June, 2010

Commissioner Proceedings

Special County Board Meeting

June 1, 2010

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center.

Call to Order

Chair Arnesen called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.  Also present were: County Auditor John W Hoscheid and Wade Johannesen.

Approval of Agenda

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

Public Works Director Vacancy

Appointment of Public Works Director

Assistant Engineer Bill Sindelir met with the County Board to discuss the Public Works Director vacancy.  Also attending was Jeff Pelland and Marti Carlson.

The County Board discussed appointing Bill Sindelir as Acting Public Works Director, in the interim of the Public Works Director vacant position.  Chair Arnesen made a monetary offer to Bill Sindelir appointing him as an Acting Public Works Director.  Bill thanked him for the offer and said he would have to decline the compensation that was offered.  He stated that he has worked for Lake of the Woods County for 38 years and has accepted this interim position before; he does not want to cost the county any more than he feels is necessary.   Bill said that he would gladly accept the job until the County Board has made a decision as to how they are going to proceed; and that he would not want a pay increase of more than $900 per month.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to appoint William “Bill” Sindelir as Acting Public Works Director, with a pay increase of $900 per month, beginning June 1, 2010, until further notice.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Acting Public Works Director, Bill Sindelir stated that he would contact and inform State Aid District Engineer, Lou Tasa with the County Boards appointment of Acting Public Works Director.

Recess

Chair Arnesen recessed the meeting at 2:30 p.m. and reconvened at 2:32 p.m. as follows:

Public Works Director Vacancy Cont

The County Board discussed the option of sharing a County Engineer with another County.  It was the consensus of the County Board to have Commissioner Todd Beckel contact Beltrami County to see if they would be interested in an agreement with Lake of the Woods County to share their County Engineer.   Commissioner Todd Beckel would update the County Board on Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Other

The County Board discussed items to be placed on the next County Board agenda which included the following:

  • Set Budget Meeting Dates;
  • Update on Road Inventory;
  • Committee Selection for the Committees Bruce Hasbargen was appointed to;
  • Discussion of County Engineer/Public Works Director;
  • Update on Beltrami County’s Response to Sharing a County Engineer

Recess

There being no further business before the County Board, Chair Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 3:10 p.m.

Attest:                                                             Approved:  June 8, 2010

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                          Edward Arnesen

County Auditor                                             County Board Chair

Commissioner Proceedings

June 8, 2010

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 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 Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson, Moorman and Arnesen.   Also present were: County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, Penny Mio Hirst and John Oren.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the agenda with the following additions:

MN Department of Public Safety Agreement; Lorene Hanson to St. Cloud for MCIT training; Crisis Resource thank-you letter and Property Inventory. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Approval of Consent Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the consent agenda as follows: Julie Berggren and Ruth Rizzito Brainerd on June 9, 2010 for LexIpool training; Holly House to Bemidji on June 23-24, 2010 for HSEM meeting; Rita Krause to St. Paul on June 23-24, 2010 for State Child Support Meeting; Lorene Hanson to St. Cloud on June 10, 2010 for MCIT training.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the minutes of May 25, 2010 regular meeting, May 27, 2010 special meeting and June 1, 2010 special meeting; with changes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

Claims

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler met with the board requesting approval of claims and contracts.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the following claims against the county:

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants           $11,237.58

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants            $  9,029.31

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

Contracts

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the contract between MeritCare Thief River Falls/Northwest Medical Center (NWMC) and Lake of the Woods County Social Services for 2010 for the provision of onsite mental health physician’s assistant services and to authorize Chairman Ed Arnesen and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the contract between LifeCare Behavioral Health Services and Lake of the Woods County Social Services for 2010 for the provision of clinical supervision/consultation for agency staff and to authorize Chairman Ed Arnesen and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler , to sign same. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. 

COUNTY AUDITOR

Claims

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board for approval of claims:

Motion

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

                                                Revenue                               $        23,375.14    

                                                Road & Bridge                     $        20,899.37

                                                Co. Development                 $          6,606.44

                                                Solid Waste                          $        28,230.55

                                                                                             $         79,111.50           

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/08/2010 FOR PAYMENT  6/11/2010

       AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                                    AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

          507.93 AUTO VALUE BAUDETTE                                                         331.80 BEN FRANKLIN

        2530.00 BURG ELECTRONIC RECOVERY                                           342.99 CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES INC

        1675.00 ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE, I                                 3139.53 ESRI

          702.13 FARMERS UNION OIL CO.                                                       302.80 HOMETOWN HARDWARE

          661.19 HOWARD’S OIL COMPANY                                                    2840.00 BRIAN JOHNSON

        2638.96 JOHNSTON FARGO CULVERT INC                                      1830.01 LAKE ROAD DIESEL INC

          918.75 LAKEWOOD HEALTH CENTER                                               480.00 LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING SERVI

        1519.82 LOCATORS SUPPLIES INC                                                      432.47 LOW FOODS

        3906.25 LOW HIGHWAY DEPT                                                              484.00 LOW TRANSFER INC

        9201.60 MAR-KIT LANDFILL                                                                   903.00 MN COUNTIES INSURANCE TRUST

          375.00 MN OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNO                               5427.00 LAW MOREN

          473.44 NOBLE THRIFTY WHITE                                                        5925.44 NORTH AMERICAN SALT CO

        2036.58 NORTH EAST TECHNICAL SERVICE,I                                    730.02 NORTHERN FARMERS CO-OP

          667.06 THE NORTHERN LIGHT                                                           331.26 OFFICE DEPOT

          490.06 POWERPLAN                                                                             817.60 PRO MAC MANUFACTURING LTD

          410.46 QUILL CORPORATION                                                           2601.28 R & Q TRUCKING, INC

        4000.00 RESERVE ACCOUNT                                                                842.30 RTVISION INC

          912.05 GEORGE SWENTIK                                                                  409.47 T R JOBBING

        4607.10 T-C LIGHTING                                                                           600.00 TAKE A KID FISHING

          328.44 TONY DORN, INC.                                                                    497.05 TRUE VALUE

        6639.77 WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING&ASST INC                                  318.65 ZIEGLER, INC

38 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,323.24

FINAL TOTAL:     $79,111.50

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

                                                  May 24, 2010      $   728,880.07

                                                  May 25, 2010      $   120,213.49           

                                                  May  26, 2010     $     15,319.12

                                                  June 3,    2010     $1,096,714.41

                                                June 7,      2010       $       975.50            

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

Chairman Arnesen excused himself from the meeting and Vice-Chair Moorman resumed the meeting as follows:

Liquor License

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval for the renewal of Intoxication Liquor, 3.2 Malt Liquor and Cigarette license.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the following licenses:  Intoxicating Liquor, 3.2 Malt Liquor and Cigarette; from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, contingent upon the approval of the County Sheriff, County Attorney and all property taxes and lodging taxes are paid to date.

  • On/Off Sale and Sunday Liquor License:

Adrian’s Resort, Angle Inn Resort, Ballard’s Resort, Borderview Lodge, Jerry’s Restaurant and Lounge, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, Riverbend Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Sportsman’s Lodge, Wigwam Resort, Zippel Bay Resort, North Point Bar & Grill, Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge and  Randall’s Resort;

  • On-Sale and Sunday Liquor License:

Cyrus Resort, Ken-Mar-Ke Resort, Flag Island Resort, Wheelers Point Resort, Schuster’s Resort and Elkhorn Outfitters Inc;

  • Off-Sale Only:

Log Cabin Liquors Inc;

  • Cigarette License:

Adrian’s Resort, Ballard’s Resort, Bay Store, Borderview Lodge, Cenex, City of Williams, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Holiday Station, Howard’s, Jeanette Mcatee, Lake of the Woods Foods, Log Cabin Bait, Log Cabin Liquors, Long Point Resort, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, North Point Bar & Grill, Riverbend Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Sportsman’s Lodge, Sportsman’s of Oak Island Lodge, Too Tall’s, Wheeler’s Point and Zippel Bay Resort;

  • 3.2 On-Sale Malt Liquor:

Long Point Resort, Ship’s Wheel Resort and Oak Island Resort;

  • 3.2 Off-Sale Malt Liquor:

Bay Store, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Long Point Resort, Oak Island Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Log Cabin Bait and Flag Island Resort.

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

Chairman Arnesen resumed position of the Chair.

Clarence Nash

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nash met with the board requesting that the street names be designated as Chandler Road between block 3 and block 2 in Marina Drive Estates and not Katie Road; and the road between block 1 and block 2 to be designated as Katie Road in Marina Drive Estates and not Chandler Road. Mr. Nash informed the board that he spoke to the only other property owner on Chandler Road and he had no objection to Mr. Nash’s request.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to change Katie Road to Chandler Road in Marina Drive Estates, between block 3 & 2 and change Chandler Road to Katie Road between block 1&2 in Marina Drive Estates and request that MIS department go through the procedures to change the names and contact Mr. Nash and other property owners involved with the name change.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Minnesota Small Business Development Center

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board to discuss a request for funding from the Minnesota Small Business Development Center.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to contribute to the Minnesota Small Business Development Center $500.00 per year, for the years of 2011, 2012 and 2013, with the funding from the Con-con fund.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Line Workers School Lease Agreement

The board discussed the lease agreement for the Line Workers School, changes are still being made.  Mike Reed, Economic Development Assistant introduced Monte Johnson, Dean of Academics & Student Services from Wadena Technical School to the board. Also meeting with the board was North Star Manager, Dan Haskins and Karl Frigaard from Northwest Community Action and informed the board that the REDLAG applications are completed and that the school building plans are not finished as of today and that the bid date may need to be changed.

Appointment of 2010 Election Judges and hourly pay

County Auditor John W Hoscheid met with the County Board to approve election judges for the primary and general elections; and request a pay increase for the election judges. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the following election judges for the 2010 primary and general elections:  Mary Marhula, Dorothy Chapman, Louise Menk, Gretchen Levasseur, Christie Russell, Sunny Dorow, Sandy Peterson, Judy Johnson, Sharon Feldman, Marge Hancock, Shelley Pepera, Aprille Levasseur, Rita Krause, Jodi Ferrier, Margie Sporlein, Lois Dally, Jacquelin Becklund, Stacy Novak, Dale Boretski, Steve Sindelir, Dawn Christianson, Darren Olson, Lorene Hanson and Nancy Olson.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the hourly pay for election judges as follows:  head election judges at $9.75 per hour and election judges at $9.25 per hour; effective with the 2010 election.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

2011 Budget Dates

The board discussed budget dates for 2011.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to set the following dates  for the 2011 budget:

     Date                            Location                                            Time

July 13, 2010               Commissioners’ Room                        7:00 a.m.

July 13, 2010               Commissioners’ Room                        2:00 p.m.

July 23, 2010               Jury Room                                           8:00 a.m.

July 27, 2010               Commissioners’ Room                        7:00 a.m.

July 30, 2010               Commissioners’ Room                        8:00 a.m.

August 3, 2010           Commissioners’ Room                        8:00 a.m.

August 9, 2010           Commissioners’ Room                        7:00 a.m.

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

Committee Vacancies

The board discussed the vacancies on various committees on which Bruce Hasbargen was appointed to for the year 2010.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to appoint the following to the vacant committees as follows: AMC Transportation and Area Transportation Advisory Board- Bill Sindelir; Building and Safety Committee- Bill Sindelir; Personnel Committee- Bill Sindelir; Hwy 11 Task Force/Transportaiton Alliance- Bill Sindelir; Information Systems/Technology Committee- Boyd Johnson; LOW Affordable Housing/Loan Committee- Sue Ney; Motor Pool Committee- Jeff Pelland; Park Commission- Bill Sindelir; Solid Waste Committee/Household Waste- Bill Sindelir; Township Road and Trails- Bill Sindelir and Boyd Johnson.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Sharing County Auditor- Interim

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid informed the board that Roseau County requested that John serve as Interim County Auditor due to the retirement of Roseau County Auditor, Ann Granitz.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to serve as Interim County Auditor, for Roseau County until December 31, 2010 and authorize Chairman Arnesen to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with Roseau County, contingent up the review of Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

Purchase of Pressure Washer

Assistant Engineer, Bill Sindelir met with the board requesting authorization to purchase a pressure washer.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to authorize the Public Works Department to purchase a new pressure washer in the amount of $10,134.65 from the Highway Equipment Reserve Fund.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Road Inventory Update

Engineering Technician/Administrative Assistant, Boyd Johnson met with the board and updated them on the Road Inventory and stated that he would present a power point at the June 22, 2010 meeting.

County Engineers Position Vacancy

There was no update from Beltrami County for Interim Lake of the Woods Public Works Director.

PUBLIC HEARING

Judicial Ditch 16 Abandonment

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 11:09 a.m. and open the Public Hearing for Judicial Ditch 16.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Chairman Arnesen acknowledged a petition for partial abandonment of Judicial Ditch #16, pursuant to MN Statutes § 103E.805 from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource; there were no comments from the floor and no letters received.

Resolution

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

Partial Abandonment of Judicial Ditch #16

Resolution No. 10-06-02

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County abandons a portion of Judicial Ditch #16, in Section 36, Twp 162 N, R 33 W (Zipple Twp) and the northern boundary of Section 1, Twp 161 N, R 33 W (McDougald Twp).

WHEREAS, the  portion to be partially abandoned is described as the SW corner of the SE¼, Section 36 (Zipple Twp) and continuing East for a distance of ½ mile to the SE corner of the SE¼ of Section 36 (Zipple Twp).

WHEREAS, the position of the ditch to be abandoned lies within the boundaries of the Graceton Wildlife Management Area.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED; that Lake of the Woods County Commissioners, on June 8, 2010 abandons the ½ mile of Judicial Ditch #16 as described above.

Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the public hearing at 11:13 a.m. and open the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 11:14 a.m. and reconvened at 11:20 a.m. as follows:

COUNTY AUDITOR

MN Public Safety Contract

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval for the lease agreement with the State of Minnesota, Department of Public Safety for a motorcycle skill test course.

Resolution

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

Resolution No. 10-06-01

State of Minnesota Lease Agreement with the Department of Public Safety

BE IT RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County will enter into a lease agreement with the State of Minnesota, Department of Administration acting for the benefit of the Department of Public Safety for an area approximately 30’X75’ in the south parking lot of the County Government Center for the use only as a motorcycle skill test course beginning July 1, 2010 and terminating June 30, 2013.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that County Auditor , John W. Hoscheid and County Chairman are hereby authorized to sign such lease upon the approval of the County Attorney.

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The board discussed their intention to adopt a resolution to create a committee to recommend options for a County Economic Development Authority.

Resolution

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

                                                Resolution No. 10-06-03

Creation of a Committee to Recommend Options for an EDSP

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners have considered creating a County Economic Development Authority for Lake of the Woods County;

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners have given notice to all local government units and development agencies within the county pursuant MN Stat. § 469.1082, subd.2;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, Lake ofthe Woods County Board of Commissioners have agreed to create a committee to recommend options for an Economic Development Service Provider pursuant MN. Stat.  §469.1082, subd.2.

