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COUNTY BOARD

December, 2012

Commissioner Proceedings

December 11, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners, Ed Arnesen, Tom Hanson, Ken Moorman Todd Beckel and Patty Beckel. Also present were: Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, John Oren and Brian Peterson.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the agenda with the following additions: Hoffman, Dale and Swenson agreement, Emergency Management Director, letter of resignation and Integrated Emergency Management Course and Telephone purchase. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Approval of Consent Agenda

None

Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve November 27, 2012 regular board minutes with changes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

CLOSED SESSION- Pending Litigation-MN Stat § 13D.05, sub 3(b)WCD

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to close the regular meeting at 9:05 a.m. and open the closed session for Pending Litigation of Lake of the Woods County vs. Becky Dornheim pursuant to MN Stat. §13D.05. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following were present: Commissioners Patty Beckel, Hanson, Todd Beckel, Arnesen, Moorman, County Attorney, Philip Miller, and Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson, Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler and Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen.

 Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to close the closed session at 9:20 a.m. and open the regular meeting. The motion was seconded Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

ATTORNEY

County Attorney, Philip Miller met with the board requesting the board to pass a resolution for proposed settlement between Mary Beth Dornheim and Lake of the Woods County and Nancy Wendler.

Resolution

Commissioner Arnesen introduced the flowing resolution:

Resolution No. 12-12-01

Resolution for Proposed Settlement between Mary Beth Dornheim and Lake of the Woods County and Nancy Wendler

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED; by the Board of Commissioners, Lake of the Woods County, that a settlement of the litigation in Lake of the Woods County, Court File No. 39-CV-11-257, which is memorialized in a Mediated Settlement Agreement and a Release between Mary Beth Dornheim, and Lake of the Woods County and Nancy Wendler, is herby made. A copy of the Mediated Settlement Agreement and the Release are attached to this Resolution.

The resolution for the adoption of the foregoing Resolution was duly seconded by Commissioner Patricia Beckel and, upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Commissioners Ed Arnesen, Patricia Beckel, Thomas Hanson, Kenneth Moorman the Todd Beckel, and the following voted against the same: None; whereupon said Resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

County Attorney Budget

County Attorney, Philip Miller met with the board and requested funding for a non-criminal investigation that will be conducted through his office, with the assistance of outside counsel.  He informed the board that the County Attorney budget has no funds allocated to cover the estimated costs of this investigation. 

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to allocate $10,000 from the unallocated account per the request from County Attorney, Philip Miller for the investigation. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

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

Motion

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

                                                Commissioner Warrants        $   10,784.99                                                                                                     Commissioner Warrants        $     4,611.19

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

National Convention

Social Worker, Jodi Ferrier met with the board and updated them on the National Convention that she attended in Henderson, NV for “The Differential Response in Child Welfare Conference”. This is an approach that allows child protective services to respond differently to accepted reports of child abuse and neglect.  Jodi wrote a grant application and was awarded a scholarship to cover the costs associated with the conference.  The Board recognized Jodi for her initiative, the work she does in our community, and the honor it was for a small county like Lake of the Woods to be represented at the National Convention. 

Cell Phone Stipend

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met with the board requesting Cell Phone Stipend for herself and Leah-Stephani-Miller.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to allow Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler a Cell Phone stipend in the amount of $40.00 for a regular cell phone per month and Leah-Stephani-Miller a Cell Phone stipend in the amount of $60.00 for a smart cell phone per month effective January 1, 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

AUDITOR

Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval of claims.

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

                                      Revenue                    $        39,925.15         

                                      Road & Bridge         $         18,955.49

                                      Co. Develop              $              400.00   

                                      Solid Waste               $           7,017.50 

                                      EDA                          $           1,660.79        

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 11/27/2012 For Payment 11/30/2012

Vendor Name                                                                Amount

Anchor Marketing, Inc                                                          2,272.62

Brown/Terry                                                                           2,610.37

North East Technical Service,Inc                                         2,567.00

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc                                          7,354.67

52  Payments less than  2000     21,161.02

Final Total:     35,965.68

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

                                    November 30, 2012                $ 408,126.63

                                    November 30, 2012                $     8,908.44

                                    December   5, 2012                 $ 122,862.84

                                    December   7, 2012                 $      5,042.35

                                    December   7, 2012                 $     3,420.69

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

Lost Warrant

Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval to issue a lost warrant to Jeri’s Sweat Shop.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant for Jeri’s Sweat Shop dated July 29, 2012 for $6.64 without furnishing indemnifying bond. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

