March 22, 2022

March 22, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call To Order

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

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add Grant Application Substance Youth Disorder, Lost Warrant, Satisfaction of Repayment and Legislative Update. 

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the minutes from March 8,2022.

Social Services

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $6,437.02; Commissioners Warrants $2,332.92; Commissioners Warrants $9,838.96.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $74,411.90; Road & Bridge $22,974.65; County Development $200.00; Solid Waste $44,650.36; EDA $1,820.12.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION 2010-2021

Warrants Approved On 3/22/2022 For Payment 3/25/2022

Vendor Name Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 28,987.25 

CentralSquare Technologies, LLC 2,499.96 

Counties Providing Technology 3,972.00 

GM Construction Inc 23,052.26 

Integris DBA 13,994.79 

Motorola Solutions, Inc 15,206.40 

National Business Furniture, LLC 8,358.56

NetCenter Technologies 2,220.00 

Northern Light Region 4,107.82 

Pemberton Law, P.L.L.P. 3,603.98

Quadient Finance USA Inc. 5,000.00 

Royal Tire Inc 4,826.34

RTVision Inc. 3,000.00 

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50 

49  Payments less than 2000 18,959.17

Final Total: 144,057.03

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: March 4,2022 for $457,551.86; March 9,2022 for $122,854.74; March 16,2022 for $2,103,615.41; March 17,2022 for ($2.00)

Lost Warrant Affidavit
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Gund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant number 36799 for vendor number 1676 dated September 17, 2021 for $77.69 without furnishing indemnifying bond.  

Lost Warrant Affidavit
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant number 37166 for vendor number 1644 dated December 17,2021 for $148.50 without furnishing indemnifying bond.  

County TV RFP

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve going out on a RFP for maintenance of county tv. towers.

Rehabilitation Housing Satisfaction

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve County Board Chair Buck Nordlof to sign the Satisfaction of Mortgages for the Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program with Crystal Ferrier.

Lake of the Woods County Fair Board

Request for Donation

JP Sweet and Alan Cauble gave an update on the progress and cost of the Fairground canopy project and plans for next years Centennial Fair. Consensus was made by the board to support the canopy project.

Emergency Management

Approve funds- Mobile Radio for Squad Car

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the pre-budgeted funds from the Motorola grant in the amount of $6,669.50 for a mobile radio in a squad car.

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to add approval of additional training for mapping to the agenda.

Approval of Additional Training for Mapping

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the pre-bill request for additional training for mapping through the Motorola grant. 

Public Works

Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl gave an update on various projects including Bridge 92633, Building Door Replacement, and Drainage Authority JD 22 Erosion Repair.

Lake of the Woods Soil And Water Conservation

2021 County Feedlot Officer (CFO) Annual Report

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the 2021 County Feedlot Officer Annual Report, as presented by Mike Hirst with Lake of the Woods County’s Soil & Water Conservation District and for Chair Buck Nordlof to sign the same.

Human Resources

Permission to Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to hire Cody Nelson for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator at Grade 11, Step 1, $21.68 per hour, Points 265, effective 4/18/ 2022.

Permission to Advertise, Interview & Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously for permission to advertise, interview, and hire Curt Ferrier for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator at Grade 11, Step 3, $22.60 per hour, Points 265, effective in May 2022. 

Legislative Update

Commissioner Ed Arnesen updated the board on various topics that included: Bonding, Tourism Bill, PILT, NWA Forgivable loan, and Representative changes.

Recess

A brief recess took place at 10:00 am. and reconvened at 10:10 am.

Public Works

Robert Peterson Retirement

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

RECOGNITION OF YEARS OF SERVICE

ROBERT PETERSON

RESOLUTION 2022-03-03

WHEREAS: Robert Peterson has served Lake of the Woods County as a Heavy Equipment Operator since June 1,1997;

WHEREAS: Robert will retire from Lake of the Woods County effective March 31, 2022 with more than Twenty-Four years of service;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That Lake of the Woods Board of County Commissioners extends its deepest appreciation to Robert for his dedicated service and wishes him well on his retirement.

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

Carp Swamp Addition

Scott Laudenslager from MN DNR and Jackie Paschke gave a brief recap on discussions from previous meetings and listened to any questions/concerns the board has in reference to the sale of land to Pheasants Forever that would then be donated to the DNR to add to the wildlife management area. Consensus was made by the board to add this to the April 12,2022 meeting. No further action was taken at this time.

Leaving the Meeting

Chair Buck Nordlof left the meeting at 10:40 am.

Opioid Response Program-Behavioral Health Care Support

Grant Application

County Attorney James Austad went over the details of the rural communities opioid support grant. There is a coalition of local services that help with the support of substance abuse that would benefit from this grant to serve the local community.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to support the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Behavioral Health Care Support grant application.

RECESS

With no further business before the Board, Vice-Chair Ed Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 10:50 am.

