October 27, 2020

AGENDA – Tuesday, October 27, 2020

TIME TAB

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

Approve Agenda

Approve the Minutes of October 13, 2020

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services

  • Claims

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

  • Claims
  • Health Insurance Rates

9:20 a.m. #4 Human Resources

  • Union Negotiations

9:35 a.m. #5 County Highway/Landfill 

  • Highway Update
  • Landfill Update

10:00 a.m. #6 Hoffman, Philipp and Knutson

  • Audit Exit Review


Old/New Business

  • Lessard–Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Land Trade
  • Township Road Inventory
  • CR 33
  • Home Health Care Task Force
  • Proposed Law Enforcement Center

October 27, 2020

Commissioner Proceedings

October 27, 2020

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Jon Waibel 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, Ed Arnesen and Jon Waibel.  The following members were absent: Commissioners: Joe Grund and Buck Nordlof. Also present: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Permission to hire temporary part-time help in the Auditor/Treasurer’s Department; Lease agreement and funding requests for Emergency Management; and Funding request for the Northwest Angle. 

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 Warrant’s $11,897.58 Commissioners Warrant’s $3,858.62, Commissioners Warrant’s $15,867.30.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of October 13, 2020.

ATTENDANCE

Commissioner Joe Grund arrived to the meeting.

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 $48,682.44; Road & Bridge $364,539.59; County Development $1,039; Joint Ditch $76,154.96; Solid Waste $13,895.95, EDA $12,835.51.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/27/2020 For Payment 10/30/2020

                       Vendor Name Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 3,671.69

Compass Minerals America 9,542.46

Earthworks Contracting Inc 76,154.96

Element Materials Technology 32,180.00

Headwaters Regional Development Commiss 12,700.53

Mn State Dept-Correction 21,992.73

Northern Light Region 2,480.47

Quadient Finance USA Inc. 2,000.00

Royal Tire Inc 4,977.62

Shi Corp 4,826.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

University Of Mn 6,271.34

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc 5,438.00

Ziegler, Inc 310,691.15

36 Payments less than 2000     17,952.00

     Final Total: 517,147.45

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: October 14, 2020 for $37,311.44, October 21, 2020 for $12,759.05.

Health Insurance

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to set the 2021 county contribution for family health insurance up to $1,310 per month and single health insurance up to $960 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.  

Permission to Hire Temporary, Part-Time  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson to hire Janet Rudd to a temporary part-time position at $27.00 per hour.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Lease Agreement

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the Communications Facility Lease with the State of Minnesota Department of Transportation and for Chair Jon Waibel and Emergency Management Director Jill Olson to sign the same.

Funding Requests

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve $3,885 from the 911 Fund for a media convertor and equipment needed to create redundancy for communications.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve up to $5,200 from CARES Act funding for items needed for inmate programming in the detention room.  Due to COVID-19 there is a need for alternative programming options for inmates.

HOFFMAN, PHILIPP and KNUTSON

Audit Exit Review

Colleen Hoffman from Hoffman, Philipp and Knutson provided an audit exit review to the Board of Commissioners.

AMEND THE AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the amendment of the agenda to allow for a closed session.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Union Negotiations

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to close the regular meeting pursuant MN Statute §13D.03 at 10:30 a.m. for union discussion.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

The following board members were present: Commissioners Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, Joe Grund, and Jon Waibel, others present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Human Resources Director Savanna Slick and County Engineer AJ Pirkl.

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 11:00 a.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to offer a one-step increase effective 11/1/2020 to four union employees.

COUNTY HIGHWAY/LANDFILL

Highway 

County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided a highway update.  

  • The 1st Avenue project is not complete and work has stopped for the year, the project was scheduled to be finished September 2020.
  • The highway department will start work on culvert replacement near the golf course. 
  • The plows are ready for the snow season.
  • A public hearing for the railroad crossing closure near the Pitt Church will be held on Tuesday, December 15th at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room.

Landfill Update

County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided a landfill update.

  • A response was submitted to the MPCA.
  • A solid waste assessment meeting will be held on November 12.

NORTHWEST ANGLE

Funding request

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve up to $10,000 in CARES Act funding for public safety at the Northwest Angle.  The funds will be used for the ice road between Flag Island, Oak Island and the mainland, upon submission of an invoice.

RECESS

With no further business before the Board, Chairman Jon Waibel called the meeting to recess at 11:15 a.m. 

Attest: November 10, 2020

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chairman Jon Waibel

October 13, 2020

AGENDA – Tuesday, October 13, 2020

TIME TAB

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

Approve Agenda

Approve the amended Minutes of September 8, 2020

Approve the Minutes of September 22, 2020

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services

  • Claims
  • Approval of MN DHS County Grant Contract

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

  • Claims
  • Permission to Advertise/Interview/Hire
  • Appoint Election Judges
  • Approve Tobacco License
  • Operational Enhancement Grant Program
  • Williams Potato Day Donation Request
  • Flu Vaccine Clinic for County Employees

9:25 a.m. #4 County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten 

  • Reappointment

9:35 a.m. #5 Lake of the Woods Coalition, Tammie Doebler

  • Grant

9:50 a.m. #6 Human Resources

  • Permission to Hire Custodian II 
  • Approval of Public Information Request Fee Schedule

10:00 a.m. #7 Public Hearing: Abatement Request

  • Abatement Resolution

10:30 a.m. #8 Public Hearing: Amendment to Lodging Tax Ordinance  

  • Ordinance Resolution

11:00 a.m. #9 Land and Water Planning 

  • FY2021 State of MN Board of Water & Soil Resources MPCS SSTS Program Grant Agreement

11:10 a.m. #10 Maintenance

  • Cold Storage Building

11:15 a.m. #11 County Highway/Landfill 

  • Highway
    • Approval of Crushing Bids
    • Setup a date for Railroad Crossing by Pitt Church
    • Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire Maintenance Supervisor
    • Final of SAP 039-030-003
  • Drainage Authority
    • JD 26 Update
    • Permission for riprap installation on Judicial Ditch 20
  • Landfill
    • MPCA Update

11:30 a.m.  #12 City of Baudette

  • Tourism Joint Powers Agreement


12:00 p.m.  #13 Budget Work Session


Old/New Business

  • Lessard–Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Land Trade
  • Township Road Inventory
  • CR 33
  • Home Health Care Task Force
  • Proposed Law Enforcement Center

October 13, 2020

Commissioner Proceedings

October 13, 2020

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Jon Waibel 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, Ed Arnesen and Jon Waibel. Also present was: County 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 with the following additions: Stipend Review and County Board Meetings, Agendas and Locations. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized amended minutes of September 8, 2020.

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of September 22, 2020.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $21,223.09 Commissioners Warrant’s $4,251.84, Commissioners Warrant’s $15,550.19.


Approval of MN DHS County Grant Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the Minnesota Department of Human Services County Grant Contract with a total grant award of $101,470 and for Lake of the Woods County Social Service Director, Amy Ballard and Lake of the Woods County Attorney, James Austad to sign the same.

COUNTY ASSESOR, MARY JO OTTEN

Reappointment

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

A RESOLUTION APPOINTMENT OF COUNTY ASSESSOR

Resolution No. 2020-10-01

WHEREAS, the County Assessor position is appointed and/or reappointed every four (4) years pursuant MN Statute 273.061, Subd 2; 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners does hereby approve the reappointment of Mary Jo Otten for the term of January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2024;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners recommends that the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue (DOR) confirm this reappointment. 

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

Mary Jo Otten, County Assessor, will be required to take an oath of office before January 1, 2021.

LAKE OF THE WOODS COALITION, TAMMIE DOEBLER

Grant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the acceptance of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This is a four-year grant running October 2020 to September 29th, 2024 for $292,554 each year.

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 $66,271.45; Road & Bridge $51,313.08; County Development $920; Joint Ditch $4,949; Solid Waste $28,860.89, EDA $44.56.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/13/2020 For Payment 10/16/2020

Vendor Name Amount

BAYCOM, INC. 25,542.00

Cdw Government, Inc 2,718.03

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 3,420.10

Counties Providing Technology 3,751.00

First State Tire Recycling 3,595.33

Howard’s Oil Company 3,292.89

LaValla Electric DBA/Ned 2,300.20

LOW Highway Dept 7,909.00

Mar-Kit Landfill 14,718.50

R & Q Trucking, Inc 2,575.00

SeaChange Print Innovations 3,530.74

Titan Machinery – Roseau 3,482.49

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc 2,640.00

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc 3,028.33

Woody’s Service 3,095.82

Ziegler, Inc 28,420.00

77 Payments less than 2000     38,339.55

                                    Final Total: 152,358.98

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: September 23, 2020 for $371,556.35, September 23, 2020 for $140.15, September 30, 2020 for $287,993.22, October 7, 2020 for $289,567.88, October 9, 2020 for ($140.15), October 9, 2020 for ($16.05), October 9, 2020 for $220,255.69.

Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously for Lake of the Woods Auditor/Treasurer to advertise, interview and hire for the position of Deputy Auditor/Treasurer – License Clerk-Board Administration, Grade 10, Step 1, $20.33 per hour, pts 253.

Appoint Election Judges

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following election judges for the General (November 3, 2020) Election, effective October 1, 2020, and appoint them to the UOCAVA and Absentee Ballot Boards:  Gretchen Geer, Kris Geer and Anna Sanchez.

Tobacco License

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the tobacco license application to sell cigarettes at retail for Dick’s Headshop in the City of Williams.

Operational Enhancement Grant Program

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

RESOLUTION OF LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY

Operational Enhancement Grant Program

Resolution No 20-10-02

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 2019, 1st Special Session, Chapter 10, 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 13th day of October, 2020.

Williams Potato Day Donation Request

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to contribute $500 to the Potato Day Committee from the Revenue Fund.

Flu Vaccine Clinic for County Employees
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof 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.  Seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Permission to Hire Custodian II

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to hire Shane Shaw to the position of Custodian II at grade 7, step 6, $18.11 hourly.

Approval of Public Information Request Fee Schedule

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the Public Information Request Fee Schedule as presented.

Stipend Review

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve a $500 stipend for Sandy Peterson and Tami Maurer for the month of October 2020, the stipend will continue to be reviewed monthly.

PUBLIC HEARING: ABATEMENT REQUEST

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the public hearing at 10:00 a.m.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the public hearing and open the regular meeting at 10:25 a.m.

Abatement Resolution

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

RESOLUTION APPROVING PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS 

Resolution Number 20-10-03

BE IT RESOLVED by the County of Lake of the Woods of Baudette, Minnesota, as follows:

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County proposes to provide assistance to Linder-Hagen Grocers, Inc. (the Developer) with development cost located within the City (the project) within the County of Lake of the Woods. The County proposes to use the abatement for the purpose provided for in the Abatement Law (as hereinafter defined), including the Project. The proposed term of the abatement will be for up to five (5) years in an amount not to exceed $42,175. The abatement will apply to the County share of the property taxes (the “Abatement) derived from the property described the following property identification number: 60-5007-080 (the “Property”); and

WHEREAS, on the date hereof, the County Board held a public hearing on the question of the Abatement and said hearing was preceded by at least 10 days but not more than 30 days prior published notice thereof; and

WHEREAS, the Abatement is authorized under Minnesota Statutes, Sections 469.1812 through 469.1815, as amended (the “Abatement Law”).

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

  1. Findings for the Abatement. The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby make the following findings:
  1. The Board expects the benefits to the County of the Abatement to at least equal or exceed the cost to the County thereof. 
  2. Granting the Abatement is in the public interest because it will
  1. Increase or preserve the tax base in the County; and
  2. Provide employment opportunities in the political subdivision.
  1. The Property is not and will not be located in a tax increment financing district during the       Abatement period.
  2. In any year, the total amount of property taxes abated by the County by this and other abatement resolutions, if any, shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of net tax capacity of the County for the taxes payable year to which the abatement applies or $200,000, whichever is greater (the “Abatement Limit”). The County may grant other abatements permitted under the Abatement Law after the date of this resolution,  provided that to the extent the total abatements in any year exceed the Abatement Limit the allocation of the Abatement limit to such other abatements is subordinate to the Abatement granted by this resolution.
  1. Terms of Abatement.  The Abatement is hereby approved. The terms of the Abatement are as follows:
  1. The Abatement shall be for up to a five (5) year period and shall apply to the taxes payable in the years 2023 through 2027, inclusive.
  2. The County will abate the County share of property tax amount which the County receives from the Property, cumulatively not to exceed $42,175.
  3. The Abatement shall be subject to all the terms and limitations of the Abatement Law.
  4. In accordance with Section 469.1813 of the Act, the County will add to its levy in each year during the term of the Abatement the total estimated amount of current year Abatement granted under the Resolution. 
  5. In order to be entitled to the Abatement, the Developer shall not be in default within the County of any of its payment obligations respecting any taxes, assessments, utility charges or other governmental impositions.
  6. All terms will be subject to approval of a contract for private development between the County and the Developer. 

This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon passage and without publication.

Passed this 13th day of October, 2020 by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners. 

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

PUBLIC HEARING: AMENDMENT TO LODGING TAX ORDINANCE

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the public hearing at 10:30 a.m.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the public hearing and open the regular meeting at 10:55 a.m.

Ordinance Resolution

The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously.

Lake of the Woods Lodging Tax Collection

Transfer to State of Minnesota Department of Revenue

RESOLUTION NO. 20-10-04

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County is authorized to impose a local lodging tax, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 469.190, and

WHEREAS, such a tax was imposed in certain areas in Lake of the Woods County by Resolution Number 89-04-01, amended by Resolution Number 06-03-03 pursuant to said statute, and

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County will transfer the collection of Lodging Tax to the State of Minnesota Department of Revenue effective January 1, 2021 and

WHEREAS, State sales and use tax laws and rules means those provisions of the state revenue laws applicable to state sales and use tax imposition, administration, collection, and enforcement including Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 270C, 289A, 297A, 469A and Minnesota Rules, chapter 8130, as amended from time to time; and

WHEREAS, All the revenues, interest, and penalties collected by the State of Minnesota Department of Revenue, less administration fees, will be remitted to the County and credited to the Lake of the Woods Tourism fund;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ordinance Imposing a Tax on Lodging and Repealing in its Entirety Ordinance No 06-03-03, be designated by Ordinance Number 20-10-04.

COUNTY OF LAKE OF THE WOODS, MINNESOTA

Ordinance No. 10-13-04

AN ORDINANCE IMPOSING A TAX ON LODGING 

AND REPEALING IN ITS ENTIRETY 

ORDINANCE NO. 06-03-03

The Board of Commissioners of the County of Lake of the Woods, ordains: 

Section. 1. Authority and purpose. 

Subd. 1. Authority. The County of Lake of the Woods is authorized to impose a tax of up to three percent (3%) on gross receipts subject to the lodging tax under Minnesota Statutes section 469.190.   

Subd. 2. Purpose. The purpose of this Ordinance is to raise revenue to fund a local tourism bureau for the purpose of marketing and promoting the County of Lake of the Woods as a tourist center.

Section 2. Definitions.  The following words, terms, and phrases have the meanings given them in this Ordinance unless the language or context clearly indicates a different meaning is intended.  Minnesota Statutes section 270C.171 is incorporated for definitions in this Ordinance. In any potential conflict between the statute and this Ordinance, the statute shall take precedence. 

Subd. 1. Commissioner.  “Commissioner” means the commissioner of revenue of the state of Minnesota or a person to whom the commissioner has delegated functions.