2013 Organizational Meeting

Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting the board set the 2013 Organizational Meeting.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to set January 8, 2013 for Lake of the Woods County Commissioners Organizational Meeting at 9:00 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

2013 IRS Mileage Rate

Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting that they set the 2013 Mileage Rate.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to set the 2013 mileage rate at the IRS Standard Rate. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. (It was noted that the Internal Revenue Service issued a 56.5 cents per mile beginning January 1, 2013 for the standard rate.)

Arbitrator and Mediator Bill

Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval to pay the invoice from Paul S. Jacobsen, Attorney at Law for services rendered and the MCIT deductible.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to pay Paul S. Jacobsen, Attorney at Law, Arbitrator and Mediator for services rendered in the amount of $1,250 with the funding from the MCIT dividend, from the general reserve account. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to pay the MCIT deductible in the amount of $2,500 for the Dornheim settlement with the funding from the MCIT dividend, from the general reserve account. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

HALLSTROM CONSULTING SERVICES

Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval to enter into a consulting service contract with Hallstrom Consulting effective January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2013.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to enter into an agreement with Hallstrom Consulting to provide assistance to Lake of the Woods County Staff in preparation and execution of processes surrounding 2013 tax bills of an hourly rate of $120.00 per hour, plus expenses per on site visit, effective January 1, 2013 and ending December 31, 2013 and authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board discussed the Manatron problems that have occurred vs the ACS program. The consensus of the board was to address this issue in 2013.

HOFFMAN DALE & SWENSON CONTRACT

Chief Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval to enter into an understanding of services for Hoffman, Dale, & Swenson, PLLC to provide for Lake of the Woods County 2012 year-end audit services.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid and Chairman Todd Beckel to sign the understanding of services from Hoffman, Dale, & Swenson, PLLC to provide 2012 year-end audit services for Lake of the Woods County. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen met with the board to discuss the Interim MIS/GIS Director.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to appoint Peder Hovland as Interim MIS Director, with an increase of $500 per month, beginning December 1, 2012, until further notice.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Telephone System Recommendation

Interim MIS/GIS Director, Peder Hovland met with the board to discuss and review the replacement of the Telephone System.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to enter into contract with NCC, for the purchase of its proposed solution (including the telephone system, voice mail with email integration, mobility, back-up PRI module and unified communications) with the funding from the unallocated account up to $ 65,810 plus tax. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

HRDC

HRDC Development Specialist, Ryan Zemek met with the board and presented the 2012-2015 Comprehensive Economic Develop Strategy. The plan sets forth a framework that will create strategies for a new dynamic innovation economy that links all the assets of the region to generate new knowledge, start and grow a business, utilize infrastructure and transform existing businesses into thriving 21st century companies.

Resolution

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

Resolution No. 12-12-02

Comprehensive Economic Develop Strategy

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County is recognized by the Economic Development Administration as a redevelopment area with special needs for economic development assistance; and

WHEREAS, the Headwaters Regional Development Commission is an Economic Development District designated by the Economic Development Administration to provide planning and economic development assistance; and

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners actively supports and currently participates in the economic development district activities of the Headwaters Regional Development Commission; and

WHEREAS, the Headwaters Regional Development Commission has prepared a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy in cooperation with businesses, communities, and economic development organizations in lieu of a separate county Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners approves of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy as submitted on this date.

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

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 10:10 a.m. and reconvened at 10:16 a.m.as follows:

EMERGENY MANAGEMENT

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board and informed them of the Integrated Emergency Management Course that will be held at Camp Ripley’s Training Center on February 25-18. Holly informed the board that it is recommended to have as many city and county officials and management personnel attend as is possible, this includes around sixty-seven (67) individuals within the community.  The board requested that Holly organize and contact the appropriate personnel to have Lake of the Woods County attend the course.

Resignation

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board and presented her letter of resignation effective January 31, 2013.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to accept the resignation of Emergency Management Director, Holly House effective January 31, 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING DIRECTOR

Cell Phone Stipend

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board requesting a cell phone stipend for Assistant Zoning Administrator.