Attest: April 12, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

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

March 22, 2022

AGENDA

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

TIME TAB

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

9:05 a.m. #2 Approval of Agenda

Approve Minutes of March 8, 2022

9:10 a.m. #3 Social Services

  • Claims

9:15 a.m. #4 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • Lost Warrant Affidavit
  • County TV RFP

9:20 a.m. #5 Fair Board

9:35 a.m. #6 Jill Olson

  • Mobile Radio for Squad Car

9:50 a.m. #7 Mike Hirst

  • County Feedlot Annual Report

10:20 a.m. #8 Public Works

  • Highway
    • Bob Peterson Retirement
    • Bridge 92633 Funding
    • Building Door Replacement
  • Drainage Authority
  • JD 22 Erosion Repair Funding
  • Drainage Record Funding

10:45a.m. #11 Human Resources

  • Permission to Hire
  • Heavy Equipment Operator 
  • Permission to Advertise/Interview/Hire
  • Heavy Equipment Operator

11:00 a.m. #12 Carp Swamp Addition

  • Scott Laudenslager

11:30 a.m. #13 Tourism

12:00 p.m. #14 Recess

Old/New Business

  • Lessard – Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Land Trade
  • Township Road Inventory
  • Home Health Care Task Force
  • Law Enforcement Center
  • Tourism/Lodging Tax
  • Centennial

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March 8, 2022

March 8, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call To Order

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

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add Post Prom Request, NWA Forgivable Loan Update, Stonegarden Grant, and Legislative Update. Remove: Carp Swamp Addition-Scott Laudenslager.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the minutes from February 22,2022.

NWA- Northerly Park

Joe Laurin requested the board approve a resolution to apply for a grant to hire a skilled landscape architect to work on the NorthWest Angle Northerly Park. He is requesting an additional $2,000 from the county to go towards the project in support of the grant. 

Resolution

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

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF NWA NORTHERLY PARK

      Resolution No. 2022-03-01

Resolution approving a Greater Minnesota Legacy Grant application to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the Northwest Angle Northerly Park project.

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County has the right and authority to sponsor a grant funding request to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC).  

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County has a right and authority to act as Legal Sponsor for the State Grant Application of the NWA Northerly Park and will work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (“DNR”), in developing a Grant Agreement relating to the funding which may be awarded by the GMRPTC.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That Lake of the Woods County certifies it has read and understands the Office of Grants Management Conflict of Interest Policy 08-01, will maintain an adequate Conflict of Interest Policy and monitor and report any actual, potential, or perceived conflicts of interest to the GMRPTC and DNR.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County confirms all of the information in its Application and further confirms that it has no expectation of, or entitlement to, reimbursement of costs incurred prior to grant agreement execution date and, if applicable, it has not entered into a written purchase agreement to acquire property described in its Application if grant funds are to be used for the purchase. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County has or will acquire a fee interest ownership or permanent easement over the land described in the Application for regional parks and regional special feature parks as applicable. The applicant has or will acquire a fee interest, permanent or perpetual easement or minimum twenty (20) year lease over the land described in the Application for regional trails or regional special feature parks, as applicable and approved, before the project proceeds.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County agrees that it will comply with all applicable laws, regulations and requirements as stated in the Grant Agreement with the DNR, including dedicating the park property for uses consistent with the grant agreement into perpetuity or for trails, committing to maintain the trails for a period of not less than twenty (20) years, and dedicating all land acquired under the project for uses consistent with the grant agreement into perpetuity.

BE IT FURTHER UNDERSTOOD, that the GMRPTC will confirm at such time that it has made the award of funds authorizing a Grant Agreement to be developed between the DNR and the Applicant.

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

Northerly Park Fund Request

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the request for $2,000 from Lake of the Woods County to the Northerly Park project in support of the grant agreement. 

Social Services

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $23,569.88; Commissioners Warrants $2,630.85; Commissioners Warrants $15,425.57.

Approval of out of state travel for Conferences

Social Services Director Amy Ballard asked the board to approve a request for employees to travel out of state for the upcoming conference. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the request for out of state travel for conferences.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $50,515.88; Road & Bridge $266,556.18; County Development $3,978.50; Joint Ditch $14,107.11; Solid Waste $20,661.54; EDA $773.43.

    WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

                Warrants Approved On 3/08/2022 For Payment 3/11/2022

                      Vendor Name Amount

                                                   Esri                                             25,000.00 

                                                   Hoffman, Philipp & Martell, PLLC       3,800.00

                                                   Howard’s Oil Company               6,947.56 

                                                   LOW Highway Dept               3,270.00 

                                                   Mar-Kit Landfill                             12,042.00 

                                                   Naylor Heating & Refrigeration LLC 3,401.36

                                                   NetCenter Technologies               3,221.25

                                                   Roseau County Treasurer               14,107.11 

                                                   Thief River Glass                               2,170.00 

                                                   WIDSETH                                             5,228.50 

                                                   Ziegler, Inc                                             251,467.61 

                                                              47 Payments less than 2000 25,937.25

                                                                          Final Total: 356,592.64

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: February 23, 2022 for $99,114.34; March 2, 2022 for $58,973.02; March 3, 2022 for $3,150.00.