Subd. 2. County.  “County” means the County of Lake of the Woods, Minnesota.

Subd 3. Lodging and related services.  “Lodging and related services” means lodging and related services by a hotel, rooming house, resort, campground, vacation rental, motel, or trailer camp, including furnishing the guest of the facility with access to telecommunication services, and the granting of any similar license to use real property in a specific facility, other than the renting or leasing of it for a continuous period of 30 days or more under an enforceable written agreement that may not be terminated without prior notice, and including accommodations intermediary services provided in connection with other services provided under this subdivision.

Subd. 3a. Accommodations intermediary. “Accommodations intermediary” means any person or entity, other than an accommodations provider, that facilitates the sale of lodging and related services as defined in subdivision 3, and that charges a room charge to a customer.  The term “facilitates the sale” includes brokering, coordinating, or in any way arranging for the purchase of or the right to use accommodations by a customer.  The term “room charge” means the total sales price paid by the customer for the lodging and related services.

Subd. 3b. Accommodations provider. “Accommodations provider” means any person or entity that furnishes lodging and related services, as defined in subdivision 3, to the general public for compensation.  The term “furnishes” includes the sale of use or possession, or the sale of the right to use or possess.

Subd. 4. State sales and use tax laws and rules.  “State sales and use tax laws and rules” means those provisions of the state revenue laws applicable to state sales and use tax imposition, administration, collection, and enforcement, including Minnesota Statutes, chapters 270C, 289A, 297A, 469A, and Minnesota Rules, chapter 8130, as amended from time to time.

Section. 3.  Local lodging tax imposed; amount of tax; coordination with state sales and use tax laws and rules.  A local lodging tax is imposed in the amount of three percent (3%) on the gross receipts from sales of lodging and related services, as defined in section 2, subdivision 3 of this Ordinance, sourced within County limits which are taxable under the state sales and use tax laws and rules.  All of the provisions of the state sales and use tax laws and rules apply to the local lodging tax imposed by this Ordinance.  The local lodging tax imposed by this Ordinance shall be collected and remitted to the Commissioner by the accommodations intermediary and the accommodations provider on any sale when the state sales tax must be collected and remitted to the Commissioner under the state sales and use tax laws and rules and in the same manner, and is in addition to the state sales and use tax.  

Section 4. Advertising no tax.  It shall be unlawful for any accommodations intermediary or accommodations provider to advertise or hold out or state to the public or any customer, directly or indirectly, that the tax or any part thereof will be assumed or absorbed by the accommodations intermediary or accommodations provider, or that it will not be added to the rent or that, if added, it or any part thereof will be refunded. 

Section 5. Use of proceeds.  

Subd. 1. All of the revenues, interest, and penalties derived from the lodging tax imposed by this Ordinance collected by the Commissioner and remitted to the County shall be deposited by the County Auditor in the County treasury and shall be credited to the fund established to pay the costs of collecting the lodging tax imposed by this Ordinance and to fund a new or contract with a Lake of the Woods County Event and Visitors Bureau.

Subd. 2. In accordance with Minnesota Statutes section 469.190, subdivision 3, After the amount charged by the State for collection of the tax, ninety-five percent (95%) of the gross proceeds, derived from the lodging tax imposed by this Ordinance collected by the Commissioner and remitted to the County shall be deposited by the County Auditor in the County treasury and shall be credited to the fund established to pay the costs of collecting the lodging tax imposed by this Ordinance and to fund  a local tourism bureau for the purpose of marketing and promoting the County as a tourist center.

Section 6.  Agreement with the Commissioner.  The County may enter into an agreement with the Commissioner regarding each party’s respective roles and responsibilities related to the imposition, administration, collection, enforcement, and termination of the lodging tax imposed by this Ordinance.  Any such agreement shall not abrogate, alter, or otherwise conflict with the state sales and use tax laws and rules, this Ordinance, or Minnesota Statutes section 469.190.

Section 7. Repealer.  Ordinance No. 06-03-03 of the County of Lake of the Woods duly enacted on the 14th of March, 2006 and published on April 4, 2006, is hereby repealed in its entirety and is of no further force and effect.

Section 8. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall take effect on the first day of publication after adoption and the tax imposed hereunder shall commence on 1st day of January, 2021.

Adopted this 13th day of October, 2020. Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners

________________________________ 

Jon Waibel, County Board Chair

Attest:___________________________ 

Lorene G Hanson, County Auditor/Treasurer

ORDINANCE APPROVED ON A RESOLUTION AT THE OCTOBER 13, 2020, REGULAR BOARD MEETING

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

FY2021 State of MN Board of Water & Soil Resources MPCS SSTS Program Grant Agreement

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize Chair, Jon Waibel, to sign the FY2021 State of MN Board of Water & Soil Resources MPCS SSTS Program Grant Agreement with a total grant award of $58,600 and for Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund, to be the Authorized Representative for the FY2021 State of MN Board of Water & Soil Resources MPCS SSTS Program Grant Agreement.

MAINTENANCE

Cold Storage Building

It was the consensus of the Board to repair damages on the cold storage building at a cost of $1,120.

COUNTY HIGHWAY/LANDFILL

Highway 

Approval of Crushing Bids

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to award the bid for crushing 12,300 cubic yards of gravel to John Pirkl, with a bid of $38,988, $3.17 per cubic yard, and project completion by July 31, 2021.

Setup a date for Railroad Crossing by Pitt Church

Public hearing date set for December 15th, 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room.

Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire Maintenance Supervisor

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously approval to advertise, interview and hire for the position of Maintenance Supervisor at grade 15, step 1, pts 347, $25.42 per hour.

Final of SAP 039-030-003

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the final payment for SAP 039-030-003 for Asphalt Surface Technologies Corporation of St. Cloud, MN in the total amount of $426,456.87 and hereby authorize final payment of $21,322.84.

Amend Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to add Land Pride Mower Replacement to the agenda.

Land Pride Mower Replacement

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve trading in the Land Pride Mower at a trade-in value of $8,500 and purchasing a brush hog at a cost of $20,889, total cost after trade-in of $12,389.

Landfill 

MPCA Update

County Engineer, AJ Pirkl, provided an update regarding his meeting with the MPCA.

Drainage Authority

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the ditch authority meeting at 11:10 a.m.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the ditch authority meeting and open the regular meeting at 11:15 a.m.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to send a letter to MnDOT regarding Judicial Ditch 20 along Highway 72.

COUNTY BOARD MEETINGS, AGENDAS AND LOCATIONS

It was the consensus for the Board that future joint meetings be held at the Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room with a formal agenda.

CITY OF BAUDETTE

Tourism Joint Powers Agreement

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to form a Tourism Joint Powers Agreement Committee, with two representatives from the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners, two representatives from the City of Baudette Council and two representatives from the Lake of the Woods Tourism Board, of which, one would be appointed by the County and one by the City.  Commissioners Ed Arnesen and Cody Hasbargen will represent the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners on the Tourism Joint Powers Agreement Committee and have appointed Gregg Hennum to represent the Lake of the Woods Tourism Board.

BUDGET WORK SESSION

The budget work session was rescheduled for after the Road Tour on October 15, 2020.

RECESS

With no further business before the Board, Chairman Jon Waibel called the meeting to recess at 12:00 p.m. 

Attest: October 27, 2020

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chairman Jon Waibel

October, 2019

Commissioner Proceedings

October 8, 2019

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Cody Hasbargen called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Joe Grund, Jon Waibel, Buck Nordlof.  Commissioner Ed Arnesen joined the meeting at 9:30 a.m. Also, present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Jaime Boretski-LaValla and Woody Fiala.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: add Human Resources – Training Program and remove Con Con Funds.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of September 24, 2019.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard, presented the social services claims for approval. Ballard explained the claim for the Lake of the Woods Women of Today.  The Lake of the Woods Women of Today will be coordinating Santa Anonymous and the claim is for the Santa Anonymous funds.  The Santa Anonymous fund in Social Services can be closed.

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $12,297.28, Commissioners Warrant’s $3,166.88, Commissioners Warrant’s $9,179.08.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the closure of the Santa Anonymous fund in Social Services.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, met with the board requesting approval of claims, OPEB Agreement, Health Insurance Rates, Motor Vehicle Credit Card/Point of Sale, Tobacco License and approval to appoint a member to the Extension Committee.

Claims  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $168,950.18, Road & Bridge $82,462.72, County Development $15,915.86, Solid Waste $33,550.35 and EDA $44.56.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/08/2019 For Payment 10/11/2019

Vendor Name                                        Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                       4,505.23

Counties Providing Technology                                  3,733.12

Four Mile Bay Hunting Club                                         4,000.00

Freeberg & Grund, Inc                                                7,590.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                               3,812.35

Interstate Engineering Inc                                         48,107.94

Johnson Auto & Machine                                            2,949.35

Klein McCarthy & Co, Ltd, Architects                     123,308.51

Koochiching County Sheriff                                      11,820.00

LOW Highway Dept                                                    5,668.54

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                          17,077.75

Northwest Community Action, Inc                            10,000.00

Northwest Tire Inc                                                      2,651.97

Nw Angle Edgeriders                                                 4,000.00

Powerplan                                                                  3,207.52

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                     4,120.00

Rupp,Anderson,Squires,& Waldspurger,P.A.            2,600.00

Strata Corp, Inc                                                           4,215.80

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc                                        2,640.00

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc                                  4,425.00

Woody’s Service                                                        2,551.61

79 Payments less than $2,000                                  27,938.98

                   Final Total: 300,923.67

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: September 25, 2019 for $17,207.38, September 26, 2019 for $90.00, October 2, 2019 for $1,274,833.18, October 2, 2019 for $367,335.69.


OPEB Agreement

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, met with the board to request approval of an agreement for consulting services, dated 10/8/2019 by Hildi Inc. Actuaries and Consultants.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agreement dated 10/8/2019 for consulting services with Hildi Inc. Actuaries and Consultants for the fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for GASB 75 and GASB 16.

Health Insurance Rates

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, met with the board to request approval of health insurance for the year 2020.  Depending on the plan, health insurance rates will increase 4.2-6.6%.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to set the 2020 county contribution for family health insurance up to $1,235 per month and single health insurance up to $885 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.  

MV Credit Card Point of Sale

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, met with the board to request approval to contract with Elavon, which is the vendor recommended by the State of MN for the credit card processing of motor vehicle and driver licensing transactions.  It was also requested that $4,000 be added to the motor vehicle deputy registrar 075 account to allow for credit card processing time.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve contracting with Elavon, which is the vendor recommended by the State of MN, for motor vehicle and driver licensing credit card transactions.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the sum of $4,000 to be added to the motor vehicle deputy registrar 075 account to allow for credit card processing time.

Tobacco License

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, presented a tobacco license application to sell cigarettes at retail for Dick’s Headshop in the City of Williams.   

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the tobacco license application to sell cigarettes at retail for Dick’s Headshop in the City of Williams.

Extension Committee

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, met with the board to request approval to appoint Jean Schotl to the Extension Committee.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the appointment of Jean Schotl to the Extension Committee.

Passports

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, met with the board to request approval for the County to continue to reimburse employees, who are required to go to the Northwest Angle for their jobs, for the cost of their Passport Cards.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve reimbursement to employees for Passport Cards, if they are required to travel to the Northwest Angle for their job.

Human resources

Training Program

Human Resources Director, Savanna Slick, met with the board to request approval to purchase an employee training program with Convene.  The training program includes 12 webinars and two in-person trainings at the cost of $999 for one year.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of an employee training program with Convene at the cost of $999 for one year.

HIGHWAY
County Engineer, Anthony (AJ) Pirkl, met with the board to provide an update on current projects.

Update

County Engineer, AJ Pirkl, updated the board on current projects.  Paving is complete on Co Rd 3 and Co Rd 6; shouldering should be finished on these roads today and striping will happen next week. Due to rain, Bur Oak Rd will not be paved until next year (Spring).  Paving for next year will include 1st Ave SW (by the Baudette Post Office). Pirkl did visit and evaluate the flooding issues at the Grove Property.   Pirkl plans to visit and evaluate a possible culvert issue on Co Rd 2 and will update the board again in two weeks.

Wheeler’s Point Sewer District

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve partial payment #10 to Wheeler’s Point Sewer District in the amount of $89,748.40.

JOINT DITCH MEETING

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, informed the board that there will be a Joint Ditch Meeting with Roseau on October 24, 2019 to discuss Joint Ditches 22 & 62.  This meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Rock Harbor Lodge.

SOLID WASTE

Solid Waste Director, Ted Furbish, shared information with the board on his visit to Rotochopper headquarters, located in St. Martin, MN.  Rotochopper Inc. manufactures recycling equipment, including a horizontal grinder. Furbish shared information about the cost, financing and trade-in options for purchasing a grinder.  The county board asked Furbish to review the information with the County Engineer and to get quotes from other manufacturers for comparison.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund, met with the board regarding conditional use permits and a zoning change request.

Conditional Use Permit for Edward and Donna Fish

Edward and Donna Fish are requesting a Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 401-B of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to operatea commercial business consisting of a short-term vacation rental in a Residential District (R1). No comments were heard from the public. Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund, reviewed the Findings of Fact with the board and informed the board that the Planning Commission recommended approval with conditions. The specific conditions of approval are as follows: subject to local lodging tax and subject to Department of Health regulations.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the Conditional Use Permit, with conditions as noted in the Findings of Fact, for Edward and Donna Fish to operatea commercial business consisting of a short-term vacation rental in a Residential District (R1):  

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Edward and Donna Fish                                                              Date:  October 8, 2019

Location/Legal Description:  Lot 24, Block 1, Luke Estates, Section Twenty-four (24), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-two (32) – Parcel ID# 19.58.01.240.

Project Proposal:  A Conditional Use Permit, as required by Section 401-B of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to allow the applicant to operate a commercial business consisting of transient short-term rental of an existing structure in a Residential District (R1).

  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?  Allow rental in resort area.

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

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

Why or why not?  _____________________________________________________

3. 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? ______________________________________________________

4. 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? ______________________________________________________

5. 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? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? Existing county roads.

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

Why or why not? Resort and cabin area.

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

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? To be hooked up to Sanitary District.         

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not? See #10.  

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

Why or why not? _____________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________   

17. 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? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not?  Parking adequate on site.

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:  Subject to local lodging tax. Subject to Department of Health regulations.

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

                                                                                    _____________________________________

                                                                                                            Cody Hasbargen

                                                                                                        Chair, County Board

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


Conditional Use Permit for Craig Haukaas

Craig Haukaas is requesting a Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 902 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to cumulatively move more than fifty (50) cubic yards of material within the shoreland area of Wabanica Creek. Wabanica Creek is a tributary river segment.  Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund, reviewed the Findings of Fact with the board and informed the board that the Planning Commission recommended approval. No comments were heard from the public.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the Conditional Use Permit for Craig Haukaas to cumulatively move more than fifty (50) cubic yards of material within the shoreland area of Wabanica Creek:

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Craig Haukaas                                                                                  Date:  October 8, 2019

Location/Legal Description:  Lot 8, Block 1, Wabanica Woods Subdivision, Section Seven (7), Township One Hundred Sixty-one (161) North, Range Thirty-one (31) – Parcel ID# 24.62.01.080.

Project Proposal:  A Conditional Use Permit, as required by Section 902 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to cumulatively move more than fifty (50) cubic yards of material within the shoreland area of Wabanica Creek.

  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?  Residential building.

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

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

Why or why not?  _____________________________________________________

3. 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? ______________________________________________________

4. 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? ______________________________________________________

5. 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? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? Existing county road.