Motion

Motion was made by Moorman to allow Assistant Zoning Administrator, Steve Sindelir, a cell phone stipend of $40.00 per month effective January 1, 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Health Insurance

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board to discuss Health Insurance Options to allow the Land and Water Planning Office join into the Health Insurance that the SWCD employees have, and since we have a Joint Powers Agreement with the SWCD, the office does qualify to be under their plan.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the Land and Water Planning Office Employees the option of joining the health insurance through the Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation Distrcit for a trial bases effective January 1, 2013 and re-visit the option on October 22, 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the vote carried as follows: Voting for: Commissioners Hanson, Todd Beckel, Moorman and Arnesen. Voting against: Commissioner Patty Beckel.

COMPENSATION PLAN

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen met with the board and presented the final Compensation Plan to the board for approval. The board discussed the compensation plan and some changes that are still in process, and discussed longevity that the county employees receive.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the Compensation Plan structure and any changes that are in process be completed by December 31, 2012. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to combine the Longevity Pay into the Compensation Plan of $480.00 for each employee. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Vice-Chairman, Hanson announced and presented a plaque to Lorene Hanson as the recipient for the 2012 Employee of the Year Award. The County Board of Commissioners congratulated Lorene as the “Employee of the Year” and as an outstanding employee in every regard.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 11:54 a.m. and reconvened at 12:38 p.m.

CORRESPONDENCE

The following correspondence was acknowledged: AMC Updates; Birch Beach and Sandy Shores Petition and NW Angle Justification Report.

Committee Appointments

The board discussed the 2013 Committee Appointments and requested the list of Committee Appointments in advance to look at all committees that they have.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 12:58 p.m. 

TRUTH N TAXATION PUBLIC HEARING

Recess

The meeting reconvened at 6:00 p.m.  Chairman Todd Beckel led the Pledge of Allegiance. The following members present: Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman. Also present were: County Auditor John W Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd and Chief Deputy Auditor Lorene Hanson, County Treasurer, Mark Hall, and County Assessor, MaryJo Otten.

Public Hearing-2013 Proposed Budget and Levy

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to close the regular meeting at 6:05 p.m. and open the Public Hearing, pursuant MN Statute §275.065 Subd. 3(c), for the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to hear all interested parties comments on the 2013 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Chairman Todd Beckel welcomed the public to the hearing.

County Auditor John W. Hoscheid reviewed the 2013 Proposed Budget.  He reviewed how the budget and other taxing entities (State of Minnesota; School Districts 390 and 690; Cities of Baudette and Williams and Unorganized Townships) affect the tax levy and statements. 

Chairman Todd Beckel opened the floor for comments from the public in attendance.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to close the Public Hearing at 7:08 p.m. and reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Resolution

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

Resolution Adopting

2013 Certified Budget and Tax Levy

Resolution   2012-12-03

WHEREAS, the Certified County Budget for the year 2013 has been reviewed by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following Certified Budget and Tax Levy is hereby adopted for the Lake of the Woods County for 2013:

Revenue Fund                                               $ 1,334,803

Road & Bridge Fund                                    $    449,580

Social Services Fund                                     $    603,935

Economic Development Authority Fund    $      60,000

2013 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy         $ 2,448,318             

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following amounts be levied against the unorganized townships of Lake of the Woods County for 2013:

                        Twp Road & Bridge                                     $   437,555*

                        Twp Fire – Baudette                                      $     21,000

                        Twp Fire – Williams                                      $     32,738

                        Twp Fire – NW Angle                                   $       6,500

                        Total                                                               $   497,793

2013                

$437,555 for Township Road & Bridge includes $12,000 which is specifically levied to Northwest Angle residents for Calcium Chloride (inc2,000).  ($415,175 + $10,380(2.5%inc) = $425,555)(425,555+12,000=437,555)

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

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to recess at 7:09 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: December 31, 2012

_______________________________                                  __________________________________

Lorene Hanson, Chief Deputy Auditor                                  Todd Beckel Chairman of the Board

Commissioner Proceedings

Special County Board Meeting

December 18, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in a Special County Board meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center.

