 for $55.00; November 12, 2021 for $317942.12 and November 17,2021 for $299,945.05.

Northerly Park

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to adopt the following resolution:

Resolution No. 21-11-02

Resolution Supporting Regional Park or Trail Designation Application In Greater Minnesota

BE IT RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County as lead applicant, has the authority to act as legal public sponsor for the application described in the Request for Designation as a Regional Park In Greater Minnesota. Lake of the Woods County formally supports and authorizes the application and master plan submission for regional designation

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that as lead applicant we are fully aware of the information provided in the master plan and associated responsibilities, including long-term commitments as defined in the application and related master plan and supporting information as submitted.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that should Northerly Park receive formal designation as a Regional Park in Greater Minnesota by the Commission, that as the lead applicant we have the legal authority to enter into formal designation and funding agreements with the Commission for the referenced park.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and Seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to appoint Joe Laurin as the designated point of contact with MNIT for the Northerly Park.

Snowmobile Grant-In-Aid Program

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to authorize the FY 2022 Maintenance and Grooming Grants with the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Grant-In-Aid Program for LOW Drifters/Big Traverse in the amount of $125,523.23 and authorize Vice-Chair Buck Nordlof and County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson to sign the same. 

Permission to Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to hire Chelsea Anderson for the position of Deputy Auditor/Treasurer-License Clerk at Grade 11, Step 1, 20.93 per hour, Points 253, effective 11/15/ 2021.

Resolution

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

A Resolution Establishing County Precincts and Polling Places

Resolution 21-11-03

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, Section §204B16, Subdivision 1 requires that by December 31st of each year, the County must designate by resolution a polling place for each election precinct; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners, State of Minnesota hereby establishes polling places of the following County precincts: Baudette City Hall – Precincts 1B and 2B; Lake of the Woods County Government Center – All Mail Precincts including: 1A, 2A, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D.  

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

ICEHOLE BAR & GRILL

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License for Icehole Bar & Grill

LEAVING THE MEETING

Commissioner Jon Waibel exited the meeting at 9:45a.m. 

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources Director Savanna Slick presented job descriptions for the Assessor’s Office to the board for approval and requested to advertise, interview, and hire for the positions.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the job descriptions and to advertise, interview, and hire for one of the positions.

Permission to Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to hire Evan Wimmer for the position of Part-Time Deputy Sheriff at Grade 12, Step 1, 22.09 per hour, Points 282, effective 11/23/ 2021. 

Resolution

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

County Board PERA Resolution

Resolution   2021-11-04

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

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

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

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

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

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

Economic Development Authority

The Board Discussed the appointment of the EDA Board

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously by roll call to adopt the following resolution:

Re-Appointment of Terms of the economic development authority

Resolution 21-11-05 

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

Brock Stebackken 12/31/2023 City of Baudette

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

Jeff Bauers 12/31/2024 IDC

Mike Kinsella 12/31/2024 Tourism Board

Ed Arnesen 12/31/2025 County Board District 5

Jon Waibel 12/31/2025 County Board District 4

Brad Nylander 12/31/2026 Chamber of Commerce

Cody Hasbargen 12/31/2021 County Board District 2 

Joe Grund 12/31/2022 County Board District 3

Whereas one board members term expiring on December 31, 2021;

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

Board Member Term Expires Representing

Cody Hasbargen 12/31/2027 County Board District 2

Lineworker’s Facility

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to approve the purchase of Sewer Blankets for the Lineworker’s Facility. 

Ditch Authority

Review 2022 Ditch Assessments

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to close the regular meeting and open Ditch Authority.

The Ditch Authority discussed the proposed 2022 Ditch assessments.

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and unanimously carried by roll call to close the Ditch Authority meeting and open the regular meeting.

Solid Waste

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the 2022 solid waste assessments and budget as recommended by the solid waste committee.  This would leave the rates the same as 2021 and include a cap of 999 units.

Public Works

Public Works Director A.J. Pirkl gave an update on various projects and requested signatures from Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson and the board for the Main Street Project Resolution.

A request was made for final payment for project number SAP-039-649-004 of $99,191.10

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously, by roll call to approve the Public Works Director’s Certificate of Performance of SAP 039-649-004 for Lake of The Woods County (Force Account) in the total amount of $99,191.10 and approve final payment for the same.

Veterans Officer Update

Veterans Officer Rick Rone gave an update about Veterans services and Transportation in our community. Rick will provide the board members with a copy of this update. 

Set Cartway Date

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the Public Hearing date for the Peter R. Jones Cartway on December 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lake of the Woods County Commissioners Room.

Land & Water

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the replacement of tires for the 2015 GMC in the Land & Water Planning Department at an estimated cost of $700.00.

Recess

A brief recess took place at 10:15a.m. and returned at 10:25a.m. to continue the meeting.

RINKE NOONAN

The Board reviewed correspondence from Rinke Noonan.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Vice-Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 10:30a.m.

Attest: December 14, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________Auditor-Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Vice-Chair of the Board, James Nordlof

November 9, 2021

November 9, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Human Resources – Employee Recognition; Set Public Hearing for Cartway; Auditor – Affidavit Lost Warrant; and Remove:  Veterans Service.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the official and summarized minutes of October 26, 2021, with changes.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $2,462.92; Commissioners Warrants $9,694.56; Commissioners Warrants $690.98

NW Mediation Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the Contract between Lake of the Woods County and Northwest Mediation and Custody Investigation Services for the period of January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023; and to have the County Board Chair, County Social Services Director and County Attorney sign the same.    

LifeCare Behavioral Health

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the Contract between Lake of the Woods County and LifeCare Behavioral Health Services for the period of January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023; and to have the County Board Chair, County Social Services Director and County Attorney sign the same.    

JOINING THE MEETING

Commissioner Joe Grund arrived at the meeting at 9:15 a.m.