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

Why or why not? Residential.

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

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

Why or why not? Existing lot and road.

10. 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? ______________________________________________________   

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________   

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

Why or why not? _____________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________   

16. If signage is associated with the project proposal, has the applicant demonstrated the need for the number and size requested, and minimized the visual appearance as viewed from adjacent properties to the extent possible?      

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

                                                                                                            YES (  )  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:  __________________________________

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

            October 8, 2019                                              _____________________________________

                     Date                                                                                Cody Hasbargen

                                                                                                        Chair, County Board

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


Zone Change Request for Scott Wold
At the request of Scott Wold, Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund, asked for this item to be postponed until the next board meeting.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve postponing the zone change request for Scott Wold until the next board meeting.

RECESS
The meeting was called to recess at 11:02 a.m. and reconvened at 11:21 a.m. as follows.

LOUIS TAYLOR

Louis Taylor met with the board and presented a proposal to build a structure on his property.  The county board requested that Taylor work with the Land and Water Planning Office on the variance and land use permit applications.

CORRESPONDENCE

The county board reviewed correspondence from Lake of the Woods Senior Boating.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Cody Hasbargen called the meeting to recess at 11:34 a.m.

Attest:                                                                                      October 8, 2019

__________________________________                            _________________________________County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                                Chairman, Cody Hasbargen

=========================================================================================================================================================================

Commissioner Proceedings

October 22, 2019

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Cody Hasbargen called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present, Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Joe Grund, Jon Waibel, and Ed Arnesen.  Commissioner Buck Nordlof joined the meeting at 9:08 a.m. Also, present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Attorney Jim Austad, Jaime Boretski-LaValla and Woody Fiala.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

It was noted that the location and time of the joint ditches meeting scheduled for October 24th has changed, it will be held at the Nite Hawk at 5:30 p.m.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of October 8, 2019.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard, presented the social services claims and the MFIP Biennial Service Agreement for approval.

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $9,743.09, Commissioners Warrant’s $3,562.50, Commissioners Warrant’s $19,974.48.

MFIP Biennial Service Agreement

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the MFIP Biennial Service Agreement.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, met with the board requesting approval of claims, employee cell phone stipend and forfeited land assessment, sale terms and resolution.

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $34,002.29, Road & Bridge $111,522.53, County Development $200.00, Solid Waste $1,326.45 and EDA $1,623.07.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/22/2019 For Payment 10/25/2019

Vendor Name                                        Amount

Bowman Construction Co. Inc                                  80,000.00             

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                       4,804.88

Compass Minerals America                                        5,006.57

Freeberg & Grund, Inc                                              12,400.00

Johnson Auto & Machine                                            3,263.27

Outdoors Again                                                          2,907.81

Royal Tire Inc                                                              5,110.50

Titan Energy Systems, Inc                                          2,783.88

TOTALFUNDS                                                             3,000.00

University Of Mn                                                         9,222.51

50 Payments less than 2000                                     20,174.92

                    Final Total: 148,674.34

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: October 9, 2019 for $194,172.26 and October 16, 2019 for $32,690.22

Cell Phone Stipend

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve a County Smart Phone stipend for Eric Solo, in the amount of sixty dollars ($60.00) per month.

Tax Forfeited Land Assessment

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following minimum sale bids for the tax forfeited land listing:

Parcel                                                           Pre & Post Forf.        Total Delinq.             Estimated          Minimum

Legal Description                                            Spec.Asmts             Amount Due           Market Value       Sale Bid      

17-0744-040  W½NW¼ of SE¼SE¼               $489.00                 $3,114.20               $36,200               $3,200

Sec 7, Twp 162, Rg 34

19-2614-011  S½S½N½SE¼NE¼                        $0                     $1,573.15               $10,000               $1,600

Sec 26, Twp 162, Rg 32

21-1233-030  Part of SW¼SW¼                      $350.00                 $4,065.16               $15,600               $4,100

Sec 12, Twp 161, Rg 34

21-1312-040, 21-1312-041, and                        $658.00                $2,171.59                 $7,700               $2,000

21-1321-010  Part of NW¼NE¼ and

part of NE¼NW¼ Sec 13, Twp 161, Rg 34

22-1732-000  Part of NW¼SW¼                      $684.47                 $4,679.97               $34,500               $5,000

Sec 17, Twp 161, Rg 33

23-2533-020  S½N½SW¼SW¼                           $0                        $945.77               $12,800               $1,000

Sec 25, Twp 161, Rg 32

30-3111-000  NE¼NE¼                                     $48.00                 $1,831.03               $22,800               $2,000

Sec 31, Twp 160, Rg 31

61-5054-060  Lots 6-9, Blk 54                               $0                          $25.74                    $100                    $50

Plat in Spooner

61-5501-090  Lot 9, Blk 1                                      $0                        $594.13                 $7,700                  $600

First Addition to East Beaudette

62-5301-010  Lot 1, Blk 1                                 $6,285.83              $9,451.25                 $4,700               $4,000

First Addition to Williams

62-5302-030  Lot 3 & S33’ Lot 2, Blk 2          $5,398.00               $9,005.72                 $9,000               $4,000

First Addition to Williams

62-5403-030  Lots 3 & 4, Blk 3                         $5,984.00            $10,876.89               $11,000               $4,000

Second Addition to Williams

62-5404-040  Lots 4-9, Blk 4                            $7,677.41            $13,620.16               $13,500               $4,000

Second Addition to Williams

(Legal descriptions are summarized. Full legal descriptions can be provided by the Auditor’s Office)

Tax Forfeited Land Terms for Sale
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the terms of sale for the tax forfeited land as follows:

TERMS FOR THE PUBLIC SALE OF TAX FORFEITED LAND
IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY

PUBLIC SALES: All tax forfeited land is offered at public auction and sold to the highest bidder. The minimum bid acceptable is the basic sale price that is shown on the list of tax forfeited land. The basic sale price is equal to or lesser than the assessed/appraised value and may include additional charges for unpaid special assessments or timber values as appraised by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

PARCELS NOT SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION: Parcels not sold at a public sale may be purchased after the public sale by paying the basic sale price of the parcel.  The basic sale price cannot be changed unless the parcel is re-appraised, republished, and again offered at a later public sale.

FEES: The following fees will be collected at the time of sale: State Assurance Surcharge, 3%; State Deed Fee, $25.00; Deed filing fee, $25.00; Deed Recording Fee, $46.00; Well Disclosure Certificate, $50.00 (if applicable); and State Deed Tax, equal to the greater of $1.65 or 0.33% of the basic sale price.

PAYMENT TERMS: CASH—FULL PAYMENT AT TIME OF SALE.

Payment includes timber value and certified special assessments to county.

SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS: Any special assessments certified to the county, prior to or after forfeiture, are included and must be paid by the purchaser as part of the basic sale price. It is the responsibility of the prospective buyer to contact the appropriate city to determine any special assessments not certified to the county and that may be subject to further assessment thereof.

CONDITIONS: Sales are subject to the following restrictions on the use of the properties: existing leases, building codes and zoning laws, and easements obtained by any government subdivision or agency thereof for a public purpose. The assessed/appraised value does not represent a basis for future taxes.

All property is sold “as is” and may not conform to current local building and zoning ordinances. Lake of the Woods County makes no warranty that the land is “buildable”. All sales are final, and no refunds or exchanges are permitted. Lake of the Woods County is not responsible for location or determining property lines or boundaries.  Access to the property is the responsibility of the buyer.

*Lake of the Woods County is unaware of any known hazardous substances or petroleum products having been placed, stored, or released from or on the real property by any person in violation of any law, nor of any underground storage tanks having been located on the real property at any time.

Lead Warning Statement: Every purchaser of any interest in residential real property on which residential dwelling was built prior to 1978 is notified that such property may present exposure to lead from lead-based paint that may place young children at risk of developing lead poisoning. Lead poisoning in young children may produce permanent neurological damage, including learning disabilities, reduced intelligence quotient, behavioral problems, and impaired memory. Lead poisoning also poses a particular risk to pregnant women.

*Lake of the Woods County is unaware of any known hazards or risk assessments on or available for applicable sale properties.

Radon Warning Statement: The MN Dept. of Health strongly recommends that ALL homebuyers have an indoor radon test performed prior to purchase or taking occupancy and recommends having the radon levels mitigated if elevated concentrations are found. Elevated radon concentrations can easily be reduced by a qualified, certified, or licensed, if applicable, radon mitigator. Every buyer of an interest in residential real property is notified that the property may present exposure to dangerous levels of indoor radon gas that may place the occupants at risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer. Radon, a Class A human carcinogen, is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause overall. The seller of any interest in residential real property is required to provide the buyer with any information on radon test results of the dwelling.

*Lake of the Woods County is unaware of any radon testing, records, concentration levels, or mitigation systems on or available for applicable sale properties.

TITLE: PROOF OF OWNERSHIP: The buyer will receive a receipt at the time of the sale. The Department of Revenue will issue a State quitclaim deed after full payment is made. A State deed has the characteristics of a patent from the State of Minnesota.

SETTLEMENT IS FINAL: No warranties as to physical condition of the property have been made by Seller, its Employees or Agents; any warranties of physical condition of the property are void. The Seller, its Employees or Agents, have no further responsibility or liability with respect to the condition or management of the property.

FOR ALL LAND NOT IN A PLATTED SUBDIVISION: There are restrictive covenants required for marginal lands and wetlands including lands in Auditor’s Subdivisions (see Minnesota Statutes Section 103F.535, Subd. 2; and Section 282.018, Subd. 2.)

FORMER OWNERS: Must pay the purchase price or the amount of delinquency, whichever is more, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 282.01, Subd. 7; Section 282.012; and Section 282.241.

IN ORDER TO PROTECT YOUR LEGAL INTERESTS, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT
WITH YOUR ATTORNEY ON LEGAL MATTERS.

Tax Forfeited Land Sale Resolution

Motion

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously.

TAX FORFEITED LAND SALE

RESOLUTION NO. 19-10-01

WHEREAS; the County Board of Commissioners of the County of Lake of the Woods, State of Minnesota, desires to offer for sale certain parcels of land that have forfeited to the State of Minnesota for non-payment of taxes, and

WHEREAS; said parcels of land have been viewed by the County Board of Commissioners and have been classified as non-conservation lands as provided for in Minnesota Statutes 282.01.

WHEREAS; that the basic sale price of each parcel on the List of Tax-Forfeited Land has been set by the County Board of Commissioners and are on file with the County Auditor/Treasurer;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED; that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby certify that the parcels of tax-forfeited land listed on the List of Tax-Forfeited Land be approved and the authorization for a public sale of this land be granted, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 282.01;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED; that the sale of said Tax-Forfeited Land will be held in the Lake of the Woods County Commissioners Room, at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019, by the Lake of the Woods County Auditor/Treasurer; for not less than the basic sale price and that all sales shall be in full payment at the time of the sale.

HIGHWAY
County Engineer, Anthony (A.J.) Pirkl, met with the board to provide an update on current projects.

Update

County Engineer, A.J. Pirkl, updated the board on current projects.  A problem culvert on Co Rd 2 was cleaned.  Pirkl will be meeting with Ross Eberle from Interstate Engineering to finalize the Co Rd 3 and Co Rd 6 project.  Road construction signs on Co Rd 3 and Co Rd 6 will be removed soon.  Road signage options for Co Rd 3 and Co Rd 6 are still in discussion, as the project created a change in traffic flow.  Pirkl is looking into landfill grants and will be attending a webinar to learn more on November 6, 2019.   A response was sent to the MPCA, last Friday, regarding water testing results at the landfill. Pirkl will be talking with the MPCA to clarify those results. Aggregate rock stock piles are being surveyed and they are looking for a source in the southern part of the county.  Commissioner Arnesen asked if Pirkl could calculate the typical cost per mile to haul gravel.

TOURISM BUREAU

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau Director, Joe Henry, informed the board of the activities that the Tourism Bureau has been a part of this past year, including: Walleye Wars with Devils Lake, the Pay It Forward Veterans Fishing Trip, Sport Shows and the World Ploughing Competition. Commissioner Ed Arnesen mentioned the importance of tourism to our local economy. 

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund, met with the board regarding a zoning change request.


Zone Change Request for Scott Wold
Scott Wold met with the board regarding a zone change request for his property.  Wold and the board had a lengthy discussion about an illegal lot split, which made the property ineligible to be grandfathered in for the requested zone change. Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund, reviewed the Findings of Fact with the board.
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof to recognize the grandfathering of the property, if it is put back to a conforming state and made whole.  At the suggestion of Commissioner Hasbargen, Commissioner Arnesen agreed to postpone the motion and allow Wold time to speak to his attorney.  The zone change request will be brought back in front of the board at a later date.

LAKE OF THE WOODS HUMANE SOCIETY

Lake of the Woods Humane Society volunteers, Kim Benike, Cassie Maurer and Dale Holte, provided an update to the County Board.  Benike talked about the recent updates to the facility, which included the replacement of the dog and cat kennels.  Benike said they are seeing a significant rise in stray animals this year and are looking to bring a low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinic to the Baudette area.  When holding animals for law enforcement, Benike requested that a liaison be assigned from law enforcement along with a potential policy to help provide direction to the LOW Humane Society volunteer staff, who are caring for the animals.  It was the consensus of the county board to set a budget work session following the next regular board meeting to discuss this and other budget items and to have the LOW Humane Society submit a sample policy to the board for consideration.

CORRESPONDENCE

The county board reviewed correspondence from Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

CLOSED SESSION

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the closed session at 1:51 p.m. Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.05, subd 3(a).  Dylan Eason- Regular Six-Month Review of New Employee.  Members present: Commissioners: Ed Arnesen, Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel and Joe Grund.  Others present were:  County Attorney James Austad, Human Resources Director Savanna Slick, County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson and MIS/Maintenance Director Peder Hovland.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 2:20 p.m.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve an extension of 6-month probation for Dylan Eason.

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION

HR Director, Savanna Slick, discussed annual Employee Recognition and it was the consensus to pay these expenses out of the Commissioners’ budget.

RECESS

Due to time constraints, the following agenda items were postponed: MIS-Beacon Update, Con Con Funds, and County Attorney-Tobacco 21 Ordinance and Event Planning Ordinance, Chairman Cody Hasbargen called the meeting to recess at 2:30 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                      October 22, 2019

__________________________________                            _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                                Chairman, Cody Hasbargen

October, 2018

Commissioner Proceedings

October 23, 2018

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday,
October 23, 2018 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call to Order

Vice-Chairman, Hasbargen 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, Jon Waibel and Ken Moorman. Absent, Edward Arnesen and Buck Nordlof.  Also, present were: County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson and Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Janet Rudd.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Snowmobile Grant-in Aid, Satisfactory of Lien, Extension travel cost.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the official minutes and summarized minutes of October 9, 2018.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman seconded by Commissioner Waibel, and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $2,946.35, Commissioners Warrants $ 17,440.11.

Chairman Arnesen resumed the position of Chairman.

COUNTY AUDITOR/TREASURER

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board for approval of Claims, Lost Warrant, 2019 Health Insurance, Snowmobile Grant-In-Aid Program, 4-H travel expense, Satisfaction of lien, and to discuss a request of purchasing land.

Claims

Motion was made by Commissioner Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the following claims against the county except for claim number 5817 in the amount of $26,687.50.