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

Potential Committee Members

The board discussed the potential committee members for recommending options for an Economic Development Service Provider.  Commissioners Patty Beckel and Moorman will set a date and give to County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to send a letter of the committee meeting date to the following potential committee members; 2 County Board Commissioners, 2 City of Baudette Council Members, 2 City of Williams Council Members, 2 Lake of the Woods School Board Members, 1 Baudette/Lake of the Woods Chamber Member, 1 Northwest Angle Chamber Member, 1 Lake of the Woods County Tourism Member, 1 Lake of the Woods Industrial Development Commission Member,1 Bank Member,1 Housing Rehabilitation Authority Member,1 Hospital – Lakewood Health Member.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

OLD/New Business

There was no new update on:

  • ANI
  • Red Lake Tribe
  • Oak Island Petition

There were updates on:

  • Land Acquisition; the DNR would consider selling 1.5 acres known as Jim’s corner
  • Team Building; Department Heads would like a 2 hour session on “Meeting Customer Needs”
  • Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund- hand out on expenditures
  • Grand Theater; Chairman Arnesen will talk to County Assessor
  • Property Inventory; Commissioners will talk to the Departments that have not handed in their office inventory
  • County TV; still trying to coordinate meeting date

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 12:00 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

PLANNING COMMISSION

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 1:01 p.m. and open the Planning Commission. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

There will be a Lake of the Woods County Planning Commission hearing Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Room of the County Government Center in Baudette, Minnesota .  The Board will consider the following requests:

James Herzog                          Lot 8, Block 3, Winter-Sett                            A Conditional Use Permit as

Winter-Sett Resort                  Estates – Section 9, T-162N,                           required by the Lake of the

                                                R-33W (Zippel Township)                              Woods County Zoning

                                                Parcel # 18.51.03.080                                     Ordinance, to allow a commercial

                                                                                                                        business consisting of a single unit resort with lodging in a Residential Development District.

John Josephson                       Lot 3, Block 1, Y Not Jochim’s                      A Conditional Use Permit as

Happiness On Water               Retreat – Section 20, T-161N,                         required by the Lake of the

                                                R-31W (Baudette Township)                         Woods County Zoning

                                                Parcel # 24.61.01.030                                     Ordinance, to allow a commercial

                                                                                                                        business consisting of a guided fishing service with lodging in a Residential Development District.

Ken & Verna Pieper                A 8.35 acre tract in the SW¼ of the A Conditional Use Permit as

                                                NW¼ and a 4.00 acre tract in the     required by the Lake of the

                                                NW¼ of the SW¼ of Section 17,                  Woods County Zoning

                                                T-161N, R-33W (McDougald)                       Ordinance, to allow a commercial

                                                Parcel # 22.17.23.010                                     business consisting of a green house, garden center, mercantile and services in a Natural Environment District.

James Herzog- Conditional Use Permit

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund presented James Herzog’s application requesting a Conditional Use Permit to allow a commercial business consisting of a single unit resort with lodging in a Residential Development District. A letter was received in opposition from the Strandberg’s and one comment from Maria Hall was heard with no opposition of a resort. This application was tabled until July 13, 2010 Planning Commission for more information.

John Josephson- Conditional Use Permit

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund presented John Josephson Conditional Use Permit to allow a commercial business consisting of a guided fishing service with lodging in a Residential Development District. No opposition from William Ronacek, Tony Jochim or Wade Johannesen. No letters were received.

Ken & Verna Pieper-Conditional Use Permit

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund presented Ken & Verna Pieper’s application requesting a Conditional Use Permit to allow a commercial business consisting of a green house, garden center, mercantile and services in a Natural Environment District. No letters were received and no comments from the floor were heard.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the Planning Commission at 2:40 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Committee Reports

Commissioner Todd Beckel reported on:

  • AMC District Meeting
  • Northern Counties
  • MRCC

Commissioner Patty Beckel reported on

  • Wheelers Point Sewer

Correspondence:

AMC; Arrowhead Library System; Examples of Economic Development Authorities; Crisis Resource thank-you letter

With no further business before the board, Chairman Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 3:16 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved: June 8, 2010

____________________________                                                    ____________________________

John W. Hoscheid County Auditor                                                    Edward Arnesen, Chairman of the Board

Commissioner Proceedings

June 15, 2010

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in the Angle Inlet School, Angle Inlet.

Call to Order

Chair Arnesen called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present:  Commissioners:  Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.  Present on behalf of the County were: County Auditor John W Hoscheid, Land and Water Planning Director Josh Stromlund and County Assessor Wayne Bendickson.  Also present were:  Senator Saxhaug, Penny Mio Hirst and many area residents.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the meeting today with the following change:   “Removal of the motion to re-set the bid opening date for the Line Workers School”. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Consent Agenda

There was no consent agenda for the meeting today. 

Senator Saxhaug

Senator Saxhaug met with the Lake of the Woods County Board.  He gave a “2010 Lake of the Woods County Wrap Up” with highlights including:  PILT, Bonding for Williams Sewer, MN Historical and Cultural Grants and Enhanced Drivers License.

Deb Kellerman

Summary of Oak Island Land Owners Survey

Deb Kellerman met with the Lake of the Woods County Board and presented the history and a “Summary of Oak Island Landowners Association Survey”.  She stated that when the Oak Island Landowners Association was formed, the concerns at that time were presented in a petition to the Lake of the Woods County Board on August 18, 2009, with no action taken.  In November, 2009, the Lake of the Woods County Board asked the Oak Island Landowners Association to re-survey landowners (and include all islands, not just Oak Island).  A public hearing for June 15, 2010, was scheduled to discuss the components of the petition and to hear the results of the landowner survey. 

Deb updated the County Board and said that there were 214 surveys mailed out and summarized the results for all in attendance.  (A copy of the survey is on file in the Lake of the Woods County Auditor’s Office.)

Planning Commission – Public Hearing – Oak Island Petition

Motion to Open Public Hearing

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 11:10 a.m. and open the Planning Commission. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Chair Arnesen opened the Planning Commission for the Oak Island Petition:

  1. To establish District Zoning provisions for the NW Angle Island which will facilitate the development of land use plans and zoning regulations appropriate specifically for this area (Ref: MN Statutes §394.25 subdivision 2);
  2. Contract the Headwater Regional Development Commission to develop a Comprehensive Land Use Plan specifically for the NW Angle Islands, including suggested zoning for implementing this Plan;
  3. That in the time between now and the completion of points 1 and 2 above, that there be a moratorium placed on Planned Unit Developments or Common Interest Developments and residential or commercial trailer development.

The Lake of the Woods County Board received comments and testimonies from Oak Island landowners and many area residents. County Auditor John W Hoscheid read correspondence from the following:  Scott Vickaryous, Bonnie Neumiller, David Vickaryous, Marvin and Debbie Butler, Brenda and Paul Brandt, Robert Heise and Greg Krzoska. 

Motion to Close Public Hearing

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the public hearing at 1:25 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Request For Motion

Chair Arnesen requested a motion to accept the Oak Island Petition as presented.  With the lack of a motion made, there was no action taken.  Deb Kellerman addressed the County Board and asked them to consider the 98 petitioners in favor of this petition.  The County Board discussed the additional comments received.

Line Workers School

The motion to re-set the bid opening date was removed from the agenda today and was rescheduled for action on the June 22, 2010 regular board meeting. Commissioner Todd Beckel gave an update on the status of the Line Workers School. 

Bernard Wetland Bank

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the County Board and gave an update on the Bernard Wetland Banking Project.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize County Board Chair Arnesen and County Assessor Wayne Bendickson to sign “Part B” of the Bernard Wetland Banking Application.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Old/New Business

The County Board discussed the following old and new business: 

  • ANI
  • County TV
  • Grand Theater
  • Land Acquisition
  • Lessard – Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Line Workers School
  • Oak Island Petition
  • Red Lake Tribe
  • Team Building
  • Township Road Inventory

The County Board would like the following items to be placed on the next County Board Meeting Agenda:

  • County Sheriff —  NW Angle Reverse 911 Update
  • Public Works Dept — Northwest Angle Barge Run 

Committee Reports

There were no committee reports or further correspondence received.

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chair Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 2:47 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: June 22, 2010       

____________________________                                        ____________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                                        Ed Arnesen, County Board Chair

Lake of the Woods County

Board of Equalization

June 15, 2010

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Equalization met on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center. 

Call to Order

Chair Arnesen called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present:  Commissioners: Ed Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Tom Hanson, Ken Moorman and County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Also present were: County Assessor Wayne Bendickson, Assistant Assessor Dale Boretski, Gloriann Olson and Jim Clementson.  Deputy Auditor Stacy Novak swore in the members of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Equalization. 

Property Owners

County Board Chair Arnesen explained that all appeals would be heard before any action would be taken.

Meeting with the County Board was Michael J Culliton, property owner in Gudrid Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area. 

Meeting with the County Board was George M Swentik, property owner in Baudette, Spooner and Victory Townships.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the County Board was Merlin L Johnson, property owner in McDougald Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area and explained that on his property the limited market value was removed from the prior year, thereby increasing the value this year.

Meeting with the County Board was James H Burns, property owner in Wheeler (Platted) Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Commissioner Todd Beckel presented a voicemail received from Michael Clark, property owner in Baudette Township.  The information left on the voicemail was incomplete for any action to be taken.

Actions

After hearing all the appeals, questions and comments, the following action was taken:

Michael J Culliton, property owner in Gudrid Township, Parcel No. 31.12.14.010; it was the consensus to have the County Assessor Wayne Bendickson meet with Mr. Culliton and reassess his property.

George M Swentik, property owner in Baudette Township, Parcel No. 24.28.31.000; motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to reduce the land value from $650 per acre to $550 per acre. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, carried as follows:  For:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman; Against:  None;  Abstaining:  County Auditor John W Hoscheid.

James H Burns, property owner in Wheeler (Platted) Township, Parcel No. 19.53.00.040; motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to have the County Assessor reduce the value of the trailer to scrap value of $500 and reduce the land value due to conformity issues.  The total building and land reduction to be reduced by $19,900.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Todd Beckel to make no changes on the following properties:

Property Owners:                 Townships                                           Parcel Numbers

Merlin L Johnson                    McDougald Township,                        22.14.31.000

George M Swentik                  Spooner Township,                              30.11.22.000                                               

George            M Swentik                 Victory Township                                42.01.11.000  

Michael Clark                           Baudette Township                             24.20.13.000

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, carried as follows:  For:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman;  Against:  None;  Abstaining:  County Auditor John W Hoscheid.   

County Assessor

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson issued and reviewed the following reports:

  • 2010 Comparisons / New Construction — by Townships
  • New Construction and Market Value by Year — 1980 through 2010  

Adjourn

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to adjourn the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2010.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  County Board Chair Arnesen adjourned the Lake of the Woods County Board of Equalization meeting for 2010, at 7:58 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved: June 22, 2010

___________________________                              ________________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                            Edward Arnesen, County Board Chair

Commissioner Proceedings

June 22, 2010

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 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 Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson, Moorman and Arnesen.   Also present were: County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, Penny Mio Hirst and John Oren.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda with the following additions:

New Construction/Market Value; Inventory; Airport; Walking Workshop; and Hwy 11 Task Force. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Approval of Consent Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the consent agenda as follows: Steve Sindelir to Worthington on July 25-July 28, 2010 for County Ag Inspector Conference.   The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the minutes of June 8, 2010 regular meeting, June 15, 2010 Board of Equalization meeting and June 15, 2010 Northwest Angle meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

Claims

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

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the following claims against the county:

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants           $35,997.36

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $   4,316.57

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants           $     610.54

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants           $  1,197.13 

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

COUNTY AUDITOR

Claims

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board for approval of claims:

Motion

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

                                                Revenue                               $        49,789.42    

                                                Road & Bridge                     $        33,286.70

                                                Solid Waste                          $          2,514.59

                                                                                             $         85,590.71           

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/22/2010 FOR PAYMENT  6/25/2010

       AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                                 AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

          822.50 MICHAEL ANDERSON                                                            1101.28 ANDY’S GARAGE, INC.

        1600.00 ANOKA COUNTY                                                                     2810.00 ED ARNESEN

        1580.68 ARROWWOOD RESORT                                                     10000.00 BAUDETTE LOW AIRPORT

          512.45 BAUDETTE REGION                                                               2991.35 BAUERS COMMUNICATIONS & SECURI

          525.86 DALLAS BLOCK                                                                       1354.12 TERRY BROWN

        6071.45 CENEX CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                                            3300.00 COLLABORATIVE DESIGN GROUP INC

        1872.00 CONKEY LLC                                                                             580.64 CROP PRODUCTION SERVICES

          720.00 CUB SCOUT PACK 62                                                             3024.00 JUDI DODDS FAMILY TRUST

          765.00 EARTHWORKS CONTRACTING INC                                    1011.58 GCR TIRE CENTER

          825.05 RICHARD GOODERUM                                                            496.28 GRACETON GARAGE & BODY SHOP, I

        1460.00 LEE HANCOCK                                                                          314.38 HSBC BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

          560.00 LADY LAKERS                                                                            360.00 ROBERT LAPOS

        4139.80 M-R SIGN CO, INC                                                                  1280.90 MESABI BITUMINOUS, INC.

        1198.25 MN COUNTIES INFORMATION SYSTEM                                560.00 MN STATE SHERIFF’S ASS’N

          357.00 JEROME MOLINE                                                                      917.00 KENNETH MOORMAN

        1000.00 NCDPSA                                                                                     300.00 LESLIE NELSON

        5000.00 NORTHWEST MN MULTI-COUNTY HRA                                474.32 KENNETH PIEPER

          951.28 QUILL CORPORATION                                                             470.15 ROSEAU COUNTY COOPERATIVE ASSN

        1268.45 MICHAEL SERRA                                                                     9607.75 SYNERGY GRAPHICS, INC

        1419.00 TRANE US INC                                                                        1001.42 WEST GROUP

        5807.85 WOODY’S SERVICE

47 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       5,178.92

FINAL TOTAL     $85,590.71

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

                                                  June 8, 2010      $   10,891.66

                                                  June 15, 2010    $   69,861.23               

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

MIS DEPARTMENT

Purchase of Equipment

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland met with the board requesting approval to proceed with network upgrades and to proceed with the purchase and configuration of storage area network equipment.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize MIS Director, Brent Birkeland to proceed with the network upgrades as quoted by CW Technology in the amount of $9,000 with funds from the enhanced 911 budget.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize MIS Director, Brent Birkeland to proceed with the purchase and configuration of storage area network (SAN) equipment as quoted by Cybor- Advisors not to exceed $22,200, with funding sources to include E911, Recorder’s Enhancement Fund and/ or Law Enforcement Grants. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

COUNTY RECORDER

Satellite Office Agreement

County Recorder, Susan Ney met with the board requesting renewal of the existing Satellite Office Agreement which the recorder’s office will continue to act as a filing office for UCC filings; per the guidelines established by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office and statute.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the renewal and authorize County Board Chair Arnesen and County Recorder Susan Ney to sign the Satellite Office Agreement between the State of Minnesota Secretary of State’s office and the Lake of the Woods County Recorder’s office.  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 9:55 a.m. and reconvened at 10:04 a.m. as follows:

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Approval to enter into PSIC Grant and 2008 HSCP

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board requesting approval to enter into the Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant and approve an extension for the 2008 Homeland Security Grant.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to enter into the Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant (PSIC) effective July 1, 2010 thru September 30, 2010, or until all obligations have been satisfactorily fulfilled, whichever occurs first, which covers the control stations in dispatch and the control station in the EOC, and to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid and Chairman Arnesen to sign.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to enter into the extension agreement with the 2008 Homeland Security Grant Program effective July 1, 2008 thru September 30, 2010 and authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid and Chairman Arnesen to sign.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

Barge Run

Solid Waste Supervisor, Ed Spires met with the board to discuss the “Barge” run that the Solid Waste Department has done in the past.  Ed requested that the “Barge” run be done the weekend before or after Labor Day weekend. The board requested that the Public Works Department send out a list of what the Solid Waste Department will pick up on this run and send it to the Northwest Angle Chamber of Commerce for distribution to Island residents. The “Barge” run is scheduled for September 28, 2010.

Road Inventory Update

Engineering Technician/Administrative Assistant, Boyd Johnson met with the board and presented a power point presentation on the Road Inventory for Lake of the Woods County.

