September 28, 2021

 AGENDA

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

TIME TAB

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

Approve Agenda
Approve the Minutes of September 14, 2021

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services 

  • Claims 
  • MFIP Biennial Service Agreement for 2022-23

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

  • Claims
  • Department of Public Safety and DVS Lease Agreement
  • Request For County Issued Credit Card
  • Resolution Authorizing Application for Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program – Tri-Valley
  • Set Public Hearing

9:20 a.m. #4 Human Resources

  • Permission to Hire Full-Time Deputy Sheriff
  • Permission to promote Deputy Sheriff to Sergeant
  • Update Lake of the Woods County Personnel Policy and Procedures per MN Statute
  • Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire

9:30 a.m. #5 Public Works

  • Highway
    • Final approval of SAP 039-594-001 – total amount of $1,206,952.54 – Davidson Construction
    • Change Road Tour Date

9:40 a.m. #6 CARA Grant Update – Tammie Doebler

Correspondence:

Old/New Business

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

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September 14, 2021

AGENDA

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

TIME TAB

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

Approve Agenda

Approve the Minutes of August 24, 2021
Approve the Minutes of September 7, 2021

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services 

  • Claims

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

  • Claims
  • Set Proposed Budget

9:20 a.m. #4 Set Date for Assessor Work Session

9:25 a.m. #5 Extension Committee Appointment

9:30 a.m. #6 Northwest Angle Edgeriders

  • Gambling Application
  • Northerly Park

9:45 a.m. #7 Soil and Water Conservation District

  • MOA Rainy-Rapid One Watershed, One Plan

9:55 a.m. #8 Land and Water Planning

  • Consideration of Zone Change #21-01ZCV by Crown Holdings, LLC
  • Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #21-11CU by Paul Haugo
  • Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #21-12CU by Hapka Holdings, LLC
  • Consideration of Conditional Use Permit #21-13CU by Nels Holte

Correspondence:

Old/New Business

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

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September 7, 2021

Commissioner Proceedings

September 7, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, September 7, 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 7:00 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel and Ed Arnesen.  Also present: Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Attorney James Austad, County Engineer AJ Pirkl.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

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

PUBLIC HEARING – PETER JONES CARTWAY

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 7:05 p.m. and open the Public Hearing for the Cartway. (Pursuant to MN Statute 164.08 to establish a Cartway.)

The following were present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Jon Waibel and Ed Arnesen.  Also present: Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Attorney James Austad, County Engineer AJ Pirkl.  In addition, attending the public hearing were: Timothy Lyon, Terry Brown, Alan Fish, David Bathel, Brandy Christian, John Dodds, and Steven Anderson.

Chair Joe Grund reviewed the cartway petition received from Peter Jones.  Grund explained that the County Board viewed the location of the proposed cartway and alternate routes on August 24, 2021.   

Attorney Steve Anderson, representing Peter Jones, discussed the cartway and the potential easements that could take place in lieu of a cartway.

Discussion was heard from the floor, regarding the different options.

RECESS
A brief recess was taken at 7:45 p.m., the public hearing continued at 8:00 p.m.

It was the consensus of the affected parties to request an extension of 30 days to review their options.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the public hearing and open the regular meeting.

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to extend a 30-day continuation to review options.  A public hearing for the cartway will be reset for Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, Commissioners Room.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 8:10 p.m.

Attest: September 14, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

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

August 10, 2021

Commissioner Proceedings

August 10, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add – Motion to Approve Grant Contract SPAP-21-0018-P-FY22, Add – COVID-19, Add – SURVEY.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of July 27, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $14,748.13; Commissioners Warrants $1,513.79; Commissioners Warrants $9,839.44.

AUDITOR/TREASURER
Claims
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $199,589.79; Road & Bridge $240,515.32; Road & Bridge $15,025.56; Joint Ditch $7,708.25; Solid Waste $26,044.05; EDA $44.56. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 8/10/2021 For Payment 8/13/2021

CentralSquare Technologies, LLC     138,296.48

Contech Engineered Solutions LLC       14,245.00

Counties Providing Technology         3,860.00

Extreme Duty Ironworks         5,200.00

Fort Distributors Ltd       34,020.00

H & R Const.Co                       11,787.50

Howard’s Oil Company       13,891.08

Knife River Corporation     117,028.44

Lavalla Sand & Gravel Inc       45,067.00

LHB Inc         2,495.00

LOW Highway Dept                       11,840.75

Mar-Kit Landfill       16,746.50

Motorola Solutions, Inc       42,612.50

Northwest Tire Inc         3,350.00

Woody’s Service                           2,626.94

49 Payments less than 2,000                                       25,860.34

Final Total:     488,927.53

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: July 28, 2021 for $12,271.74; August 5, 2021 for $64,965.64.