Revenue-$ 25,009.16-Road & Bridge-$37,145.30-County Devlp. -$1,550.00-Solid Waste-$43,254.16,567.43-EDA-$722.93.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/23/2018 For Payment 10/26/2018

Vendor Name                                                    Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                              7,306.12

Compass Minerals America                                               6,882.59

Contech Engineered Solutions LLC                                 15,066.00

Cps Technology Solutions                                                 5,380.00

Gamache Custom Trucking Inc                                        26,687.50

John Deere Financial                                                         2,162.55

Lake Superior College                                                       3,450.00

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                                 13,393.00

TOTALFUNDS                                                                    4,000.00

Ziegler, Inc                                                                         3,148.28

54 Payments less than 2000  20,206.28

Final Total: 107,682.32

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following Auditor warrants: October 18, 2018–$93,160.97, October 17, 2018-$139,510.98.

Pulled Claim

Motion was made by Commissioner Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously to approve claim number 5817, in the amount of $26,687.50.

Lost Warrant

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the lost warrant for Mary Jo Otten in the amount of $152.93 without furnishing an indemnifying bond.

2019 Health Insurance

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously to set the 2019 county contribution for family health insurance up to $1,210 per month and single health insurance up to $860 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.  

STATE AID GRANT CONTRACT AGREEMENT

Motion was made by Commissioner Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to enter into the 2019 Maintenance and Grooming grants with the State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources for Grant-In-Aid Program in the amount of $187,551.03 and authorize County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson and Chairman Arnesen to sign.

Purchase of Land

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson informed the board that an individual inquired about purchasing county property or obtaining an easement from the county. The land in reference was donated to the county for public purpose only. Because of the status of the land and conditions attached to it, the county would be unable to meet any of the request submitted to the board. No board action was taken.

4-H Travel Expense

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board and informed the board that she attended the Extension meeting and they discussed possible funding for the 4-Hclub members to travel to the State Fair.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Hasbargen and carried unanimously to dedicate up to $1,200 for mileage expenses for 4-H for State Fair transportation with funding from the Con-Con funds.

Satisfaction of Repayment Agreement

Motion was made by Commissioner Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously to release the mortgage on Timothy P. Moran, mortgaged filed on the 10th day of June, 2013 and authorize Chairman Arnesen to sign.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund and Corryn Trask met with the board and presented a proposal for engineering services for the Bostic Creek watershed. This includes completing the design, plans and specification for the restoration of the channel that includes a range of Judicial Ditch 28 (Bostic Creek) in Lake of the Woods County T162N R32, Section 31 and 32: T161N R32, Section 6 and 7) and also a county road ditch.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Hasbargen and carried unanimously to enter into a contract with Engineering Design Services for the Bostic Creek Restoration project for services not to exceed $30,000 with funding from the Clean Water grant

COUNTY SHERIFF

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting approval of I/Mobile, 2017 Stonegarden Grant, Resolution for County Sheriff to work Stonegarden Grant and approval of Operation Plan for Department of Defense.

Resolution

RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT WITH THE

 STATE OF MINNESOTA

 FOR I/MOBILE SYSTEM

Resolution No. 18-10- 03

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Sheriff Gary Fish has met with Lake of the Woods County Board to discuss mobile data computing between the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Department and the State of Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of this agreement is for the State to provide Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Department with access to the State’s I/Mobile System; thru software purchased and installed by the county on county laptop computers mounted in the patrol vehicles; and

WHEREAS, the term of this agreement shall be from January 1, 2019 thru December 31, 2019;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts this joint power agreement and authorizes Chairman Arnesen and County Sheriff, Gary Fish to sign.

Stonegarden Grant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Hasbargen and carried unanimously to accept the 2017 Operation Stonegarden Grant Agreement number A-opsg-2017-LOTW-CO-006 in the amount of $60,000.00 and authorize Chairman Arnesen, and County Sheriff, Gary Fish to sign.

Stonegarden Sheriff Salary

Resolution

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

AMEND COUNTY SHERIFF SALARY

Resolution No. 18-10-04

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Homeland Security has asked local law enforcement agencies along our Nation’s border to step up border monitoring, pursue joint objectives, and enhance their capabilities for providing border security; and,

WHEREAS, in an effort to assist local governments in fulfilling this request, the Department of Homeland Security through the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, offered “Operation Stonegarden 2017 grant; and,

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office is a successful recipient of an

Operation Stonegarden 2017 grant; and,

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff has undertaken, as additional duties, the responsibility to avail himself and his officers for additional training, or to provide such training for his officers’ himself, for border protection and border security, and the additional duties of improving the distinct capability of the sheriffs’ office as a whole with regard to border security and border patrol as part of a joint mission; and in addition, as and for additional duties, the sheriff will necessarily devote more of his own time to border patrol and border enforcement; and,

WHEREAS, the Operation Stonegarden 2017 grant given to assist the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office in its efforts to secure the border includes the sum of $60,000.00 and $25,800.00, of this grant is for salaries.

WHEREAS, it is estimated that these additional border security duties will necessitate that the

Sheriff expend on average another eight (8) hours per week; and,

WHEREAS, through the Operation Stonegarden 2017 grant, all of the additional overtime worked by officers devoted to border security issues is fully reimbursable under the grant, including the cost of officer overtime pay, PERA, Medicare and worker’s compensation, so that the net cost of the additional homeland security duties to Lake of the Woods County is fully reimbursed by the grant.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the resolution setting the sheriff’s salary, as

originally set by this board on December 12, 2017 was $82,308.96 and fringe benefits were

$14,527.53, be amended so that the sheriff’s salary is increased by the sum up to $16,398.72 and

fringe benefits are increased up to $2,894.37 commencing January 1, 2018 through December 31,

2018, with the increase funding from the Operation Stonegarden 2017 grant contingent upon the following:

  1. That the Operation Stonegarden 2017 grant funding be available; and
  2. That the Sheriff works, in addition to his regular duties, eight (8) hours per week of said

Operation Stonegarden 2017 grant.

At such time that the Operation Stonegarden 2017 grant funding is no longer available and/or if the Sheriff is unable to complete the additional eight (8) hours per week of Operation Stonegarden 2017 grant work, the Sheriff’s salary shall return to the original balance set by the board on December 12, 2017 in addition to the accumulated Stonegarden wages earned based on Stonegarden funding available and actual hours worked.

Department of Defense

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Hasbargen and carried unanimously to enter into the State Plan of Operation with the State of Minnesota, Department of Defense and the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office for Law Enforcement Support Program and authorize County Sheriff, Gary Fish to sign.

ROAD AUTHORITY

Patricia Holte and Severin Holte met with the board to discuss the history of Co. Road 104. Public Works Director, Tim Erickson informed the board that it is still a road for there are no records showing that the road has ever been vacated. Tim advised the Holtes to file a road vacation.  

MAINTENANCE

Peder Hovland, Maintenance Supervisor met with the board to inform the board that the Rebate Form they received was incorrect for the type of lighting that the county will be installing, therefore the county rebate will be $10.00 per light, costing an additional $6,000.

Peder Hovland also informed the board that OSHA stopped by for inspection on September 19, 2018 and the County received a fine of $1,500 with a 30% discount if paid within twenty days. The consensus of the board was to pay the fine.

BORDER STATE BANK

Personal Banker, Brent Olson met with the board to introduce Border Leasing program that is available to Government Entities.

Con-Con Funding

The board placed the Con-Con funds request on November 13, 2018 meeting.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 1:00 p.m.

Attest:                                                                          October 23, 2018

__________________________________                _____________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                    Chairman of the Board, Edward Arnesen

October, 2017

Commissioner Proceedings

October 10, 2017

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call to Order

Chairman Nordlof called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: James Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen, Jon Waibel, Ken Moorman and Ed Arnesen. Also present were:  Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Janet Rudd, and Woody Fiala.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Special Session, years of service recognition.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes September 26, 2017.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval for the Social Services claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the county as follows: Commissioner Warrants-$6,032.50, Commissioner Warrants-$5,739.42, Commissioner Warrants- $37,096.11, Commissioner Warrants-$151.08.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Janet Rudd met with the board requesting approval of claims:

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the county as follows: Revenue $62,814.50- Road & Bridge $434,984.75 –Co. Development- $604.20- Solid Waste- $27,159.19-EDA-$52.68.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/10/2017 For Payment 10/13/2017

Vendor Name                                        Amount

Baudette LOW Airport                                              31,500.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                       8,286.85

Computer Professionals Unlimited Inc                         3,354.00

Evergreen Implement Company                                16,280.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                               2,674.65

LOW Highway Dept                                                    5,892.28

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                          12,294.50

Mn State Auditor’s                                                      2,158.05

Olson Construction                                                   21,660.00

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                     2,701.50

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc                                        2,640.00

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc                                  3,108.21

Woody’s Service                                                        9,982.79

Ziegler, Inc                                                              377,352.46

70 Payments less than 2000 25,730.03

Final Total: 525,615.32

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: September 27, 2017- $1,326,294.42,-October 4, 2017-$57,335.18, October 5, 2017-$345,695.72.

Liquor License

Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, Janet Rudd met with the board requesting approval for a Liquor License for Rainy River Resort Inc.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve an On-Sale/Sunday Liquor License for Rainy River Resort Inc. effective November 1, 2017- June 30, 2018 contingent approval of County Sheriff and County Attorney.

Special Session

Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, Janet Rudd informed the board that County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson requested that the board hold a special session to discuss the 2016 Audit.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Waibel and carried unanimously to hold a Closed Special Session- Attorney Client Privileges on October 16, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Buffer Ordinance –Public Hearing

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Hasbargen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 9:45 a.m. and open the Public Hearing to review the Buffer Ordinance. Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board and presented the Buffer Ordinance for Lake of the Woods County. Josh informed the board that the Planning Commission met and reviewed the ordinance and that the Lake of the Woods County Planning Commission hereby recommends to the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners that this proposal be approved with conditions:

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings and Fact Decision:

Lake of the Woods County Planning Commission

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Lake of the Woods County                                               Date:  October 4, 2017

Location/Legal Description:  Entire County

Project Proposal: Consideration of adoption of the Lake of the Woods Buffer Ordinance

  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?  Soil, water and pollution issues.

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

YES (X) NO (  ) N/A (  )

Why or why not?  Same as #1.

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

Why or why not?  Same as #1.

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

Why or why not?  Will not.

5. 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? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not?  Affect all public waterways and ditches.

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

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

Why or why not?  Public waterway.

10. 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? ______________________________________________________  

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________  

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________  

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

The specific conditions of approval are as follows:  Changes discussed at meeting, if allowed.

The Lake of the Woods County Planning Commission hereby recommends to the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners that this proposal be:

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

October 4, 2017                                              _____________________________________

                   Date                                                                                              Tom Mio

                                                                                                        Chair, Planning Commission

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

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Hasbargen and carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 10:05 a.m. and open the regular session.

COMMISSIONERS

Chairman Nordlof on behalf of Lake of the Woods County Commissioners offered the following resolution in regards to Heavy Equipment Operators, Doug Arnold and George Risser retirements.

RESOLUTION

Doug Arnold

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

Resolution No. 17-10-03

WHEREAS; Doug Arnold has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County for thirty-eight (38) years as a Heavy Equipment Operator;

WHEREAS, Doug will retire from county service, effective October 11, 2017;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the County Board of Lake of the Woods County extends its deepest appreciation to Doug for his many years of dedicated service.

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

Resolution

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

Resolution No. 17-10-04

WHEREAS; George Risser has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County for thirty (30) years as a Heavy Equipment Operator;

WHEREAS, George will retire from county service, effective October 6, 2017;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the County Board of Lake of the Woods County extends its deepest appreciation to George for his many years of dedicated service.

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

ROD THOMPSON

Rod Thompson met with the board to discuss drainage issues on Co. Road 154, access and roads within Waibel Estates. Tim proposed the following to the board:  within the next week, the Highway Department will be surveying the ditches on both sides of the Ship’s Wheel road and begin to prepare plans for improving drainage on that corridor.  These plans will be used to determine elevations to replace the entrance culvert to the Waibel Estates.  This culvert is expected to be installed prior to freeze-up. Tim also explained that in the county site visit this spring. They looked at the east-west platted roads in Waibel Estates as well as the north half of Golden Gopher Road and they are the nearest to meeting Township Road standards, mainly needing minor shaping and drainage. The County will do the shaping of the grades and the developer needs to make the ditches drain.  Currently, there is no room for equipment to turn around at the ends of the east- west roads.  The developer will need to put approaches into Lot 4-Block 1, Lot 5-Block 2, Lot 3 Block 3, and Lot 3 Block 4 for turn-arounds that accommodate the County’s equipment.  Culverts would need to be added for access to these lots when they are developed anyway and according to the County’s culvert policy the developer will assume the cost for materials and installation of these culverts.  Once the drainage problem is addressed and the culverts are installed, the County Board will consider the north half of Golden Gopher Road and the east-west segments of Badger Road and the Fighting Sioux Loop for acceptance as Township Roads.  If the swale that was put in between Fighting Sioux Loop and 28th Ave is to be used as permanent drainage for the roads, a drainage easement will have to be granted to the County to maintain that swale.  The remaining segments of Golden Gopher Road, Badger Road and Fighting Sioux Loop still require work before they will meet Township Road standards.  When the developer addresses those deficiencies, these segments may be brought to the County Board for consideration of acceptance as Township Roads.  The board discussed the proposal Tim presented and the consensus of the Board was they were in agreement with this proposal.

RECESS

With no further business before the County Board, Chairman Nordlof called the regular County Board meeting to recess at 11:04 a.m.

Attest:                                                                          Approved October 24, 2017

___________________________________              _____________________________________

Deputy Auditor//Treasurer, Janet Rudd             Chairman of the Board, James Nordlof

October, 2016

Commissioner Proceedings

October 11, 2016

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call to Order

Chairman Moorman called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Ken Moorman, Patty Beckel, Ed Arnesen and Buck Nordlof. Absent: Thomas Hanson.  Also present were: Deputy Auditor /Treasurer Janet Rudd, County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson and Woody Fiala.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Union Health and Welfare Agreement.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of September 27, 2016.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Social Service Director, Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval of claims:

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims against the county: Commissioners Warrants: $ 11,297.35; Commissioners Warrants: $2,909.63.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

Claims

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the county as follows: Revenue $56,948.79, Road & Bridge $143,377.92, County Devel.$6,423.72, Natl Resc. Enhanc. $4,897.26, Forfeited Tax, $44,459.03, EDA, $963.80.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/11/2016 For Payment 10/14/2016

Vendor Name                                                    Amount

Bauer Built, Inc                                                                     17,312.88

Border Ridge Trucking Inc                                                99,970.00

Burg Electronic Recovery                                                   14,201.60

Computer Professionals Unlimited Inc                              13,193.00

Contech Engineered Solutions LLC                                   7,755.70

Dynamic Imaging Systems, Inc                                            2,960.00

Government Management Group, Inc                                 3,500.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                                         2,464.68

Jake’s Quality Tire Inc                                                          4,814.18

Liberty Tire Recycling, LLC                                                   2,480.05

LOW Highway Dept                                                               7,451.90

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                                     13,063.00

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                               3,877.65

Rinke-Noonan                                                                       5,097.26

SeaChange Printing&MarketingServices LLC                   3,959.98

University Of Mn                                                                    9,658.84

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc                                                  3,388.88

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc                                          7,783.17

Woody’s Service                                                                   4,281.17

Ziegler, Inc                                                                             3,034.84

71 Payments less than 2000  26,821.74

Final Total: 257,070.52

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: September 28, 2016 – $24,697.85, September 30, 2016- $364,212.63, October 3, 2016 -$146,454.31, October 3, 2016-($104.90), October 5, 2016-$38,100.75, October 5, 2016-$8,689.41.