AUDITOR/TREASURER
Claims
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $56,435.24; Road & Bridge $28,364.70; County Development $495.00; Solid Waste $22,851.86; EDA $44.56. 

 WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 11/09/2021 For Payment 11/12/2021

Vendor Name           Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 6,220.31

Counties Providing Technology 3,860.00

Custom Autobody And Repair 2,678.59

DSC Communications 6,165.00

Howard’s Oil Company 3,325.98

Lake Area Construction Inc. 19,168.75

LOW Highway Dept 3,838.05

Mar-Kit Landfill 12,954.50

Marco Technologies LLC 2,738.70

R & Q Trucking, Inc 2,575.00

Sjoberg’s Inc 2,668.00

Wikstrom Telephone Co.,Inc 6,770.58

WSB 14,733.25

56 Payments less than 2000   $20,494.65

Final Total:  $ 108,191.36

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: October 26, 2021 for $473,409.24 and November 3, 2021 for $890,101.86.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call:

RESOLUTION APPROVING 

LAWFUL GAMBLING ACTIVITY APPLICATION 

TO CONDUCT OFF-SITE GAMBLING

RESOLUTION NO. 21-11-01

WHEREAS; the Fraternal Order of Police NW MN #8 has submitted a Minnesota Lawful Gambling LG220 Application for Exempt Permit Gambling to be conducted at the following establishment, which is located in Lake of the Woods County: Sportsman’s Lodge 2/28/2022

Sportsman’s Lodge 3244 Bur Oak Rd NW Baudette, MN 56623

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby approves said application for submission to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.

Lost Warrant Affidavit
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant number 93819 for vendor number 3630 dated June 11, 2021 in the amount of $182.28 without furnishing indemnifying bond. 

CALVIN BENSON

Calvin Benson, District Outreach Representative for Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach, attended the meeting and gave an update to the County Board on State and Federal issues.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources Director, Savanna Slick met with the County Board to discuss a job description for Law Enforcement-Administrative Specialist.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously, by roll call to approve the job description of Law Enforcement-Administrative Specialist, Grade 11, Points 251.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the move of Julie Berggren to the new Law Enforcement-Administrative Specialist position and increase her salary to a Grade 11, Step 8, $24.14, from a Grade 10, Step 10 $23.70 effective the next full pay period (11/28/2021).  

Employee Recognition

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve the purchase of employee recognition gifts from the unallocated dept.

MAINTENANCE DEPT

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously, by roll call, to approve a window installation in a Social Services office up to $2,170.00.

RECESS
The board recessed at 9:55 a.m. and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. with the following:

PUBLIC HEARING

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously, by roll call, to close the regular session and open the public hearing for the intent to make the position of the Auditor/Treasurer an appointed position.

Commissioner Joe Grund opened the hearing with reviewing the purpose of the meeting and the procedures of making this position appointed.   The County Board did pass a resolution on October 12, 2021, for Intent of Appointment of the Office of Auditor/Treasurer.  It was published in the paper for 2 weeks and they are now holding the public hearing for comments from the public.  

The commissioners relayed their reasons for wanting this to become an appointed position instead of an elected position.  Comments were heard from the public in regards to the appointment, with questions and answers following.   No action was taken at this time.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call, to close the public hearing and open the regular meeting.     

RECESS
The board recessed at 11:15 a.m. and reconvened at 11:20 a.m. with the following:

LOW-SWCD

Cary Hernandez of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Mike Hirst, Resource Conservationist with the Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation District, via phone, met with board.  Cary gave a presentation on the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) for the Rapid River Watershed and also the Total Maximum Daily Load Study (TMDL).

LAND AND WATER PLANNING
Consideration of Preliminary Plat of Driftwood Acres by L&S Investing LLC

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #21-15CU by Robert Audette:  A tract two-hundred sixty-four feet by one-thousand five-hundred seventy-three fee (264’ x 1573’) in both Government Lot Two (2) of Section seven (7) Township One-hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West and the Northeast Quarter (1/4) of the Northwest Quarter (1/4) of Section Eighteen (18), Township One-hundred Sixty-Two (162) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West – Parcel ID# 19.65.00.090.  Applicant is requesting an After-the-fact Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 902 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to move more than ten (10) cubic yards of material within the shore impact zone and more than fifty (50) cubic yards outside of the shore impact zone of the Lake of the Woods for the purpose of constructing a private boat ramp.  Lake of the Woods is a general development lake.

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to deny the following Findings of Fact and Decision Conditional Use Permit #21-15CU by Robert Audette, requesting an After-the-fact Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 902 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to move more than ten (10) cubic yards of material within the shore impact zone and more than fifty (50) cubic yards outside of the shore impact zone of the Lake of the Woods for the purpose of constructing a private boat ramp.  

The specific items considered by the County Board were as follows:

  1. The nutrient impairment of Lake of the Woods.
  2. Shoreland stabilization projects to prevent further erosion of shoreline which reduces or eliminates sedimentation and excess nutrients entering Lake of the Woods.
  3. The applicant didn’t follow process/protocol and is an egregious violation of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance. The applicant was aware of process/protocols in place as two previous permits were applied for and approved for the installation of septic system and addition onto the existing garage.
  4. Applicant sought project assistance from the Land and Water Planning Office as noted in the file from a site visit to the property in June 10, 2020 but, went ahead without the required approvals.
  5. Alternative solutions to gain access to the lake exist that would be more environmentally friendly while still allowing the rock rip rap to remain intact and still allowing access exist; however, applicant didn’t seek project assistance from the Land and Water Planning Office prior to undertaking the project.

The County Board requires the site to be restored to original conditions as existed prior to the project occurring. The rock rip rap must be restored to the previous engineered standards. The date for completion of the restoration activities is July 31, 2022.