Lost Warrant Affidavit
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant number 93782 for vendor number 4662 dated June 2, 2021 for $1,250.00 without furnishing indemnifying bond. 

Williams Potato Day Donation Request
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve a $500 donation to Potato Day from levied funds and an additional $750 donation to Potato Day from American Rescue Plan funds, if applicable, or Con Con funds.

Motion to Approve Grant Contract SPAP-21-0018-P-FY22
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve Grant Contract SPAP-21-0018-P-FY22 with the State of Minnesota, acting through the Department of Employment and Economic Development, for a forgivable loan program for eligible remote recreational businesses in Lake of the Woods County that experienced loss in revenue due to the closure of the United States and Canadian border; and for Chair Joe Grund and Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson to sign the same.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Law Enforcement Resignation

Deputy Sheriff Brad Abbey submitted his resignation effective July 28, 2021.

Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve permission to advertise, interview and hire for Deputy Sheriff at grade 12, points 282 or grade 13, points 288, if the candidate is coroner certified.

PUBLIC WORKS
Highway Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update on the status of current projects, including: ditch cleaning, paving and bridge work.

Solid Waste Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update.  The process needed to get approval to haul garbage from the Northwest Angle to Steinbach, Manitoba is almost complete.

SURVEY
The County Surveyor will report back to the Board regarding a property marker and related property survey.

MN GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Update on Lake of the Woods County Geologic Atlas
Barbara Lusardi and Jordan Mayer from the Minnesota Geological Survey provided an update to the Board on their progress with the Lake of the Woods County Geological Atlas.

COVID-19
Commissioner Ed Arnesen is communicating with CHI LakeWood Health’s Public Health Manager, Kay M. Schell, regarding COVID-19 testing equipment for the Northwest Angle.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 10:18 a.m.

Attest: August 24, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

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

August 24, 2021

Commissioner Proceedings

August 24, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add – Closed Session, Pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03 Closed Meetings for Labor Negotiations, Add – Postage Machine Lease

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the official and summarized minutes of August 10, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $6,917.03; Commissioners Warrants $1,499.83; Commissioners Warrants $52,388.96.

AUDITOR/TREASURER
Claims
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $39,694.22; Road & Bridge $90,355.61; County Development $8,899.90; Joint Ditch $24,652.50; Solid Waste $15,944.89; EDA $812.73. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 8/24/2021 For Payment 8/27/2021

Vendor Name Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 20,271.23

Compudyne, Inc 2,055.50

Farmers Union Oil Co. 3,128.26

Freeberg & Grund, Inc 61,068.48

Gamache/Mike 24,652.50

M-R Sign Co, Inc 9,890.36

Outdoors Again 5,090.10

Quadient Finance USA Inc. 2,000.00

R & Q Trucking, Inc 2,575.00

Titan Machinery – Roseau 3,123.28

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

Vesta Solutions Inc 15,000.00

WSB 5,554.25

                                                 43 Payments less than 2000                                     19,682.39

                                                 Final Total: 180,359.85

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: August 11, 2021 for $55,223.42; August 19, 2021 for $397,408.25.

Postage Machine Lease
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the 60-month postage meter lease agreement with Quadient Leasing USA Inc. at $204.70 per month for the first 12 months and then $312.70 per month, which includes maintenance, for the remaining 48 months.

VOYAGEURS COMTRONICS CORPORATION

Update

Lee Hervey from Voyageurs Comtronics Corporation provided the Board with an update.  Hervey requested that the TV Committee, which consists of representatives from Roseau County and Lake of the Woods County, schedule a work session to plan for Hervey’s successor.