Union Health & Welfare Agreement

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson and County Attorney, James Austad presented the Operating Engineers Local #49 Health and Welfare Fund Bargaining Premium Account Participation Agreement with the board. No further action was taken.

SHERIFF

Cell Phone Stipend

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting approval for a cell phone stipend for Julie Berggren.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve a smart phone stipend in the amount of $60.00 per month for Administration Assistant Julie Berggren.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Emergency Management Director, Jill Olson met with the board requesting approval to purchase one new consolette, four (4) used portable ARMER radios and three small base consoles for the office in the amount of $7,000, which does not include set-up charges.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve  one new consolette, four (4) used portable ARMER radios and three small base consoles for the office in the amount of $7,000,( which does not include set-up charges) with $5,000 from the 911 fund and the balance from the Sheriff’s budget.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board to discuss appointment to the Lake of the Woods One Watershed One Plan committee.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to appoint Commissioner Arnesen to the One Watershed, One Plan Committee and appoint Commissioner Beckel and Commissioner Moorman as alternates.

KELLY CREEK PLAT

Michelle Moren, Attorney at Law met by conference call with the County Board to discuss the Kelly Creek Road Vacation. She recommended to the board to have an abstract completed on the property at the Kelly Creek road entrance, south of the plat and north of the highway.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to authorize Michelle Moren, Attorney at Law to order an abstract to be completed on Kelly Creek road entrance, south of the plat and north of the highway and to move forward with all the necessary steps to complete the road vacation.

SWCD

SWCD Resource Technician, Mike Hirst met with the board to update them on the Shoreline Clean Up project that the Keep It Clean Committee completed this year,  updated the board on the Aquatic Invasive Species campaign and that they are still working on a Decontamination Station for boats. Mike also informed the board that a County Owned Dumpster used for the Keep It Clean was damaged by fire and burned the cover off at the site by Swift Ditch. The cost of fixing it, is close to $500.00. Mike informed the board that the Lake of the Woods Public Works Department offered to fix it for them.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to repair the Dumpster up to $500.00 with the funding from the Con-Con fund.

PUBLIC WORKS

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board to discuss 1st Ave NW road repair. Tim explained that the county will re-do the road when they have enough funds in the State Aid account, but for now they will do a short term patch.

Final Payment SAP039-6491-001

Public Works Director Tim Erickson met with the board requesting final payment for SAP039-6491-001 in the amount of $199,940.00. This was for the gravel that was place on the NWA road.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve SAP039-649-001 final payment in the amount of $199,940.00 to Border Ridge Trucking, Inc.

Correspondence

The boards acknowledged the following thank you letters- Williams Potato Day and Senior Boating.

SOLID WASTE ASSESSMENTS

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson reviewed the 2017 Solid Waste Assessments and the revised Unit Table based on solid waste assessments fees. The board discussed the tire disposal fees for the County Landfill. After discussion the Solid Waste Committee set a meeting date for November 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. for further discussion.

Williams Shop

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson informed the board that he is getting quotes to purchase a new furnace for the Williams Shop that he budgeted for this year.

Newly Hired   

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson informed the board that he hired Kyle Onstad for Senior Inspector effective October 24, 2016 at grade 12, Step 1, $20.05 per hour, points 274.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Moorman called the meeting to recess at 12:30 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     October 25, 2016

__________________________________                            _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                            Chairman of the Board, Ken Moorman

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Commissioner Proceedings

October 25, 2016

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call to Order

Chairman Moorman called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Ken Moorman, Patty Beckel, Ed Arnesen, Thomas Hanson and Buck Nordlof. Also present were: Deputy Auditor /Treasurer Janet Rudd, County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson and Woody Fiala.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Audit letter of confirmation for Audit and Financial Statements, Appointment of Buffer Administrator, MRA contract, Thank-you letters.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of October 11, 2016.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Social Service Director, Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval of claims:

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following claims against the county: Commissioners Warrants: $ 6,860.98; Commissioners Warrants: $3,284.49; $7,484.74.

MN DHS- MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval to enter into a contract with the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services Mental health Division for Adult Mental Health.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to enter into a grant contract with the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Service, Mental Health Division to collaborate to provide support of services pursuant to MN Statutes, section 256.01, subdivision 2(a)(6) and 245.461 to 245.486( Minnesota Comprehensive Adult Mental Health Act), effective January 1, 2017 thru December 31, 2018 and authorize Social Services Director, Amy Ballard and County Attorney,  James Austad to sign.

Health Care Services-MN-Sure

The board discussed a letter of concern from Alan and Jody Burke in regards of MN Sure Insurance, the rising costs and the delivery of health care service which requires them to get health service from areas other than our local health care providers, which forces them to drive 320 miles to the nearest hospital and 260 miles to the nearest Primary Care Clinic under Blue-Cross-Blue-Shield-Blue Plus plan. The other option would require them to travel 170 miles away. After discussion, the board requested that a letter be drafted and then reviewed to send to local Senators, Representatives.

MIS

MIS Director, Peder Hovland met with the board and introduced newly hired IT Tech 1, John Butenhoff to the board.

EXIT INTERVIEW

Colleen Hoffman, from Hoffman Philipp & Knutson PLLC met with the board to review the 2015 year-end Audit.

LETTER OF CONFIRMATION

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval of a Letter of Confirmation for Audit and Financial Statements with Hoffman, Philip & Knutson PLLC for auditing of the financials for Lake of the Woods County.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to authorize Chairman Moorman and County Auditor/Treasurer to sign the letter of confirmation for Auditing and Financial Service with Hoffman, Philipp & Knutson PLLC.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

Land Donation

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board to inform the board that an individual would like to donate approximately 10 acres of land to the county, this property would connect to the Lake of the Woods Boy Scout Park. The board requested that County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson get appraisal and abstract done on the parcel of land from outside vendors.

Claims

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the county as follows: Revenue $45,835.59, Road & Bridge $220,869.46, County Devel.$385.67, Solid Waste, $1,848.81, EDA, $3,885.85.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/25/2016 For Payment 10/28/2016

Vendor Name                                                    Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                                 5,481.52

Compass Minerals America                                                  6,300.96

Cps Technology Solutions                                                  3,800.00

Farmers Union Oil Co.                                                          2,777.29

Hasler                                                                                      2,000.00

John Deere Financial                                                            7,681.95

Knife Lake Concrete Inc                                                      15,444.10

Lake Superior College                                                           2,800.00

Lavalla Sand & Gravel Inc                                                 100,000.00

M & J Construction Of Holt, Inc.                                         79,130.25

Mn Counties Information System                                        2,142.50

Mn State Dept-Correction                                                   17,833.04

Northwest Community Action, Inc                                       3,122.00

Roseau-LOW Title & Abstract Co. Inc                                  3,980.00

50 Payments less than 2000   20,331.77

Final Total:  272,825.38

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: October 12, 2016 $121,031.98, October 17, 2016 $40.00, October 19, 2016 $1,564.31.

County Surveyor Contract

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting the board to approve County Surveyor, Donn Rasmussen Provisional Service Contract.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to approve County Surveyor, Donn Rasmussen contract for Professional Land Survey Services effective January 1, 207 thru December 31, 2020, in the amount of $13,000 per annum.

Snowmobile Maintenance and Grooming Grant Agreements

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval for the Maintenance and Grooming Grant Agreement with the State of MN for Maintenance of snowmobile trails.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the Snowmobile Grant Agreement with the State of Minnesota for Trails and Maintenance and Grooming in the amount of $161,121.60.

Amend Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and carried unanimously to amend the agenda and add MRA.

MRA

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board and presented The MRA contract with Lake of the Woods County for Human Resources services.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the MRA contract for Human Resources services and authorize Chairman Moorman to sign.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Buffer Administrator

The board discussed the appointment of a Buffer Administrator for Lake of The Woods County.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to appoint Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund as the Lake of the Woods County Buffer Administrator.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 9:40 a.m. and reconvened at 9:45 a.m. as follows:

Amend Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to amend the agenda and add Human Resource Director to the agenda.

Human Resource Director

Human Resource Director, Karen Ose met with the board and notified them that she plans on resigning by December 31, 2016. Karen informed the board that she will stay and train the newly hired Human Resource Director and that she has a few projects that she has been working on and plans on having them completed before she is done.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to authorize Human Resource Director, Karen Ose to advertise for hiring of a Human Resource Director for Lake of the Woods County.

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson and MN DOT District Engineer, Craig Collision met with the board to discuss construction projects. Craig thanked the community for their patience with the road construction and for Davidson Contracting for completing the road project in a timely matter.

The board discussed cattail spraying, invasive species weeds.  Dave Marhula discussed ditch drainage issues south on  HWY 72.

HEALTH INSURANCE and 2017 Con-Con Funds

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson reviewed the 2017 health insurance rates and Con-Con funds with the board. The board requested that this be placed on the November 15 meeting for approval.

CORRESPONDENCE

Thank-You letters were acknowledged from Williams Public Library board and Williams Ice Arena board.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Moorman called the meeting to recess at 12:00 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     November 15, 2016

__________________________________                            _________________________________County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                            Chairman of the Board, Ken Moorman

October, 2015

Commissioner Proceedings

October 13, 2015

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, in the Commissioners’ Room at the Government Center.

Call to Order

Chairman Arnesen called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners Buck Nordlof, Ken Moorman, Tom Hanson, Patty Beckel and Ed Arnesen. Also present were:  County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Janet Rudd, County Attorney, James Austad and Woody Fiala.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: PERA resolution, County Road 17, Human Resource Sick/Vacation time, AMC Conference and Mighty Ducks Update.

APPROVAL of Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to approve the consent agenda as follows: Tim Erickson to Detroit Lakes for Joint District on October 14-15 in Detroit Lakes; Heather Blodgett, Alison Hauger and Jodi Ferrier to Walker on November 4- 5 for Child Maltreatment Intake; Joanna Onstad to Bemidji on October 20-22 for SSIS Intake Basics; Shelly Phillippe and Cassi Brune to Alexandrea on October 20-23 for MFWCAA Conference.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Norldof, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of September 22, 2015.

TIMBER SALES

Commissioner Hanson informed the board that the timber sales at the Landfill have brought in more than $25,000 so far and estimate of $35,000 in November.

SHORT ELLIOTT HENDRICKSON

Benita Crow, Kaci Nowicki, and Shawn McMahon met with the board to review the Airport Layout Plan (ALP), Katie explained that the if the board chooses the Aerial Obstruction Plan, it would have to be approved by MN DOT and then the ALP would only be completed by the end of 2016 with the various steps that would need to be completed.  Cost associated to this phase would run between $60,000 to 100,000, with funding from MN DOT that would be reimbursed 90/10, if applied for by June of 2016. Katie inquired if the board would be interested in Public meetings on the plan. The board would like to hold a public meeting. Katie stated that the tree data would need to be completed first before the public meeting could be held. The consensus of the board was to have S E H  move forward with the plan.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Social Service Director, Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims against the county.

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 16,744.43

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 15,440.54

Social Workers

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard requested approval to for a county credit card for Social Worker, Joanna Onstad.

Motion  

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve a county credit card for Social Worker, Joanna Onstad.

Credit Card Policy

The board requested that County Auditor/Treasurer send out a reminder on the usage of County Credit Cards.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Emergency Management Director, Jill Olson met with the board informing them the Warning System is in need of replacement. Cost associated with this project is estimated around $125,000. The board requested that Jill get three different quotes and come back to the board. They also requested that County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson look and see if 911 funds could be used for the system.

SHERIFF

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting replacement for his 2012 squad car.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to authorize County Sheriff, Gary Fish to purchase a vehicle up to $30,000.

Search Update

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board and updated them on the search and informed them that they are going to try to fly from this point on. The county board commended the Sheriff staff on their search efforts and the extra efforts that all agencies involved did for the missing men.

Jail Inspection

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board to inform them that the jail inspection went well without any major issues. The inspector did state that the county should be thinking of building a new jail.

Federal Boat and Water

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting approval and authorization to enter into a grant agreement with the State of Minnesota, Federal Boating Safety Supplemental Equipment Grant.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously the following resolution:

A Resolution Authorizing the Federal Boating Safety Supplement Grant Agreement

Resolution 15-10-01

WHEREAS, under the provisions of M.S. § 84.026 Subd. 1 the State is empowered to enter into this grant; the Sheriff of each county is required to carry out the provisions for recreational boating safety promulgated by the Commissioner.

WHEREAS, the allocation of funds by the Commissioner to assist in the funding of specific items for recreational boating safety,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chairman, Auditor and Sheriff are hereby authorized to execute the Federal Boating Safety Supplement Grant Agreement, for the period of September 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 in the amount of $9,666.00.

PERA

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting that newly hired Part-Time Deputy Sheriff be place on the Police and Fire PERA plan.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously the following resolution:

Resolution No. 15-10-02

Public Employees Police and Fire Plan

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 declare that the position titled Part Time Deputy Sheriff, currently held by Nathan Hayes 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;
  1. Said position’s primary (over 50%) duty is to enforce the general criminal laws of the state;
  1. Said position charges this employee with the prevention and detection of crime;
  1. Said position gives this employee the full power of arrest, and
  1. 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.

HUMAN RESOURCES/ COUNTY ASSESSOR

Human Resource Director, Karen Ose met with the board requesting the board to approve the grade, step and pay for Appraiser Trainee. Karen informed the board that the personnel committee did meet and approved the grade for this position at 9 and also requested permission to have this job description evaluated by Trusight.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve grade 9 for Appraise Trainee.

Trusight

The consensus of the board was to have Human Resource Director, Karen Ose have the Appraiser Trainee job description evaluated by Trusight.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Moorman to authorize Human Resource Director, Karen Ose and County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten to hire Appraiser Trainee at grade 9, step 1, 16.37 per hour, points 220.

Personal Leave

County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten met with the board requesting a twelve (12) week personal leave for an employee within her office.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to allow a twelve (12) week personal leave for an employee within the County Assessor’s office.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resource Director, Karen Ose and County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board to discuss Permanent Part-time vacation/sick leave hours. Lorene informed the board that all Permanent Part-time employees receive prorated vacation and sick leave Lorene informed the board that the accrued hours for Karen from date of employment would be 47.5 hours for vacation and sick leave.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to adjust vacation and sick leave by 47.5 hours accrued from date of employment for Human Resource Director Karen Ose.

auditor/treasurer

Introduction of Newly Hired Staff

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson introduced Rita Hasbargen and Erik Tange to the board.

