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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February 22, 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Lake of the Woods School

TIME TAB

8:15 a.m. #1 (HOUR 1) Pledge to the Flag

Approve Agenda
Approve Minutes of February 8, 2022

8:20 a.m. #2 F.A.T.-Curt Storbeck

8:35 a.m. #3 Social Services

  • Claims

8:40 a.m. #4 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • Bank Signature Cards
  • MN Department of Admin. Surplus Motion

8:50 a.m. #5 EDA-Ryan Zemek

9:10 a.m. #6 Public works

  • Permission to Bid

9:16 a.m. #7 (HOUR 2) Total Zero Death-Brad Norland/Sue Johnson

10:10a.m.           #8 (HOUR 3) Borderland Treatment Court-Amanda Zortman

11:04 a.m. #9 (HOUR 4) Prevention Conference-Substance Abuse-Tammie Doebler

11:25 a.m. #10 Fair Board

11:54 a.m. #11 LUNCH

12:27 p.m. #12 (HOUR 5) Pine to Prairie Task Force

1:21 p.m. #13 (HOUR 6) DNR-Phil Talmage

2:00 p.m. #14 Scott Laundenslager

 (HOUR 7)

3:05 p.m. #16 RECESS

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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February 22, 2022

 February 22, 2022

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in the ITV room at the Lake of the Woods School.

High School Social Studies teacher, Mr. Don Krause

Mr. Don Krause thanked the Commissioners for meeting at the School so his students could attend and participate in the meeting.

Call To Order

Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to order at 8:15 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Buck Nordlof, Cody Hasbargen, Jon Waibel, Joe Grund. Also present was County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, and Commissioner Ed Arnesen by phone.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add Tourism and Bonding Bill.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of February 8, 2022. 

F.A.T

Head Track & Field Coach and Elementary Physical Education teacher Curt Storbeck requested funding for a fully automated timing system for the track team. No action was taken at this time.

Social Services

Jodi Ferrier introduced herself and gave an overview of the Social Services department.

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $1,726.23; Commissioners Warrants $3,298.25; Commissioners Warrants $13,713.28.

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 $37,735.14; Road & Bridge $18,946.18; County Development $200.00; Solid Waste $25,515.69; EDA $942.85.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 2/22/2022 For Payment 2/25/2022

Vendor Name Amount

BMC Software Inc 2,583.28

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 11,091.00

Farmers Union Oil Co. 3,535.04

Integris DBA 4,189.34

LaValla Electric DBA/Ned 3,650.00

Mar-Kit Landfill 15,143.00

Northwest Community Action, Inc 10,000.00

Pemberton Law, P.L.L.P. 2,457.50

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

Ziegler, Inc 3,940.16

42 Payments less than 2000 20,482.04

Final Total: 83,339.86

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: February 8,2022 for $427,762.82; February 9,2022 for $157,884.03; February 16,2022 for $20,922.51; and February 18,2022 for $38,537.

Bank Signature Cards

RiverWood Bank Signature Cards – Main

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith and County Board Chair James (Buck) Nordlof to sign the RiverWood Bank signature card for the main account, investments and the insurance accounts.

RiverWood Bank Signature Cards – Deputy Registrar 75

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Erik Tange, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Anna Sanchez and Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Chelsea Anderson to sign the RiverWood Bank signature card for the Deputy Registrar 75 account.

RiverWood Bank Signature Cards – Sheriff’s Office

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize Julie Berggren and Jill Hasbargen-Olson to sign the RiverWood Bank signature card for the sheriff’s office.

RiverWood Bank Signature Cards – Social Service Fund

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize Shelley Pepera and Jodi Ferrier to sign the RiverWood Bank signature card for the Social Service Fund.

RiverWood Bank Signature Cards- Over Remittance Fund

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, and Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Connie Nesmith to sign the RiverWood Bank signature card for the over remittance account.

MN Department of Administration-State Surplus Property

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to authorize Chair Buck Nordlof, County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl, Social Service Director Amy Ballard and County Sheriff Gary Fish to sign the signature card for Federal and/or State Surplus Property.

Economic Development Authority

EDA Director Ryan Zemek introduced himself to the Lake of the Woods students and gave an overview of what the EDA position does in the county. Ryan asked the board for advice on what they would like to do with the remaining amount from the NorthWest Angle forgivable loan. Consensus was made to contact MN Deed first to see what options are available, then contact businesses at the NWA to check for further qualifications, and to look into special legislation that may allow them to use the funds in another way if needed. 

Public Works

Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl discussed the demolition of the Williams school building and estimated costs. A second review of the school may be needed. 