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant: Robert Audette Date: November 9, 2021

Location/Legal Description:  A tract two-hundred sixty-four feet by one-thousand five-hundred seventy-three feet (264’ x 1573’) in both Government Lot Two (2) of Section seven (7) Township One-hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West and the Northeast Quarter (1/4) of the Northwest Quarter (1/4) of Section Eighteen (18), Township One-hundred Sixty-Two (162) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West – Parcel ID# 19.65.00.090

Project Proposal:  Applicant is requesting an After-the-fact Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 902 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to move more than ten (10) cubic yards of material within the shore impact zone and more than fifty (50) cubic yards outside of the shore impact zone of the Lake of the Woods for the purpose of constructing a private boat ramp. Lake of the Woods is a general development lake.

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

Why or why not?  The project, as constructed, is not consistent with the following high priorities identified in Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan:

  1. Business and residents clearly felt that timber harvest and shoreland development have had the greatest effect on the county’s natural resources over the past decade. These two are of continuing importance to the county.
  2. The county should provide a balanced approach to land use planning which takes into consideration individual rights, protection from the actions of others, and protection of the natural environment.

The Lake of the Woods County Board is clear about the type of values important to the county as it develops an approach to managing its land base over the next decade. While those values include a respect for the environment and a desire to maintain the environmental quality that now exists, they also include a desire for local control over the issues that affect the county’s land, and individual choice when it comes to issues of work and leisure. Following is a summary of those values important to Lake of the Woods County:

  1. Conservation: Of the resources in the county. Those resources would be used in a way that they remain healthy for future generations; and finally, 
  2. Balance: Between individual rights and the public’s welfare and between competing economic development and environmental protection objectives.

The following section describes Lake of the Woods County’s vision for future land use and development in the

county. It includes a statement of the county’s land use goals, policies it will promote through its activities, and

a future land use map that illustrates the described future land use pattern in the county.

GOALS

Within the context of its values and philosophy, Lake of the Woods County has developed a series of goals to guide the development of its land use plan. Following are those goals pertinent to this Conditional Use Permit request:

  1. Enhance the economic opportunities available for individuals and businesses in the county in ways that are compatible with long term environmental quality.
  2. Maintain and, where necessary, improve water quality.

POLICIES

  1. Undertake and/or support activities to protect environmentally sensitive areas within the county. 
  2. Continue to effectively enforce existing ordinances; reassess the effectiveness of the county’s regulatory tools on an ongoing basis. 
  3. Encourage future growth to occur in areas that are not environmentally sensitive, and that are already served by infrastructure; conversely, discourage growth in areas that would cause environmental problems or be expensive for the county to serve with roads and other facilities. 

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

YES (  ) NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request. 

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

Why or why not?  The engineered rock rip rap project is consistent; however, with the lake considered impaired for excess nutrients, the removal of the rock rip rap with a concrete ramp with allow untreated stormwater to enter the lake contributing to the increased nutrient load.

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

Why or why not?  Did affect topography, drainage and veg cover.

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

Why or why not? This project location is not along a river or tributary; however, the project is likely within the floodway of Lake of the Woods.

  1. Has the erosion potential of the site based upon the degree and direction of slope, soil type and existing vegetative cover been adequately addressed for the project proposal?YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The concrete down to and past the Ordinary High-Water Level (OHWL), which replaced the rock rip rap is not acceptable. The proposed project to rectify the current situation would address the items identified in this question.

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

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request.

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

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request.

9.  Does the project proposal have a reasonable need to be in a shoreland location? YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  For access to Lake of the Woods as the entire shoreline has been stabilized with rock rip rap.

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

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request.

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

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request.

  1. Is the site adequate for water supply and on-site sewage treatment systems? YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request.

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

Why or why not?  Applicant stated the walkway/access is for kayak’s and not boats.

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

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request.

  1. Will there be fencing and/or other screening provided to buffer the project proposal from adjacent properties?

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request.

  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)

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request.

  1. If the project proposal will generate additional traffic to or from the site, has the applicant adequately demonstrated how the additional traffic and parking is to be addressed? YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? This question has no bearing on this request.

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

The specific items considered by the County Board are as follows:

  1. The nutrient impairment of Lake of the Woods.
  2. Shoreland stabilization projects to prevent further erosion of shoreline which reduces or eliminates sedimentation and excess nutrients entering Lake of the Woods.
  3. The applicant didn’t follow process/protocol and is an egregious violation of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance. The applicant was aware of process/protocols in place as two previous permits were applied for and approved for the installation of septic system and addition onto the existing garage.
  4. Applicant sought project assistance from the Land and Water Planning Office as noted in the file from a site visit to the property in June 10, 2020 but, went ahead without the required approvals.
  5. Alternative solutions to gain access to the lake exist that would be more environmentally friendly while still allowing the rock rip rap to remain intact and still allowing access exist; however, applicant didn’t seek project assistance from the Land and Water Planning Office prior to undertaking the project.

The County Board requires the site to be restored to original conditions as existed prior to the project occurring. The rock rip rap must be restored to the previous engineered standards. The date for completion of the restoration activities is July 31, 2022.

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

November 9, 2021 _____________________________________

Date Joseph Grund

        Chair, County Board

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

PUBLIC WORKS

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously, by roll call, to authorize final payment of SAP 039-606-019 and SAP 039-631-007 for Knife River Materials, of Bemidji, MN in the total amount of $2,270,907.19 and hereby authorize final payment of $113,545.36.

Highway Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update on the status of current projects.

Solid Waste Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update on the landfill and fish entrails for the winter.

CON CON REQUESTS

Karla Robida with the Williams Youth Recreation Association, attended the county board meeting and submitted a request for a contribution towards a splash pad project in the City of Williams.   The County Board will review all requests at the next County Board meeting, November 26, 2021.