Resolution to Re-Establish Precincts & Polling Places

Resolution

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

A Resolution Re-establishing County Precincts and Polling Places

Resolution 22-03-02

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Precinct 4A consists of Wheeler Township.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Precinct 5B consists of Zippel Township.

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

Precinct 5C consists of the Northwest Angle and Islands.

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

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

Set Public Hearing- Re-Establishing Commissioner Districts

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to set a public hearing date for re-establishing Commissioner Districts on April 12, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Post Prom Party Donation Request

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve a donation for the Post Prom Party in the amount of $200.00.

LOW Senior Citizens Council- Brink Center

Jenny Moorman and Gloriann Fischer came to the board to request additional Covid-19 relief funds to replace a loss in revenue the local Brink Center suffered from the pandemic. They gave an overview of the many services provided to the senior citizens in our community and different fundraisers they are excited to start in the spring.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve funds from the American Rescue Plan to the Brink Center in the amount of $20,000.

Public Works

Amendment to the Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to add the following to the agenda: Ditch Authority, Calcium Chloride, and Permission to advertise, interview and hire two part-time mowers and two part-time technicians. 

Ditch Authority

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously by roll call to close the regular meeting and open Ditch Authority for discussion.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously by roll call to approve funds out of County Ditch 1 for project SAP 039-608-025 in the amount of $41,707.50.

Motion

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

Approval to Accept Bid 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to accept the bid from KGM Contractors for project SAP 039-608-025 in the amount of $623,567.00.

Approval to Accept Bid

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to accept the bid from Gladen Construction for SAP 039-599-001 in the amount of $158,528.00.

Approval to Purchase a Gradation Shaker

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of a mechanical gradation shaker in the amount of $8,398.00.

Calcium Chloride Bids

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the Calcium Chloride bid on the South end from Knife River in the amount of $125,305.00.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the Calcium Chloride bid in the NorthWest Angle from Fort Distributors, LTD in the amount of $34,500.00.

Permission to Advertise, Interview, and Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the request to advertise, interview and hire two part-time mowers at Grade 7, Step 1, 17.63 per hour, Points 191 and two part-time technicians at Grade 5, Step 1, 15.94 per hour, Points 172. 

Highway updates

Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl discussed estimates for Birch Beach and Sandy Shore roads to be paved and informed the board that the Highway Department was awarded the money to pay for the safe routes project. Safe Routes will build safer roads for getting to the school and for bus use.

Recess

A brief recess took place at 9:58 a.m. and reconvened at 10:07 a.m.

EDA

EDA Director Ryan Zemek gave an update to the board on the NWA forgivable loan fund. Consensus was made to pay back the loan but wait until March 31, 2022 in case there are any legislative changes.

Land & Water

Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #22-03CU Lake Area Construction

Land and Water Director Josh Stromlund met with the board and presented a Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #22-03CU by Lake Area Construction: SW1/4 NW1/4, Section Twenty-Five (25), Township One-Hundred Sixty-one (161) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West- Parcel ID# 22.25.23.000. Applicant is requesting a Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 902 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to allow the applicant extractive and commercial use of the property consisting of aggregate mining in a Rural Residential Zoning District (R2).

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Conditional Use Permit #22-03CU for Lake Area Construction to allow the extractive and commercial use of the property consisting of aggregate mining in a Rural Residential Zoning District (R2).

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Lake Area Construction Date:  March 8, 2022

Location/Legal Description:  SW1/4 NW1/4, Section Twenty-five (25), Township One-hundred Sixty-one (161) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West – Parcel ID# 22.25.23.000 

Project Proposal:  To allow applicant extractive and commercial use of the property consisting of aggregate mining in a Rural Residential Zoning District (R2).

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

Why or why not?  The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners are clear about the values important to the county as it develops an approach to manage its land base. While those values include a respect for the environment and a desire to maintain the environmental quality that now exists, they also include a desire for local control over the issues that affect the county’s land. The values important to Lake of the Woods County is as follows:

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

Within the context of its values and philosophy, Lake of the Woods County has developed a series of goals to guide the development of its land use plan. The goals pertinent to this request is as follows:

  • Enhance the economic opportunities available for individuals and businesses in the county in ways that are compatible with long term environmental quality.
  • Maintain the tax base of the county so quality services can be provided.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not? The site is buffered with natural vegetation and located over a quarter mile from a residence.

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

Why or why not? The site is not within a shoreland area and proposed use is contained within the boundaries of the site.

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

Why or why not?  The proposed extractive use will adversely affect the site’s existing topography and vegetative cover. However, the site’s location, vegetative buffer, and the limited amount of resources to be extracted offset the alterations proposed.

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

Why or why not? The site’s location is not within a floodplain and/or floodway.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The site’s erosion potential is minimal due to the existing vegetative buffer and any sediment transport is fully contained within the boundaries of the property.

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

Why or why not?  Township Road 96 is located on west side of property.

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

Why or why not?  The property is isolated and a natural vegetative buffer is intact.

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? The property location is not within a shoreland area.

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

Why or why not? There will be no liquid waste generated from this project proposal.