Claims

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the county as follows:

                                           Revenue                      $  69,435.17

                                                Road & Bridge           $   24,764.58

                                                Co. Develp                  $    3,300.00

                                                Natl Resc Enhanc        $  18,554.43    

Solid Waste                 $  42,573.74

EDA                            $    2,030.22

                                      161,058.14

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/13/2015 For Payment 10/16/2015

Vendor Name                                                     Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                              7,483.51

Computer Professionals Unlimited Inc                            3,585.00

Cps Technology Solutions                                               3,800.00

Dynamic Imaging Systems, Inc                                         3,085.00

Government Management Group, Inc                              3,500.00

Hoffman, Philipp & Knutson, PLLC                                  5,862.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                                     3,126.47

John Deere Financial                                                        4,631.56

LOW Highway Dept                                                           8,853.54

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                                 25,075.26

Mn Counties Information System                                      2,375.25

Msop-Mn Sex Offender Prgrm-462                                   2,132.80

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                           5,010.20

Rinke-Noonan                                                                  18,754.43

Rtvision Inc                                                                        6,084.00

University Of Mn                                                                 8,441.25

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc                                               3,799.60

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc                                      7,061.34

Woody’s Service                                                                4,225.20

78 Payments less than 2000     34,171.73

Final Total:  161,058.14

    Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants:

                                                September    30, 2015             $  9,146.66

                                                October         1, 2015              $  5,664.36

                                                October         7, 2015              $  1,631.60

                                                October         7, 2015              $  9,292.06

                                                October         7, 2015              194,912.16

Exclusive Off-Sale

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board a requested approval for an Exclusive Off-Sale Liquor License for Nels Holte DBA “Wash N Go”.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the Exclusive Off-Sale Liquor License for Nels Holte, DBA Wash N Go effective December 1, 2015 thru June 30, 2016, contingent upon approval of County Attorney, James Austad and County Sheriff, Gary Fish.

On/Off Sale Liquor License

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board a requested approval for a Combination On-Off Sale/ Sunday Liquor License for Riverbend Resort.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the On-Off Sale/Sunday Liquor License for Riverbend Resort effective November 1, 2015 thru June 30, 2016, contingent upon approval of County Attorney, James Austad and County Sheriff, Gary Fish.

Cigarette Licenses

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board a requested approval a Cigarette License for DG Retail, LLC dba Dollar General Store.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the Cigarette License for DG Retail, LLC dba Dollar General Store effective November 1, 2015 thru June 30, 2016.

AMC CONFERENCE/MIGHTY DUCKS

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson discussed the AMC Conference reservations for December 6-8 in St. Cloud; informed the board that the county received notification that they received the application for the Mighty Ducks Ice Arena grant program.

MIS/GIS

MIS/GIS Director, Peder Hovland met with the board requesting authorization to purchase 911 equipment and support.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to authorize MIS/GIS Director, Peder Hovland to approve Independent Emergency Services Quote No. IES388813 with one year support services of $123,135.84 from 911 Funds.

SCHRANDT CARTWAY

Chairman Arnesen discussed the Schrandt Cartway and informed the board that the next recommended step is to have a survey completed on the proposed cartway property.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to request County Surveyor, Donn Rasmussen to conduct a survey on the proposed cartway property.

PUBLIC WORKS

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board upon their request to discuss curve on Co. Road 17 and the pond with concerns of snowmobilers. The department will stake and flag the pond.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 12:03 p.m. and reconvened at 1:03 p.m. as follows:

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund, Rinke Noonan Law Firm Attorneys John Kolb

Kale Van Bruggen, SWCD Board members Frank Sindelir, John Sonstegard, Russ Hanson and Nancy Dunell, and Mike Hirst to discuss an appeal of the Department of Natural Resources of a project specific wetland replacement for Northern Conservation L.L.C. and Cliffs Mining Company (jointly Cliffs). The boards reviewed the partial settlement of appeal in the Matter of Hibbing Taconite Mine and Stockpile Progression and Williams Creek Project Specific Wetland Mitigation.

Resolution

At a joint meeting of the Board of Commissioners and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board of Supervisors, Commissioner Ken Moorman, on behalf of the County Board and Supervisor Frank Sindelir, on behalf of the SWCD Board, moved the adoption of the following resolution ratifying the actions of Josh Stromlund, as previously authorized by the Boards:

STATE OF MINNESOTA

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

RESOLTUION NO. 15-10-03

Resolution ratifying partial settlement of appeal in the Matter of Hibbing Taconite Mine and Stockpile Progression and Williams Creek Project Specific Wetland Mitigation

At a joint meeting of the Board of Commissioners and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board of Supervisors, Commissioner Ken Moorman, on behalf of the County Board and Supervisor Frank Sindelir, on behalf of the SWCD Board, moved the adoption of the following resolution ratifying the actions of Josh Stromlund, as previously authorized by the Boards:

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners and the Lake of the Woods County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors authorized and entered into an appeal of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approval of a project specific wetland replacement plan for Cliffs Natural Resources (Cliffs); and

WHEREAS, the matter was set for a Contested Case Hearing on evidentiary issues before an Administrative Law Judge on October 5, 2015; and

WHEREAS, each of the above Boards directed Josh Stromlund serve as its representative at the Hearing, giving to Josh Stromlund authority to settle issues in the matter on terms found satisfactory to Josh Stromlund; and

WHEREAS, during the Contested Case Hearing, DNR and Cliffs agreed to terms of settlement related to wetland crediting that addressed major concerns of the Boards; and

WHEREAS, exercising the authority given to him, Josh Stromlund accepted the terms of settlement and executed a settlement agreement, attached hereto, on behalf of the Boards.

NOW, THEREFORE, having reviewed the settlement agreement, the terms thereof and the facts and arguments in the case, the Boards, by joint action, ratify the settlement agreement and the actions of Josh Stromlund pursuant to the authority given him by the Boards.

Seconded by Commissioner James “Buck” Nordlof, on behalf of the County Board and Supervisor Russel Hansen, on behalf of the SWCD Board.

After discussion and upon a vote of each Board, the respective Board Chairs declared the Resolution adopted.

Attorneys John Kolb and Kale Van Bruggen recommend to the board to go into closed session to discuss further litigation strategy.

CLOSED SESSION

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by  Commissioner Nordlof to close the regular meeting at 1:40 p.m. pursuant to MN Statute §13D.05, subd. 3 (b), Attorney Client Privilege.

Members present were: Commissioner Arnesen, Moorman, Beckel, Hanson and Nordlof, SWCD Board members Frank Sindelir, John Sonstegard, Russ Hanson and Nancy Dunell, Mike Hirst, Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund and County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson. Attorneys John Kolb and Kale Van Bruggen.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to close the closed session at 2:00 p.m. and open the regular meeting.

CLOSED SESSION

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Moorman to close the regular meeting at 2:20 p.m.  Pursuant to MN Stat. §13D.003, subd. 1 (b) Labor Negotiations. Members present, Commissioner Arnesen, Moorman, Beckel, Hanson and Nordlof. Also present, Human Resource Director, Karen Ose.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof to close the closed session at 2:54 p.m. and open the regular meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE

The board acknowledged a thank you letter from Lake of the Woods Senior boating.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 3:06 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved: October 27, 2015

__________________________________                                        ______________________________

Lorene Hanson, County Auditor/Treasurer                                        Edward Arnesen

Chairman of the Board

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Commissioner Proceedings

October 27, 2015

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, in the Commissioners’ Room at the Government Center.

Call to Order

Chairman Arnesen called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners Buck Nordlof, Ken Moorman, Tom Hanson, Patty Beckel and Ed Arnesen. Also present were:  County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Janet Rudd, County Attorney, James Austad and Woody Fiala.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Proclamation, Water, Health & Life Insurance, Department head meeting update, Human Resources, Final Payment and Thank you letter. APPROVAL of Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the consent agenda as follows:  Joanna Onstad and Alison Hauger to St. Cloud on November 2-3, 16-17 and November 30 thru December 1 for Child Welfare foundation Training;

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of October 13, 2015 with changes.

NWA EDGE RIDERS

Kellie Knight, representing the NWA Edge Riders snowmobile club met with the board to discuss the proposed park with the board. Kellie informed the board that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering transferring State Owned land to the County for the potential park with approval and associated cost. Kellie informed the board that the club has not received the letter from the DNR at this time. The consensus of the board was that they were in support of a park, but would need more information before formally agreeing to this project.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Social Service Director, Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following claims against the county.

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 13,203.81

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 17,158.72

Credit Cards

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard requested approval for a county credit card for Social Worker, Alison Hauger and introduced Social Workers Alison Hauger and Joanna Onstad to the board.

Motion  

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve a county credit card for Social Worker, Alison Hauger.

Proclamation- FINANCIAL worker, case Aides

Chairman Arnesen, on behalf of Lake of the Woods County board of Commissioners recognizes the valuable service that County Financial Workers and Case Aides provide to citizens of Lake of the Woods County and extends appreciation to Angie Eason, Cassie Brune, Shelley Phillippe, Shelley Pepera and Sheri Stebakken for their dedicated work.

County Surveyor

County Surveyor, Donn Rasmussen met with the board to discuss the cost associated with the Schrandt Cartway and informed the board that it would cost around $7,000 to complete the survey. The board requested that County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson contact the Schrandts’ attorney, Nora Crompton to request an additional $4,000 bond before the survey could be completed.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the county as follows:

Revenue                      $  60,779.54

                                                Road & Bridge           $   30,653.31

                                                Co. Develp                  $    2,500.00

                                                Solid Waste                 $    7,136.73

EDA                            $       701.57

                                      101,771.15

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/27/2015 For Payment 10/30/2015

Vendor Name                                                  Amount

Fundanet/Lee                                                                   2,000.00

LaValla Electric DBA/Ned                                                2,106.79

Liberty Tire Recycling, LLC                                            4,316.20

LOW Soil & Water Cons. Dist.                                     30,873.00

Mn State Dept-Correction                                             16,979.93

Traffic Marking Service, Inc.                                         24,692.67

63 Payments less than 2000 20,802.56

Final Total:   101,771.15

    Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants:

                                                October         14, 2015                        $81,034.65

                                                October         14, 2015                        $     199.79

                                                October         20, 2015            $  9,721.39

                                                                                                $90,955.83

MN Department of Transportation

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board to inform them that the MN Department of Transportation (MnDOT), is acquiring an interest for an temporary easement in Lake of the Woods County property for the improvements of Trunk Highway 11, with the acquisition of $500.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the following Resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 15-09-04

State of Minnesota, Department of Transportation, Acquisition of Land

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners, of the County of Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, which in consideration of $500 to be paid by the State of Minnesota, Department of Transportation, the Lake of the Woods County Board allows the acquisition of land by direct purchase to the State of Minnesota the parcel described as follows:

The right to use the westerly 18 feet of the northerly 17 feet of Tract A described below for highway purposes, which right shall cease on December 1, 2017, or on such earlier date upon which the Commissioner of Transportation determines by formal order that it is no  longer needed for highway purposes: Tract A.  Lot 12, Block 1, Third Addition to East Beaudette, according to the plat thereof which is on file and of record in the office of the County Recorder in Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Moorman and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, and Chairman Arnesen to sign the Temporary Easement from the State of MN, Department of Transportation to be used for highway purposes

Revenue/Expenditure/Investment Update

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board and reviewed the Revenue/Expenditure and Investments. The board also discussed the Wells Fargo banking charges.

Deputy Registrar Re-Appointment

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board and informed the board that the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety requested re-appointment of Deputy Registrar for Lake of the Woods County.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof to re-appoint Janet Rudd as Lake of the Woods County Deputy Registrar and Driver’s License Agent pursuant to MN Administrative Rules 7404.0350 and 7406.0350.

Health Insurance Rates

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board to inform the board that the Life Insurance carrier is now Sun Life Financial, health insurance premiums High Plan and Value Plan have gone up 7%, but the HSA premium stayed the same and the all single plans still remain under the county cap.

Department Head Meeting/Water Machine

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board to update them on the department head meeting and the discussion they had on the annual “Lake of the Woods Food Drive”. The department heads agreed they would participate and were wondering if the Commissioners would like to participate as a team. The board agreed they would participate in the food drive. Lorene also mentioned that the Wellness Committee had asked about the possibility of having a water machine available for county employees in the break room.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and unanimously carried to authorize water machines in the Courthouse break room and Sheriff’s office.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Job Description

Human Resource Director, Karen Ose met with the board to inform them that MRA graded the Appraiser Training at grade 9, points 225 and the Appraiser at grade 13, points 289. Karen informed the board that the job descriptions have been completed and reformatted and that the Department Heads have them to review. The board requested that the Job Descriptions be placed on the December 15 board agenda for approval.

Stipend

Human Resource Director, Karen Ose met with the board requesting a stipend for Social Services Financial Officer, Christine Hultman for time spent helping with financials and payroll in the Auditor/Treasurers Office. Stipend would be from January thru September at $175 per pay period with a total stipend of $3,500.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to authorize a stipend payment of $3,500 from the revenue fund to Social Services Financial Officer, Christine Hultman.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 10:43 p.m. and reconvened at 11:05 a.m. as follows:

COUNTY ASSESSOR

Years of Service Recognition-Resolution

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

Recognition of years of service

Joy Lindquist

Resolution 2015 – 10– 05

Whereas:  Joy Lindquist has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County since November 1, 1982 as Lake of the Woods Assessment Specialist/Office Manager;

Whereas:  Joy Lindquist will retire from Lake of the Woods County service effective October 31, 2015 with thirty–three years of service for Lake of the Woods County Assessor’s Office;

Now Therefore, Be it Resolved:  That Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners extends its deepest appreciation to Joy for her dedicated service and  offers best wishes to her;

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

Introduction of Staff

County Assessor, MaryJo Otten introduced Alisa Jacobsen and Whitnie Reasy to the board.

Effective Date of Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve October 19, 2105 as the effective date of hire for Whitnie Reasy.

PUBLIC WORKS

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board requesting approval for final contract.

Final Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve final contract acceptance for SAP 39-601-28, SAP 39-601-29, and SAP 39-627.04 in the amount of $147,548.57.

Mulching Attachment

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board requesting approval to purchase a mulching attachment for the department.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to authorize Public Works Director, Tim Erickson to purchase a ProMac Mulching attachment in the amount of $28,500.

Cell Phone Stipend

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board requesting a cell phone stipend for Solid Waste Processer, Todd Canfield.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve a smart phone stipend in the amount of $60.00 per month for Todd Canfield. Public Access-Furnace Replacement

The board discussed Twin Rivers Public Access and new Furnace for the NWA Highway shop.

BUFFER DISCUSSION

Chairman Arnesen discussed the recent 2015 buffer legislation that was passed this session. Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund presented a “Buffer Law And Frequently Asked Questions Brochure” to the board. After review, the board requested Josh to send a letter to Board of Water and Soil Resources Chairman, Brian Napstad requesting a meeting to discuss this new legislation.

2016 CON CON FUNDS

The board tabled the Con Con funds request to have time to review and placed this on the November 10, 2015 board agenda.

CORRESPONDENCE

The board acknowledged a thank you letter from Williams Potato Day.

RECESS

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

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved: November 10, 2015

__________________________________                                        ______________________________

Lorene Hanson, County Auditor/Treasurer                                        Edward Arnesen

Chairman of the Board

October, 2013

Commissioner Proceedings

October 8, 2013

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in the Commissioners’ Room at the Government Center.