Shared Use Path

Acting Public Works Director, Bill Sindelir met with the board requesting authorization to advertise and set bid opening for the Shared Use Paths (Bike Paths) on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

Motion

Motion was made by  Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize the Acting Public Works Director to advertise for bids for the construction of S.P. 39-090-02, Shared Use Path from Lake of the Woods Schools Northerly and Easterly to CSAH 1 in Baudette; and S.P. 39-090-03, Shared Use Path connecting Willie Walleye Park and Peace Park in the City of Baudette, and to set Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. in the Commissioners’  Room of the Government Center as the date, time and place for opening of said bids. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote was, unanimously carried.                                               

Temporary County Engineer Services

Chairman Arnesen reviewed the temporary engineer services agreement with Beltrami County.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to enter into a temporary Engineer Service Agreement between Lake of the Woods County and Beltrami County beginning in June and continuing through September of 2010 and authorize Chairman Arnesen to sign the agreement.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

COUNTY SHERIFF

nwa reverse 911

County Sheriff, Dallas Block updated the board on the NWA Reverse 911 system.  He informed the board that he just used the system within the last week with the bad weather and that he has a letter drafted that he will be bringing up to the NWA with  information.  The board requested that Dallas do a test run for the NWA on the reverse 911 system.

Duct Work Cleaning

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board requesting authorization to have the duct vents cleaned at the Law Enforcement Center . Berglund Heating Sheetmetal & Roofing Company quoted the job in the amount of $2,185.   The board requested that Dallas talk with Maintenance Supervisor, Jeff Pelland or Matt Mickelson to see what their thoughts were on duct cleaning for the Government Center Building.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize County Sheriff, Dallas Block to have the duct work in the Law Enforcement Center cleaned in the amount of $2,185.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Lexipol

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board informing them that the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association (MSA) has been working on the concept of developing a MSA Sheriffs policy manual and incorporating the Risk Management principles into one for all 87 counties. Dallas informed the board that the MSA has met with representatives from Lixipol who specializes in the development of policy manuals and internet web based training for law enforcement agencies. Dallas informed the board that the cost to the county would be $1,029.  The consensus of the board was to have Dallas moved forward with the Lexipol and come back with updates on the progress.

Federal Boat and Water Grant

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board and requested approval for the Federal Boat and Water Grant in the amount of $4,265 to be used for specific equipment for recreational boating safety activities (hazard buoys).

Resolution

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

Resolution No. 10-06-04

Authorizing the Federal Boating Safety Supplement Grant Agreement

WHEREAS, under the provisions of M.S. § 84.085 subd 1 (c), the Sheriff of each county is required to carry out the provisions for recreational boating safety promulgated by the Commissioner.

WHEREAS,   M.S.§  84.085 subd. 1 (c), provided for 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 July 1, 2010 through September 14, 2010 in the amount of $4,265.00.

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

The board requested County Sheriff Dallas Block to return to the meeting at 1:30 to discuss the 2009 Stonegarden grant.

LINE WORKERS FACILITY

Building Plans

The board reviewed the Building Plans for the Line Workers Facility.

COUNTY AUDITOR

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board to discuss the advertising and setting of the bid date for the construction of the Line Workers Facility

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to advertise for bids for the construction of a Line Workers Facility: 60’ x 120’ pre-engineered steel building with attached 60” x 40” wood framed classrooms; and to set Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Government Center as the date, time and place for opening of said bids.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to set a Special Meeting on July 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., in the Commissioners’ Room for bid opening for the Line Workers Facility. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

LINE WORKERS OCCUPANCY LEASE AGREEMENT

The board discussed the approval of the Line Workers Occupancy Lease.  The board tabled this to later in the day to discuss with Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 12:00 p.m. and reconvened at 1:03 p.m. as follows:

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Consideration of Conditional Use for John Josephson (Happiness On Water)

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board to present the Findings and Fact of the conditional use permit for John Josephson (Happiness On Water).

Motion

A motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the following: Findings of Fact and Decision for John Josephson (Happiness On Water):

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  John Josephson (Happiness on Water)                Date:  June 22, 2010

Location/Legal Description:  Lot 3, Block 1, Y Not Jochim’s Retreat

                             Section 20, T. 161N, R. 31W (Baudette Township) Parcel #24.61.01.030

Project Proposal:  Applicant is requesting to allow a commercial business consisting of a guided fishing service with lodging in a Residential Development District.

  1. Is the requested use consistent with maintaining the public health, safety, and welfare?

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  Applicant has stated that there will be no alcohol or drug use allowed on site.  No gas dispenser will be constructed on site to fill boats.  A maximum of four (4) people are to reside on site at any given time.  The septic system was installed in 2005, with a design flow of 300 gallons/day.

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

Why or why not?  The septic system was installed in 2005, with a design flow of 300

gallons/day.  Also, no construction related activities are part of the request which would generate sedimentation and/or nutrient loading to Winter Road River.

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

Why or why not?  No construction related activities are part of the request which would alter the site’s existing topography, drainage features and vegetative cover.

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

Why or why not?  The location of the structure to be utilized for lodging appears to be outside of the floodplain.

5. 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 requested use?

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

Why or why not?  No construction related activities are part of the request which would create a potential erosion problem.

6. Is the site in harmony with existing and proposed access roads?        

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

Why or why not?  The property is directly accessible from Winter Drive Northwest.  No new access is proposed under this request.

7. Is the requested use compatible with adjacent land uses?

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

Why or why not?  The adjacent land uses are comprised of seasonal and full time residences along with a small business. 

8. Does the requested use have a reasonable need to be in a shoreland location?

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

Why or why not?  The existing cabin is within the shoreland area of the Winter Road River.  Recently, more individuals have the need to be in close proximity to water for recreational activities.     

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

Why or why not?  The septic system was installed in 2005, with a design flow of 300

gallons/day.

10. Will the visibility of structures and other facilities as viewed from public waters comply with Section 901 of the Zoning Ordinance or Section 5.3 of the Rainy/Rapid Rivers Shoreland Ordinance?                                                                                                                                                      YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The property has a buffer established from the Winter Road River and this request will not alter the essential characteristics of the buffer.         

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

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

Why or why not?  A well and compliant septic system currently service the property.

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

Why or why not?  The property is located on the Winter Road River which connects to the Rainy River and ultimately to Lake of the Woods.

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:  The guide service is to be stricken from the request as this activity does not require a conditional use permit from Lake of the Woods County.  This approval focuses on the transient lodging that the use will generate.  No more than four (4) clients, plus the owner(s) are to reside on the property at any given time.  A dock may be constructed that would allow the owner(s) boat(s) and one (1) client boat to be moored at any given time.  The appearance of the property must be kept neat and orderly.

Approved  (X)       Denied  (  )

                                                                                                ____________________________

                                                                                                            Edward Arnesen

                                                                                                        Chair, County Board

This is in accordance with Section 1104 of the Lake of the Woods Zoning Ordinance or Section 3.4 of the Rainy/Rapid Rivers Shoreland Ordinance.

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

Consideration of Conditional Use for Ken and Verna Pieper

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board to present the Findings and Fact of the conditional use permit for Ken and Verna Pieper.

Motion

A motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the following: Findings of Fact and decision for Ken and Verna Pieper:

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Ken and Verna Pieper                           Date:  June 22, 2010

Location/Legal Description:  A 8.35 acre tract in the SW ¼ of the NW ¼ and a 4.00 acre tract in the NW ¼ of the SW ¼ of Section 17, T. 161N, R. 33W (McDougald)  Parcel #22.17.23.010

Project Proposal:  Applicant is requesting to allow a commercial business consisting of a green house, garden center, mercantile and services in a Natural Environment District.

  1. Is the requested use consistent with maintaining the public health, safety, and welfare?

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The use is consistent with maintaining the public health, safety and welfare by providing adequate parking, two accesses which provide flow through traffic capabilities and will not generate noise or pollution.

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

Why or why not? The use will not contribute to water pollution, sedimentation or nutrient loading as the soils allow for infiltration of stormwater and the location of the use is not within a shoreland area.

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

Why or why not?  The structure associated with the use does not adversely affect the existing topography, drainage features, and vegetative cover of the site.

4. Is the requested use’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?  The use is not located in any floodplain and/or floodway.

15. 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 requested use?

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

Why or why not? The use and associated structure will not affect the site’s erosion potential as the land has a flat topography.

6. Is the site in harmony with existing and proposed access roads?        

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

Why or why not?  The use will not create an additional access off of 70th Avenue NW as there are two accesses currently servicing the property which provides flow through traffic capabilities.  Additionally, Highway 11 has a right turn lane for west bound traffic.

7. Is the requested use compatible with adjacent land uses?

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

Why or why not? The adjacent land uses in the general proximity to the property consist of commercial, agricultural, and residential.

8. Does the requested use have a reasonable need to be in a shoreland location?

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

Why or why not?  The requested use is not located in a shoreland area.

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

Why or why not?  The requested use will not generate any liquid waste which is required to be treated with a sewage disposal system.

10. Will the visibility of structures and other facilities as viewed from public waters comply with Section 901 of the Zoning Ordinance or Section 5.3 of the Rainy/Rapid Rivers Shoreland Ordinance?                                                                                                                                                      YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? The use is not located within a shoreland area.

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

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

Why or why not? The site currently is serviced by a private well and an on-site sewage treatment system.     

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

Why or why not? The use will not generate any watercraft usage.

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:  The word “mercantile” is to be stricken from the application as it is a vague description of the intended use.  The intended use is for a greenhouse, garden center, landscaping/gardening related items and merchandise.  The shop that is presently on the property is to be included in this approval for the storage of equipment and related items or merchandise associated with the requested use.  This approval in no way voids or alters the previous conditional use permit (96-02C) approval which allowed the construction and operation of both a commercial construction office and an auto repair business.

Approved  (X)       Denied  (  )

                                                                                                ____________________________

                                                                                                            Edward Arnesen

                                                                                                        Chair, County Board

This is in accordance with Section 1104 of the Lake of the Woods Zoning Ordinance or Section 3.4 of the Rainy/Rapid Rivers Shoreland Ordinance.

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

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 1:25 p.m. and reconvened at 1:30 p.m. as follows:

COUNTY SHERIFF

Stonegarden Grant

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board requesting approval for the 2009 Stonegarden grant.

.Resolution

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

2009 Operation Stonegarden Grant

Resolution No. 10-06-05

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (“State:) , Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division has announced that Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Department (“Grantee”) has been awarded a 2009 Operation Stonegarden grant in the amount of $143,419; and

WHEREAS, the Grantee, is not a state employee and will perform and accomplish such purposes and activities as specified herein and in the Grantee’s approved 2009 Operation Stonegarden Application, which is incorporated by reference into this grant agreement and on file with the State at 444 Cedar Street, Suite 223, St. Paul, MN; and

WHEREAS, the Grantee shall also comply with all requirements referenced in the 2009 Operation Stonegarden Guidelines and Application which includes the terms and conditions and grant program guidelines,

WHEREAS, the breakdowns of costs of the Grantee’s budget is contained in Exhibit A, which is attached and incorporated into this grant agreement and the grantee will submit a written change request for any substitution of budget items or any deviation and in accordance with the grant program guidelines. Requests must be approved prior to any expenditure by the Grantee;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Grantee certifies that the appropriate person(s) have executed the grant agreement on behalf of the Grantee as required by applicable article, bylaws, resolutions, and authorizes Chairman Arnesen and County Sheriff, Dallas Block to sign.

The resolution was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the vote carried as follows:  Voting for: Commissioner’s Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Moorman and Hanson. Voting against: Commissioner Todd Beckel.

Submitting Stonegarden Grant Applications

The board requested that the Sheriff’s Office come to the board before submitting the application for the 2010 Stonegarden Grant for their review and recommendations; and any future Stonegarden Grants that become available to the county.

Amending County Sheriff Salary

County Sheriff, Dallas Block requested the board amend and adjust his salary with an additional 12 hours per week for Stonegarden work. The board requested Dallas to come back later due to a conference call that was scheduled.

NWA ISLAND LAND OWNERS LETTER

The county board placed a conference call with Oak Island Land Owners Board of Directors. The board discussed the letter that was sent on June 16, 2010 requesting the board to act upon items 1 & 2 and dropping item 3 from the petition that was submitted on August 18, 2009.  Below are the items that that NWA Island Land Owners requested:

  1. To establish District Zoning provisions for the NW Angle Island which will facilitate the development of land use plans and zoning regulations appropriate specifically for this area (Ref: MN Statutes §394.25 subdivision 2);
  2. Contract the Headwater Regional Development Commission to develop a Comprehensive Land Use Plan specifically for the NW Angle Islands, including suggested zoning for implementing this Plan;
  3. That in the time between now and the completion of points 1 and 2 above, that there be a moratorium placed on Planned Unit Developments or Common Interest Developments and residential or commercial trailer development.

Chairman Arnesen welcomed Don McClanathan and Dick Gross to the conference call. The board discussed the request of the association and stated that it was premature to make a motion upon their request.  The consensus of the board was to meet with HRDC before moving forward. The board will form a committee to work on this request.  Chairman Arnesen thanked Don and Dick for joining the meeting.

LINE WORKERS OCCUPANCY LEASE AGREEMENT

The board discussed the Line Workers Occupancy Lease Agreement with Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren. Michelle informed the board that the last lease that she reviewed, there were no legal language problems that she could perceive.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to enter into a lease agreement between Lake of the Woods County and the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and the Universities, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, commencing August 1, 2010 and continuing through July 30, 2012 and authorize Chairman Arnesen and Interim County Attorney to sign.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Zoning Conditional Use Parameters

The board discussed Zoning and Conditional Use Parameters.  No action taken.

Amending County Sheriff Salary

County Sheriff, Dallas Block requested the board amend and adjust his salary with an additional 12 hours per week for Stonegarden work. Chairman Arnesen asked Dallas if he would consider 8 hours per week.  Dallas stated that he would agree to that.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Arnesen:

Amend County Sheriff Salary

Resolution No. 10-06-06

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 2009” grant, and

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Sheriffs’ Office is a successful recipient of an Operation Stonegarden 2009 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 sheriff’s 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 2009 grant given to assist the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office in its efforts to secure the border includes the sum of $99,840.00 over time and $12,480.00 fringe benefits;

WHEREAS, it is estimated that these additional border security duties will necessitate that the Sheriff expend on average another 8 hours per week;

WHEREAS, through the Operation Stonegarden 2009 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, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the resolution setting the sheriff’s salary as originally set by this board on December 22, 2009 was $66,880.06 and fringe benefits was $9,430.09 be amended so that the sheriff’s salary is increased by the sum of $9,100 and fringe benefits is increased by$1,283.10 commencing July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010 with the increase funding from the Operation Stonegarden 2009 grant contingent upon the funding available with the Stonegarden 2009 grant and after December 31, 2010 the Sheriff’s compensation will return to a normal rate. 

The resolution was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the vote was as follows: Voting against: Commissioners’ Todd Beckel, Moorman and Hanson. Voting For: Commissioners Arnesen and Patty Beckel. Resolution failed.

HIGHWAY 11 TASK FORCE

Commissioner Moorman informed the board that Highway 11 Task Force will be meeting on June 23, 2010 at the Birchview Hall at 7:00 p.m.

2010 COMPARISON /NEW CONSTRUCTION

Commissioner Todd Beckel handed out 2010 New Construction and Market Value by year for the board to review.

Committee Reports

Commissioner Arnesen reported on:

  • NWCA- MCIT dropped them from their insurance plan

Commissioner Hanson reported on:

  • Nursing Service Advisory Board- home health to move to new location
  • Safety Camp: will be held in Baudette sometime in July

Commissioner Todd Beckel reported on:

  • Jims Corner Land
  • Bernard Land
  • Towers- school property

Commissioner Patty Beckel reported on:

  • Airport- insurance issues

OLD/NEW BUSINESS

There were no new updates on:

  • ANI
  • Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Land Acquisition
  • Red Lake Tribe
  • Team Building

There were updates on:

  • County T.V.-Meeting on June 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Grand Theater- Place on next agenda under Assessor to report to the board
  • Zoning/Conditional Use Parameters- add under old/new business

Correspondence:

None

With no further business before the board, Chairman Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 3:55 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved: July 13, 2010

____________________________                                                    ____________________________

John W. Hoscheid County Auditor                                                    Edward Arnesen, Chairman of the Board

June, 2009

Commissioner Proceedings

June 9, 2009

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center.