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

Why or why not? The property location is not within a shoreland area.

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X) Why or why not? The project proposal doesn’t include a water supply or sewage treatment systems.

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

Why or why not? The project proposal will not generate additional watercraft.

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

Why or why not? No storage tanks are associated with this project proposal.

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

Why or why not?  A natural vegetative buffer is intact.

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

Why or why not? No signs are associated with the project proposal.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not? The amount of additional traffic would be considered normal as to the location of the proposed site. Parking on the site is not an issue as there is more than enough space to accommodate the equipment used to extract and haul the material.

The specific conditions of approval are as follows:  _____________________________________________

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

March 8, 2022 _____________________________________

Date James Nordlof

        Chair, County Board

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

Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #22-04 Weston Johnson

Land and Water Director Josh Stromlund met with the board and presented a Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #22-04CU by Weston Johnson: NE ¼ SW 1/4 – Parcel ID #28.16.31.000, N ½ NW 1/4, Less Deeded, S ½ NW ¼- Parcel ID #28.16.21.000, and W ½ NE ¼- Parcel ID #28.16.12.000 in Section Sixteen (16), Township One Hundred-Sixty (160 North, Range Thirty-Three (33) West. Applicant is requesting a Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 902 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to allow the applicant extractive and commercial use of the property consisting of aggregate mining, washing, and bituminous material, in a Rural Residential Zoning District (R2).

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Conditional Use Permit #22-04CU for Weston Johnson to allow extractive and commercial use of the property consisting of aggregate mining, washing, and bituminous material, in a Rural Residential Zoning District (R2). 

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Weston Johnson Date:  March 8, 2022

Location/Legal Description:  NE¼SW¼ -Parcel ID# 28.16.31.000, N½NW¼, Less Deeded, S½ NW¼ – Parcel ID# 28.16.21.000, and W½ NE¼ – Parcel ID# 28.16.12.000 in Section Sixteen (16), Township One Hundred-Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West.

Project Proposal:  To allow applicant extractive and commercial use of the property consisting of aggregate mining, washing, and bituminous material, in a Rural Residential Zoning District (R2).

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

Why or why not?  The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners are clear about the values important to the county as it develops an approach to manage its land base. While those values include a respect for the environment and a desire to maintain the environmental quality that now exists, they also include a desire for local control over the issues that affect the county’s land. The values important to Lake of the Woods County is as follows:

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

Within the context of its values and philosophy, Lake of the Woods County has developed a series of goals to guide the development of its land use plan. The goals pertinent to this request is as follows:

  • Enhance the economic opportunities available for individuals and businesses in the county in ways that are compatible with long term environmental quality.
  • Maintain the tax base of the county so quality services can be provided.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not? The site is buffered with natural vegetation along County Road 14 and along the northern property line. The proposed wash plant is to recirculate within the boundaries of the site and not discharge to a natural drainageway. The proposed bituminous plant would be general down wind of the residence located north of the property.

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

Why or why not? The site is not within a shoreland area and proposed use is contained within the boundaries of the site. The proposed wash plant is to recirculate within the boundaries of the site and not discharge to a natural drainageway.

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

Why or why not?  The proposed extractive use will adversely affect the site’s existing topography and vegetative cover. However, the site’s location, vegetative buffer, and the limited amount of resources to be extracted offset the alterations proposed.

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

Why or why not? The site’s location is not within a floodplain and/or floodway.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The site’s erosion potential is minimal due to the existing vegetative buffer and any sediment transport is fully contained within the boundaries of the property. The proposed wash plant is to recirculate within the boundaries of the site and not discharge to a natural drainageway.

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

Why or why not?  The access to and from the site is off of County Road 65 and then a private roadway.

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

Why or why not?  The property location is isolated, surrounded by farmland and pasture, and a natural vegetative buffer is intact.

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? The property location is not within a shoreland area.

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

Why or why not? There will be no liquid waste generated from this project proposal.

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

Why or why not? The property location is not within a shoreland area.

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X) Why or why not? The project proposal doesn’t include a water supply or sewage treatment systems.

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

Why or why not? The project proposal will not generate additional watercraft.

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

Why or why not? No storage tanks are associated with this project proposal.

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

Why or why not?  A natural vegetative buffer is intact.

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

Why or why not? No signs are associated with the project proposal.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not? The amount of additional traffic would be considered normal as to the location of the proposed site. Parking on the site is not an issue as there is more than enough space to accommodate the equipment used to extract and haul the material.

The specific conditions of approval are as follows:  _____________________________________________

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

March 8, 2022 _____________________________________

Date James Nordlof

        Chair, County Board

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

Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #22-05 Olson Construction, LLC

Land and Water Director Josh Stromlund met with the board and presented a Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #22-05CU by Olson Construction, LLC: NW ¼ NW ¼, Less the East 165.5’ in Section Twenty-Three (23), Township One Hundred-Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West. Applicant is requesting a Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 902 of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance, to allow the applicant extractive and commercial use of the property consisting of aggregate mining, washing, and bituminous material, in a Rural Residential Zoning District (R2).