SET PUBLIC HEARING

County Attorney met with the board to set a Public Cartway Hearing date for November 24, 2021, however, this date will not work for the board. The attorney will get back to the board with other available dates. 

CLOSED SESSION-UNION NEGOTIATIONS

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the Closed Session – Union Negotiations pursuant MN Statute 13D.03).  Present were Commissioners:  Jon Waibel, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen and Joe Grund; Commissioner Ed Arnesen was present via phone.  Also present were Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, and Human Resources Director Savanna Slick.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the Closed Session – Union Negotiations and open the regular session.

Correspondence
The Board reviewed the following correspondence: Minnkota Power Cooperative – Transmission Line Maintenance

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 2:50 p.m.

Attest: November 30, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

Auditor-Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair of the Board, Joe Grund 

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Roseau & Lake of the Woods Sportsman’s Club; Natural Resource Block Grant – Land & Water Josh Stromlund; Correspondence – Quiet Title Action and Remove:  LOW SWCD.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of October 12, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $12,434.93; Commissioners Warrants $1,957.03; Commissioners Warrants $18,649.28.       

AUDITOR/TREASURER
Claims
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $19,648.69; Road & Bridge $29,358.12; County Development $245.00; Solid Waste $50,018.19; EDA $835.14. 

 WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/26/2021 For Payment 10/29/2021

Vendor Name Amount

Compass Minerals America 9,663.36

Compudyne, Inc 3,759.00

Extreme Duty Ironworks 2,250.00

Forks Freightliner 5,584.29

North East Technical Service,Inc 24,826.75

R & Q Trucking, Inc 5,665.00

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc 12,398.13

Titan Energy Systems, Inc 2,926.10

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

WSB 6,214.25

43 Payments less than 2000 20,549.76

Final Total: 100,105.14

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: October 13, 2021 for $38,949.93; October 14, 2021 for $244,396.88; October 14, 2021 for $(490.50) and October 20, 2021 for $13,246.57.

Insurance Caps

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to set the 2022 county contribution for family health insurance up to $1,320.00 per month and single health insurance up to $970.00 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.

Resolution – Operational Enhancement Grant Program

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously, the following:

RESOLUTION OF LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY 

Operational Enhancement Grant Program

RESOLUTION NO. 2021-10-05

BE IT RESOLVED; by Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners that the County enter into the 

attached Grant Contract with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) to conduct the following Program: County Veterans Service Office Operational Enhancement Grant Program.  The grant must be used to provide outreach to the county’s veterans; to assist in the reintegration of combat veterans into society; to collaborate with other social service agencies, educational institutions, and other community organizations for the purposes of enhancing services offered to veterans; to reduce homelessness among veterans; and to enhance the operations of the county veterans service office, as specified in Minnesota Statutes 197.608 and Minnesota Laws 2021, 1st Special Session, Chapter 12, Article 1, Section 37, Subdivision 2..  This Grant should not be used to supplant or replace other funding.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED; by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners that Rick Rone, the Veterans Service Officer, be authorized to execute the attached Grant Contract for the above-mentioned Program on behalf of the County.  

WHEREUPON; the above resolution was adopted at the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners Board meeting this 26th day of October, 2021.

Flu Vaccine Clinic for County Employees
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to allow all county employees to receive a flu shot at the expense of the county.  The flu vaccine clinic will be scheduled with CHI LakeWood Health and held at the Lake of the Woods Government Center.  

Lost Warrant Affidavit
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant number 36133 for vendor number 5932 dated February 26, 2021 for $275.68 without furnishing indemnifying bond. 

Department of Corrections-

District Supervisor Marc Bloomquist of the Department of Correction updated the County Board on the many programs they provide for the county.  He discussed their budgets and how they would be decreasing due to changes within and had funding ideas for the future.  He will come back to the board at a later date with more information.

JOINING THE MEETING

Commissioner Jon Waibel arrived at the meeting at 10:00 a.m.

Veterans Home-

Beltrami County Veterans Service Officer, Scotty Allison and Veterans Liaison, Joe Vene met with the board to update the board on the New Veterans Home that will be built in Bemidji. Joe Vene started the presentation by singing the National Anthem to the group.  They thanked the board for their contribution the County Board had made a few years ago and presented a pamphlet of what the home will look like.  The plans are to have it finished by the summer of 2023.

County Assessor
Appointment

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the intent to offer the appointment of the County Assessor position to Alisa Jacobson on January 28, 2022, upon the retirement of County Assessor Mary Jo Otten on January 27, 2022.

Advertisement, Interview & Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the creation of two job positions for review and approval, prior to advertising.    Human Resource Director, Savanna Slick would come back to the board when they were ready.

MN DNR-Scott Laudenslager-

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Area Wildlife Supervisor Scott Laudenslager shared information with the Board on three parcels of land, that connect to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) Carp Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  The MNDNR is interested in acquiring the land, totaling 1297.25 acres, to add to the Carp Swamp WMA.  He was requesting the County Board’s approval to receive donated land. Private land owner, Jacquelyn Paschke attended by phone.  Scott was going to get back to the board with more information at a later date.   No Board decision was made at this time.

Roseau & Lake of the Woods Sportsman’s Club-

Miles Hoganson representing the Roseau & Lake of the Woods Sportsman’s Club attended the meeting.  He reviewed with the board how this club maintains ATV recreational trails in both Roseau and Lake of the Woods County.   He was looking for a contribution to help purchase a Swing Arm Brush Cutter at the cost of $16,500. He mentioned he had already been to the Roseau County Board and they agreed to contribute towards this.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to contribute $7,501 towards the purchase of a Swing Arm Brush Cutter, from the Con Con funds.

PUBLIC WORKS

Highway Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update on the status of current projects.

Solid Waste Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update on the landfill and that they had found a place to take the fish entrails for the winter.

LEGISLATORS

Senator Paul Utke and Representative Matt Grossell provided an update to the County Board.