Equipment Request

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve up to $12,000 from American Rescue Plan funds to purchase a TV translator.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the purchase and install of monitoring sensors, internet and phone lines at $882 for the Williams TV Tower and $758 for the Baudette TV Tower.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to approve permission to advertise, interview and hire a part-time dispatcher at grade 10, points 237 and a part-time deputy sheriff at grade 12, points 282.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEMBER APPOINTMENT
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously by roll call to appoint Monica Dohmen to the Board of Adjustments effective August 24, 2021. 

CLOSED SESSION
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof to close the regular meeting at 9:53 a.m. and open the closed session pursuant to MN Statute § 13D.03- Labor Negotiations. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried by roll call. 

Members present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, and Jon Waibel.  Commissioner Ed Arnesen attend by phone conference.  Also present: Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson and Human Resources Director Savanna Slick.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 11:15 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried by roll call.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 11:16 a.m.  

RECONVENE
The meeting reconvened at 1:00 p.m. at the location of the proposed Peter R. Jones Cartway.

JONES CARTWAY PROPERTY VIEWING
Members present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, and Jon Waibel. Absent Commissioner Ed Arnesen.  Also present: Lorene Hanson, Josh Stromlund, Chad Connor, James Austad, Steven Anderson and Terry Brown.

The Board explored the proposed Peter R. Jones Cartway and alternate routes.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 2:00 p.m.

Attest: September 14, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

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

August 24, 2021

AGENDA

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

TIME TAB

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

Approve Agenda 

Approve the Minutes of August 10, 2021

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services 

  • Claims

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

  • Claims

9:20 a.m. #4 Voyageurs Comtronics Corporation

  • Update
  • Equipment Request

9:40 a.m. #5 Human Resources

  • Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire:
    Part-Time Dispatcher and Part-Time Deputy

9:45 a.m. #6 Board of Adjustment Member Appointment

1:00 p.m. #7 Jones Cartway Property Viewing

Correspondence: MN Department of Veterans Affairs Invite

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

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August 10, 2021

AGENDA

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

TIME TAB

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

Approve Agenda 

Approve the Minutes of July 27, 2021

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services 

  • Claims

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

  • Claims
  • Lost Warrant Affidavit
  • Williams Potato Day Donation Request

9:20 a.m. #4 Human Resources

  • Law Enforcement Resignation
  • Permission to Advertise, Interview and Hire

9:30 a.m. #5 Public Works

  • Highway Update
  • Solid Waste Update

10:00 a.m. #6 MN Geological Survey

  • Update on Lake of the Woods County Geologic Atlas

Old/New Business

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

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July 27, 2021

Commissioner Proceedings

July 27, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add – BOA Member Update, Remove – Lake of the Woods Drifters, Add – NWA/ARP Funds Update.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of July 13, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $5,552.14; Commissioners Warrants $1,517.17; Commissioners Warrants $10,951.59.

AUDITOR/TREASURER
Claims
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $58,161.26; Road & Bridge $106,615.60; Solid Waste $30,652.92; EDA $785.36. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 7/27/2021 For Payment 7/30/2021

Vendor Name Amount

Allstates Pavement Recycling & Stab. Inc 20,257.50

Arrowhead Library System 33,118.00

Compudyne, Inc 2,055.50

Dentons Dirt Worx, LLC 14,100.00

Earthworks Contracting Inc 13,530.00

Fish/Kevin 42,660.00

Hasbargen Logging Inc 10,350.00

LOW School District–390 3,000.00

NetCenter Technologies 5,600.00

North East Technical Service,Inc 11,962.50

Rasinski Total Door Services LLC 5,962.20

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc 12,039.86

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

41 Payments less than 2000   15,311.08
Final Total: 196,215.14

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: July 12, 2021 for $974,872.01; July 14, 2021 for $64,654.20; July 21, 2021 for $482,259.01.

Set Budget Dates
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following budget meeting dates, meetings will be held in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center:

August 4, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

August 16, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

September 7, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  
Joint Powers Agreement Amendment
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the 2020-2022 amended joint powers agreement with North Country Community Health Board and for Chair Joe Grund and Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson to sign the same.

County Employee Appreciation Day

Proclamation of County Staff Appreciation Day 2021-07-02

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to proclaim July 27, 2021 as County Staff Appreciation Day.