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact/Conditional Use Permit #22-05CU for Olson

Construction, LLC. to allow extractive and commercial use of the property consisting of aggregate mining, washing, and bituminous material, in a Rural Residential Zoning District (R2). 

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  Olson Construction, LLC Date:  March 8, 2022

Location/Legal Description:  NW¼NW¼, Less the East 165.5’ in Section Twenty-three (23), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West

Project Proposal:  To allow applicant extractive and commercial use of the property consisting of aggregate mining, washing, and bituminous material, in a Rural Residential Zoning District (R2).

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

Why or why not?  The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners are clear about the values important to the county as it develops an approach to manage its land base. While those values include a respect for the environment and a desire to maintain the environmental quality that now exists, they also include a desire for local control over the issues that affect the county’s land. The values important to Lake of the Woods County is as follows:

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

Within the context of its values and philosophy, Lake of the Woods County has developed a series of goals to guide the development of its land use plan. The goals pertinent to this request is as follows:

  • Enhance the economic opportunities available for individuals and businesses in the county in ways that are compatible with long term environmental quality.
  • Maintain the tax base of the county so quality services can be provided.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not? The site is buffered with a 6-8 foot berm along County Road 3 and 181. The proposed wash plant is to recirculate within the boundaries of the site and not discharge to a natural drainageway. The proposed bituminous plant would be general down wind of the residence located north and northeast of the property.

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

Why or why not? The site is not within a shoreland area and proposed use is contained within the boundaries of the site due to the berms present. The proposed wash plant is to recirculate within the boundaries of the site and not discharge to a natural drainageway.

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

Why or why not?  The proposed extractive use will adversely affect the site’s existing topography and vegetative cover. However, the site’s location, berm and vegetative buffer, and the limited amount of resources to be extracted offset the alterations proposed.

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

Why or why not? The site’s location is not within a floodplain and/or floodway.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  The site’s erosion potential is minimal due to the existing berms and vegetative buffer. Any sediment transport is fully contained within the boundaries of the property. The proposed wash plant is to recirculate within the boundaries of the site and not discharge to any drainageway.

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

Why or why not?  The access to and from the site is off of County Road 3 or 181.

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

Why or why not?  The property location is in an area of forestland, pasture, farmland and rural residences. The rural residences have natural vegetative buffer/screening from the proposed project site.

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? The property location is not within a shoreland area.

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

Why or why not? There will be no liquid waste generated from this project proposal.

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

Why or why not? The property location is not within a shoreland area.

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X) Why or why not? The project proposal doesn’t include a water supply or sewage treatment systems.

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

Why or why not? The project proposal will not generate additional watercraft.

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

Why or why not? No storage tanks are associated with this project proposal.

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

Why or why not?  A berm and natural vegetation buffer screens adjacent neighboring property from the project site.

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

Why or why not? No signs are associated with the project proposal.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not? The amount of additional traffic would be considered normal as to the location of the proposed site. Parking on the site is not an issue as there is more than enough space to accommodate the equipment used to extract and haul the material.

The specific conditions of approval are as follows:  _____________________________________________

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

March 8, 2022 _____________________________________

Date James Nordlof

        Chair, County Board

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

Maintenance

Boiler Repair

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the repair of the boiler up to $9,000.

Sheriff

Stonegarden Grant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the 2020 Stonegarden Grant Contract Agreement and for Vice-Chair Ed Arnesen and Sheriff Gary Fish to sign the same.

Legislative Update

Commissioner Ed Arnesen gave an update from the AMC Conference he attended. Topics included: PILT Funds, Tourism Bureau legislation, and Lobby seeking bonding money for Law Enforcement.

Attorney Client Privilege- Closed Session

Motion 

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 10:52 a.m. and open the closed session pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03B Attorney Client Privilege. 

The following were present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, and Sheriff Gary Fish.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the closed session at 12:35 p.m. and reopen the regular meeting.

RECESS

With no further business before the Board, Vice-Chair Ed Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 12:36.

Attest: March 8, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Vice-Chair Ed Arnesen

March 8, 2022

 AGENDA

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

TIME TAB

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

9:05 a.m. #2 Approval of Agenda

Approve Minutes of February 22, 2022

9:10 a.m. #3 Social Services

  • Claims
  • Approval for out of state travel for Conferences

9:15 a.m. #4 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • Resolution- Re-establishing precincts & polling places
  • Resolution- Setting a public hearing for re-establishing commissioner districts

9:20 a.m. #5 Scott Laudenslager

  • Carp Swamp Addition

9:40 a.m. #6 Public Works

  • Approval of Bids 
  • SAP 039-608-025
  • SAP 039-599-001
  • Approval of gradation shaker for technician testing lab

9:55 a.m. #7 LOW Senior Citizens Council-Brink Center

  • Request for additional Covid Relief Funds

10:10 a.m. #8 NWA-Northerly Park

  • Joe Laurin

10:25 a.m. #9 Land & Water

  • CUP #22-03CU- Lake Area Construction
  • CUP #22-04CU- Weston Johnson
  • CUP #22-05CU- Olson Construction, LLC