RECESS
The board recessed at 12:00 p.m. and reconvened at 1:15 p.m. with the following:

LAND AND WATER PLANNING
Natural Resource Block Grant

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented the 2022 – 2023 Natural Resource Block Grant in the amount of $185,000.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously approve the 2022 -2023 Natural Resource Block Grant in the amount of $185,000.

Consideration of Preliminary Plat of Driftwood Acres by L&S Investing LLC

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Preliminary Plat of Driftwood Acres by L&S Investing, LLC, Parcel ID# 24.07.32.009. A tract of land located in Government Lots Three (3), Four (4) and Five (5) all within Section Seven (7), Township One Hundred Sixty-one (161) North, Range Thirty-one (31) West.  Applicant is requesting to create twelve (12) tracts for a residential development.  The Rainy River is an Agricultural River segment.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following Preliminary Plat of Driftwood Acres by L&S Investing, LLC, Parcel # 24.0732.009.  A tract of land located in Government Lots Three (3), Four (4) and Five (5) all within Section Seven (7), Township One Hundred Sixty-one (161) North, Range Thirty-one (31) West.  Applicant is requesting to create twelve (12) tracts for a residential development.  The Rainy River is an Agricultural River segment; with the following conditions;

  1. The structures on proposed Lots 5 and 7, which currently do not meet the required 100-foot setback from the Rainy River, must be moved to meet the required 100-foot setback.
  2. Clarification on 26th Ave NW Right-of-Way (ROW).
  3. Work with Public Works Department on addressing encroachment issues on proposed Lot 1.  The encroachment issues would be the bituminous and drainage ditch.

Consideration of Zone Change #21-02ZC by MLK Rentals, LLC:

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Zone Change #21-02ZC by MLK Rentals, LLC: Part of Outlot A Birch Acres, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (332) – Parcel ID# 19.61.50.0200. Applicant is requesting a zone change from a Residential (R1) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Rezoning Change #21-02ZC by MLK Rentals LLC requesting a zone change from a Residential (R1) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property without conditions.

Lake of the Woods County 

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

Info
Name of Applicant:MLK Rentals, LLCDate:10-26-2021
Location/Legal Description:Part of Outlot A, Birch Acres, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Residential (R1)Proposed:Commercial-Recreational (CR)
Parcel Number(s):19.61.50.020Application Number:21-02ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

_X_Yes ___No

Comments:Commercial Corridor
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Adjoining businesses (on Conditional Use Permit)
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

___Yes _X__No

Comments:
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change or improvement
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No additional services needed
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:Will not impede – no change
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Increased business activity (Conditional Use Permits)

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
Conditions: 

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________ ____10-26-2021__________

Joe Grund Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Consideration of Zone Change #21-03ZC by MLK Holding Company, Inc

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Zone Change #21-03ZC by MLK Holding Company, Inc.:  the West 100 feet of the W1/2NE1/14, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (332) – Parcel ID# 19.24.12.  Applicant is requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property.  The property is currently being used a part of a storage area and for lake access.  Lake of the Woods is a General Development Lake. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Rezoning Change #21-03ZC for MLK Holding Company, requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property without conditions:

Lake of the Woods County 

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:MLK Holding Company, IncDate:10-26-2021
Location/Legal Description:The West 100 feet of the W1/2NE1/4, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Residential (R2)Proposed:Commercial-Recreational (CR)
Parcel Number(s):19.24.12.010Application Number:21-03ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

_X_Yes ___No

Comments:Within commercial corridor
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Lake access
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

___Yes _X__No

Comments:Lake access through wooded area – no change
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change 
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:None needed
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:Will not impede
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Was covered by Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in the past

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
Conditions: 

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________ ____10-26-2021__________

Joe Grund Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Consideration of Zone Change #21-04ZC by MLK Holding Company, Inc

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Zone Change #21-04ZC by MLK Holding Company, Inc.:  The East 200 feet of the West 400 feet of the South 233 feet of the SW1/4NE1/4, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32) – Parcel ID# 19.24.12.020. Applicant is requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property. The property is currently being for fish house storage.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Rezoning Change #21-04ZC for MLK Holding Company, requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property without conditions:

Lake of the Woods County 

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:MLK Holding Company, IncDate:10-26-2021
Location/Legal Description:The East 200 feet of the West 400 feet of the South 233 feet of the SW1/4NE1/4, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Residential (R2)Proposed:Commercial-Recreational (CR)
Parcel Number(s):19.24.12.020Application Number:21-04ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

_X_Yes ___No

Comments:Growth corridor
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Currently Conditional Use Permit (CUP)
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

___Yes _X__No

Comments:
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change 
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:More commercial activity

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
Conditions: 

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________ ____10-26-2021__________

Joe Grund Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Consideration of Zone Change #21-5ZC by MLK Holding Company, Inc

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Zone Change #21-05ZC by MLK Holding Company, Inc.:  The West 100 feet of the SW1/4SE1/4, Section Thirteen (13), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32) – Parcel ID# 19.13.43.010.  Applicant is requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property.  Lake of the Woods is a General Development Lake. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Rezoning Change #21-05ZC for MLK Holding Company, requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property without conditions:

Lake of the Woods County 

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:MLK Holding Company, IncDate:10-26-2021
Location/Legal Description:The West 100 feet of the SW1/4SE1/4, Section Thirteen (13), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Residential (R2)Proposed:Commercial-Recreational (CR)
Parcel Number(s):19.13.43.010Application Number:21-05ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

_X_Yes ___No

Comments:Within commercial corridor
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Lake access
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

___Yes _X__No

Comments:Lake access through wooded area – no change
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change 
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:None needed
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:Will not impede
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:Was covered by Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in the past

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
Conditions: 

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________ ____10-26-2021__________

Joe Grund Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Consideration of Zone Change #21-06ZC by MLT&T, LLC