Call to Order

Chair Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. with the following members present:  Commissioners Ed Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Tom Hanson and Ken Moorman.  Also present were: Chief Deputy Auditor Lorene Hanson, Human Resource Director Wade Johannesen, Interim MIS/GIS Director Peder Hovland, County Sheriff Gary Fish and Emergency Manager Holly House.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Tom Hanson to approve the agenda for the special meeting today with the following addition of:  Motion to have Permission to Advertise for an Information Systems/GIS Specialist Position.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Closed Session – Labor Negotiations – MN Statute § 13D.03

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to close the special meeting at 5:05 p.m. and open the closed session for Labor Negotiations pursuant to MN Statute § 13D.03.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ken Moorman and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

The following were present:  Commissioners Ed Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Tom Hanson, Ken Moorman and Human Resource Director Wade Johannesen.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to close the closed session at 5:20 p.m. and open the special meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ken Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Vacant Positions

MIS/GIS Position

Human Resource Director Wade Johannesen met with the County Board to discuss the open MIS/GIS position.  It was the consensus of the County Board to discuss this position further at the next regular County Board meeting on December 31, 2012.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Tom Hanson to advertise for the Information Systems/GIS Specialist position.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ken Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Emergency Management Position

Human Resource Director Wade Johannesen met with the County Board to discuss the position of Emergency Management Director.  It was the consensus of the County Board to discuss this position further at the next regular County Board meeting on December 31, 2012.

Recess

There being no further business before the County Board, Chair Todd Beckel called the meeting to recess at 5:45             p.m.

Attest:                                                                          Approved:  December 31, 2012

______________________________                        ___________________________________

Lorene G Hanson                                                      Todd Beckel

Chief Deputy Auditor                                               County Board Chair

Commissioner Proceedings

December 31, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, December 31, 2012. Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners, Ed Arnesen, Ken Moorman Todd Beckel and Patty Beckel. Absent: Commissioner Tom Hanson. Also present were: County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, James Nordlof, John Oren and Brian Peterson.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the agenda with the following additions: Lost Warrant, Wheelers Sewer District Appointments, Borderland Substance Abuse letter of support, Wetland letter and Commissioner Recognition. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Approval of Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the consent agenda as follows: travel for Boyd Johnson & Cooper Mickelson – March 11 – 14, 2013 – 2013 MnDOT Survey Technical Workshop at Breezy Point. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel  to approve December 11, 2012 regular board minutes with changes and December 18, Special meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

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

Motion

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

                                                Commissioner Warrants        $   13,026.52                                                                                                     Commissioner Warrants        $    32,357.81

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

NW MN HOUSING-SEC. 8

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met with the board to discuss the funding that Lee Meier requested at the November 27, 2012 meeting for assistance for the Sec. 8 housing.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to allot $3,000 from the Social Services account for assistance for the Sec. 8 housing in Lake of the Woods County. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Contracts

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

Motions

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel moved to approve the contract between Friends Against Abuse and Lake of the Woods County Social Services for 2013 for the provision of supervised visitations and to authorize Chairman Todd Beckel and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the contract between LakeWood Health Center and Lake of the Woods County Social Services for 2013, for the provision of housing with services for Alternative Care, Elderly Waiver, and Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals programs, and to authorize Chairperson Todd Beckel and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the contract between Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota and Lake of the Woods County Social Services for 2013 for the provision of intensive in-home family based services and CADI /TBI family counseling and training services and to authorize Chairperson Todd Beckel and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the contract between Lutheran Social Services and Lake of the Woods County Social Services for 2013 for the provision of home delivered meals, and to authorize Chairperson Todd Beckel and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the contract between Lutheran Social Services and Lake of the Woods County Social Services for 2013 for the provision of waivered services caregiver training & education, respite care and companion services, and to authorize Chairperson Todd Beckel and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the contract for 2013 for MFIP/DWP employment services between Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. and Lake of the Woods County Social Services, and to authorize Chairman Todd Beckel, and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the contract between Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls, and Lake of the Woods County Social Services for the provision of Mental Health Community Support Program Services and ARMHS Services for January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017, and to authorize Chairman Todd Beckel and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the contract for 2013 for toll-free telephone emergency services between Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls, and Lake of the Woods County Social Services, and to authorize Chairman Todd Beckel, and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the contract between Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls, and Lake of the Woods County Social Services for 2013 for the provision of onsite mental health physician’s assistant services and to authorize Chairman Todd Beckel and Lake of the Woods County Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, to sign same.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

AUDITOR

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

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

                                      Revenue                               $38,693.46

                                      Road & Bridge                     $14,403.97

                                      Co. Develop                          $16,881.83     

                                      Solid Waste                          $17,553.84

                                      EDA                                      $ 8,336.45      

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 12/31/2012 For Payment 12/31/2012