10:55 a.m. #10 Maintenance

  • Boiler Repair

11:10 a.m. #11 Recess

11:15 a.m. #12 Work Session

  • ARP
  • Solid Waste

Old/New Business

  • Lessard – Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Land Trade
  • Township Road Inventory
  • Home Health Care Task Force
  • Law Enforcement Center
  • Tourism/Lodging Tax
  • Centennial

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March 23, 2021

Commissioner Proceedings

March  23, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the agenda with the following additions: Survey for Land Sale.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

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

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $10,147.15; Commissioners Warrant’s $2,187.49; Commissioners Warrant’s $12,418.99.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $29,998.04; Road & Bridge $36,687.28; County Development $19,900; Solid Waste $24,418.99; EDA, $8,403.07. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 3/23/2021 For Payment 3/26/2021

Vendor Name Amount

Benco Equipment 4,545.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 6,296.07

Counties Providing Technology 3,860.00

Farmers Union Oil Co. 3,477.35

Interstate Billing Service Inc 18,500.00

Lake Area Construction Inc 19,700.00

Mar-Kit Landfill 13,858.00

Mn/State Of 14,487.75

Powerplan 5,131.40

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

Warroad/City Of 7,583.33

31 Payments less than 2000     15,699.98

                                     Final Total: 119,407.38

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: March 10, 2021 for $54,224.97; March 17, 2021 for $1,502,977.91.

Wikstrom Easement

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve two Right-Of-Way-Easements, for installing fiber optic cable, to Wikstrom Telephone Company Incorporated, as presented, and for Chair Joe Grund to sign the same.

Post Prom Party Donation Request

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve a $200 donation to Post Prom.

SHERIFF

TZD Grant Agreement

Resolution

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

RESOLUTION 

AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT 

For

2021 Speed and Aggressive Driving Enforcement Grant Program

RESOLUTION NO. 21-03-02

WHEREAS; Lake of the Woods County will enter into a grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for traffic safety enforcement projects during the period of February 2, 2021 – September 30, 2021.

BE IT RESOLVED; Lake of the Woods County Board Chair is hereby authorized to execute such agreements and amendments as are necessary to implement the project on behalf of Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office, and to be fiscal agent and administer the grant.

PUBLIC WORKS

Highway

Permission to interview and hire part-time summer workers

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the advertising, interviewing and hiring of up to five part-time summer workers.

Northwest Angle Gravel Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve a gravel contract with Border Ridge Trucking Inc. at $99,999.

Letter of Support for Grant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve a letter of support for a Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) Grant, to conduct a feasibility study on human generated sludge in the lake, and for Chair Joe Grund to sign the same.

Allstates Reclaiming Contract for CR 73, 74, 75

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve a contract with Allstates Pavement Recycling & Stabilization Inc. in the amount of $30,573.03 for CR 73, 74 and 75.

DNR
Area Wildlife Presentation
MN DNR Area Wildlife Managers, Scott Laudenslager and Gretchen Mehmel, provided an update to the Board.  Laudenslager shared information on the most recent deer and bear harvests.  Mehmel presented information on wildlife habitat management efforts.

SURVEY FOR LAND SALE
Chad Conner, Land Surveyor, provided an update on the land surveying schedule.  Possible dates for the land sale were also discussed.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 11:04 a.m.

Attest: April 13, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, Jaime Boretski-LaValla Chair of the Board, Joe Grund 

March 16, 2021

Commissioner Proceedings

March 16th, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in Special Session on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioner’s Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Joe Grund called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. with the following members present:  Commissioners: Joe Grund, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, Buck Nordlof, and Jon Waibel. Also present: Human Resource Director, Savanna Slick 

NON-ELECTED DEPARTMENT HEAD EVALUATIONS

County Engineer, Anthony Pirkl met with the board for a performance evaluation.  Anthony chose to have his review open.  County Engineer, Anthony Pirkl, was evaluated and received a favorable review. 

County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten met with the board for a performance evaluation.  Mary Jo chose to have her review open.  County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten, was evaluated and received a favorable review. 

Land & Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board for a performance evaluation.  Josh chose to have his review open.  Land & Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund, was evaluated and received a favorable review.  

MIS Director, Peder Hovland met with the board for a performance evaluation.  Peder chose to have his review open.  MIS Director, Peder Hovland, was evaluated and received a favorable review.  

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard met with the board for a performance evaluation.  Amy chose to have her review open.  Social Services Director, Amy Ballard, was evaluated and received a favorable review. 

ELECTED DEPARTMENT HEAD UPDATES

County Recorder, Sue Ney presented the board with updates from the Lake of the Woods County Recorder’s Office. 

County Sheriff, Gary Fish presented the board with updates from the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office.  

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Grund called the meeting to recess at
2:45 p.m. 