Call to Order

Chair Patty Beckel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present:  Commissioners:  Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.  Also present were: County Auditor John W Hoscheid, Ted Stone and John Oren.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the agenda for the meeting today with changes. 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 Todd Beckel to approve the consent agenda for travel: Wayne Bendickson to St. Paul on June 9th for State Board of Review; Lorene Hanson to Grand Rapids on June 16th – 19th for MACATFO; and Josh Stromlund to Lanesboro on June 22nd – 25th for Leadership Training; Steve Sindelir to Shakopee on July 26th – 29th for MACAI.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the minutes of May 26, 2009. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler

Claims

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler met with the County Board requesting approval of claims.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the following claims against the county:

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 12,737.35 

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants         $   8,614.76

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

Senator Tom Saxhaug and Representative Tom Anzelc

Senator Tom Saxhaug and Representative Tom Anzelc met with the County Board and gave a legislative update for the county and state.  This included:  Budgets, PILT, SFIA, Environment and Natural Resources, Public Safety, LGA, Education, Health and Human Services.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 10:20 a.m. and reconvened at 10:25 a.m. as follows:

MCIT

Gail Sater, Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust (MCIT) presented the Member Report for Lake of the Woods County including the history on rates, claims and coverage. 

County TV

Lee Hervey, Voyageurs Comtronics updated the County Board on the County TV and options available for upgrading to digital TV.  Chair Patty Beckel referred this to the County TV Committee.  Lee requested direction from the County Board, so he could begin with the application process.

Senior Center

John Oren representing the Lake of the Woods Senior Citizens Council – Brink Center met with the County Board requesting funds for a kitchen renovation project in the Brink Center. 

Motion by Commissioner Moorman to authorize payment to the Senior Citizens Brink Center for kitchen renovations, in the amount of $18,000 from the designated Senior Citizens Brink Center Nutrition account.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Budget Dates

The County Board discussed the budget process and dates to meet.  The following dates were set for the initial budget meetings:  Thursday, July 9th; Wednesday, July 15th and Tuesday, July 21st.  All meetings are to begin at 7:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ room of the Government Center.

Ditch Authority

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular session at 11:35 a.m. and open the Ditch Authority meeting regarding Judicial Ditch 28 (JD28). The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following members were present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.  Also present were:  Public Works Director Bruce Hasbargen, Assistant Engineer Bill Sindelir and County Auditor John W Hoscheid.                    

Assistant Engineer Bill Sindelir updated the board on the JD 28 project.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve payment acquiring a right-of-way on Judicial Ditch 28 and repair costs.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was carried as follows:  For:  Commissioners:  Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Hanson and Moorman; Opposed:  Commissioner Todd Beckel.    

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the Ditch Authority meeting at 12:04 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 12:05 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

PLANNING COMMISSION

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 1:01 p.m. and open the Planning Commission regarding Mike Reed’s zone change request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following members were present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.  Also present were:  Land and Water Planning Director Josh Stromlund, County Auditor John W Hoscheid and Mike Reed.          

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund discussed the past history of the project area which included an environmental assessment worksheet and explained how it all relates to the current ordinance regarding a zone change.  Correspondence from Royal Karels concerning the zone change was introduced, read and discussed.       

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to close the Planning Commission at 1:33 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Planning Director

Bostic/Zippel Watershed Assessment Project

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund discussed the “Proposed Plan of Work for Bostic/Zippel Watershed Assessment Project” with the County Board. 

Wetland Appeal Fee

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund discussed the wetland appeal application fee.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to set the wetland appeal application fee at a non-refundable fee of $500.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Human Resource Director

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen met with the County Board to discuss an extension on his Human Resource Contract with Lake of the Woods County. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve an extension, from July 1, 2009, to October 23, 2009, on the Human Resource Contract between Wade Johannesen and Lake of the Woods County; and to have County Board Chair Patty Beckel and County Auditor John W Hoscheid sign said contract.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was carried as follows:   For:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel and Moorman; Opposed:  Commissioners Todd Beckel and Hanson.

County Auditor

Claims

County Auditor, John W Hoscheid met with the County Board and requested approval of claims. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the following claims against the county as presented.   

                                                Revenue                                     $ 50,650.54

                                                Road & Bridge                         $ 26,063.11

                                                County Development                $   3,789.00

                                                Solid Waste                               $ 17,362.61

                                                                                                   $ 97,865.26

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/09/2009 FOR PAYMENT  6/12/2009

                        AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                           AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

                          473.28 AUTO VALUE BAUDETTE                                       459.00 BLACK BOX CORPORATION

                          341.78 CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES INC                      2601.62 CENEX CO-OP SERVICES, INC.

                          375.00 MARK CHAPMAN                                                    4348.03 CROP PRODUCTION SERVICES

                        1094.64 DODDS LUMBER                                                     1800.00 EARTHWORKS CONTRACTING INC

                        3070.20 ESRI                                                                            314.62 FARMERS UNION OIL CO.

                          317.66 FRONTIER PRECISION INC                                       317.95 RICHARD GOODERUM

                          367.86 HOLIDAY INN ST CLOUD                                        507.57 HOLTE IMPLEMENT, INC

                          772.34 KONRAD MATERIAL SALES LLC                            320.00 LAKEWOOD HEALTH CENTER

                          501.42 LOCATORS SUPPLIES INC                                        597.24 LOW FOODS

                        3091.14 LOW HIGHWAY DEPT                                            2900.00 LOW SOIL & WATER CONS. DIST.

                        9946.80 MAR-KIT LANDFILL                                               2429.00 MN COUNTIES INSURANCE TRUST

                          375.00 MN OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNO                    560.00 MN STATE SHERIFF’S ASS’N

                        5335.50 LAW MOREN                                                             556.80 MSOP-MN SEX OFFENDER PRGRM-462

                          350.83 NOBLE RADIO SHACK                                            1150.38 NORTHERN FARMERS CO-OP

          300.00 NW ANGLE & ISLAND CHAMBER OF C                1805.19 PETE’S BODY SHOP   DBA

          435.97 PIRKL LUMBER & CARPET                                      732.26 PRO ACTION UNIFORMS

        1621.00 R & Q TRUCKING, INC                                              502.15 RODERICK RONE JR

        1080.24 ROSEAU COUNTY COOPERATIVE ASSN                323.05 TONY DORN, INC.

        8906.94 TRUEMAN WELTERS                                                390.00 WEST GROUP

      27573.00 WHERLEY MOTORS                                                4122.33 WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING&ASST INC

36 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,797.47

*FINAL TOTAL     $97,865.26

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

                                                May 26, 2009                           $ 585,491.54

                                                June 4, 2009                             $     1,550.00

                                                June 5, 2009                             $ 969,101.86

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

Liquor License

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the following licenses:  Intoxicating Liquor, 3.2 Malt Liquor and Cigarette; from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, contingent upon the approval of the County Sheriff, County Attorney and all property taxes and lodging taxes are paid to date.

  • On/Off Sale and Sunday Liquor License:

Adrian’s Resort, Angle Inn Resort, Ballard’s Resort, Borderview Resort, Jerry’s Restaurant and Lounge, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, Riverbend Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Sportsman’s Lodge, Wigwam Resort, Zippel Bay Resort, North Point Bar & Grill, Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge; 

  • On-Sale and Sunday Liquor License:

Cyrus Resort, Ken-Mar-Ke Resort, Flag Island Resort, Wheelers Point Resort, Rosalie’s Restaurant and Lounge;

  • Off-Sale Only:

Log Cabin Liquors Inc;

  • Cigarette License:

Adrian’s Resort, Ballard’s Resort, Bay Store, Borderview Lodge, Cenex, City of Baudette, City of Williams, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Flag Island Resort, Holiday Station, Howard’s, Jeanette Mcatee, Lake of the Woods Foods, Log Cabin Bait, Log Cabin Liquors, Long Point Resort, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, North Point Bar & Grill, Riverbend Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Sportsman’s Lodge, Sportsman’s of Oak Island Lodge, Too Tall’s, Wheeler’s Point, Zippel Bay Resort;

  • 3.2 On-Sale Malt Liquor:

Long Point Resort, Ship’s Wheel Resort and Oak Island Resort;

  • 3.2 Off-Sale Malt Liquor:

Bay Store, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Long Point Resort, Oak Island Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Log Cabin Bait, Flag Island Resort.

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

Take a Kid Fishing

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to allocate the budgeted amount of $600 to the 2009 Lake of the Woods Take-A-Kid Fishing event, with funds out of the County Development fund.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Lakewood Care Center

SharRay Feickert, Lakewood Care Center met with the County Board requesting a letter of support for Lakewood Care Center to reduce the care center bed size of 52 (24 double occupancy rooms and 4 single rooms) to a 44 bed facility (12 single rooms and 16 double occupancy rooms).  It was the consensus of the County Board to support the change of facility beds at the Lakewood Care Center.

Old/New Business

The County Board discussed the following old and new business: 

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler gave a Community Support Program (CSP) update to the County Board.

The County Board discussed and will be having a “Joint Information Sharing Meeting” with the Roseau County Board on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Roosevelt Rustic Diner in Roosevelt, MN.

There were no new updates on:

  • PILT payment, Capital and General Expenditure Policy, Boundary Commission, Road Inventory, Assessing Agreements, ANI, No Net Loss Policy, Joint Meeting with City of Baudette and Lake of the Woods School.

Committee Reports:

The following committee reports were heard and discussed: 

  • Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus (MRCC) – Legislative update by Commissioner Todd Beckel
  • Public Safety Answering Points – update on Minnesota Statewide 911 Program and available grants – by Commissioner Todd Beckel
  • Department Head Meeting – update by Commissioner Patty Beckel
  • State Mental Advisory – update by Commissioner Moorman

Correspondence:

Correspondence was acknowledged from: 

  • Northern Counties Land Use (NCLU) – Ash tree update
  • MN Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) “No Net Gain” of Land

Closed Session – Land Acquisition

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular session at 4:10 p.m. and open the closed session regarding land acquisition. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following members were present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.   Also present was County Auditor, John W Hoscheid.              

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the closed session at 5:04 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The County Board discussed options and prices of purchasing land acquisitions.  The County Board directed County Auditor, John W Hoscheid to research bonding and to place this on the agenda for the next County Board meeting.

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chair Patty Beckel called the meeting to recess at 5:04 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved:      

____________________________                                                    ____________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                                                    Patty Beckel, County Board Chair

Lake of the Woods County

Board of Equalization

June 17, 2009

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Equalization met on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center. 

Call to Order

Chair Patty Beckel called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present:  Commissioners: Ed Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Tom Hanson, Ken Moorman and County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Absent:  Commissioner Todd Beckel who joined the meeting at 6:00 p.m.  Also present were: County Assessor Wayne Bendickson, Assistant Assessor Dale Boretski.  Deputy Recorder Christie Russell swore in the members of the Board of Equalization. 

County Assessor

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson explained that the valuation period is from 2007 – October 2008.  He further discussed the market conditions and sales ratio and how it pertains to Lake of the Woods County.

The required level of assessment is between 90 and 105 percent.  If the sales ratio study indicates that the median ratio of EMVs to the selling prices is below 90 percent or above 105 percent, the Commissioner of Revenue, acting as the State Board of Equalization, will typically increase or decrease values to bring about equalization.  State Board orders are usually on a county, city, or township wide basis for a particular classification of property.  All State Board orders must be implemented by the county, and the changes are made to the current assessment year.

Property Owners

County Board Chair Patty Beckel explained that all appeals would be heard before any action would be taken.

Meeting with the board was Robert Dybedahl, property owner in Zippel and Myhre Townships.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area. 

Meeting with the board was Greg Stennes, property owner in Chilgren and Lakewood Townships.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Richard Gross, property owner in Oak Island Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.  Wayne stated that he is going to attend a meeting with the Landowners Association next month at the Angle.

Meeting with the board was Charles Wirth, property owner in Oak Island Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Julie Clark, property owner in Baudette Township.  Julie presented to the Board of Equalization an appraisal that was done on her property, for review and reference. County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Ray Kopkie, property owner in Spooner Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.      

Actions

After hearing all the appeals, questions and comments, the following action was taken:

Robert Dybedahl, property owner in Zippel and Myhre Townships; it was the consensus to revalue 8.75 acres to a per acre value of $825.

Charles Wirth, property owner in Zippel Township, motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to reduce the building value from $72,055 to $20,000 on the 1979 doublewide, due to the structure condition.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by County Auditor John W Hoscheid to make no changes on the following properties:

Property Owners:          

  • Greg Stennes               Chilgren and Lakewood Townships
  • Richard Gross                         Oak Island Township
  • Loren Bray, Jr,            Myhre Township
  • Julie Clark                   Baudette Township

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

County Board Chair Patty Beckel introduced the following letter received from William Novacek, property owner in Baudette Township.  His letter commented on how property values continue to rise when the economy continues to fall. 

County Assessor

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson issued reports detailing comparisons of taxes by land classifications for payable years 2007 and 2008 and estimated market value comparisons for assessment years 2007 and 2008.  He also reviewed new constructions for the current and previous years.

Adjourn

Motion by Commissioner Hanson to adjourn the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2009, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.  County Board Chair Patty Beckel adjourned the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2009 at 7:45 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:

___________________________                              ________________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                            Patty Beckel, County Board Chair

Commissioner Proceedings

June 23, 2009

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center.

Call to Order

Chair Patty Beckel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present:  Commissioners:  Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.  Also present were: County Auditor John W Hoscheid, Ted Stone and John Oren.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the meeting today with changes. 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 Hanson to approve the consent agenda, with changes, for travel: Holly House to Breezy Point on September 20th – 23rd for AMEM Conf; Brent Birkeland to Little Falls on June 30th for Manatron GRM IT training; Rita Krause to St. Cloud on September 13th – 15th for Child Support meeting; Dallas Block to Alexandria on June 8th – 10th for Sheriff’s conference; Jim Walton to Alexandria on June 10th – 11th for Deputy Sheriff’s conference; Cheri Anderson, Judy Kasberger and Ruth Rizzi to St. Paul on June 9th – 11th for Criminal Justice Information System training.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the minutes of June 9th and June 17th with changes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler

Claims

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler met with the County Board requesting approval of claims.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the following claims against the county:

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 25,883.97 

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants         $ 11,197.65

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

Shred-It Contract

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler updated the County Board on the Shred-It contract and requested permission to renew the contract between Shred-It and Lake of the Woods County for the provision of on-site secure document destruction services from 7/16/09 through 7/15/10.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the contract between Shred-It and Lake of the Woods County for the provision of on-site secure document destruction services from 7/16/09 through 7/15/10, and to authorize Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler to sign the same.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

MinnesotaCare

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler updated the County Board on the MinnesotaCare contract and requested permission to approve an amendment to the contract between the State of Minnesota and Lake of the Woods County effective 6/23/09, for an increase in the dollar amount paid by DHS to Lake of the Woods County Social Services for Minnesota Care applications.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the amendment to the contract between the State of Minnesota and Lake of the Woods County Social Services effective 6/23/09, for an increase in the dollar amount paid by DHS to Lake of the Woods County Social Services for MinnesotaCare applications from $4,337 to $5,337 through 6/30/09; and to authorize Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler and County Board Chair, Patty Beckel to sign the same.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Resolutions

“No Net Gain”

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

Resolution Instituting

“No Net Gain” of Land

by the

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR),

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS)

or

Any Tax Exempt Land Trust

Resolution 09-06-01

WHEREAS; Minnesota Statute §97A.145, Subd. 2, provides the authority and prescribes the process for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to acquire lands in the counties of the State of Minnesota, including the provision of non-approval of purchase by a county board; and

WHEREAS; the Department of Interior has a memorandum of agreement with the State of Minnesota providing the authority and prescribing the process for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) to acquire lands in the counties of the State of Minnesota, including the provision of non-approval of purchase by a county board; and

WHEREAS; the further acquisition of land by the DNR, USF&WS, and/or a similar agency, potentially erodes the tax base of Lake of the Woods County; and

WHEREAS; any action by the State of Minnesota’s plan to freeze gross Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding and the United States Congress’ failure to adequately fund federal revenue sharing will cause a significant loss of PILT revenue to Lake of the Woods County;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED; that Lake of the Woods County hereby establishes a “No Net Gain Acquisition Policy” for DNR, USF&WS and/or similar agencies;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED; that no new lands may be acquired in Lake of the Woods County by the DNR, USF&WS and/or similar agencies via purchase, environmental land trust, or other method, unless an equal amount of property is sold back to private ownership, unless there is a guarantee that there will be no loss of revenue to the local taxing authorities;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED; that the DNR and USF&WS do a complete inventory of all lands currently owned in Lake of the Woods County and evaluate each parcel for possible sale back to private ownership.

Seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

MRCC Levy

No action was taken on a resolution presented from MRCC regarding levies and un-allotments.

Land and Water Planning

Consideration of Zone Change

Zoning Inspector, Steve Sindelir presented the Findings of Fact and Decision for a consideration of Zone change for Mike Reed.

A motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the following: Findings of Fact and Decision for Mike Reed requesting a zone change:

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Mike Reed                                                                   Date:  June 23, 2009

Project Proposal:       A petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance, for a zone change from a

Natural Environment District to a General Use District for the purpose of extracting gravel and development of a RV park/Residential Trailer Park.  The property, as part of this proposal, is described as the SE1/4, less platted in section 20, T. 162N, R. 32W (Wheeler Township)

  1. Is the requested use consistent with maintaining the public health, safety, and welfare?

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

Why or why not?  A mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) was conducted, in 2007, due to the size of the project which included a subdivision (Morris Point Estates), proposed RV campground and included a narrative explaining current and future land use conditions.  A negative declaration resolution was passed by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners on June 12, 2007. 

The EAW considered: 

  • wetlands
  • different cover types
  • ecologically sensitive resources
  • impacts on water resources
  • water use
  • land use
  • erosion and sedimentation
  • wastewater 
  • traffic
  • water quality
  • air emissions
  • order, noise, dust
  • archaeological resources
  • historical resources
  • visual impacts
  • compatibility with land use regulations
  • Impacts on infrastructure and public services

A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) was prepared for the Morris Point Estates Subdivision and implemented.

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

Why or why not?  A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) was prepared for the Morris Point Estates Subdivision and implemented.  Also, compliant septic systems or a central system will be installed.

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

Why or why not?  The sites topography, drainage features, and vegetation cover has been devastated due to the gravel extraction.  This will continue to occur until such time the gravel extraction ceases.  However, the proposed development of the RV campground/Residential Trailer Park will enhance the site’s topography by eliminating the manipulation of the land.  Drainage features will be eliminated or reduced as there will be no need to de-water the site once the gravel is exhausted.  The vegetative cover will be re-established with lawn, trees, and shrubs once the gravel extraction ceases.           

4. Is the requested use’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?  The area is not within any floodplain.

5. 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 requested use?

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

Why or why not?  Currently, the site is exposed gravel with unstable slopes.  The proposed RV campground/Residential Trailer Park will enhance the vegetative cover by the re-establishment of vegetation.  This vegetation will greatly reduce the erosion potential of the site.

6. Is the site in harmony with existing and proposed access roads?        

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

Why or why not?  Access to the site will be via Sadie Drive NW as indicated on the plat of Morris Point Estates.

7. Is the requested use compatible with adjacent land uses?

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

Why or why not?  The RV Campground/Residential Trailer Park is considered a Commercial Planned Unit Development according to the Lake of the Woods Zoning Ordinance and the gravel operation is considered an extractive use.  The Land Use Districts adjacent to the site are:  Natural Environment, Residential Development, and Commercial-Recreation.  Current land uses adjacent to the site include:  agricultural, woodland/hunting, commercial, residential, and gravel extraction.

        The proposed request has two land uses associated with the request, a Commercial Planned Unit Development and Extractive.  The Zoning Ordinance, through the Land Use District designation, does allow these individual uses in certain Districts but the General Use District allows both of these uses to occur.  The General Use District allows a Commercial Planned Unit Development only through the granting of a Conditional Use Permit.

8. Does the requested use have a reasonable need to be in a shoreland location?

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

Why or why not?  This proposal is not located in a shoreland area.

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

Why or why not?  The RV campground/Residential Trailer Park will have a central septic system or have compliant individual septic systems.

10. Will the visibility of structures and other facilities as viewed from public waters comply with Section 901 of the Zoning Ordinance or Section 5.3 of the Rainy/Rapid Rivers Shoreland Ordinance?                                                                                                                                                  YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not?  This proposal is not located in a shoreland area.

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

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

Why or why not?  Adjacent properties have private water wells and septic systems.  Site evaluations were conducted, as part of the subdivision process, with adequate soils being present for a septic system.  Also, as part of this proposal, undisturbed land exists for the construction of a central sewage system or individual septic systems.

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

Why or why not?  This proposal does not directly affect public water, however, it is anticipated that recreation will occur on Lake of the Woods.

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: 

The County Board recommended that the site be revisited in one (1) year to check the status of the RV campground/ Residential Trailer Park and whether the gravel extraction is still taking place. Conditions will also be addressed when Mr. Reed applies for a Conditional Use permit for the operation of the RV Campground/ Residential Trailer Park as per paragraph E of Section 401 and Section 1104 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance. 

Approved  (X)       Denied  (  )

                                                                                                ____________________________

                                                                                                            Patricia Beckel

                                                                                                Madam Chair, County Board

This is in accordance with Section 1104 of the Lake of the Woods Zoning Ordinance or Section 3.4 of the Rainy/Rapid Rivers Shoreland Ordinance.

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

County Auditor

Claims

County Auditor, John W Hoscheid met with the County Board and requested approval of claims. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the following claims against the county as presented.   

                                                Revenue                                     $ 16,456.03

                                                Road & Bridge                         $ 19,484.56

                                                Solid Waste                                $  1,160.20

                                                                                                   $ 37,100.79

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/23/2009 FOR PAYMENT  6/26/2009

                       AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                    AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

                          538.57 AMERI PRIDE LINEN & APPAREL SE                     311.20 JERRY ANDERSON

                        1784.45 ARROWWOOD RESORT                                            800.00 BAUDETTE BUILDERS, INC

                          416.57 DALLAS BLOCK                                                      8656.00 BORDUN TRUCKING, LTD

                        1238.00 BRAD’S PLUMBING & HEATING, INC                   2386.43 CENEX CO-OP SERVICES, INC.

                          466.36 CUSTOM AUTOBODY AND REPAIR                      3092.50 GOULET CONTRACTING INC

                        3333.00 HOFFMAN, DALE, & SWENSON, PLLC                 2072.31 HOWARD’S OIL COMPANY

                          610.53 LAKE ROAD DIESEL INC                                         508.61 LAKES GAS CO.

                        1001.00 LOW SOIL & WATER CONS. DIST.                          529.00 MN COUNTIES INSURANCE TRUST

                          375.00 MN OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNO                    500.00 MN STATE OF (CPV PROGRAM)

                          404.99 JEROME MOLINE                                                      680.00 NORTHWEST ANGLE&ISLAND FREIGHT

                          473.16 OFFICE DEPOT                                                          445.80 RODERICK RONE JR

                          579.92 WEST GROUP                                                           1851.92 WOODY’S SERVICE

35 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,045.47

FINAL TOTAL    $37,100.79

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

                                                June 9, 2009                              $    5,794.37

                                                June 16, 2009                          $    27,914.62

                                                June 16, 2009                           $ 371,382.14

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

Bonding

County Auditor, John W Hoscheid updated the County Board on the bonding information he had been requested to research.

Liquor License

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the following On/Off Sale and Sunday Liquor License for the period of July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010; contingent upon the approval of the County Sheriff, County Attorney and all property taxes and lodging taxes are paid to date.

  • On/Off Sale and Sunday Liquor License:

Randall’s Resort Inc

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

Year-End Audit

County Auditor John W Hoscheid updated the County Board on the 2008 year-end audit.

Recess

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

MIS Director

MCCC

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland updated the County Board on the Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative (MCCC) conference he attended June 1st – 4th.  He mentioned that August 17, 2009 was the “go live” date with the Manatron Solution for taxes.

MN Broadband Task Force

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland updated the County Board on the Minnesota Broadband Task Force Forum meeting he recently attended in Grand Rapids with discussion on how we deliver broadband across the state.

SWCD

Chair Patty Beckel presented a letter from Marshall Nelson, Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) inviting the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to have a joint meeting with the SWCD Board.  They requested a response by July 1st, potential dates for the meeting and to hold the meeting prior to July 30th.  The County Board requested County Auditor, John W Hoscheid to write a letter on behalf of the board acknowledging the invitation and available dates.

Public Works Director

Clementson Park

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the County Board requesting approval for payment for caretaking services rendered at the Clementson Park by Jeff Pelland in the amount of $450.00.    The County Board requested Bruce to submit an invoice for the services provided at the next board meeting.

Solid Waste Facility

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen discussed having a concrete slab poured at the Solid Waste facility. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize having a 60×60 concrete slab poured at the Solid Waste facility; and to obtain 3 quotes for Commissioners on the Solid Waste Committee to review and choose the lowest quote.   The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. 

Cohort Regional Leadership Training

Discussion was had regarding cohort regional leadership training and it was the consensus to move forward jointly with Roseau County. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to fund up to $6,000 for a cohort regional leadership training, with Roseau County, with funds coming from the County Development fund.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Closed Session – Land Acquisition

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular session at 11:15 a.m. and open the closed session regarding land acquisition. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following members were present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.   Also present were: County Auditor, John W Hoscheid and County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson.              

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the closed session at 12:12 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The County Board directed Commissioner Todd Beckel to continue negotiations with Dean Bernard on the land acquisition.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 12:13 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

Public Hearing – Aggregate Tax

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular session at 1:00 p.m. and open the Public Hearing for Aggregate Tax. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following members were present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.  Also present was:  County Auditor John W Hoscheid.                   

The County Board discussed the aggregate material production tax that was imposed on February 28, 2006.  After discussing the increase in rates for this tax it was the consensus of the board to terminate the aggregate material production tax effective January 1, 2009.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the Public Hearing for Aggregate Tax at 1:20 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

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

Terminating Aggregate Material Production Tax

Resolution 09-06-02

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County was currently imposing an Aggregate Material Production Tax pursuant to Minnesota Statute 298.75, which was imposed on February 28, 2006; and

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County has held a public hearing on terminating an Aggregate Material Production Tax on June 23, 2009; and

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County is now authorizing the termination of an Aggregate Material Production Tax effective January 1, 2009; and

WHEREAS, Lake of The Woods County will notify the Commissioner of Revenue of the termination of the tax;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That Lake of the Woods County terminates and removes the previously adopted Aggregate Material Production Tax Ordinance, which imposed a production tax on aggregate materials produced in the County or imported into the County;   

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED, That Lake of the Woods County is no longer imposing a production tax on aggregate materials in Lake of the Woods County effective January 1, 2009.

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

Boundary Commission

County Surveyor, Don Rasmussen met with the County Board to discuss the most favorable way to move forward with the Boundary Commission.  Commissioner Hanson will contact the involved property owners.

County TV

Commissioner Arnesen gave an update on the meeting with Roseau County Board of Commissioners relating to County TV.  The consensus of that meeting was to possibly proceed forward with the County TV digital translator equipment. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to apply for an equipment upgrade reimbursement program through NTIA and to proceed forward with the County TV digital translator equipment upgrade.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote carried as follows:  For:  Commissioners:  Arnesen, Patty Beckel,  Hanson and Moorman.  Against:  Commissioner Todd Beckel.

County Sheriff

Boat & Water Grant

Chief Deputy Sheriff, Jim Walton met with the County Board requesting approval of the Annual Boat and Water Safety grant for the period of January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

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

Authorization of

Annual Boat and Water Safety Grant

Resolution 2009-06-03

WHEREAS, under the provisions of M.S.86B.105, the Sheriff of each county is required to carry out the provisions of Chapter 86B, and the boat and water safety rules promulgated by the Commissioner;

WHEREAS, M.S. Section 86b.701 and the MN Rules provided for the allocation of funds by the Commissioner to assist in the funding of the Sheriff’s duties;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the County Board Chair, County Auditor and County Sheriff are hereby authorized to execute the annual county boat and water safety agreement, for the period of January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 in the amount of $4,741.

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

Fire System Inspection

Chief Deputy Sheriff, Jim Walton informed the County Board that the current fire system is not functioning properly and was requesting permission to have a service representative from Simplex to come and inspect our fire system.  It was the consensus of the County Board to move forward with this request.

Old/New Business

The County Board discussed the following old and new business: 

Commissioner Patty Beckel gave an update on the joint meeting with the Roseau County Board of Commissioners.

The joint meeting with the City of Baudette, LOW School and Lake of the Woods County will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center.

Commissioner Todd Beckel gave an update on the PILT payment.

There were no new updates on:

  • Capital and General Expenditure Policy, Boundary Commission, Road Inventory, Assessing Agreements, ANI, No Net Loss Policy, Joint Meeting with City of Baudette and Lake of the Woods School, Community Support Program (CSP), Township Road Inventory.

Committee Reports:

The following committee reports were heard and discussed: 

  • Joint Powers Natural Resources – update by Commissioner Todd Beckel and Moorman
  • Nursing Service Advisory Board – update by Commissioner Hanson
  • GIZIIBII – Resource Conservation and Development – update by Commissioner Patty Beckel on grant writing

Correspondence:

Correspondence was acknowledged from: 

  • US Dept – Secretary of the Interior — PILT Payment
  • Citizen Letter – Land & Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund to send a letter and place on the next regular scheduled board meeting

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chair Patty Beckel called the meeting to recess at 2:35 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved:      

____________________________                                                    ____________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                                                    Patty Beckel, County Board Chair

June, 2008

Commissioner Proceedings

June 10, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center with the following members present:  Commissioners Bredeson, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Arnesen and Moorman.   Also present were: Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, Penny Mio Hirst and John Oren. Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda with the following additions:  Satisfaction of mortgage, motor cycle pad, AMC ITV on June 27, Shoreland Rules, Global Climate Challenge handout, Rock Harbor project, booth at County Fair and travel for Dale Boretski to St. Louis Park on June 22-27. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the consent agenda as follows:

Christie Russell to St. Cloud on June 15-16 for Passport Training; Rita Krause to St. Paul on June 18-19 for Child Support Training; Dale Boretski to St. Louis Park on June 22-27 to participate in testing of the Manatron tax system. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Chairman Bredeson welcomed Senator Saxhaug and Representative Anzelc to the meeting.  Senator Saxhaug and Representative Anzelc discussed the 2008 session with the board.  Some of the highlights were: Education increase per pupil, Health and Human Services increase funding for nursing homes, transportation increase funding for roads and bridges and stated that HWY 11 project will be moved up on the construction project list, Environment and Natural Resources of dedicated funds and forestry bill.  They also explained the decrease of CPA for Lake of the Woods County. They stated that if the county did not agree with these numbers that they should contact the Department of Revenue for recalculation. They stated that the state will be facing a deficit in 2009 and state officials may be looking at using unallocated county funds.

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

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 32,098.59

Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler requested a merit adjustment for Social Services Supervisor, Amy Ballard.  Nancy explained the Social Service Supervisor is below the merit step which, is required by the Department of Human Services and that it was an oversight that she did not get a step increase after she completed her probation period.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve a one step increase for Social Services Supervisor, Amy Ballard retroactive from November 3, 2007, due to an oversight. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, presented a plaque from Lutheran Social Services in recognition for the 2008 Senior Dining Program.