Toward Zero Death

TZD Coordinator Sue Johnson, State Aid Engineer Brian Ketring, and District Engineer JT Anderson met with the board and presented a power point and information on the Towards Zero Death Task Force and the importance of safe driving and wearing seatbelts.

Borderland Treatment Court

Treatment Coordinator Amanda Zortman, and Probation Officer Sara Ubel presented on the process and the purpose of the Borderland Substance Abuse Court. Clyde Boots spoke to the board about how the treatment courts can help lead people living with substance use out of the justice system and into lives of recovery and stability and his own experiences with this program.

Prevention Conference- Substance Abuse

Tammie Doebler, Sandy Peterson, Doris Knutson, and Lake of the Woods students presented to the board their experience and what they learned at a substance abuse prevention conference in Washington, D.C.

Fair Board

Allen Cauble and JP Sweet gave an update on projects and future plans for the county fair. They are requesting donations for the centennial county fair in 2023. No action was taken at this time.

Leaving the Meeting

Commissioner Cody Hasbargen left the meeting at 11:50a.m.

 Recess

The Meeting was called to recess for lunch at 11:50 a.m. and reconvened at 12:50p.m.

Pine to Prairie Task Force

Deputy Sheriff/Investigator Craig Severs provided a presentation on the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force, which works with nine different counties, local law enforcement, conservation officers, the Paul Bunyan Task Force and others. 

DNR Fisheries

Phil Talmage from the DNR gave an update on how they are keeping track of the amount of people on the lake as well as the amount of fish and what kind of fish are being caught and kept. He also discussed current fishing conditions on Lake of the Woods. 

Carp Swamp Addition

Scott Laudenslager from MN DNR, and Emily Paschke met with the board about land at Carp swamp that Emily would like to sell to Pheasants Forever and they would then donate the land to the DNR to add to the wildlife management area. Consensus was made by the board to add this to the March 8,2022 agenda. No further action was taken at this time.

Tourism

The board discussed moving forward with new legislation to move towards a county wide lodging tax, not including the City of Baudette. If passed, they would look at setting new by-laws and re-establishing the tourism board. No action was taken at this time.

Bonding Bill

The board discussed the possibility of using a bonding bill to fund the new Law Enforcement Center and Highway department. No action was taken at this time.

Add to Old/New Business

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to add Centennial to old/new business on the agenda for ongoing discussion.

Recess

With no further business before the Board, Chair Buck Nordlof called the meeting to recess at 3:06p.m.

Attest: March 8, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

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

February 8, 2022

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

TIME TAB

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

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

Approve Minutes of January 25, 2022

9:10 a.m. #3 Social Services

  • Claims

9:15 a.m. #4 NWCA

  • Grant Request Discussion

9:30 a.m. #5 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • Motion to approve Official Bank

9:45 a.m. #6 County Assessor

  • Appointment of Assessor
  • Salary

10:00 a.m. #7 Land & Water

  • Conditional Use Permit #22-02CU

10:15 a.m. #8 EDA

  • Contract

10:20 a.m. #9 Public Works

  • Permission to Ad/Int/Hire Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Permission to bid SAP 039-030-001
  • Williams School update

10:35 a.m. #10 Law Enforcement

  • Snowmobile Grant
  • Stonegarden
  • ARMER Contract Service Renewal
  • ATV Grant

10:50 a.m. #11 Attorney Client Privilege-Closed Session

  • Close Regular Meeting/Open Closed Session
  • Attorney Client Privilege(Pursuant MN Statute 13D.03B)
  • Close Closed Session/Open Regular Meeting – 

Correspondence:  

11:50 a.m. #12 Recess

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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Reminder: 6:30 p.m.

Solid Waste Informational Meeting 

Fish Guts and Bio-Solids 

Commissioners’ Room

February 8, 2022

6:30 p.m.

January 25, 2022

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

TIME TAB

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

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

Approve Minutes of January 11, 2022

Approve Minutes of January 18, 2022

9:10 a.m. #3 Assessor

  • Mary Jo Otten Retirement
  • Credit Card Request-Alisa Jacobsen

9:15 a.m. #4 AMC

  • Matt Hilgart

9:45 a.m. #5 Social Services

  • Claims

9:55 a.m. #6 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • Contract

10:10 a.m. #7 Public Works

  • Highway
    • Update
  • Solid Waste
  • Update

10:30 a.m. #8 Land & Water

  • Consideration of Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission

11:00 a.m. #9 NorthWest Community Action

  • Leah Hasson & Randy Jensen
  • Blue Plus Vehicle Repair Grant

11:30 a.m. #10 Hospice Red River Valley

  • Brenda Iverson

12:00 p.m. #11 Tourism

12:15 p.m. #12 Law Enforcement

  • North Building

12:30 p.m. #13 Official Bank Bid Opening

12:45 p.m. #13 Recess

12:50 p.m. #14 Work Session

  • Official Bank Bids

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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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January 25, 2022