WHEREAS, county staff serve as the cornerstone of this community, dedicating their time, skills, and expertise for the benefit of their neighbors; and

WHEREAS, county staff went beyond expectations, taking on personal risks, to continue delivering essential services to the citizens of our county during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, in addition to their regular duties, many county staff were called upon and accepted new and challenging responsibilities during the pandemic such as expediting the distribution of thousands of dollars in economic recovery appropriations, empowering the survival of our local business community; successfully managing a deluge of mail-in ballots in an unprecedented federal election; and

WHEREAS, the work of county staff over the past year and a half have kept the doors of the county open and our community safer, healthier, and productive throughout months of unprecedented global transition; and

WHEREAS, President Sve and the Board of the Association of Minnesota Counties requested the Office of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan to proclaim July 27, 2021 as County Staff Appreciation Day and their request was granted;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners, proclaim July 27, 2021 as County Staff Appreciation Day and extend our thanks to the staff of our county and express deep gratitude for their commitment to excellence in public service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DNR – Fisheries
Update with Phil Talmage, Area Supervisor

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Area Fisheries Supervisor Phil Talmage provided an update to the Board on the most recent Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries report for Lake of the Woods.  Topics reviewed included: spring spawning; abundance, size and structure of walleyes and saugers; lake management goals; and angling hours. 

DNR – Wildlife
Land Acquisition
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Area Wildlife Supervisor Scott Laudenslager shared information with the Board on three parcels of land, that connect to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) Carp Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  The MNDNR is interested in acquiring the land, totaling 1297.25 acres, to add to the Carp Swamp WMA.  No Board decision was made at this time.

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

Solid Waste Update
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update.  The landfill will start storing scrap under a canopy or similar structure. The management plan will be updated.

Push Probe Results
County Engineer AJ Pirkl provided an update on the results of the push probes at the landfill. The contamination in question was found to be from an isolated incident and not from the landfill.

Request to Add to the Agenda
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve adding to the agenda: Consultant for Highway Budgeting.

Consultant for Highway Budgeting
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve hiring Marti Carlson from Earthworks, as an independent contractor, for assistance with budgeting and mentoring at $40 per hour.

MIS
911 Infrastructure 

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve up to $7,000 from the American Rescue Plan Funds for fiberoptic lines to comply with 911 infrastructure needs.

TOWER GENERATOR REPLACEMENT
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve up to $4,000 for a replacement propane generator for the TV Tower.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEMBERS
Land and Water Planning Director Josh Stromlund talked with the Board about the need for two Board of Adjustment (BOA) members.  The appointment of new members to the BOA will be added to the August 24, 2021 meeting agenda.

NWA/ARP FUNDS UPDATE
An agreement, from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, for COVID-19 relief funds for the Northwest Angle has not been received by the County.  The Board also discussed other needs and requests for American Rescue Plan dollars.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 11:10 a.m.

Attest: August 10, 2021

_________________________________ _________________________________

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

July 27, 2021

AGENDA

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

TIME TAB

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

Approve Agenda 

Approve the Minutes of July 13, 2021

9:05 a.m. #2 Social Services 

  • Claims

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

  • Claims
  • Set Budget Dates
  • Joint Powers Agreement Amendment
    • North Country Community Health Board
  • County Employee Appreciation Day

9:20 a.m. #4 DNR – Fisheries

  • Update – Phil Talmage, Area Supervisor

9:50 a.m. #5 DNR – Wildlife

  • Land Acquisition – Scott Laudenslager, Area Supervisor

10:20 a.m. #6 Public Works

  • Highway Update
  • Solid Waste Update
    • Push Probe Results

10:30 a.m. #7 Lake of the Woods Drifters
10:40 a.m. #8 MIS

  • 911 Infrastructure

10:50 a.m. #9 Tower Generator Replacement 

1:00 p.m. #10 Work Session

  • Zoning Ordinance

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

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July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. 

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: EDA NWA Funds, Add Item to Old/New Business.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of June 14, 2021.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of June 22, 2021.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $12,448.55; Commissioners Warrants $2,934.02; Commissioners Warrants $12,705.19.