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board and presented two quotes for radar equipment and requested approval to purchase two radars. The Stalker Radar quote was for $1,871 and the Decatur Radar quote was for $1,950. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize County Sheriff, Dallas Block to purchase two Stalker Radars in the amount of $1,871 per radar with the funding from the DWI account.  Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Sheriff, Dallas Block reviewed the Boat and Water grant to the board.  He explained that they do not spend any of this money until the end of the season in case there happens to be an emergency.  He stated that then they purchase equipment and other items at the end of the season or the money would go back to the State.

Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board and requested approval of claims.

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

                                                Revenue            $   19,754.01

                                                Road & Bridge $   32,197.13

                                                County Develp.$     1,630.00 

                                                Solid Waste       $   17,972.62

                                                                          $   71,553.76

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/10/2008 FOR PAYMENT  6/13/2008

     AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                     AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

        4293.40 AFFILIATED COMPUTER SERVICES                       948.84 AUTO VALUE

          447.47 WAYNE BENDICKSON                                              607.50 DALLAS BLOCK

          341.78 CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES                              2000.00 CLEAN COUNTY FUND

        5973.53 CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                                             858.36 DELL MARKETING, LP

          639.69 DIRECT SAFETY COMPANY                                  1178.43 DODDS LUMBER

          621.96 GCR TIRE CENTER                                                    346.75 HANSON’S GREENHOUSE

          730.67 HOLTE IMPLEMENT, INC                                      4786.69 HOWARD’S OIL COMPANY

          938.84 LAKE OF THE WOODS FOODS                                 441.00 LAKEWOOD HEALTH CENTER

          579.47 ROBERT LAPOS                                                       3210.00 LOW HIGHWAY DEPT

      10435.95 MAR-KIT LANDFILL                                               2821.47 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP

          744.84 JEROME MOLINE                                                      834.35 KENNETH MOORMAN

        5308.05 LAW MOREN                                                           4421.60 NORTHWEST ANGLE&ISLAND FREIGHT

        1552.74 R & Q TRUCKING, INC                                              556.61 REED’S SPORTING GOODS

        1034.62 RODERICK RONE JR                                                  451.02 TAPCO INC

          314.57 TONY DORN, INC.                                                     420.73 TRUE VALUE

        2161.68 VOYAGEURS COMMUNICATIONS, INC                  602.05 WALLWORK TRUCK CENTER

          398.26 JAMES WALTON                                                       420.00 WEST GROUP

        2263.33 WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING&ASST INC                3177.08 WOODY’S SERVICE

33 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,690.43

FINAL TOTAL    $71,553.76

Further moved to authorize the payment of auditor’s warrants as follows:

                                                May 29, 2008              $   1,802,782.95

                                                June 4,   2008              $        68,759.21

                                                June 6    2008              $      241,450.53

                                                June 9,   2008              $        50,065.26                                                         

Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion by Commissioner Todd Beckel to pay claim numbers 1763 and 1558 which were pulled from payment on May 13, 2008 and pay claim number 1469 which was pulled from payment on May 27, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson presented the Lake of the Woods County History for the last five (5) years on Levy Rates, Health Insurance and Personnel Costs.

County Levy Rates for the Past Five Years

Payable YearNet Tax Capacity% Incr.County LevyRate% Incr.
200425463789.14% $               1,901,7010.7480111.20%
2005284038611.55% $               1,901,7010.669520.00%
2006321737613.27% $               2,046,1890.635987.60%
2007358202211.33% $               2,107,5750.588383.00%
2008405080313.09% $               2,170,8020.535893.00%
Payable YearNet Tax Capacity% Incr.Township LevyRate% Incr.
2004206723210.68% $                  271,7000.1314310.00%
2005232568612.50% $                  271,7000.116830.00%
2006263466613.29% $                  326,0400.1237520.00%
2007298945913.47% $                  342,3420.114525.00%
2008341247714.15% $                  376,5760.1103510.00%

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd met with the board and requested approval for a lease for lawful gambling activity.

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

A Resolution Approving a Lease for Lawful Gambling Activity

Resolution No. 2008-06-01

WHEREAS, the VFW Club of Warroad has submitted a lease for lawful gambling activity and a premises permit application for Minnesota Lawful Gambling to be conducted at the following establishment known as: Sportsman’s of Oak Island, Oak Island, unorganized township of Angle, located in Lake of the Woods County.

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

Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd met with the board to discuss upcoming budget dates.  The following dates for the 2009 budget session are:  June 25 at 1:00 p.m., July 7 at 10:00 a.m. and July 9 & 10 at 7:00 a.m.

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd requested approval for the 2008 Intoxicating Liquor License, 3.2 Malt Liquor’s and Cigarette Licenses.

Motion was made  by Commissioner  Todd Beckel  to approve the following Intoxicating Liquor, 3.2 Malt  Liquor and Cigarette License from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 contingent upon the approval of the County Sheriff and County Attorney as follows:  On/Off and Sunday Liquor License:  Adrian’s Resort, Dacha Company, Ballard’s Resort, Borderview Resort, Jerry’s Restaurant and Lounge, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, Randall’s Resort, Riverbend Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Schuster’s Resort, J& L Hennum Inc., Wigwam Resort, Sportsman’s of Oak, Zippel Bay Resort, North Point 07, LLC,; On and Sunday Liquor License: Cyrus Resort, Rosalie’s Restaurant and Lounge, Ken-Mar-Ke Resort, Riverview Resort, Flag Island Resort, Wheelers Point Resort; Off Sale Only:  Log Cabin Liquors Inc.; Cigarette License: Adrian’s Resort, Ballard’s Resort, Bay Store, Borderview Lodge, Cenex, City of Baudette, City of Williams, Border Bait, Flag Island Resort, Holiday Station, Howard’s, Jeanette Mcatee, Jerry’s Restaurant and Lounge, Ken-Mar-Ke Resort, Lake of the Woods Foods, Log Cabin Bait, Log Cabin Liquors, Long Point Resort, Morris Point, Lakeview Lodge, North Point 07, LLC, Riverbend Resort, Riverview Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Schuster’s Resort, J & L Hennum Inc.,  Sportsman’s of Oak, Too Tall’s, VFW Club, Wheeler’s Point,  Zippel Bay Resort;  3.2 On-Sale Malt Liquor: Long Point Resort, Oak Island Resort and Ship’s Wheel Resort; 3.2 Off Sale Malt Liquor; Bay Store, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Oak Island Resort, Long Point Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge , Flag Island and Log Cabin Bait.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. Commissioner Arnesen abstained from voting.

The board discussed the educational session on the levy limits/maintenance of effort issues that AMC is presenting on June 27, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The board will try to attend the ITV session which may take place in the Baudette Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.  The board set July 7, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. as a Committee of the Whole Meeting with Department Heads.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board requesting approval to set July 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. as a date to hold a public hearing to consider the vacation of a portion of Aspen Trail Northwest (County Road #200).

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to set July 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room, Baudette, Minnesota as the date, time and place for a public hearing to vacate a portion of Aspen Trail Northwest (County Road #200).  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen informed the board that Jon Hodgson, Engineer for MN Joint Powers Board is still working on the Bostic Creek project that was discussed at the May 27, 2008 board meeting.  When more information is available he will bring it to the board for further discussion.

Jim Tobin, resident of the county discussed briefly his concerns of the Judicial Ditch 28.

County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the board and updated them of the Legislative session he attended in April.  Wayne informed the board of the changes the legislators did with the assessments of green acres calculations.  The board discussed the reduction of the CPA payments and requested that he look into it with the Department of Revenue.

The board discussed the re-organization of the Maintenance Department.  The board concurred to leave it as it is for right now.

The meeting was called to recess at 12:00 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the minutes of May 27, 2008 with changes.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd met with the board requesting permission to summit a request for lease with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to have a motor cycle testing pad in the County’s parking lot. The consensus of the board was that it was alright with them and if the State approves the request for lease to bring it back to the board for final approval.

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd requested approval to file a satisfaction of mortgage that was owned by Lake of the Woods County, dated January 20, 1995 with Terrence Gordanier Olson.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize Chairman Bredeson and County Auditor to sign the satisfaction of mortgage with Terrence Gordanier Olson, dated January 20, 1995.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board went through the Business Subsidy Criteria, made changes and requested the policy be sent to HRDC for their review and comments.

The board discussed the request from Roseau County for financial assistance to help support the on-going effort to eliminate Bovine TB in Northwestern Minnesota.  This was tabled until June 24, 2008 meeting.

Commissioner Todd Beckel informed the board that the Geographically Focused Advisory Committee (shoreland rules) is accepting nominations to participate in committees to assist the DNR in the rule update project and would like Commissioner Arnesen to submit an application to be appointed to this committee.

The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Todd Beckel and moved for adoption:

Resolution for appointment to the Geographically Focused Advisory Committee (GFA)

Resolution No. 06-06-02

WHEREAS, Minnesota Department of Natural Resource is forming Three (3) Geographically Focused Advisory (GFA) committees to assist the DNR in the rule update project on Shoreland Rules;

WHEREAS,  Lake of the Woods is the largest lake in Minnesota besides the Great Lakes and is an International Body of Water;

WHEREAS,  Lake of the Woods County has approximately 800 miles of shoreline that is designated as public waters;

WHEREAS,  Lake of the Woods resident’s , tourist and resorts depend on the shorelands to have access to get to the approximately 40 Islands that are located in Lake of the Woods County;

WHEREAS,  Lake of the Woods County has over fifty nine (59) resort’s/lodging facilities which twelve (12) are at the Northwest Angle that depend on access of shorelands for the economic growth within Lake of the Woods;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Commissioner Arnesen should be selected to participate in the Geographically Focused Advisory Committee for our area.

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

Commissioner Arnesen informed the board that the Rocky Point Harbor is moving forward but the DNR has not started the permitting process yet and it would probably be a year from now; informed the board that on June 23 there will be a meeting at the Northwest Angle with Canadian Officials and U.S. Senators Coleman and Klobuchar to discuss passport concerns.

Commissioner Arnesen requested that Dangerous Dog Ordinance discussion be placed on the next agenda.

Commissioner Patty Beckel informed the board that Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren spoke with the Attorney General’s office about the concerns of the length of time that it is taking to be scheduled for court and the cost of confinement for the sex offender that has been placed in the Moose Lake Regional Treatment Center.  The board requested that she still send a letter to the Attorney General’s office of the county’s concerns on this matter.

Commissioner Moorman informed the board that they are having a booth at the Lake of the Woods County Fair on June 27 and 28.

Commissioner Todd Beckel presented a PowerPoint print- out to the board on the Global Climate Challenges.

Chairman Bredeson informed the board that they have been invited to the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute luncheon on June 18 in Bemidji.

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board to discuss law enforcement activities within the county.

With no further business before the board, Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 3:55 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:       June 24, 2008

____________________________                            _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                           Kim Bredeson, Chairman

Lake of the Woods County

Board of Equalization

June 17, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Equalization met on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 with the following members present:  Commissioners: Ed Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Kim Bredeson and Ken Moorman.  Also present were: County Assessor Wayne Bendickson, Assistant Assessor Ron Norquist and County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  County Recorder Sue Ney swore in the members of the Board of Equalization.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson explained that the valuation period is from 2006 – October 2007.  He further discussed the market conditions and sales ratio and how it pertains to Lake of the Woods County; (65 sales) mean ratio of (85%) largest sales (real estate). 

The required level of assessment is between 90 and 105 percent.  If the sales ratio study indicates that the median ratio of EMVs to the selling prices is below 90 percent or above 105 percent, the Commissioner of Revenue, acting as the State Board of Equalization, will typically increase or decrease values to bring about equalization.  State Board orders are usually on a county, city, or township wide basis for a particular classification of property.  All State Board orders must be implemented by the county, and the changes are made to the current assessment year.

The County Board Chair explained that all appeals would be heard before any action would be taken.

Meeting with the board was Jim Tobin, property owner in Wheeler Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area. 

Meeting with the board was Albert Georges, property owner in Wabanica Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Scott Pahlen, property owner in Prosper Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Willis Bitter, property owner in Baudette Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Mel Mollberg, property owner in Baudette Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the agriculture classification and Green Acres.

Meeting with the board was Gloriann Fischer, property owner in Spooner Township.  She had some general questions for the County Assessor.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson explained the process of determining the valuation of property and what happens when the valuation goes up or down.            

Meeting with the board was Joe Brucciani, property owner in Baudette Township.  He had general questions concerning the assessing process and commented on the valuations.

Meeting with the board was Chuck Richards, property owner in Swiftwater Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson explained the classification change from agriculture to residential.

Meeting with the board was John Rossborough, property owner in Baudette Township.  He had questions for the County Assessor and commented on the current valuations.

Meeting with the board was Mike and Julie Clark, property owners in Baudette Township.   County Assessor Wayne Bendickson explained and reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Marcel Misel property owners in Wabanica Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Jerry Randall, property owner in Wheeler Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to recess the Board of Equalization meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 12:42 p.m.

Chair Bredeson convened the County Board meeting at 12:45 p.m. with discussion regarding the Federal Airport Grant application. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize Chair Bredeson to sign the Federal Airport Grant Application.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to recess the County Board meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 1:50 p.m.

Chair Bredeson reconvened the Board of Equalization meeting at 1:52 p.m.

Meeting with the board was George Swentik, property owner.  George discussed his property in Gudrid, Baudette, Spooner and Swiftwater Townships and the evaluations on each.   County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed all of these situations.

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson read the following letter received from Mike Schulz, property owner in Zippel Township.  His letter questioned the difference of an outside appraisal received of $173,000 and the assessor’s valuation of $230,000.  The County Assessor did a revised valuation of $191,000 based on their schedule and recommended using this valuation. 

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson issued reports detailing comparisons of taxes by land classifications for payable years 2006 and 2007 and estimated market value comparisons for assessment years 2006 and 2007.  He also reviewed new constructions for the current and previous years.

Motion by Commissioner Todd Beckel to recess the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2008, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.  Chair Bredeson recessed the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2008 at 2:23 p.m. and set the date and time of Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. to reconvene the County Board of Equalization meeting.

Attest:                                                                          Approved:       July 8, 2008

___________________________                              ________________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                             Kim Bredeson, Chair of the County Board

Commissioner Proceedings

June 24, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center with the following members present:  Commissioners Bredeson, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Arnesen and Moorman.   Also present were: County Auditor John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, Penny Mio Hirst and John Oren. Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda with the following additions:  County Attorney (possible closed session) County Land Inventory, Travel for Dawn Christianson,  Fair Booth, Auditor/Treasurer Conference, County TV and Cormorants. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the consent agenda as follows:

Becky Dornheim, Sue Johnson, Sandy Haman and Nancy Wendler to St. Paul on July 7-8 for IMR Team Training; Steve Sindelir to Isle on July 28-30 for MACAI Course; Dawn Christianson to Shakopee on July 21-24 for Property Tax Administration Course.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the minutes of June 10, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services Financial Officer, Christine Hultman, met with the board requesting approval of claims.

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 27,420.60

Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Treasurer, Mark Hall met with the board and presented an Inventory of Investments update.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and presented a power point of the budget process and discussed the Auditor/Treasurer Conference.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and requested approval of claims.