January 25, 2022

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

CALL TO ORDER

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

Approval of Agenda

Motion

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

Approval Of Minutes

Motion

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

Motion

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

Assessors

Mary Jo Otten Retirement

Resolution

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

RECOGNITION OF YEARS OF SERVICE

  MARY JO OTTEN

RESOLUTION 2022-01-03

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

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

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

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

Request for Credit Card

Motion

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

AMC

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

Set Work Session

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

Social Services

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $7,259.06; Commissioners Warrants $1,834.13; Commissioners Warrants $16,843.19.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

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

                                                     WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

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

Vendor Name Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 8,443.39

Counties Providing Technology 4,647.00

Freeberg & Grund, Inc 19,357.00

Headwaters Regional Development Commiss 3,500.00

Integris DBA 10,794.66

KRIS Engineering Inc 6,804.49

Mn Assn Of Counties 2,200.00

North East Technical Service,Inc 2,647.94

Nw Mn Household Hazardous 5,945.00

Sandpieper Design Inc. 3,697.02

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc 11,994.82

St. Louis County Auditor 2,000.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

34 Payments less than2000 20,195.42

Final Total: 108,495.24

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

Auditor/Treasurer Contract

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

Approval of Contract

Motion

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

Add to Agenda

Motion

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

Resolution

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

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY

RESOLUTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF THE OFFICE OF 

AUDITOR-TREASURER

RESOLUTION NO. 2022-01-04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Land & Water

Consideration of Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission Training Session

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

Motion

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

Public Works

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

Add to Agenda

Motion

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

Approval of Bids

Motion

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

Set Meeting Date

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

NorthWest Community Action

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

Hospice-Red River Valley

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

Open Official Bank Bids

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

Law Enforcement

North Building Renovation and Furniture

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

Motion

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

Tourism

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

Recess

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

Attest: February 8, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

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

January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

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

CALL TO ORDER

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

Approval of Agenda

Motion

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

Auditor/Treasurer Contract

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

Recess

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

Tourism

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

NWA Transportation

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

Union Negotiations

Motion 

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

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

Motion

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

RECESS

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

Attest: January 11, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

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

January 18, 2022

AGENDA

Special Meeting

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

TIME TAB

9:00 a.m. #1 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Contract

10:00 a.m. #2 Tourism

10:30 a.m. #3 NWA Transportation

11:00 a.m. #4 Union Negotiations – Closed Session

12:00 p.m. #5 RECESS

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Old/New Business

  • Lessard – Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund
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  • Tourism/Lodging Tax

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January 11, 2022

 January 11, 2022

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

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

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

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

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

Law Enforcement

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

Add to Agenda

Motion

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

Public Works

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

Solid Waste

Purchase Motion

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

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

Motion

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

Set County Road Tour Date

Motion

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

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

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

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

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

Vendor Name Amount

Air Med Care Network 16,803.00

Hotsy Minnesota 2,397.61

Howard’s Oil Company 5,981.65

Integris DBA 2,014.38

Mar-Kit Landfill 12,861.50

Mn Assn Of Counties 5,538.00

Mn Counties Computer Co-Op 17,501.25

MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust 162,970.00

Mn State Dept-Correction 25,412.79

Motorola Solutions, Inc 10,000.00

Northern Light Region 5,148.25

OnSolve,LLC 7,500.00

Schneider Geospatial, LLC 8,400.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

University of North Dakota 9,432.78

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc 14,610.00

Woody’s Service 5,185.65

50 Payments less than 2000 22,363.96

Final Total: 340,389.32

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

EDA Director- Phone Stipend

Motion

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

Set Meeting Date

Motion

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

County Home Health Nurse

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

Recess

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

Attest: January 25, 2022

______________________________ _________________________________

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

January 11, 2022

AGENDA

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

TIME TAB

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

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

Approve Minutes of January 4, 2022

9:10 a.m. #3 Social Services

  • Claims

9:15a.m. #4 Law Enforcement

  • Furniture Requests

9:30 a.m. #5 Public Works

  • Highway
    • Update
  • Solid Waste
  • Update

9:45 a.m. #6 Set County Road Tour

9:50 a.m. #7 County Auditor/Treasurer

  • Claims
  • EDA Director-Stipend
  • Contract Approval

10:15 a.m. #8 RECESS

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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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