Attest: April 13, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

Human Resource Director, Savanna Slick Chair of the Board, Joe Grund 

March 9, 2021

Commissioner Proceedings

March  9, 2021

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

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Commissioner Joe Grund took a moment to remind County Employees to buy local and keep receipts for items purchased for the County, however, Grund did not feel it was necessary to add this item to the agenda for further discussion.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Human Resources: Jail/TAC Admin Job Description; Jail/TAC Admin Advertise, Interview, Hire; Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Training; Permission to Hire for Highway Deputy Accountant and Attorney: Closed Session.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of February 23, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $12,762.74; Commissioners Warrant’s $1,278.46; Commissioners Warrant’s $17,614.73.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $41,567.64; Road & Bridge $119,587.32; County Development $4,501.50; Solid Waste $11,236.03; EDA, $409.56. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 3/09/2021 For Payment 3/12/2021

Vendor Name Amount

Baudette/City Of 5,000.00

Bollig Inc 2,000.00

Ferrellgas 3,086.21

FM Truck Sales, LLC 39,575.00

LOW Highway Dept 3,557.50

Mn State Dept-Correction 21,528.82

R & Q Trucking, Inc 2,575.00

Team Lab 66,000.00

WIDSETH 5,751.50

50 Payments less than 2000   28,228.02

Final Total: 177,302.05

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: February 24, 2021 for $61,872.23; March 2, 2021 for $275,624.46; March 3, 2021 for $10,956.63.

PUBLIC WORKS

Highway

Purchase of Semi-Trailer, Tire Changing Machine

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of: Midland belly dump trailer at $40,255, Midland side dump trailer at $44,555, tire changing machine at $4,545 and hydro seeder at $31,595.

Bridge Replacement Resolution

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

Prioritized Bridge Replacement List

Resolution No. 2021-03-01

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County has reviewed the pertinent data on bridges requiring replacement, rehabilitation, or removal, supplied by local citizenry and local units of government, and

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County has identified those bridges that are high priority and that require replacement, rehabilitation, or removal within the next five years;

NOW, THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following deficient bridges are high priority and Lake of the Woods County intends to replace, rehabilitate, or remove these bridges as soon as possible when funds are available,

Old Bridge NumberRoad Number or NameTotal Project CostTownship or State Bridge FundsFederal FundsLocal or State Aid FundsProposed Construction Year
Old Bridge NumberRoad Number or NameTotal Project CostTownship or State Bridge FundsFederal FundsLocal or State Aid FundsProposed Construction Year
7255CSAH 8$700,000.00$0.00$0.00$700,000.002021
R0622TR 53$160,000.00$140,000.00$0.00$20,000.002021
92633CR 63$325,000.00$300,000.00$0.00$25,000.002023
7581TR 83$325,000.00$300,000.00$0.00$25,000.002024
7582TR 83$325,000.00$300,000.00$0.00$25,000.002024
L9510TR 131$55,000.00$45,000.00$0.00$5,000.002025
R0740TR 361$55,000.00$45,000.00$0.00$5,000.002026
R0259TR 361$55,000.00$45,000.00$0.00$5,000.002026

FURTHERMORE, Lake of the Woods County does hereby request authorization to replace, rehabilitate, or remove such bridges; and

FURTHERMORE, Lake of the Woods County does hereby request financial assistance with eligible approach grading and engineering costs on township bridges, as provided by law. 

Bridge Soil Boring Approval

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve bridge soil boring by Element at a cost of $31,740.

Solid Waste

MPCA Update

It was the consensus of the Board to set up a Solid Waste Work Session for March 23rd, after the regular Board meeting, to review the updated MPCA stipulation agreement, landfill life expectancy and additional solid waste items.

Approval of Building Improvements

County Engineer AJ Pirkl requested to bring this agenda item back to the Board at a later date.

Approval of E-waste Grant

County Engineer AJ Pirkl requested permission to work on a MPCA E-waste Grant for TV disposal.  It was the consensus of the Board for Pirkl to proceed and to prepare a resolution for approval.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Approval to Advertise, Interview and Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve to advertise, interview and hire for the Environmental Specialist position at Grade 9, Points 232, Step 1, $18.80 per hour.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve to advertise, interview and hire for the Assistant Zoning Inspector position at Grade 11, Points 262, Step 1, $20.93 per hour.

Jail/TAC Admin Job Description

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the job description as presented for Jail/TAC Admin at Grade 11, Points 262.

Jail/TAC Admin Advertise Interview and Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve to advertise, interview and hire for the Jail/TAC Admin position at Grade 11, Points 262, Step 1, $20.93 per hour.

Permission to Hire Highway Deputy Accountant

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve to hire for the Highway Deputy Accountant position at Grade 10, Points 233, Step 3, $20.70 per hour.

Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Training

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of workplace harassment and discrimination training through Convene at a cost of $498 for both management and frontline employees.