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

                                                Revenue            $   35,860.35

                                                Road & Bridge  $  36,450.50

                                                County Develp. $       610.00

                                                Joint Ditch        $        500.00

                                                Solid Waste       $     2,151.46

                                                                          $   75,572.31

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION              

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/24/2008 FOR PAYMENT  6/27/2008

      AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                   AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

          429.42 AMERI PRIDE LINEN & APPAREL SE                     887.85 ARROW PRINTING

          978.70 ARROWWOOD RESORT                                          1034.88 RUSS BARRETT

          670.52 TODD BECKEL                                                          471.30 BEST WESTERN KELLY INN

          658.00 DALLAS BLOCK                                                      9318.75 CARNEY SALES CO INC

        2497.13 CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                                             427.60 CUSTOM AUTOBODY AND REPAIR

          325.88 DELL MARKETING, LP                                         11408.00 DHS – MOOSE LAKE CODE 462

          500.00 CHARLEY DURHAM                                               1638.00 FAIR HILLS

        1938.02 GM CONSTRUCTION INC                                       2000.00 LEE HANCOCK

        2677.50 HASBARGEN FARMS INC                                         427.50 PAUL HILDEBRANDT

        6520.50 HOFFMAN, DALE, & SWENSON, PLLC                   473.72 JOHN HOSCHEID

        1822.00 LAKE ROAD DIESEL INC                                         948.20 LAKES GAS CO.

        2700.48 ROBERT LAPOS                                                       3400.00 TIM MIOVAC

        1725.70 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP                        1477.50 MN COUNTIES INFORMATION SYSTEM

          375.00 MN OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNO                  3400.00 NORMAN JOHNSON TRUCKING, INC.

          343.92 PITNEY BOWES INC.                                               1250.24 POWERPLAN

          481.37 REED’S SPORTING GOODS                                     3400.00 DENNIS STAVIG

        1183.08 STRATA CORP, INC                                                   497.50 JOSH STROMLUND

          472.66 T R JOBBING                                                              326.85 US FOOD SERVICE

        2740.17 VOYAGEURS COMTRONICS, INC                            552.30 WEST GROUP

36 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       3,192.07

FINAL TOTAL     $75,572.31

Further moved to authorize the payment of auditor’s warrants as follows:

                                                June 17, 2008              $        84,628.78

                                                June 10, 2008              $        16,069.80                                                         

Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board to discuss the opportunity for a Emergency Operations Center (EOC) grant program that is available to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities. The consensus of the board was to have Holly move forward with applying for this grant.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize the Chairman to sign the Hazardous Material Exercise Program Grant for the Table Top exercise that was held on May 21, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 10:50 a.m. and reconvened at 10:55 a.m. as follows:

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board and presented a proposal for the Bostic Creek JD 28 project.  The county would complete the work with estimated expenditures of $70,000, with most of the funding coming from the Drainage Management Fund and the rest coming from budget line items within the Highway budget.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to proceed with the Bostic Creek JD28 project with the county completing the work.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board requesting consideration of approval of the re-platting of Hanson’s Estate and the proposed plat of Marina Drive Estates.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the re-platting of Hanson’s Estate and the proposed Plat of Marina Drive Estates.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board and discussed the new BWSR performance review and assistance program and discussed the opportunity for him to attend  the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) seminar.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund to attend the MASWCD seminar with the funding from the Natural Resource account up to $1,700.  Seconded by Commissioner Bredeson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Tim Hendrickson, President of Wells Fargo met with the board and discussed the Desktop Deposit Service presentation that Deputy Auditors Janet Rudd and Lorene Hanson attended, for the use in depositing checks for the Deputy Registrar’s station.  He discussed the benefits of this service and stated that Wells Fargo will pay for half of the cost of the scanner.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to purchase a desk top deposit scanner from Wells Fargo in the amount of $475 plus tax.  Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 12:08 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 1:00 p.m. and reconvene the Board of Equalization meeting from June 17, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 2:18 p.m. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

County Attorney, Michelle Moren met with the board to discuss pending litigation for Gary Scott. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the meeting at 2:20 p.m. pursuant MN Statute 13D.05.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to open the regular meeting at 2:42 p.m.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Roseau County Commissioners Alan Johnston and Russ Walker, Attorney Steve Anderson , Wetland Specialist, Bill Best from BWSR and Roseau County Coordinator Trish Harren met with the board to discuss the consideration of reclassifying a portion of Roseau County in an attempt to move parts of the county out of the “ less than 50% remaining class into the 80% or more remaining”  and since part of the watershed area is in lake of the Woods County, they would need permission from Lake of the Woods County board to move forward.  The consensus of the board was they would support this project but were worried about the Local Government Unit within the Watershed and requested a letter from BWSR that there would be no change for Lake of the Woods County.

The board discussed the request of funding for Roseau County for financial assistance to help support the on-going effort to eliminate Bovine TB in Northwestern Minnesota.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to support Roseau County for $300 per month for six (6) months for a total of $1,800 with the funding from the Economic Development fund.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board discussed the County TV and cormorants issue with the Roseau County Commissioners. The County TV committees will try to meet on the County TV issues and Roseau County will give political support on the cormorant issue to force a study on them.

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland met with the board and requested approval to purchase a WebFusion application.  The board requested that he come back to the July 8, 2008 meeting and give them a presentation of this application.

County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the board and handed out information on County owned lands and State owned lands that would be available for sale.

The board requested that County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to research how to sell State and County owned land and requested the Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund research see if these lands were buildable and accessible.

Commissioner Moorman stated that they had some department heads and commissioners to work at the County Fair booth.

No committee reports were given and correspondence was read.

With no further business before the board, Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 4:51 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:       July 8, 2008

____________________________                            _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                           Kim Bredeson, Chairman

Lake of the Woods County

Board of Equalization

June 24, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Equalization met on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 with the following members present:  Commissioners: Ed Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Kim Bredeson and Ken Moorman.  Also present were: County Assessor Wayne Bendickson, Assistant Assessor Ron Norquist and County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson met with the board and discussed issues from the prior meeting. 

The County Board of Equalization reviewed each of the property owners’ questions that were brought to the board on Tuesday, June 17, 2008.  The following action was taken:

Jim Tobin, property owner in Wheeler Township, no change.  

Albert Georges, property owner in Wabanica Township, no change.

Scott Pahlen, property owner in Prosper Township; motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to drop the valuation by $20,000.  Motion died for a lack of a second, no change.

Willis Bitter, property owner in Baudette Township, no change.

Mel Mollberg, property owner in Baudette Township, no change.

Gloriann Fischer, property owner in Spooner Township; questions and comments were received and explained.

Joe Brucciani, property owner in Baudette Township; questions and comments were received and explained.

Chuck Richards, property owner in Swiftwater Township, no change.

John Rossborough, property owner in Baudette Township, no change.

Mike and Julie Clark, property owners in Baudette Township, no change.

Marcel Misel, property owner in Wabanica Township, no change. 

Jerry Randall, property owner in Wheeler Township; request was withdrawn.

George Swentik, property owner; motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to reduce his valuation in Baudette Township to $500 per acre.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  The board suggested applying for GA.

Mike Schulz, property owner in Zippel Township; motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to adjust his valuation to $182,000.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, tied as follows:  For:  Commissioners Arnesen and Todd Beckel and County Auditor John W Hoscheid;  Against:  Commissioners Patty Beckel, Bredeson and Moorman.  No change.

Motion by Commissioner Todd Beckel to adjourn the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2008, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.  Chair Bredeson adjourned the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2008 at 2:14 p.m.

Attest:                                                                          Approved:`      July 8, 2008

___________________________                              ________________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                             Kim Bredeson, Chair of the County Board

Commissioner Proceedings

June 24, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center with the following members present:  Commissioners Bredeson, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Arnesen and Moorman.   Also present were: County Auditor John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, Penny Mio Hirst and John Oren. Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda with the following additions:  County Attorney (possible closed session) County Land Inventory, Travel for Dawn Christianson,  Fair Booth, Auditor/Treasurer Conference, County TV and Cormorants. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the consent agenda as follows:

Becky Dornheim, Sue Johnson, Sandy Haman and Nancy Wendler to St. Paul on July 7-8 for IMR Team Training; Steve Sindelir to Isle on July 28-30 for MACAI Course; Dawn Christianson to Shakopee on July 21-24 for Property Tax Administration Course.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the minutes of June 10, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services Financial Officer, Christine Hultman, met with the board requesting approval of claims.

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 27,420.60

Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Treasurer, Mark Hall met with the board and presented an Inventory of Investments update.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and presented a power point of the budget process and discussed the Auditor/Treasurer Conference.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and requested approval of claims.

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

                                                Revenue            $   35,860.35

                                                Road & Bridge  $  36,450.50

                                                County Develp. $       610.00

                                                Joint Ditch        $        500.00

                                                Solid Waste       $     2,151.46

                                                                          $   75,572.31

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION              

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/24/2008 FOR PAYMENT  6/27/2008

      AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                   AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

          429.42 AMERI PRIDE LINEN & APPAREL SE                     887.85 ARROW PRINTING

          978.70 ARROWWOOD RESORT                                          1034.88 RUSS BARRETT

          670.52 TODD BECKEL                                                          471.30 BEST WESTERN KELLY INN

          658.00 DALLAS BLOCK                                                      9318.75 CARNEY SALES CO INC

        2497.13 CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                                             427.60 CUSTOM AUTOBODY AND REPAIR

          325.88 DELL MARKETING, LP                                         11408.00 DHS – MOOSE LAKE CODE 462

          500.00 CHARLEY DURHAM                                               1638.00 FAIR HILLS

        1938.02 GM CONSTRUCTION INC                                       2000.00 LEE HANCOCK

        2677.50 HASBARGEN FARMS INC                                         427.50 PAUL HILDEBRANDT

        6520.50 HOFFMAN, DALE, & SWENSON, PLLC                   473.72 JOHN HOSCHEID

        1822.00 LAKE ROAD DIESEL INC                                         948.20 LAKES GAS CO.

        2700.48 ROBERT LAPOS                                                       3400.00 TIM MIOVAC

        1725.70 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP                        1477.50 MN COUNTIES INFORMATION SYSTEM

          375.00 MN OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNO                  3400.00 NORMAN JOHNSON TRUCKING, INC.

          343.92 PITNEY BOWES INC.                                               1250.24 POWERPLAN

          481.37 REED’S SPORTING GOODS                                     3400.00 DENNIS STAVIG

        1183.08 STRATA CORP, INC                                                   497.50 JOSH STROMLUND

          472.66 T R JOBBING                                                              326.85 US FOOD SERVICE

        2740.17 VOYAGEURS COMTRONICS, INC                            552.30 WEST GROUP

36 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       3,192.07

FINAL TOTAL     $75,572.31

Further moved to authorize the payment of auditor’s warrants as follows:

                                                June 17, 2008              $        84,628.78

                                                June 10, 2008              $        16,069.80                                                         

Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board to discuss the opportunity for a Emergency Operations Center (EOC) grant program that is available to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities. The consensus of the board was to have Holly move forward with applying for this grant.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize the Chairman to sign the Hazardous Material Exercise Program Grant for the Table Top exercise that was held on May 21, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 10:50 a.m. and reconvened at 10:55 a.m. as follows:

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board and presented a proposal for the Bostic Creek JD 28 project.  The county would complete the work with estimated expenditures of $70,000, with most of the funding coming from the Drainage Management Fund and the rest coming from budget line items within the Highway budget.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to proceed with the Bostic Creek JD28 project with the county completing the work.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board requesting consideration of approval of the re-platting of Hanson’s Estate and the proposed plat of Marina Drive Estates.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the re-platting of Hanson’s Estate and the proposed Plat of Marina Drive Estates.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board and discussed the new BWSR performance review and assistance program and discussed the opportunity for him to attend  the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) seminar.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund to attend the MASWCD seminar with the funding from the Natural Resource account up to $1,700.  Seconded by Commissioner Bredeson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Tim Hendrickson, President of Wells Fargo met with the board and discussed the Desktop Deposit Service presentation that Deputy Auditors Janet Rudd and Lorene Hanson attended, for the use in depositing checks for the Deputy Registrar’s station.  He discussed the benefits of this service and stated that Wells Fargo will pay for half of the cost of the scanner.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to purchase a desk top deposit scanner from Wells Fargo in the amount of $475 plus tax.  Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 12:08 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 1:00 p.m. and reconvene the Board of Equalization meeting from June 17, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 2:18 p.m. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

County Attorney, Michelle Moren met with the board to discuss pending litigation for Gary Scott. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the meeting at 2:20 p.m. pursuant MN Statute 13D.05.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to open the regular meeting at 2:42 p.m.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Roseau County Commissioners Alan Johnston and Russ Walker, Attorney Steve Anderson , Wetland Specialist, Bill Best from BWSR and Roseau County Coordinator Trish Harren met with the board to discuss the consideration of reclassifying a portion of Roseau County in an attempt to move parts of the county out of the “ less than 50% remaining class into the 80% or more remaining”  and since part of the watershed area is in lake of the Woods County, they would need permission from Lake of the Woods County board to move forward.  The consensus of the board was they would support this project but were worried about the Local Government Unit within the Watershed and requested a letter from BWSR that there would be no change for Lake of the Woods County.

The board discussed the request of funding for Roseau County for financial assistance to help support the on-going effort to eliminate Bovine TB in Northwestern Minnesota.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to support Roseau County for $300 per month for six (6) months for a total of $1,800 with the funding from the Economic Development fund.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board discussed the County TV and cormorants issue with the Roseau County Commissioners. The County TV committees will try to meet on the County TV issues and Roseau County will give political support on the cormorant issue to force a study on them.

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland met with the board and requested approval to purchase a WebFusion application.  The board requested that he come back to the July 8, 2008 meeting and give them a presentation of this application.

County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the board and handed out information on County owned lands and State owned lands that would be available for sale.

The board requested that County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to research how to sell State and County owned land and requested the Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund research see if these lands were buildable and accessible.

Commissioner Moorman stated that they had some department heads and commissioners to work at the County Fair booth.

No committee reports were given and correspondence was read.

With no further business before the board, Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 4:51 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:       July 8, 2008

____________________________                            _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                           Kim Bredeson, Chairman

Special County Board Meeting

June 25, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Wednesday, June 25, 2008, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, with the following members present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Bredeson and Ken Moorman.  Also present was County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Chair Bredeson laid the ground rules for the upcoming budget, these meetings are to be informational and no board action will be taken until all budgets are presented.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the special meeting today.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Todd Beckel and moved for adoption:

RESOLUTION NO.  08-06-03

Authorization for the Baudette-Lake of the Woods Airport Commission

to Execute Federal Grant Agreements

BE IT RESOLVED that the Lake of the Woods County Commissioners of the County of Lake of the Woods authorizes the Baudette-Lake of the Woods Airport Commission Chairman or his/her designee to sign federal grant agreements on behalf of the County of Lake of the Woods, and to execute any and all further required documents pertinent hereto, and all amendments thereof.

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

The County Board discussed and approved the budget policy, goals and objectives for 2008.    The budget schedule was reviewed.

The 2009 levy was discussed and the consensus was to determine this after all budgets have been reviewed.  The board discussed market value credit and county program aid.

The 2009 salaries were discussed and the consensus was to determine this after all budgets have been reviewed.

Health insurance for 2009 was discussed and will be further discussed after reviewing all budgets.

The County Board discussed letters to the Department Heads and directed County Auditor to send the following to all Department Heads:

Please complete the 2009 Budget Request form and submit to the Auditor by July 7, 2008.  Salaries will be at the 2008 rates.  Capital requests should be listed on the separate attachment provided.  The County Board will determine the levy appropriation for your department after reviewing all budgets.  The County Program Aid appropriation will be determined after reviewing all county budgets.

The County Board discussed capital expenditures and grant application requests.

The next special board meeting to discuss budgets will be Monday, July 7, 2008.

There being no further business before the Board, Chair Bredeson declared the meeting in recess at 3:30 p.m.

Attest:                                                 Approved:  July 8, 2008

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                          Kim Bredeson

County Auditor                                             Chair of the County Board

June, 2007

Special County Board Meeting

June 5, 2007

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in special session on Tuesday June 5, 2007, in the Commissioners Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, with the following members present:  Commissioners Todd Beckel, Moorman, Bredeson, Patty Beckel and Arnesen. Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 7:00 a.m. for evaluating the performance of the following individuals Bruce Hasbargen, Public Works Director, Nancy Wendler, Social Service Director, Josh Stromlund, Land and Water Planning Director, Wayne Bendickson, County Assessor and Holly House, Emergency Management Director who are subject to the authority of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners.