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Zone Change #21-06ZC by MLT&T, LLC:  Part of the W1/2NE1/4, Less deeded, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32) – Parcel ID# 19.24.12.000.  Applicant is requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property.  Lake of the Woods is a General Development Lake. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Rezoning Change #21-06ZC for MLT&T, LLC, requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property without conditions:

Lake of the Woods County 

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:MLT&T, LLCDate:10-26-2021
Location/Legal Description:Part of the W1/2NE1/4, Less deeded, Section Thirteen (13), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Residential (R2)Proposed:Commercial-Recreational (CR)
Parcel Number(s):19.24.12.000Application Number:21-06ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

_X_Yes ___No

Comments:In growth corridor
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Commercial to East & Conditional Use Permit (CUP) on property currently
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

___Yes _X__No

Comments:No change
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change – Current Conditional Use Permit (CUP) 
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:None needed
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:Will not impede
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No – currently a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) business

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
Conditions: 

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________ ____10-26-2021__________

Joe Grund Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Consideration of Zone Change #21-07ZC by MLT&T LLC

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Zone Change #21-07ZC by MLT&T LLC:  A tract of land lying within Government Lot 1, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32) – Parcel ID# 19.24.11.000.  Applicant is requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R1) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property.  Lake of the Woods is a General Development Lake. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to deny the following Findings of Fact/Rezoning Change #21-07ZC for MLK Holding Company, requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property without special conditions.

Lake of the Woods County 

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:MLT&T, LLCDate:10-26-2021
Location/Legal Description:A tract of land lying within Government Lot 1, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Residential (R1)Proposed:Commercial-Recreational (CR)
Parcel Number(s):19.24.11.000Application Number:21-07ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

_X_Yes ___No

Comments:Commercial corridor
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Commercial adjoining
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

___Yes _X__No

Comments:
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:None needed at this time
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:Will not impede
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:Not recently

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
Conditions: 

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________ ____10-26-2021__________

Joe Grund Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Consideration of Zone Change #21-08ZC by MLT&T, LLC

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Zone Change #21-08ZC by MLT&T, LLC:  The East 110 feet of the West 793 feet of the South 266 feet of the SW1/4NE1/4, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32) – Parcel ID# 19.24.12.040.  Applicant is requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Rezoning Change #21-08ZC for MLT&T, LLC, requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property without conditions:

Lake of the Woods County 

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:MLT&T, LLCDate:10-26-2021
Location/Legal Description:The East 110 feet of the West 793 feet of the South 266 feet of the SW1/4NE1/4, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Residential (R2)Proposed:Commercial-Recreational (CR)
Parcel Number(s):19.24.12.040Application Number:21-08ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

_X_Yes ___No

Comments:Growth corridor
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to the North
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

___Yes _X__No

Comments:Single cabin
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:None needed
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:Will not impede
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Increase in commercial activity recently

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
Conditions: 

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________ ____10-26-2021__________

Joe Grund Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Consideration of Zone Change #21-09ZC by MLT&T, LLC

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Zone Change #21-09ZC by MLT&T, LLC:  The SW1/4SE1/4 and Government Lot 5, Section Thirteen (13), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32) – Parcel ID# 19.13.43.000.  Applicant is requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2), Special Protection (SP), and Residential (R1) Districts to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property.  Lake of the Woods is a General Development Lake. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Rezoning Change #21-09ZC for MLT&T, LLC requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2), Special rotection (SP), and Residential (RR1) Districts to a Commercial-Recreation (CR District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property with the following conditions:

  1. The SW1/4SE1/4 Zone Commercial Recreational (CR) Government Lot #5 to remain Special Protection (SP) and Residential Development (R1)

 Lake of the Woods County 

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:MLT&T, LLCDate:10-26-2021
Location/Legal Description:The SW1/4SE1/4 and Government Lot 5, Section Thirteen (13), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Rural Residential (R2), Special Protection (SP), and Residential (R1) DistrictsProposed:Commercial-Recreational (CR)
Parcel Number(s):19.13.43.000Application Number:21-09ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

_X_Yes ___No

Comments:Growth corridor
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to the South
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

___Yes _X__No

Comments:
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:None at this time
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:
Conditions: SW¼ SE ¼ Zone Commercial Recreational (CR)
Government Lot #5 to remain Special Protection (SP) and Residential Development (R1)

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________ ____10-26-2021__________

Joe Grund Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Consideration of Zone Change #21-10ZC by MLK Holding Company, Inc

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Zone Change #21-10ZC by MLK Holding Company, Inc: The East 100 feet of the West 200 feet of the South 233 feet of the SW1/4NE1/4, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32) – Parcel ID# 19.24.12.011.  Applicant is requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Rezoning Change #21-10ZC for MLK Holding Company, requesting a zone change from a Rural Residential (R2) Zoning District to a Commercial-Recreation (CR) Zoning District for the purposes of allowing commercial activity on the property without conditions:

 Lake of the Woods County 

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:MLK Holding Company, IncDate:10-26-2021
Location/Legal Description:The SW1/4SE1/4 and Government Lot 5, Section Thirteen (13), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Rural Residential (R2)Proposed:Commercial-Recreational (CR)
Parcel Number(s):19.24.12.011Application Number:21-10ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

_X_Yes ___No

Comments:Growth corridor
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:Currently Conditional Use Permit (CUP)
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

___Yes _X__No

Comments:
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

__X_Yes ___No

Comments:More commercial activity

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

___Yes __X_No

Comments:No change
Conditions: 

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________ ____10-26-2021__________

Joe Grund Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #21-14CU by Sean Westman