Call to Order

Chairman Hanson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners Buck Nordlof, Ken Moorman, Ed Arnesen and Tom Hanson.  Absent Patty Beckel. Also present were: Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd and Jon Hanson.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the agenda with the following additions: Veterans grant resolution, NWA road maintenance and natural gas line to the Industrial Park.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the consent agenda as follows: Dena Pieper to St. Cloud on October 23-24 for Legal Professional Staff training. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof to approve the minutes of September 24 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

County Auditor/Treasurer Mark E. Hall and Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board for approval of claims:

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the claims as follows:

Revenue                      $  78,372.26  

Road and Bridge        $  86,581.96

Co. Develp                  $       333.25

Solid Waste                 $  20,207.85

EDA                            $   1,544.56

                                    $187,039.88

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/08/2013 For Payment 10/11/2013

Vendor Name                                                        Amount

Cdw Government, Inc                                                  2,135.36

Dynamic Imaging Systems, Inc                                  3,143.92

Earthworks Contracting Inc                                        5,818.75

Ferrier Logging, Inc                                                    5,795.00

Fish/Kevin                                                                   11,661.25

Hasbargen Farms Inc                                                 5,700.00

Hasbargen Logging Inc                                              5,462.50

Hoffman, Dale, & Swenson, Pllc                                 6,450.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                              4,888.20

LOW Highway Dept                                                     5,024.34

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                           10,432.35

Miovac/Tim                                                                   5,890.00

Moren/Law Offices Of Patrick D                                 6,120.37

Norman Johnson Trucking, Inc.                               5,890.00

Olson/George                                                            32,660.00

Traffic Marking Service, Inc.                                     28,995.26

University Of Mn                                                          8,527.00

Uretek Holdings, Inc                                                    5,065.00

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc                                        2,640.00

Woody’s Service                                                          7,748.71

62 Payments less than 2000   16,991.87

Final Total:   187,039.88

 Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants:

                                                September 26, 2013    $     11,020.54

October 3,       2013    $   118,384.37

                                                October 3,       2013    $       2,996.55

                                                October 3,       2013    $   273,668.52

                                                                                    $   406,069.98  

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

MN NW Fraternal Order of Police

County Auditor/Treasurer Mark E. Hall met with the board requesting approval for an exempt gambling permit for the Fraternal Order of Police to conduct a lawful gambling raffle.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the exempt gambling permit for the Fraternal Order of Police NW MN Lodge #8 to conduct a lawful gambling for a raffle on February 24, 2014 at Sportsman’s Lodge and authorize County Auditor/Treasurer to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Tax Forfeited Land

County Auditor/Treasurer Mark E. Hall met with the board to review the Tax Forfeited Land and requested them to review them and classify them as either conservation or non-conservation lands.

Resolution

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

TAX FORFEITED LAND

RESOLUTION NO. 13-10-01

WHEREAS; the County Board of Commissioners of the County of Lake of the Woods, State of Minnesota, desires to offer for sale certain parcels of land that have forfeited to the State of Minnesota for non-payment of taxes, and

WHEREAS, said parcels of land have been viewed by the County Board of Commissioners and have been classified as non-conservation lands as provided for in Minnesota Statutes 282.01.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby certify that all parcels of land below have been viewed and comply with the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 85.012; 92.461; 282.01, subd. 8; and 282.018; and other statutes that require the withholding of tax-forfeited lands from the sale.

NAMEINFO
McDougaldFreeman’s 1st Addtion E. Graceton;
 Lots 1-9, Block 4
 Parcel. No. 22.51.04.010
McDougaldFreemans’s First Addition E. Graceton;
 Lots 10-13, Block 4
 Parcel No. 22.51.04.100
SpoonerThat part of the SE1/4 SE1/4 of Sec 29
 Twp 160N Range 31West, described as
 follows: commencing at the SE corner of
 the SE1/4SE1/4, thence north along the
 east boundary line a distance of
 577.5 feet; thence west at a right angle
 a distance of 379.5 feet; thence south
 a right angle, a distance of 577.5 feet
 to the south boundary line thereof;
 thence east, along said south boundary
 line a distance of 379.5 feet to the
 point of beginning. Said tract contains
 Parcel No. 30.29.44.010
VictorySec. 14, Twp 158, Range 32,
 W2NE4NW4
 Parcel No. 42.14.21.030
BaudetteA parcel of land lying in the SE1/4SE1/4,
 Section 18, Twp 161N, Range 31 W,
 described as the south 336 feet of the
 following parcel; Startin at the southeast
 corner of said Section 18, thence west along
 the south section line of said Section 18
 a distance of 560 feet to point, and that
 being the point of beginning; thence in a
 northerly direction on a 90 degree angle
 a distance of 1,320 feet to a point on the
 north line of said SE1/4SE1/4, Section 18,
 thence in a westerly direction along the
 north line of said SE1/4SE1/4, Section 18,
 a distance of 760 feet, more or less, to the
 west line of said SE1/4SE1/4, Section 18;
 thence in a Southerly direction along the
 west line of said SE1/4SE1/4, Section 18;
 to the southwest corner of said SE1/4
 SE1/4, Section 18; thence easterly along
 the south line of said Section18 back to
 the point of beginning. Said  parcel 
 contains 5.8 acres, more or less. Subject
 at all times to a driveway easement consisting
 of the east 40 feet of the above described parcel.
 Said driveway easement contains .3 acres,
 more or less.
 Parcel No. 24.18.44.060
MyhreOutlotA&B, Carlson Woods
 Subdivision
 Parcel No. 21.50.50.010
WheelerSee Exhibit A
 Parcel No. 19.28.12.060
McDougaldThe North Sixty (60) feet of
 Lots Ten (10), Eleven (11), and
 Twelve (12)
 Block Two (2), Twp of East Graceton,
 according to the recorded plat
 thereof;
 Parcel No. 22.50.02.100
CitySee Exhibit “A”
of Williams
 Parcel No. 62.51.00.200
City2nd Add to Williams, Subdivision Cd WM
of WilliamsS05 Lot 14 & 15, Block 5
Parcel No. 62.54.05.140
Rapid RiverA parcel of land located in the Southwest
 Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SW1/4
 SE1/4), Section Twenty-three (23), Twp
 One Hundred fifty-nine (159) North, Range
 Thirty (30) West of the Fifth Principal
 Meridian in Minnesota, Lake of the Wood
 County, described as follows: Commencing
 at the point of intersection of the South
 line of County Road #112, and the West line
 of the SW1/4SE1/4, said Section 23; thence
 Easterly, on and along the South line of
 said County Road #112, 150 feet, and this
 being the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence
 Westerly on and along the last described
 line 150 feet, to the West line of said SW1/4
 SE1/4; thence South, on and along said West
 line, 425 feet; thence Easterly, parallel to
 the south line of SW1/4SE1/4 of said Section
 23, 675 feet; thence Northerly, and parallel
 to the West line of said SW1/4SE1/4, 175
 feet, more or less, to the South line of
 roadway; thence Northwesterly on and along
 the South line of said roadway, back to the
 point of beginning and there terminating.
 Parcel No. 38.23.43.010
CityLots Three (3) and Four (4), Block One
Williams(1), Second Addition to the City of
 Williams, according to the Plat thereof
 on file and of record in the office of the
 County Recorder.
 Parcel No. 62.54.01.030

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED; that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby request approval from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the sale of said lands.

The following resolution was seconded by Commissioners Nordlof and the question was on the adoption of the resolution, and there were 4 yeas and 0 nays as follows:

County of Lake of the Woods

Board of County Commissioners       YEA                NAY   ABSENT

Thomas Hanson                                  x

Patricia Beckel                                                                                    x                                 

James Nordlof                                     x

Kenneth Moorman                              x

Edward Arnesen                                 x

ATTEST:__________________________________

               Mark E. Hall, County Auditor/Treasurer

Flu Shots

County Auditor/Treasure Mark E. Hall met with the board inquiring if the board wished to sponsor flu shots for 2013.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to offer flu shots to all county employees for the fall of 2013. The county will only pay for vaccinations that are administered at the Government Center on November 12, 2013. The county will not pay for offsite vaccinations at any other locations or time. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Tax Forfeited Buildings

County Auditor/Treasurer Mark E. Hall met with the board to discuss the several properties that have structures and the need for authorization from the board to clean-up and possible secure the tax-forfeited buildings.

Con-Con Funds

County Auditor/Treasure Mark E. Hall and Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval for the distribution of Con-Con funds.

Resolution

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

Tax Forfeited Properties

Authorization to Clean Up and Secure

Resolution No. 13-10-02

WHEREAS; Lake of the Woods County has several properties that have structures on the property that have been forfeited for non-payment of taxes;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED; that Lake of the Woods County Commissioners, hereby authorizes County Auditor/Treasurer, Mark E. Hall to clean-up and or secure the tax-forfeited buildings for the safety and protection of the public.

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

AIRPORT RAILROAD CROSSING

Airport Manger, Emory Vagen and Bud Hansen met with the board to discuss the railroad crossings condition and that it still has not been repaired from the last time of request and that no one seems to answer phone calls when they do try to contact the CN. Public Works Director, Tim Erickson informed the board that he has been trying to contact them to work out a Crossing Management Plan. The board informed Emory and Bud that Representative Roger Erickson has been informed on this issue and that they will follow up with him and others.

County Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

County Auditor/Treasure Mark E. Hall and Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board for approval of claims:

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof to approve the claims as follows:

Revenue                      $  74,541.00   

Road and Bridge        $129,507.43

Social Service              $         10.00

Co. Develp                  $       860.66

Solid Waste                 $  22,560.90

EDA                            $  18,452.79

                                    $ 245,932.78

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 9/24/2013 For Payment 9/27/2013

Vendor Name                                                       Amount

Baudette/City Of                                                         60,000.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                     11,284.69

Earthworks Contracting Inc                                        3,918.75

Ferrier Logging, Inc                                                     3,966.25

Fish/Kevin                                                                     7,861.25

Hasbargen Farms Inc                                                  3,633.75

Hasbargen Logging Inc                                              4,512.50

M & J Construction Of Holt, Inc.                              59,366.25

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                           10,900.35

Miovac/Tim                                                                  4,536.25

Norman Johnson Trucking, Inc.                                4,465.00

Northwest Community Action, Inc                              3,411.50

Northwest Mechanical Of Bemidji Inc                        3,138.92

Pro-West & Associates, Inc                                         6,000.00

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                    3,784.20

Viewpoint Consulting Group, Inc                             12,000.00

WCEC Inc                                                                    9,735.00

Ziegler, Inc                                                                  11,930.50

49 Payments less than 2000     21,487.62

Final Total:   245,932.78

 Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants:

                                                September 11, 2013    $     45,905.27

September 16, 2013    $       1,141.89

                                                September 18, 2013    $     43,757.65

                                                September 19, 2013    $     35,130.65

                                                                                    $   125,935.46  

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

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 10:12 a.m. and reconvened at 10:24 a.m. as follows:

Con-con Review

County Auditor/Treasurer, Mark E. Hall and Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board and reviewed the Con-con request.

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof to approve the following allocations of Con-Con funds for payable 2014:

                                    Baudette Arena Assoc                              $15,000

                                    Baudette Curling club                             $10,000

                                    Williams Arena Assoc                               $  5,000

                                    Baudette Chamber-Project                     $  2,500                                                                                    Baudette Community Foundation           $  4,000

                                    Anchor Marketing                                     $15,000

                                    Depot Preservation (for rain gutters only) $  5,000(with receipts)                                                                   LOW Historical Society                           $12,500

                                    LOW Humane Society-support                 $  4,000

                                    University of MN Extension                     $  2,000

                                    Williams Public Library                          $      650

                                    JT Powers Natural Resource Board       $  1,000

                                    Keep it Clean                                               $  2,500

                                    LOW Sr. Fishing(LOW Chapter)              $  1,500

                                    Rinke-Noonan-Retainer-Drainage         $  2,400

                                    St. Louis County Aud(NCLUCB)              $  2,000

                                    Take A Kid Fishing                                      $      600

                                    Widseth Smith Nolting                             $16,000

                                    Auditing Fees                                               $      800

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

PUBLIC WORKS

Years of Service Recognition

Chairman Hanson on behalf of the County Board of Commissioners thanked Matt Mickelson for his years of service with the county and presented him the following:

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

Recognition of years of service

Matt Mickelson

Resolution 2013 – 09-03

Whereas:  Matt Mickelson has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County since December 23, 1996 as Maintenance Supervisor;

Whereas:  Matt Mickelson has retired from Lake of the Woods County service effective September 30, 2013;

Now Therefore, Be it Resolved:  That Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners extends its deepest appreciation to Matt for his dedicated service and best wishes  to him;

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

2014 Solid Waste Fees

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board and reviewed the 2014 Solid Waste fees and requested approval.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the 2014 Solid Waste assessments as presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

1994 Dodge Pickup

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board and requested authorization for sealed bids for the 1994 Dodge Dakota Pickup.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to authorize Public Works Director, Tim Erickson to sell by closed bids the following equipment:

  1. 1994 Dodge Dakota Pickup

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

Cell Phone Stipend

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board and requested a cell phone stipend for Ted Furbish.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof to allow Ted Furbish a cell phone stipend of $40.00 per month. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the claims against the county as follows:

Commissioner Warrants      $10,747.52

                                                            Commissioner Warrants      $ 2,556.57

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

MN Family Investment Program Agreement

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met the board requesting approval to enter into the 2014-2105 MN Family Investment Program service agreement.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof to approve the Lake of the Woods County Social Services 2014-2015 MN Family Investment Program (MFIP) Biennial Service Agreement. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried

2013 State of MN Financial Worker of the Year Award

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met the board to inform them that Angie Eason was nominated and awarded the 2013 State of MN Financial Worker of the year award at the recent MFW/CAA conference. The board congratulated Angie Eason for her nomination/award and thanked her for her dedicated service for the residents of our county.

CITY OF Williams

City of Williams Mayor, April Stavig and City Clerk, Kathleen Elson met with the board and informed them that the state had to make a bond payment on behalf of the City of Williams sewer. And they were requesting that the county pay of the difference in their bond and amortize the balance as a special assessment to city taxpayers over a longer period of time, in order to ease the burden on the City of Williams taxpayers. No action was taken at this time.

Lake of the Woods Prevention Coalition

Lake of the Woods Prevention Coalition Director, Tammie Doebler , Joyce Washburn and County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board to discuss a possible Ordinance for Synthetic Drug Establishments for Lake of the Woods County. The consensus of the board was to have Chairman Hanson have Contracted County Attorney, Michelle Moren review the sample ordinance.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 12:30 p.m. and reconvened at 12:35 p.m. as follows:

PUBLIC WORKS

Natural Gas Line

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board to discuss the possibility of having Natural Gas for the Industrial Park County Storage Building which is used for storage. The IDC is putting in natural gas line which is located near the county’s building and would cost approximately $2,500 for installation of the line.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize Public Works Director, Tim Erickson to run the natural gas line to the Industrial Park County Storage Building in the amount of installation of $2,500 with the funding from the unallocated account. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Overhead Door

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board to discuss the placing of an overhead door for the cold storage unit for the Law Enforcement at the Industrial Park County Storage Building and informed the board that staff would be able to do this work for approximately $3,500.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to authorize Public Works Director, Tim Erickson to have the overhead door installed for the cold storage unit within the Industrial Park County Storage Building up to $3,500 with funding from the unallocated account. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

NWA ROAD MAINTENACE/SOLID WASTE MANGEMENT PLAN

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board and discussed NWA road maintenance and updated the board on quotes on who may be hired to work on the Solid Waste Management Plan with the surrounding counties.

County Auditor/Treasurer

VA Resolution

County Auditor/Treasure Mark E. Hall met with the board requesting approval for the County Veterans Service Office Operational Enhancement Grant.

Resolution

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

Resolution of Lake of the Woods County

County Veterans Service Office Operational Enhancement Grant Program

Resolution 13-10-04

BE IT RESOLVED by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners that the County enter into the Grant Contract with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) to conduct the following Program:  County Veterans Service Office 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 Laws 2013 Chapter 142 Article 4.  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 the Chairman Hanson is hereby authorized to execute the Grant Contract for the County Veterans Service Office Operational Enhancement Grant Program, on behalf of the Lake of the Woods County.

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

Correspondence

The following correspondence was acknowledged; Thank you letters from the Williams Potato Day and the Williams Arena.