With no further business before the Board, Chairman Todd Beckel declared the meeting to recess at 12:00 p.m.

Attest:                                                             Approved:  June 12, 2007

________________________________        ____________________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor  Chairman Todd Beckel

Lake of the Woods County

Board of Equalization

June 11, 2007

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Equalization met on Monday, June 11, 2007 with the following members present:  Commissioners: Ed Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Kim Bredeson and Ken Moorman.  Also present were: County Assessor Wayne Bendickson, Assistant Assessor Ron Norquist and County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Deputy Recorder Christie Russell swore in the members of the Board of Equalization.  Chair Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Meeting with the board was Daniel Zimney, property owner in Gudrid Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed and explained that the land value had increased in that area, however his house value had not increased.  They will review his values again next year.  No action was taken.

Meeting with the board was Richard Corle, property owner in Gudrid Township.  He commented on the current valuations.  No action was taken.

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson issued reports detailing comparisons of taxes by land classifications for payable years 2006 and 2007 and estimated market value comparisons for assessment years 2006 and 2007.  He also reviewed new constructions for the current and previous years.

Motion by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to adjourn the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2007, seconded by Commissioner Ken Moorman and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.  Chair Todd Beckel adjourned the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2007 at 9:50 a.m.

Attest:                                                                          Approved:        June 12, 2007

___________________________                              ________________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                                Todd Beckel, Chair of the County Board

Commissioner Proceedings

June 12, 2007

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center with the following members present:  Commissioners Bredeson, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Arnesen and Moorman.  Also present were County Auditor John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, Penny Mio Hirst and John Oren. Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Commissioner Bredeson to approve the agenda. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion by Commissioner Bredeson to approve the consent agenda as follows: travel for Dale Boretski and John W. Hoscheid to St. Cloud on June 21-22 for Basic Drainage Administration Seminar; Holly House to Bemidji on June 27-28 for Homeland Security   Exercise and Evaluation Program, July 10-11 to St. Paul for Emergency Management Certification and July 24-26 to Duluth for Emergency Management Certification; Jodi Bauers to Bemidji on June 25-26 for ArcGIS training; Bruce Hasbargen to Bemidji on September 5-6 for the Annual County Engineers Seminar; Steve Sindelir to Alexandria on July 22-25 for Ag Inspector Course; Bruce Hasbargen to Lutsen on August 15-17 for AMC Leadership Development Summit.. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the minutes of May 22, May 29, June 5, June 11 and Board of Equalization of June 11.  Seconded by Commissioner Bredeson and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Chairman Todd Beckel welcomed Senator Saxhaug and Representative Anzelc to the meeting.  The board, along with other citizens discussed issues and concerns affecting our communities and county. Chairman Todd Beckel, along with the board thanked Senator Saxhaug and Representative Anzelc for meeting with them.

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, met with the board requesting approval of claims, to certify Office Support Specialist off probation/request step increase, approval to advertise/fill Social Service Supervisor position, update on Outpatient/Aftercare Chemical Dependency  Treatment  Program RFP, designation of Representative for the L.O.W./Children and Families Collaborative Board and approval for the MN Care Contract.

Motion by Commissioner Bredeson to approve the claims against the county as follows:

Commissioners’ Warrants         $26,800.46

Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion by Commissioner  Bredeson to certify Office Support Specialist off probation effective June 8, 2007 and to approve a step increase from Grade 6, step 1 to Grade 6, step 2.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion by Commissioner Patty Beckel to authorize Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler to advertise and hire a Social Service Supervisor.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion by Commissioner Arnesen to appoint and authorize Commissioner Todd Beckel as a designated Representative to the Lake of the Woods Children and Families Collaborative. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion by Commissioner Bredeson to extend the MN Care Contract for one more year and authorize Chairman Todd Beckel and Social Service Director to sign.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board to request approval for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Memorandum of Understanding.

Chairman Todd Beckel excused himself from the meting and Vice Chairman Bredeson resumed the meeting.

Motion by Commissioner Arnesen to enter into the Memorandum of Understanding between Lake of the Woods County and the designated facilities that may be used to support personnel who are providing emergency public services to designated populations affected by a disaster or public health emergency.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 10:36 a.m. and reconvened at 10:45 a.m. as follows:

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval of claims, liquor licensing approval, Chamber of Commerce request of funds and to discuss a cement slab/picnic tables for the Government Center North Building.

Motion by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the claims against the county as follows:

                                                Revenue                       $          34,383.36

                                                Road & Bridge $         125,189.55

                                                Joint Ditch                    $                600.00      

                                                County Development    $             8,831.41

                                                Solid Waste                  $            23,952.58

                                                             192,956.90

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/12/2007 FOR PAYMENT  6/15/2007

        AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                   AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

        1871.94 ANDY’S GARAGE, INC.                                             5509.49 ED ARNESEN

          517.79 AUTO VALUE                                                            4000.00 BAUDETTE-LOW CHAMBER OF COMMER

          515.83 WAYNE BENDICKSON                                                308.21 CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES

        2000.00 CLEAN COUNTY FUND                                             6511.38 CO-OP SERVICES, INC.

        2325.00 KELLY COLE                                                           46780.25 CONTECH CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS

        3294.39 DELL MARKETING, LP                                               5358.75 EARTHWORKS CONTRACTING INC

        3235.94 ERICKSON ENGINEERING INC                                    2475.00 HASBARGEN FARMS INC

        5640.00 HOFFMAN, DALE, & SWENSON, PLLC                       605.44 HOLTE IMPLEMENT, INC

        3238.04 HOWARD’S OIL COMPANY                                         838.65 INSIGHT PUBLIC SECTOR

      23512.50 LAKE COUNTRY CHEV                                             1109.74 LAKE OF THE WOODS FOODS

        1367.55 LAKES GAS CO.                                                       3037.50 LAVALLA SAND & GRAVEL INC

        3678.54 LOW HIGHWAY DEPT                                                 400.00 LOW HOME COUNCIL

      10039.50 MAR-KIT LANDFILL                                                   1122.49 JIMMY MCCOURT

        1013.65 SCOTT MCKAY                                                           353.74 PHILIP MILLER

        2475.00 TIM MIOVAC                                                              2761.77 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP

        1472.50 MN COUNTIES INFORMATION SYSTEM                      300.00 MN OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNO

          400.00 MN POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY                        1141.88 JEROME MOLINE

        2484.00 KENNETH MOORMAN                                                2418.75 NORMAN JOHNSON TRUCKING, INC.

          643.26 NORTHERN FARMERS CO-OP                                    495.26 THE NORTHERN LIGHT

          927.41 NORTHSTAR MATERIALS INC                                    415.18 NORTHWEST BEVERAGE, INC.

          929.91 PRO SOURCE TECHNOLOGIES INC                           1804.50 LESLIE PULLAR

          361.18 QUILL CORPORATION                                               3192.16 R & Q TRUCKING, INC

        1968.75 SCOTT RAVNDALEN                                                4331.41 RINKE-NOONAN

        1750.00 SJOBERG’S INC                                                           600.28 STRATA CORP, INC

        2250.00 T & M SALES  DBA                                                   1139.16 TRI-STAR RECYCLING, INC

          661.55 TWIN RIVER SPORTS                                                  934.67 US BEARINGS AND DRIVES   BR31

        1207.71 WALKER PIPE & SUPPLY                                            441.00 WEST GROUP

        5327.78 WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING&ASST INC                      3957.07 WOODY’S SERVICE

42 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       5,503.45

****                  FINAL TOTAL…….    $192,956.90  ****

Further moved to authorize the payment of auditor’s warrants as follows:

                                                May 22, 2007              $474,843.41

                                                May 22, 2007              $       540.00

                                                May 29, 2007              $760,640.69

                                                June 1,   2007              $ 319,280.91                          

                                                June 6,   2007              $   74,601.33  

Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the following Intoxicating Liquor, 3.2 Malt Liquor and Cigs license from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008 contingent upon the approval of the County Sheriff and County Attorney as follows:  On/Off and Sunday Liquor License:  Adrian’s Resort, Angle Inn Resort, Ballard’s Resort, Borderview Resort, Jerry’s Restaurant and Lounge, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, Randall’s Resort, Riverbend Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Schuster’s Resort, Sportsman’s Lodge, Wigwam Resort, Zippel Bay Resort, Northwest Angle Resort and Restaurant; On and Sunday Liquor License: Cyrus Resort, Rosalie’s Restaurant and Lounge, Ken-Mar-Ke Resort, Riverview Resort, Flag Island Resort, Sportsman’s of Oak, Wheelers Point Resort; Off Sale Only: Log Cabin Liquors Inc.; Cigarette License: Adrian’s Resort, American Legion, Ballard’s Resort, Bay Store, Borderview Lodge, Cenex, City of Baudette, City of Williams, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Flag Island Resort, Holiday Station, Howard’s , Jeanette Mcatee, Jerry’s Restaurant and Lounge, Ken-Mar-Ke Resort, Lake of the Woods Foods, Log Cabin Bait, Log Cabin Liquors, Log Cabin Bait, Long Point Resort, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, Grumpy’s Northwest Angle Bar & Grill Inc., Randall’s Resort, Riverbend Resort, Riverview Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Schuster’s Resort, Sportsman’s Lodge, Sportsman’s of Oak, Too Tall’s, VFW Club, Wheeler’s Point, Wigwam Resort, Zippel Bay Resort; 3.2 On- Sale Malt Liquor: Long Point Resort, Oak Island Resort and Ship’s Wheel Resort; 3.2 Off Sale Malt Liquor: Bay Store, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Oak Island Resort, Long Point Resort, Oak Island Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried. Commissioner Arnesen abstained from voting.

John informed the board that a request was made to have a cement slab/picnic table area at the Government Center North building.  The cost would be approximately $3,000.  The board’s consensus was to wait for a firm cost.

Motion by Commissioner Patty Beckel to donate the levied amount of $2,500 to the Chamber of Commerce to help offset the cost of the fireworks display.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

County Surveyor, Donn Rasmussen met with the board along with the following people:  Rodney and Judy Gubbels, Richard Corle, Gloriann Fischer, Jim Clementson, Walt Coninx, Keith Fox, Dave Thomas,  Russ and Benita Baron, David Norquist, George Swentik, Linda Roberts and County Recorder, Sue Ney to discuss a survey issue regarding discrepancies between the deed lines and the occupied lines west of Clementson in Government Lot 5, Section 12, Gudrid Township.

Motion by Commissioner Bredeson to authorize County Surveyor, Donn Rasmussen to do a preliminary survey in Government Lot 5, Section 12, Gudrid Township with the funding to come from the Economic Development/Con-Con remonumentation fund up to $4,500.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 11:40 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

Chairman Todd Beckel resumed the meeting.

Chairman Todd Beckel closed the meeting at 1:05 p.m. and as advertised opened the Planning Commission.

Vernon Reinert Lot 9, Block 1, Riverside Plat               A Conditional Use Permit as

                                    Section 17, T-161N, R-31 W              required by the Lake of the

                                    (Baudette Township)                            Woods County Zoning

                                                                                                Ordinance and the Rainy/

                                                                                                                                Rapid Rivers Shoreland

                                                                                                Management Ordinance, to

                                                                                                allow the applicant to move

                                                                                                more than ten (10) cubic

                                                                                                yards of material within

                                                                                                the shore impact zone of the

                                                                                                Rainy River for the purpose

                                                                                                of a rip-rap project.

Monte Burnham            Lot 10, Block 1, Riverside                    A Conditional Use Permit as

                                    Plat Section 17, T-161N,                     required by the Lake of the

                                    R-31 W                                               Woods County Zoning

                                    (Baudette Township)                            Ordinance and the Rainy/

                                                                                                Rapid Rivers Shoreland

                                                                                                Management Ordinance, to

                                                                                                allow the applicant to move

                                                                                                more than ten (10) cubic

                                                                                                yards of material within the

                                                                                                shore impact zone of the

                                                                                                Rainy River for the purpose

                                                                                                of a rip-rap project.

Mike Reed                   The east 1980’, more or                       A Petition to Amend the

                                    less, of the SE1/4 of                              Zoning Ordinance, for a zone

                                    the SE1/4 of Section                             change from a Natural

                                    20, T-162N, R-32W (wheeler)            Environment District to a

                                    Only applies to proposed                      Residential Development

                                    platted lots.                                           District and a Commercial-

                                                                                                Recreation District for the

                                                                                                purpose of platting a

                                                                                                Subdivision.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund presented the application for a conditional use permit requested by Vernon Reinert and Monte Burnhaim.  No comments were heard from the floor and no letters were received.  Josh presented the application for a request for a zone change for Mike Reed.  Comments were heard from the floor. A letter was received but not read at this time.

Motion by Commissioner Patty Beckel to continue the Planning Commission on the Reed Zone Change to the June 26 meeting at 1:00 p.m.  Seconded by Commissioner Bredeson and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

The planning commission was closed at 1:50 p.m the regular meeting reconvened as follows:

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board to request approval of a negative declaration on the Morris Point Estates Subdivision.

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

RESOLUTION NO. 07-06-01

A RESOLUTION ORDERING A NEGATIVE DECLARATION ON THE MORRIS POINT ESTATES SUBDIVISION ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT WORKSHEET (EAW)

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County is the Regulatory Governmental Unit has duly prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed Morris Point Estates Subdivision; and

WHEREAS, the EAW is based on the construction of 50 unattached residential dwellings and a 30 unit RV campground; and

WHEREAS, the County has submitted a copy of the EAW to all public agencies on the EAW distribution list, publishing EAW availability in the EQB Monitor on April 9 , 2007, all of which were done in accordance with applicable State laws, rules, and regulations; and

WHEREAS, the 30-day comment period ended on May 9, 2007, with three regulatory agencies commenting; and

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County acknowledges the comments from the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and

WHEREAS, the comments received do not support a need for an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed project; and

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County has considered the comments that were received and shall complete the Record of Decision supporting the declaration of negative need, including responses to the commenting regulatory agency, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners has made a negative declaration on the need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the Morris Point Estates Subdivision.

Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board requesting approval to set a public hearing for the five year construction plan, approval for funds for Salt/Sand Storage Facility and also informed the board that CN would like to meet with the board on June 26, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the Pitt Crossing.

Motion by Commissioner Arnesen to set a public hearing for highway construction five-year plan as July 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

RESOLUTION NO. 07-06-02

Salt/Sand Storage Shed

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

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County desires to use part of it’s Regular County State Aid Highway (CSAH) Construction Account fund for a portion of the Highway Salt/Sand Storage Facility  Project and:

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County requests a level of funding for this project based on the percentage of CSAH mileage (81.22%) to total mileage.

WHEREAS, the total estimated cost of the facility is $120,000.00.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the County of Lake of the Woods hereby requests Regular CSAH Construction Account funds in the amount of $97,464.00 for the Highway Salt/Sand Storage Facility Project.

Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Lake of the Woods Historical Society Executive Director, Marlys Hirst met with the board to request authorization to apply to GIZIIBII for assistant for the  renovation plans of the Museum and also gave the Commissioners a tour of the facility and to show the plans for renovation.

Motion by Commissioner Bredeson to authorize the Historical Society to seek assistance thru the GIZIIBII Association in obtaining grant funds for the proposed Museum Addition and Renovation project and authorize the Chairman to sign.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

The board discussed the closed session on June 12, 2007 on the performance evaluation of Social Worker Supervisor Bobbi Brandt.  The board concurred with the recommendation of the Social Service Director, Human Resource Director and County Attorney.

The board discussed the vacancy position of the County Attorney.  No action was taken.

With no further business before the board, Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to recess at 4:35 p.m.

Attest:                                                                          Approved:        June 26, 2007

_________________________                                  _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                               Todd Beckel, Chairman