AUDITOR/TREASURER
Claims
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $50,311.63; Road & Bridge $508,788.89; County Development $21,435.50; Joint Ditch $4,133; Solid Waste $38,328.99; EDA $6,294.56. 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 7/13/2021 For Payment 7/16/2021

Vendor Name Amount

Baudette/City Of 21,000.00

Bert’s Truck Equipment Of Moorhead, Inc 5,595.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 9,462.25

Clark Equipment Co Dba Bobcat 73,304.40

Counties Providing Technology 3,940.00

Deputy Registrar No.75 5,512.00

Earthworks Contracting Inc 2,500.00

Election Systems & Software, Inc 3,675.00

Element Materials Technology 30,160.00

First State Tire Recycling 3,376.96

Headwaters Regional Development Commiss 6,250.00

Howard’s Oil Company 5,568.66

Hudson Electric LLC 4,100.00

LOW Highway Dept 9,065.50

Mar-Kit Landfill 17,759.25

Mark Sand & Gravel Co. 96,250.00

McCoy Construction & Forestry Inc 268,254.00

North East Technical Service,Inc 3,989.13

Pennington County Sheriff Office 3,104.11

Powerplan 2,044.68

R & Q Trucking, Inc 3,090.00

Titan Machinery – Roseau 2,361.97

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc 2,904.99

WIDSETH 4,085.50

Woody’s Service 2,909.97

75 Payments less than 2000   39,029.20

                                                 Final Total: 629,292.57

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: June 23, 2021 for $14,901.58; June 30, 2021 for $999,052.53; July 7, 2021 for $206,739.88.

County Owned Land Sale Resolution 2021-07-01

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

County Owned Land Sale
Resolution No. 2021-07-01

WHEREAS, pursuant to MS. 373.01, Lake of the Woods County offered unimproved nonconforming County-owned land for sale, parcel number 19-2531-119, described as follows: Commencing at the West 1/16th corner on the East and West quarter line, 1312.6 feet South,  89°59’ 30” East of the quarter corner common to Section 25 and 26, Township 162 North, Range 32 West; thence South,  0°13’ East, along 1/16th line 400 feet; thence at right angles to said 1/16th line, North 89°47’ East, a distance of 600 feet to the point of beginning; thence South, 0°13’ East, parallel with 1/16th line, 687.48 feet; thence South, 89°59’30” East, parallel with above quarter line, 180 feet; thence Northerly and parallel to the West line of said described tract, a distance of 522.92 feet; thence Westerly and parallel to the South line of said described tract, a distance of  110.22 feet; thence North, 0°00’30” East, a distance of 164.56 feet; thence Westerly, parallel with quarter line, 69.78 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning; said described tract lying all within Gov. Lot 3, Section 25, Township 162 North,  Range 32 West, and containing 2.42 acres, more or less. (Note: Not to be used on legal documents).

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Auditor/Treasurer notified adjoining landowners of said sale; 

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners authorized the land sale, which took place on June 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center Commissioners’ Room.

WHEREAS, the terms of the sale were cash/check, including applicable fees;

WHEREAS, all minerals and mineral rights were reserved by Lake of the Woods County;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the highest bid was received and accepted from John Gustafson at $29,000.00

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County will issue a deed for the property to Harold J. Gustafson, a/k/a John Gustafson, and Kari Gustafson.

EDA NWA Funds
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the Economic Development Authority Director to administer funds approved by legislature for Northwest Angle businesses affected by COVID-19.  

HUMAN RESOURCES
MIS Director/Maintenance Salary
It was the consensus of the Board to set a work session at the next board meeting to discuss the MIS Director/Maintenance Salary.

Environmental Specialist
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve employee Megan Thompson to Grade 9, Step 9, Points 232, $22.05 per hour effective 7/25/2021.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve a counter-offer to a prospective employee of Grade 9, Step 9, Points 232, $22.05 per hour and an additional four days of vacation after the six-month probationary period.

SHERIFF
Coronavirus Emergency Response 2021 Grant Contract
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the 2021 Coronavirus Emergency Response Grant Agreement in the amount of $323,348.00 and for Sheriff Gary Fish and Board Chair Joe Grund to sign the same.

Update on Roseau Contract
Sheriff Gary Fish provided an update to the Board.  The arrangement with the Roseau County Sheriff’s Department will continue as is for now, there is no contract at this time.

PUBLIC WORKS
Highway
Refurbishing of Motor Grader
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve refurbishing of the Northwest Angle motor grader through the CAT Certified Rebuild Program at a cost of $260,880.34, to be paid out of the 2022 budget.