Recess

With no further business before the board, Chairman Hanson called the meeting to recess at 1:22 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: October 8, 2013

____________________________                                        _______________________________

Janet E. Rudd, Deputy Auditor                                             Thomas Hanson, Chairman of the Board

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Commissioner Proceedings

October 22, 2013

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in the Commissioners’ Room at the Government Center.

Call to Order

Chairman Hanson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners Buck Nordlof, Ken Moorman, Ed Arnesen, Patty Beckel and Tom Hanson.  Also present were: Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd and Jon Hanson.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the agenda with the following additions: City of Williams request for funds, AMC district meeting and Annual Conference. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Consent Agenda

None

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof to approve the minutes of October 8, regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the claims against the county as follows:

Commissioner Warrants      $12, 845.35

                                                            Commissioner Warrants      $ 30,136.44

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

2014 CSP Grant Plan

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met the board requesting approval to enter into the 2014-Community Support Program grant plan..

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel to approve the 2014 Community Support Program grant plan and authorize Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried

Wage Increase Request

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met the board requesting a step increase for Financial Worker, Angie Eason for recognition of excellence. The board informed Nancy that they are waiting on the HR position vacancies and will discuss a recognition program at a work session.

Cell Phone Stipend

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met the board requesting a cell phone stipend for Financial Worker, Shelly Pepera.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to allow Shelley Pepera a cell phone stipend of $60.00 per month. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

County Auditor/Treasurer Mark E. Hall and Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board for approval of claims:

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the claims as follows:

Revenue                      $  47,502.81  

Road and Bridge        $ 129,233.08

Co. Develp                  $        200.00

Solid Waste                 $     7,688.19

EDA                            $     3,873.42

                                    $188,497.50

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 10/22/2013 For Payment 10/25/2013

Vendor Name                                                                      Amount

Bauer Built, Inc                                                               12,818.59

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                        13,411.97

Holen Electric                                                                  3,075.44

Lake Road Diesel Inc                                                     2,393.42

LaValla Electric DBA/Ned                                                5,000.00

MN State Dept – Correction                                             6,055.08

Northwest Community Action, Inc                                2,714.00

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                         2,175.10

Ramsey County Medical Examiner                               2,800.00

Roseau County Cooperative Assn                               2,015.38

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc                                        5,382.00

Strata Corp, Inc                                                              94,593.71

Ziegler, Inc                                                                       2,543.33

75 Payments less than 2000   33,519.48

Final Total:  188,497.50

 Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants:

                                                October 9,         2013  $        7,026.41

                                                October 15,       2013  $    314,311.90

                                                October 15        2013  $        3,781.68

                                                                                    $    325,119.99  

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

Third Quarter Financial Update

County Auditor/Treasurer Mark E. Hall and Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board and reviewed the 3rd quarter financial report.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the exempt gambling permit for the Fraternal Order of Police NW MN Lodge #8 to conduct a lawful gambling for a raffle on February 24, 2014 at Sportsman’s Lodge and authorize County Auditor/Treasurer to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Con-Con Funds for Curling Club

The board discussed the request of funds from the Baudette Curling Club and noted that they requested funding to be payable in 2013.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel to approve payment in the amount of $10,000 to the Baudette Curling Club form the Con-Con fund. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Health insurance Rates

County Auditor/Treasurer Mark E. Hall and Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board to inform them that there was an increase 7.3% for the 2014 health insurance.

Work Session

The board set November 5, 2013 for a work session starting at 7:00 a.m.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 9:55 a.m. and reconvened at 10:05 a.m. as follows:

NWA AIRPORT UPDATE

Benita Crow, Principal Engineer from Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. meet with the board and reviewed the Feasibility Study-Phase 2. The board requested that Benita complete Phase 3, and concurred that site 3 would be the most suitable site.

SHERIFF

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting approval for installation of security system, installation for fob entry and panic buttons. Gary informed the board that Emergency Management Director, Christiana Husbands secured a safety grant thru the Department of Labor and Industry, Occupational Safety and Health Unit in the amount of $10,000, which requires a match of $10,000.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize County Sheriff, Gary Fish to have Wright Locksmith and Security System install the security system, panic buttons and the fob entry, in the amount of 28,079.51 with the funding from the Building Improvement fund. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. County

PUBLIC WORKS

Solid Waste Management Plan

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board requesting approval to hire a contractor for the Solid Waste Management Plan. Tim explained that Roseau, Pennington, Kittson and Marshall counties are looking at two companies to complete the study, Wenck Company would cost Lake of the Woods County roughly 8,500 and S E H, would cost approximately $7,500.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the Solid Waste Management Plan cost up to $8,500. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

closed session

Motion was made by Commissioner  Beckel to close the regular meeting at 11:34 a.m. and open the closed session pursuant to MN Statute § 13D.03 Labor Negotiations. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following were present at the closed session: Commissioners Arnesen, Nordlof, Moorman, Beckel and Hanson, Human Resource Assistant, Dena Pieper.

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 11:45 a.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 11:45 a.m. and reconvened at 1:04 p.m. as follows:

David and Mary Schrandt Cartway Hearing

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof to open the Public Hearing for David and Mary Schrandt Cartway Hearing at 1:05 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

David and Mary Schrandt Attorney, Nora Crumpton and Contracted County Attorney, Michelle Moren met with the board to present the proposed cartway. Contracted County Attorney, Michelle Moren went over the criteria with the County Board and Attorney Crumpton asking if this parcel is at least 5 acres and is land locked. Attorney Crumpton acknowledge that the property was. Contracted County Attorney, Michelle Moren noted that the order setting the public hearing upon petition was posted on October 11, 2013, and the county had received the affidavit of service and posting.

The County board reviewed the petition requesting the establishment of the cartway. Chairman Hanson requested the Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund review the routes in order and what impact it may have on wetlands and the approximate wetland impact would cost. Josh reviewed the four routes and the cost associated if a road was to be constructed to standards, or not built to standards, or just by access such as walking/ATV, and or to construct a trail no more than approximately five (5) feet.

Chairman Hanson opened the floor for comments. The following comments were heard:

  • Jon Meikle stated that Route 1 was the most logical route to use; the proposed route that would be on his property would ruin his pond and would be close to his house.
  • Gary Pulkrabeck stated that if it was on his property it would wreck his hunting and also would lose his shooting range and trails.
  • Paul Pederson stated that if it was on his and his sister’s it would run right through his farm land and the half mile road would end right where a swamp is. Paul stated that he would prefer Route 1, between his and Gary Pulkrabeck land.

Chairman Hanson discussed the routes for the cartway. The board reviewed the concerns from the effected land owners. The board determined that Route 1, with 16.5 feet from Gary Pulkrabercks land and 16.5 feet from Paul Pederson land would be less disruptive, less damaging, and possible in the public’s best interest. The board also discussed the damages that this cartway will initiate.

Resolution

Resolution

  1. Establishing Cartway for Petitioner David and Mary Schrandt
  2. Bifurcating Cartway Hearing to Determine Award of Damages
  3. Requiring Petitioners to Post Bond or other Security

Resolution No. 13-10-05

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners has received a cartway petition pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 164.08, from David and Mary Schrandt  “petitioners” in which the petitioner asks the county board to establish a cartway to petitioners’ property across the lands of others; and

WHEREAS, Petitioners have been represented by Nora Crumpton, Attorney at Law; and

WHEREAS, the petitioners’ property is described as follows:  SW¼, Sec. 2, Twp. 160 N., Range 33 W. and

WHEREAS, the petitioners ask that a cartway be established over one of the following routes:

ROUTE 1:  The West two (2) rods of the Northeast Quarter (NE¼) of Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West; and the West two (2) rods of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NW¼ SE¼) of said Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West.

OR

ROUTE 2: The West one (1) rod of the Northwest Quarter (NW¼) of Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West; and the East one (1) rod of the Northeast Quarter (NE¼) of Section Three (3), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West.

OR

ROUTE 3:  The south one (1) rod of the Southeast Quarter (SE ¼) of Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West; and the north one (1) rod of the Northeast Quarter of Section Eleven (11), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West.

OR

ROUTE 4: The West one (1) rod of the Northeast Quarter (NE¼) of Section Eleven (11), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West; and the East one (1) rod of the Northwest Quarter (NW¼) of Section Eleven (11), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West.

WHEREAS, it was determined that dependent upon the route so selected, the requested cartway could pass over the lands of the following persons: Gary G. Pulkrabek, Paul Pederson, Patricia Davidson, Vivian Lloyd, Jon Meikle, James Stanton, Terry Gamache, and John Stanton Jr.; whose property is described as follows: The Northeast Quarter (NE¼) of Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West; and the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NW¼ SE¼) of said Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West; OR, the Northwest Quarter (NW¼) of Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West and the Northeast Quarter (NE¼) of Section Three (3), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West; OR the

the Southeast Quarter (SE ¼) of Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West and the Northeast Quarter (NE¼) of Section Eleven (11), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West; OR the Northeast Quarter (NE¼) of Section Eleven (11), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West and the Northwest Quarter (NW¼) of Section Eleven (11), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West. and

WHEREAS; on October 22, 2013, after proper posting and notice, a hearing on the cartway petition was heard by the Lake of the Woods County board; and

WHEREAS; the following public were in attendance: Jon Meikle, Gary Pulkrabek, Paul Pederson, Patricia Davidson, Ron Davidson, Ben Murphy, Terry Gamache and Dwain Duckwork.

WHEREAS; the County Board finds that, pursuant to Minn. Stat. §164.08, subd. 2 (a), the petitioner owns a tract of land containing at least five acres and has no access from it to a public road except over the lands of others; and

WHEREAS; the petitioner is therefore entitled to the establishment of a cartway pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 164.08. subd. 2 (a);

WHEREAS, the County Board heard evidence and arguments from the petitioner, the affected landowners and members of the public regarding the question of what damages, if any, should be paid to the owners and occupants across whose land(s) the cartway will be established, and regarding what damages the county has incurred as costs and expenses related to these proceedings;

WHEREAS, the petitioner is responsible for any and all cost of wetland mitigation; and

WHEREAS; by and through counsel, petitioners agreed to that the cartway hearing should be bifurcated so that the issue of award of damages could be heard at a later date

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED AND ORDERED;

  1. A cartway pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 164.08, subd. 2 (a) is established, subject to the terms and conditions that follow, the terms and conditions in the award of damages, and the payment of all damages.
  2. The Lake of the Woods County Board finds that the following location and width of the cartway is the least disruptive and least damaging for neighboring landowners and in the public’s best interest; The East 16.5 feet of the NW1/4 Sec 2, Twp 160 Range 33 and the West 16.5 feet of the NE1/4 of Sec. 2, Twp 160, Range 33, Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota
  3. That the cartway hearing is hereby bifurcated and the hearing to determine damages shall be held at a date to be determined by the County Board.  Prior to said hearing, the proposed cartway shall be surveyed; an appraisal shall be conducted to determine damages and a wetland study shall be conducted.  Petitioner shall be responsible for all associated costs.  No action shall be taken in regard to the survey, appraisal, and wetland study shall occur unless and until Petitioners pay a bond to the County to cover the cost of said items in the sum of $13,500.00 as more fully set forth in paragraph 4 of this resolution.
  4. Following the completion of the items set forth in paragraph 3 above and prior to opening or constructing the cartway, the petitioner shall pay to the county all items described below as damages for the establishment of the cartway, together with any other costs or disbursements to the County or affected landowners. If the damages exceed the amount of estimated costs, the board can amend this resolution to require additional security.

Survey                                      $7,000

Wetland Delineation                $6,000

Appraisal of cartway route      $   500  

5. The issue regarding award of damages to the affected landowner and further damages to the County (if any) shall be reserved and determined at the continued cartway hearing at a time and date to be determined.

6. The County Board shall set the next hearing date following the completion of the requirements set forth in paragraph 3 above. Petitioner shall be required to give notice of said hearing by mailed notice to all affected landowners and posted notice per statute.

7. Town road and bridge funds shall not be expended for this cartway.

The resolution was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the vote carried as follows:

Voting For: Commissioners Moorman, Arnesen, Hanson and Beckel

Voting Against:    None

Abstaining: Commissioner Nordlof

The David and Mary Schrandt cartway petition is stayed until the security is deposited with Lake of the Woods County Auditor/Treasurer.

Lake of the Woods County

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                                                                        Thomas Hanson, Chairman of the Board

Dated: ________________________

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to close the Public Hearing at 2:25 p.m. and open the regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

CITY OF WILLIAMS REQUEST

Chairman Hanson informed the board that Williams City Clerk, Kathleen Elson called and inquired what the County Commissioners’ decision was for the requests of funding from the October 8, 2013 meeting. The consensus of the board was that the City of Williams needs to address the issues that the State is asking for before the board will make any consideration or take any action on the City of Williams request of funds.

AMC MEETINGS

Chairman Hanson informed the board that the AMC district meeting will be held on October 30, in Bemidji and that the Annual Conference will be held on December 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency, in Minneapolis.

Recess

With no further business before the board, Chairman Hanson called the meeting to recess at 2:38 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: November 12, 2013

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Janet E. Rudd, Deputy Auditor                                             Thomas Hanson, Chairman of the Board

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Commissioner Proceedings

Special County Board Meeting

October 29, 2013

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center.

Call to Order

Chair Tom Hanson called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present:  Commissioners Ed Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Tom Hanson, Ken Moorman and Buck Nordlof.  Also present were: Interim County Attorney Michelle Moren, Para-Legal/Human Resource Assistant Dena Pieper, County Sheriff Gary Fish, County Recorder Sue Ney, Social Services Director Nancy Wendler, Child Support Officer Craig Severs, Public Works Director Tim Erickson and Chief Deputy Auditor Lorene Hanson.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Ken Moorman to approve the agenda for the special meeting today.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Review of Interviews

Interim County Attorney Michelle Moren reviewed the interviewing process with the County Board and the Interviewing Committee.  The Committee will meet on another date, to review the applicants’ scores and attain a recommendation to bring to the County Board on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.  The Interviewing Committee would consist of the following:  County Sheriff, Social Services Director, Public Works Director, Interim County Attorney, County Recorder and two (2) County Commissioners.

Interviews:

1st Applicant:

Para-Legal/Human Resource Assistant Dena Pieper introduced Steven R Ott to the County Board.  Interim County Attorney Michelle Moren introduced herself to Mr. Ott and reviewed the interviewing process with him.  Introductions were made by all of those in attendance.   Michelle proceeded with the interviewing questions. 

Recess

The County Board recessed at 12:00 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

Interviews:

2nd Applicant:

Para-Legal/Human Resource Assistant Dena Pieper introduced Michael P Plante to the County Board.  Interim County Attorney Michelle Moren introduced herself to Mr. Plante and reviewed the interviewing process with him.  Introductions were made by all of those in attendance.   Michelle proceeded with the interviewing questions. 

Recess

The County Board recessed at 3:00 p.m. and reconvened at 3:30 p.m. as follows:

Interviews:

3rd Applicant:

Para-Legal/Human Resource Assistant Dena Pieper introduced Patrick A Oman to the County Board.  Interim County Attorney Michelle Moren introduced herself to Mr. Oman and reviewed the interviewing process with him.  Introductions were made by all of those in attendance.   Michelle proceeded with the interviewing questions. 

Recess

There being no further business before the County Board, Chair Tom Hanson called the meeting to recess at 5:20 p.m.

Attest:                                                             Approved:  November 12, 2013

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Lorene G Hanson                                          Thomas Hanson

Chief Deputy Auditor                                   County Board Chair