Vendor Name                                                              Amount

Anchor Marketing, Inc                                             2,220.38

Arnesen/Ed                                                               3,266.73

Cargill Incorporated                                               6,784.66

Koochiching Co Treasurer                                    2,500.00

KRIS Engineering Inc                                              2,574.00

Lakewood Energy LLC                                           2,500.00

LOW County Treasurer                                            3,255.34

LOW Highway Dept                                                 2,893.45

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                        8,173.80

Northwest Community Action, Inc                          2,521.04

Roseau County Cooperative Assn                        2,587.47

Sanitation Products Inc                                         10,443.83

University Of Mn                                                      8,112.51

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc                           7,354.67

79 Payments less than 2000     30,681.67

Final Total:    95,869.55

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

                                    December 13,201                  $72,892.31

                                    December 27, 2012               $18,333.48       

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

Gambling Permit

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval to approve an exempt gambling permit for University of Minnesota Crookston for a raffle.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the exempt gambling permit for University of Minnesota Crookston to conduct a lawful gambling for a raffle on February 3, 2013 at Zippel Bay Resort and authorize County Auditor to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Commissioners Salary – Minimum Salaries for Elective Offices- Elected Department Heads Salary – Non-Elected Department Heads Salary – and Non-Union Employees Salary

County Auditor, John W Hoscheid met with the County Board and presented the following salaries to the County Board for their approval:

2013 Elected Officials & Non-Elected Department Heads Salaries

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to adopt the following County Commissioners salary schedule and County Board Chair salary schedule for the year 2013 with an increase of $300.00 for Commissioners and Board Chair ; and to adopt a committee meeting per diem of $100.00 for the year 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Elected Officials – Commissioners:

Ed Arnesen                             $ 16,500.00

Patty Beckel                            $ 16,500.00

James “Buck” Nordlof            $ 16,500.00

Tom Hanson                            $ 16,500.00

Ken Moorman                         $ 16,500.00

Board Chair                            $ 17,500.00

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to adopt a Technology Fee of $50.00 per month for County Commissioners for the year 2013. (Technology fee reimbursement for county related phone, internet, computer and copy expenses.) The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

ESTABLISHING MINIMUM SALARIES FOR ELECTIVE OFFICES

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

RESOLUTION FOR ESTABLISHING MINIMUM SALARIES FOR ELECTIVE OFFICES

RESOLUTION 12 – 12- 04

WHEREAS: M.S. 388.18, Subd. 1, et seq., M.S. 384.151, Subd. 1, et seq., M.S. 386.015, Subd. 1, et seq., M.S. 387.20, Subd. 1, et seq., and M.S. 385.373, Subd. 1, et seq. requires the County Board, at the January meeting prior to the first date on which applicants may file for County elective offices, to establish minimum annual salaries to be paid to the respective office holders at the term next following;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that the following statutory minimum annual salaries are hereby established for county elective offices for the term beginning in January of the year 2013:

County Attorney:        $6,000

County Auditor:         $6,000

County Recorder:       $6,000

County Sheriff:           $6,000

County Treasurer:       $6,000

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

Elected Department Heads Salary

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to adopt the following County Elected Officials salary schedule for the year 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Elected Officials – Department Heads:

County Attorney Philip Miller            $ 65,283.41

County Auditor John W Hoscheid     $ 64,619.89

County Recorder Susan Ney              $ 54,334.30

County Gary Fish                               $ 68,467.83

County Treasurer Mark Hall               $ 54,334.30

Non-Elected Department Heads Salary

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to adopt the following County Non-Elected Department Heads salary schedule for the year 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Non-Elected – Department Heads:

County Assessor Mary Jo Otten                    $ 64,619.89

County Land/Water Josh Stromlund              $ 64,619.89

County MIS Director Peder Hovland                        $ 56,250.72

County Public Works Tim Erickson                $ 87,373.31

County Social Service Nancy Wendler          $ 68,467.83

Non-Elected – Department Head-Veterans Service Officer:

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to adopt the following County Non-Elected Department Heads salary schedule for the year 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Non-Elected – Department Head-Veterans Service Officer:

County Veterans Rick Rone $ 19,445.66

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to adopt the following County Non-Elected Department Heads salary schedule for the year 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Non-Elected – Department Head Emergency Manager:

County Emergency Management Holly House $ 26,346.22

It was the consensus of the County Board to not address any further adjustments for the County Solid Waste Union employees or Highway Union employees until contract have been approved.