Amend Agenda
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the amendment of the agenda to add Approval of Gravel Contract.

Approval of Gravel Contract
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve a contract for gravel with LaValla Sand and Gravel at $10.50 per cubic yard, up to 8,000 yards a year for three years.

Update
Public Works Director, AJ Pirkl, provided an update to the Board on current road projects.

Solid Waste
Public Works Director, AJ Pirkl, is meeting with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) at the landfill at 11:00 a.m.  The MPCA will return to the Government Center to discuss the demolition landfill today at 1:00 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING

Exclusive Off Sale Intoxicating Liquor License – Border Bait LLC

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 10:05 a.m. and open the Public Hearing as advertised pursuant to MN Statue §340A.405, Intoxicating Liquor; Off-Sale Licenses, subd. (d).

Present were: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, Buck Nordlof, and Jon Waibel Also present County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson.  Other public in attendance were: Travis Barclay, David Bathel and Brandy Christian.

The Public Notice of Hearing was advertised for consideration of an Exclusive Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License to hear testimony by all parties present,  that this potential exclusive off sale premises will not be within the three mile boundary of any statutory or home rule city that has established a municipal liquor store before August 1, 1991 and is not located within the one mile of any boundary of a statutory or home rule city that had established a municipal liquor store before August 1, 1991. The location of the property 3372 State Hwy 172 NW, Baudette, MN, is zoned commercial and that it is where the potential exclusive off sale building is proposed to be located.  No correspondence was received for this public hearing.  David Bathel questioned how many liquor licenses were available in the County and proximity requirements of off-sale licenses.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 10:15 a.m. and open the regular session.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to allow and approve an exclusive off sale intoxicating liquor license to Ashley Ann Barclay, Border Bait Company LLC, effective July 13, 2021 thru June 30, 2022, contingent upon all requirements being met for the approval of the license application and approval of County Attorney James Austad and County Sheriff Gary Fish.

LAKE OF THE WOODS DRIFTERS
Funding Requests
Snow Trails
Randy Orton and Todd Barnes from the Lake of the Woods Drifters updated the Board on some infrastructure needs on the snowmobile trails.  Public Works Director, AJ Pirkl, will review options for repairs and this item will be brought back to the Board.

ATV Trails
Randy Orton and Todd Barnes from Lake of the Woods Drifters updated the Board on the Roseau/Lake of the Woods Sportsmans Club ATV/UTV Trails.  The trails currently go to the Faunce area and there is interest to continue trails through Lake of the Woods County and connect with trails in Koochiching County.  Public Works Director, AJ Pirkl, will review and this item will be brought back to the Board.

PUBLIC HEARING
Peter Jones Cartway 

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 11:07 a.m. and open the Public Hearing for the Cartway-Public Hearing. (Pursuant to MN Statute 164.08 to establish a Cartway.)

The following were present:  Commissioners:  Ed Arnesen, Cody Hasbargen, Buck Nordlof, Joe Grund and Jon Waibel.  Other County Employees were:  Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, and Surveyor Chad Conner.  In addition, attending the Public Hearing were: Attorney Steven Anderson, Terry Brown, David Bathel and Brandy Christian.

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

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

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

Commencing at the southeast corner of the S½ SE¼ NW¼ NW¼ of Section 25, Township 162 North, Range 32 West, thence westerly two (2) rods along the south boundary thereof to a point; thence in a north and easterly direction, along a 90 degree arc, to a point on the east boundary thereof, which point is two (2) rods north of said southeast corner; thence south along said east boundary line a distance of two (2) rods to the point of beginning;
The County Board reviewed the cartway request and heard comments from parties involved.  With further research needed including; a survey, figuring of damages and exploration of alternative routes for the cartway, the County Board decided to meet on the site of the proposed cartway on August 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. and then continue the Public Hearing on September 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 11:30 a.m. and reconvene the regular county board meeting.

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to meet on the site of the proposed cartway on August 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. and then continue the Public Hearing on September 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

ADD ITEM TO OLD/NEW BUSINESS
Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to add Tourism/Lodging Tax to the OLD/NEW Business section of the agenda.

RECESS
With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 11:35 a.m.

Attest: July 27, 2021

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