WEBSITE UPDATE

Katie Pieper from Sand Pieper Design provided the Board with an update on the County’s website project.  The next phase will be to provide training to each department on how to update website information.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board and presented a Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #21-03CU by Gregg Hennum: Lot 14 Block 1 Birch Acres Section Twenty-four (24), Range One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West – Parcel ID#: 19.61.01.140. Applicant is requesting a Conditional Use Permit as required by Section 401.B of the Lake of the Woods County Zoning Ordinance to establish a Residential Planned Unit Development in a Residential Development (Rl) Zoning District.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following Findings of Fact for Gregg Hennum to establish a Residential Planned Unit Development in a Residential Development (Rl) Zoning District as presented: 

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Findings of Fact and Decision

Name of Applicant:  _Gregg Hennum____________________________ Date:  _March 9, 2021__

Location/Legal Description:  _Lot 14, Block 1, Birch Acres Subdivision___________________

Project Proposal:  _Residential PUD in R1 District______________________________________

  1.  Is the project proposal consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan? YES (X) NO (  )  N/A (  ) Why or why not?  Residential housing in growth corridor.

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  Stormwater to be addressed.

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

Why or why not?  See #2.

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

Why or why not?  Will not.

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not?  Access from Fishery Road.

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

Why or why not?  Residential zoning.

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

YES (  )  NO (  )  N/A (X)

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not?  Wheeler’s Point Sanitary District.

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

YES (X)  NO (  )  N/A (  )

Why or why not?  New well and Sanitary District.

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

Why or why not?  If required.

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

Why or why not?  Fence on NE side.

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

Why or why not? ______________________________________________________

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

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

Why or why not?  On site plan.

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

The specific conditions of approval are as follows:  _____________________________________________

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

March 9, 2021 _____________________________________

Date Joseph Grund

        Chair, County Board

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

TOURISM

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to pursue special legislation for a Lake of the Woods County-wide lodging tax, which includes all land and water in Lake of the Woods County.

RECESS

The Board took at brief recess at 11:04 a.m. and reconvened at 11:10 a.m.

ATTORNEY

Closed Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to close the regular meeting at 11:10 a.m. and go into closed session pursuant to MN. Stat § 13D.05 sub. 3. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried. 

In attendance: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Jon Waibel, Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen and Ed Arnesen; Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Attorney James Austad, Human Resources Savanna Slick, Sheriff Gary Fish.

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to close the closed session at 11:50 a.m. and open the regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

RECESS

With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 11:55 a.m.

Attest: March 23, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson Chair of the Board, Joe Grund 

March 9, 2021

AGENDA
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

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

Approve Agenda
Approve the Minutes of February 23, 2021

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services

  • Claims

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

  • Claims

9:15 a.m. #4 Public Works

  • Highway
    • Purchase of Semi-Trailer
    • Purchase of Tire Changing Machine
    • Bridge Replacement Resolution
    • Bridge Soil boring Approval
  • Solid Waste
    • MPCA Update
    • Approval of Building Improvements
    • Approval of E-waste Grant

9:25 a.m. #5 Human Resources

  • Approval to Advertise, Interview and Hire
    • Environmental Specialist
    • Assistant Zoning Inspector

9:35 a.m. #6 Website Update
9:50 a.m. #7 Land and Water Planning

  • Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #21-03CU by Gregg Hennum

10:20 a.m. #8 Tourism
10:35 a.m. #9 Work Session: Ordinances

Old/New Business

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

Information to attend by web or phone:
https://lotw20.my.webex.com/join/peder_h
or
Dial in: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 627433446

March 24, 2020

AGENDA – Tuesday, March 24, 2020

TIME TAB

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

Approve Agenda
Approve Minutes of March 10, 2020
Approve Minutes of March 20, 2020

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services

  • Claims
  • Approval of Sanford TRF Contract

9:15 a.m. #3 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • Bank Signature Cards
  • Dawn Christianson Retirement Resolution

9:30 a.m. #4 Land and Water Planning

  • Approval of Feedlot Annual Report – Mike Hirst

9:40 a.m. #5 County Highway/Landfill

  • RFP for Soil Borings
  • Approval for SEH contract for Landfill permit
  • MNDOT Detour Agreement


9:55 a.m. #6 Spring Fishing Discussion with Koochiching County

10:20 a.m. #7 COVID-19 Update

Correspondence:


Old/New Business

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

March 21, 2020

AGENDA – Special Meeting – COVID-19 – Friday, March 21, 2020

TIME TAB

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

Approve Agenda
Approve Minutes of March 16, 2020

9:05 a.m. #2 Declaration of Emergency

  • Resolution

9:15 a.m. #3 Courthouse Closure to Public

  • Resolution/Motion
  • DMV/Dr License

9:30 a.m. #4 COVID-19 Discussion

  • Employees-Staggered Time
  • Employees Sick/Stay Home
  • Social Distancing
  • Meetings
  • Travel
  • Temporary COVID-19 Procedures
  • Duration/Review

10:30 a.m. #5 Other Local Impact

  • CHI Lakewood 
    • Public Health – Kay Schell – Update/Status
    • Health Infection Prevention, Emergency Preparedness – Jennifer Loughery – Update/Status
  • City – Baudette, Williams
  • School
  • Businesses

11:00 a.m. #6 Other Areas of Concern

Conference Call on COVID-19 – 

Dial-In Number (US): (425) 436-6374

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