All Non-Union County Employees (Full-Time, Permanent Part-Time, Part-Time, Seasonal Employees) Salary Adjustment (Excluding Elected Commissioners, Elected Department Heads and Non-Elected Department Heads)

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to adjust all non-union employees: full-time, permanent part-time, part-time and seasonal according to the adopted compensation plan that was approved on December 11, 2012 (excluding elected commissioners, elected department heads and non-elected department heads). The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried

MRCC 2013 Issues

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid presented MRCC 2013 Issues to the board and requested they board to rank the top five issues of importance to our county. Below are the Priorities the board feels is of importance for Lake of the Woods:

  1. Changing the VCAA formula to the one currently supported by MACSSA and AMC should be an MRCC priority in 2013.

2. Land Use: Many members feel the state has too much land (about 8.4 million acres) and that the state should divest itself of a significant portion of that land. Future land acquisition should be targeted in areas which would provide the best value for the largest number of state residents, i.e. nearer the metro area. That land acquisition could be funded with proceeds from the sale of existing state land (mostly in northern Minnesota).

3. Wetland Policy: Follow up on the final recommendations that went to the Governor mid-December. This issue should be a focus as we go through the year, to ensure favorable implementation of the changed guidelines moving forward.

4. Shoreland regulations: The DNR will be seeking legislative approval to reinstate rule making authority, something that should cause MRCC concern unless the scope and purpose are clearly defined. MRCC should monitor this issue as a priority in 2013.

5. Invasive Species: Lake of the Wood County Board recommends that MRCC should priorities and concentrate on this concern.

Lost Warrant

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval for a lost warrant for Lorie Nielsen.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant for Lori Nielson dated December 14, 2012 for $99.90 without furnishing indemnifying bond.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resource Director, Wade Johansson met with the board to discuss the Emergency Management Office. The consensus of the board was to transfer the Emergency Management Duties to the Sheriff’s Office, effective February 1, 2013 with a separate budget.

MIS/GIS Manager

Human Resource Director, Wade Johansson met with the board and recommended to promote Peder Hovland from Information Specialist to MIS Manager, effective January 1, 2013.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to promote Peder Hovland as the MIS/GIS Manager effective January 1, 2013 at JG 18, range of $26.94 on the 2013 scale, with a six month probation period. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Worker, Jodi Ferrier

Human Resource Director, Wade Johansson met with the board and recommended to advance Jodi Ferrier to the rate of $20.63 per hour on the 2013 Salary schedule to bring her in line with contemporaries.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to advance Jodi Ferrier to the rate of $20.63 per hour on the 2013 Salary schedule; this constitutes cost to minimum plus three increments, with grade remaining at JG 12. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Assessment Specialist/Office Manger, Joy Lindquist

Human Resource Director, Wade Johansson met with the board and recommended to advance Joy Lindquist to the rate of $21.35 per hour on the 2013 Salary schedule to bring her in line with contemporaries.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to advance Joy Lindquist to the rate of $21.35 per hour on the 2013 Salary schedule; this constitutes cost to minimum plus four increments, with grade remaining at JG 10. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 9:10 a.m. and reconvened at 9:26 a.m. as follows:

PUBLIC WORKS

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board requesting approval for final contracts acceptance for SP 39-595-03, MUAM (014), Historic Baudette Depot Rehabilitation and SAP 39-608-21 &SAP 39-611-06, Mill Bituminous Surface, Bituminous Surfacing & Aggregate Shouldering.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to accept the County Public Works Director’s Certificate of final Contract acceptance for SAP 39-608-21 & SAP 39-611-06, Mill Bituminous Surface, Bituminous Surfacing and Aggregate Shouldering, for Knife River Materials of Bemidji, MN in the amount of $67,681.91. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to accept the County Public Works Director’s Certificate of Final Contract Acceptance for SP-39-595-03, MUSM (014), Historic Baudette Depot Rehabilitation, for Anderson & Hammack Construction Company in the amount of $26,916.95. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Line Workers School

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board to discuss the cleaning of the school and overtime issues that may incur at times. The consensus of the board is that they will approve overtime when needed.