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the Board and presented a Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #21-14CU by Sean Westman:  The Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW1/4NE1/4 SE1/4) in Section Twenty-six (26), Township One Hundred Sixty-twoo (62) North Range Thirty-two (32) West- Parcel ID# 19.26.41.040. Applicant is requesting a Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 401.C of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to allow the storage of commercial winter ice fishing equipment including more than five (5) fish houses in a Rural Residential (R2) district.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Conditional Use Permit #21-14CU for Sean Westman to allow more that five (5) fish houses in a Rural Residential (R2) district with the following conditions:

  1.  Cannot see fish houses from outside property during summer leaf on conditions
  2. Houses must be Twenty (20) feet from property lines to protect neighbor’s property
  3. No more than Twenty (20) stored fish houses on this parcel
  4. No habitation during storage

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Sean Westman Date:  10-26-2021 

Location/Legal Description: The Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SW1/4NE1/4SE1/4) in Section Twenty-six (26), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West 

Project Proposal:  Applicant is requesting a conditional use permit as required by Section 401.C of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance to allow the storage of commercial winter ice fishing equipment including more than five (5) fish houses in a Rural Residential (R2) district.

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

Why or why not?  Growth corridor__________________________________________________

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not?  _________________________________________________________

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

Why or why not?  ________________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? Highway 172___________________________________________

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

Why or why not? Residential Development (R1) and Rural Residential (R2)________

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

YES ( )  NO (  )  N/A (X )

Why or why not?  _______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

  1. If the project proposal includes above ground or below ground storage tanks for petroleum or other hazardous material that is subject to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requirements, has a permit been sought?

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

  1. Will there be fencing and/or other screening provided to buffer the project proposal from adjacent properties?

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A ( )

Why or why not? Must maintain vegetative screen____________________________

  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)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

YES ( )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

The specific conditions of approval are as follows:

  1. Cannot see fish houses from outside property during summer leaf on conditions
  2. Houses must be Twenty (20) feet from property lines to protect neighbor’s property
  3. No more than Twenty (20) stored fish houses on this parcel
  4. No habitation during storage

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

10-26-2021_______ _____________________________________

Date Joseph Grund

        Chair, County Board

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

HOFFMAN, PHILIPP and MARTELL, PLLC
Audit Exit Review

Colleen Hoffman and Crystelle Philipp from Hoffman, Philipp and Martell, PLLC provided an audit exit review to the County Board of Commissioners.

Maintenance
Generator

Peder Hovland, IT / Maintenance Director met with the board regarding the 911 generator.  He had the annual maintenance on the generator done and there was water found in the diesel fuel that needs to be drained and also the hoses need to be replaced.  The board asked Pete to do some more research and get back to them.

LEAVING THE MEETING

Commissioner Jon Waibel left the meeting at 3:00 p.m.

Union Negotiations
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 – Union Negotiations pursuant MN Statute 13D.03).  Present were Commissioners:  Ed Arnesen, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen and Joe Grund; Absent was Commissioner Jon Waibel.  Also present was Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Attorney Jim Austad and Human Resources Director Savanna Slick.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the Closed Session – Union Negotiations and open the regular session.

Correspondence
The Board reviewed the following correspondence: 

  1. Koochiching County – Charging Network – 
  2. Quiet Title Action

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 4:00 p.m.

Attest: November 9, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

Auditor-Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair of the Board, Joe Grund 

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add: Gambling Permit/Auditor-Treasurer; Remove: Land& Water Planning.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the official and summarized minutes of September 28, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $8,698.32; Commissioners Warrants $3,028.56; Commissioners Warrants $7,538.03.       

AUDITOR/TREASURER
Claims
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $66,674.49; Road & Bridge $27,117.11; County Development $312.17; Solid Waste $27,423.43; EDA $6,752.78. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/12/2021 For Payment 10/15/202

Vendor Name Amount

Agassiz Asphalt LLC 2,400.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 12,092.07

Compudyne, Inc 2,371.42

Counties Providing Technology 3,926.97

Farmers Union Oil Co. 2,546.80

Headwaters Regional Development Commiss 6,708.22

Howard’s Oil Company 7,904.71

LOW Highway Dept 4,292.50

LOW Soil & Water Cons. Dist. 28,572.00

Mar-Kit Landfill 15,417.25

Motorola Solutions, Inc 3,336.10

Royal Tire Inc 4,301.84

University Of Mn 9,407.00

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc 4,298.68

Woody’s Service 2,468.25

40 Payments less than 2000 18,236.17

Final Total: 128,279.98

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: September 29, 2021 for $861,144.86; October 5, 2021 for $1.00; October 5, 2021 for $20,328.73 and October 10, 2021 for $167,887.01.

LexisNexis VitalChek Network Inc
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve an agreement with LexisNexis VitalChek Network Inc for credit card acceptance for the benefit of the Motor Vehicle and Driver’s License Services.

Insurance Caps

2022 Health Insurance Premiums and Caps were discussed.  The County Auditor/Treasurer was directed to do some more research and bring it back to the board for their next meeting.

Resolution – Set Public Hearing Date / Intent to Appoint Auditor/Treasurer

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously by roll call, the following:

RESOLUTION FOR INTENT OF APPOINTMENT OF THE OFFICE OF 

AUDITOR-TREASURER

RESOLUTION NO. 2021-10-01

WHEREAS; Minn. Stat. 375A.1205 allows a County Board to appoint certain offices including the County Auditor-Treasurer; and 

WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners recognizes the benefit to having appointed persons in the position of the County Auditor-Treasurer because it promotes efficiency and consistency of County business with individuals qualified to oversee a broad spectrum of complex issues within the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office; and 

WHEREAS; pursuant to Minn. Stat. 375A.1205, Subd. 1, the County Board intends to appoint a County Auditor-Treasurer under circumstances that there is a signed contract with the County Board and incumbent Auditor-Treasurer that the incumbent officer will be appointed to the position and retain tenure, pay, and benefits equal to or greater than length of service.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby notifies the public of its intent to appoint the office of County-Auditor-Treasurer; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., during its regular board meeting regarding appointment of the Auditor-Treasurer with said appointment taking place by signed contract with the incumbent Auditor-Treasurer.

Lost Warrant Affidavit
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant number 36085 for vendor number 6118 dated February 12, 2021 for $700.00 without furnishing indemnifying bond. 

Application for Exempt Gambling Permit

Resolution

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

RESOLUTION APPROVING 

LAWFUL GAMBLING ACTIVITY APPLICATION 

TO CONDUCT OFF-SITE GAMBLING

RESOLUTION NO. 21-10-02

WHEREAS; the National Wild Turkey Federation Struttin’ Blackbeards Chapter has submitted a Minnesota Lawful Gambling LG220 Application to Conduct Off-Site Gambling to be conducted on February 12, 2022, at the following establishment, which is located in Lake of the Woods County: River Bend Resort at the following address:

 3343 Red Oak Road NW, Baudette, MN 56623

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby approves said application for submission to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.

PUBLIC WORKS

Highway

Regulating Parking on Main Avenue (CSAH 22)

Resolution

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

Resolution

Regulating Parking on Main Avenue (CSAH 22)  

Resolution No. 2021-10-03

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board has identified that diagonal parking shall be required on Main Avenue (CSAH 22) on the East side between First Street SE and Second Street NE.  Every vehicle parked on said avenue shall be parked with the front of the vehicle facing the curb at an angle of approximately 45 degrees, and;

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board has identified Parallel parking shall be required on Main Avenue (CSAH 22) on the West side between First Street SE and Second Street NE, and;

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board has identified any vehicle parking on the heretofore described avenue in violation of the designated parking area and shall constitute an obstruction to traffic.

NOW, THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lake of the Woods County Board recognizes this Parking Resolution effective as of Tuesday, October 12, 2021. 

Highway Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update on the status of current projects.

Solid Waste Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update on the landfill and MPCA update.  

County Surveyor

Add to Agenda:
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to add, County Surveyor to the Agenda.

Update

County Surveyor, Chad Conner provided an update on the projects he has been working on.

RECESS
The board recessed at 10:15 a.m. and reconvened at 7:00 p.m. with the following:

PUBLIC HEARING
Peter Jones Cartway 

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. and open the Public Hearing for the Cartway-Public Hearing. (Pursuant to MN Statute 164.08 to establish a Cartway.)

The following were present:  Commissioners:  Ed Arnesen, Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Joe Grund and Jon Waibel.  Other County Employees were:  County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, County Attorney, Jim Austad and County Engineer AJ Pirkl.  In addition, attending the Public Hearing were: Attorney Steven Anderson, Terry Brown, David Bathel, Brandy Christian, Tim Lyon, Attorney Alan Fish.

Attorney Steven Anderson representing Peter R. Jones, explained the procedures of establishing a cartway.  A petition was received from Petitioners:  Peter R. Jones (PID 19-2521-040) for a cartway to access landlocked property.  Attorney Steven Anderson acknowledged that the property is at least 5 acres and is landlocked. The County received the Certificate of Service for the affected land owners and the Affidavit of Service by U.S. Mail for neighbors of the proposed cartway. The County did post the public hearing as required.  

Attorney Steven Anderson stated that the petition seeks to establish a cartway pursuant to Minnesota Statute 164.08.  The description of the proposed cartway is: 

The West two (2) rods of the East 44 feet of the SW¼ NW¼, Section 25, Township 162 North, Range 32 West; and 

Commencing at the southeast corner of the S½ SE¼ NW¼ NW¼ of Section 25, Township 162 North, Range 32 West, thence westerly two (2) rods along the south boundary thereof to a point; thence in a north and easterly direction, along a 90 degree arc, to a point on the east boundary thereof, which point is two (2) rods north of said southeast corner; thence south along said east boundary line a distance of two (2) rods to the point of beginning;

Attorney Steve Anderson informed the County Board that the petitioner has tried to obtain easements, but to date, has not been able to and would like to proceed with the Cartway.
The County Board reviewed the cartway request and heard comments from parties involved.  The County Board has researched alternative options and would like to research further.  Alternative options would be allowed if the County Board would find the alternative route to be:  less disruptive and damaging to the affected landowners and in the public’s interest.  

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 8:50 p.m. and reconvene the regular county board meeting.

Cartway Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried as follows:  Yeah:  Commissioners Cody Hasbargen, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen and Joe Grund; Nay:  None; Abstained:  Commissioner Buck Nordlof.

Resolution 

Acknowledging Entitlement of Cartway and 

Requiring a Bond or Other Security on a Cartway Proceeding

Resolution No. 2021-10-04

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners, “Board” acting as the Wheeler township board, has received a cartway petition pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 164.08, subd. 2, from Peter R. Jones, “Petitioner” in which the petitioner asks the County Board to establish a cartway to their property across the lands of others; and

WHEREAS, the Petitioner is required to pay all costs associated with the establishment of a Cartway including, but not limited to compensation paid to the owners whose property is made subject to the professional costs deemed necessary by the Board for the establishment;

WHEREAS, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 164.08, subd. 2 the Board may, by resolution, require the Petitioner to post a bond or other security acceptable to the board for the total estimated damages before the town board takes action on the petition;

WHEREAS, the Board, considering costs such as attorney fees, surveyor fees, appraiser fees, property costs, recording fees, hearing costs, and other administrative costs, determines that the total estimated damages and costs associated with the establishment of the petitioned for Cartway is $10,000 at this time;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners acting as the town board of Wheeler Township, Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota that Peter R. Jones as the Petitioner, must post an escrow before further action, in the amount of $10,000, which is an estimate of damages associated at this point in establishing the Cartway, with the Board before it will take further action on the petition.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 8:50 p.m.

Attest: October 26, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

Auditor-Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair of the Board, Joe Grund