NORTH WEST ANGLE AIRPORT UPDATE

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and informed them that Tom Foster, from SEH Inc. has informed him that after MN DOT reviewed the report that they would support the County moving ahead with the next step in developing an airport at the Angle and would like to me with the board in the next couple months.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board to discuss the Williams Creek Wetland Mitigation and presented a letter for their approval to send to John Jaschke, Executive Director for BWSR.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to authorize Chairman Todd Beckel to sign the Williams Creek Wetland Mitigation letter. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

BORDERLAND SUBSTANCE ABUSE COURT(BSAC)

Borderland Substance Abuse Coordinator, Lisa Santee met with the board requesting a letter of support for the BSAC that has been operational in Lake of the Woods County since 2007 and seeks the support and approval f the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to apply for a anticipate grant funding of $400,000, the estimated award amount of $100,000 each year for the initial two years, with the potential of an extension of an additional three year making the total potential grant award of $500,000.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to authorize Chairman Todd Beckel to sign the letter of support for the BSAC for possible funding from the MN Department of Human Services. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

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

Re-Appointment of Terms of the economic development authority

Resolution Number 12-12-05

Whereas; Lake of the Woods County Board, pursuant to MN Statute §469.093, Subd.1 has provided a public notice and conducted a public hearing on September 14, 2010 to consider the creation of an Economic Development Authority and adopted the Enabling Resolution creating the same; and

Whereas; the County Board of Commissioners of the County of Lake of the Woods adopted the following:

The EDA shall consist of a governing body of nine (9) members, as per the adopted Enabling Resolution, of which:

Five (5) Sitting Commissioners, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners

Four (4) Members shall be nominated by the following organizations and appointed by the County Board:           

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to recommend appointment

From either Chambers of Commerce to recommend appointment

Lake of the Woods Tourism to recommend appointment

City of Baudette to recommend appointment

The Board Members and terms are established as follows:

Term Length   Board Member            Term Expires               Representing

6 Year             Rick Rone                   12/31/2017                  City of Baudette

6 Year             James “Buck”Nordlof 12/31/2017                  County Board District 1

2 Year             Chuck Tischart            12/31/2012                  IDC

2 Year             Gregg Hennum           12/31/2012                  Tourism Board

3 Year             Ed Arnesen                 12/31/2013                  County Board District 5

3 Year             Patty Beckel                12/31/2013                  County Board District 4

4 Year             Mike Hovde                12/31/2014                  Chamber of Commerce

5 Year             Tom Hanson                12/31/2015                  County Board District 2

6 Year             Ken Moorman             12/31/2016                  County Board District 3

Whereas; two board member’s terms will be expiring as of December 31, 2012, one representing Lake of the Woods Tourism and the second representing the IDC; and  

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved; that the County Board of Commissioners of the County of Lake of the Woods hereby appoints the following two board members for a term of 6 years;

            Term Length   Board Member            Term Expires               Representing

            6 Year             Chuck Tischart            12/31/2018                  IDC

            6 Year             Gregg Hennum           12/31/2018                  Tourism Board

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

WHEELERS POINT SANITARY DISTRICT APPOINTMENT

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

RESOLUTION FOR ELECTION OF WHEELERS POINT

SANITARY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS

RESOLUTION 12-12-06

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners adopted the creation of a sanitary district for Wheelers Point District on September 27, 2005;

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners is the central related governing body of the Wheelers Point Sanitary District;

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners has the authority to elect members to the Wheelers Point Sanitary District Board by resolution to fill expired terms;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners elect Gary Moeller for a term of three years expiring January 4, 2016.

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

CORRESPONDENCE:

Correspondence was read and acknowledge.

COMMISSIONER RECOGNITION

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

Recognition of years of service

Todd Beckel

Resolution 12 – 12-07

Whereas:  Todd Beckel has served the constituents of District 1 since 2003;

Whereas:  Todd Beckel devoted many hours for lake of the Woods County residents  on PILT, LUP Lands ,LGA , WACA and Wetland issues along with many other committee commitments;

Now Therefore, Be it Resolved:  That Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners extends its deepest

appreciation to Todd Beckel for his dedicated service and best wishes  to him;

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

Commissioner Todd Beckel thanked the constituents for the opportunity to serve Lake of the Woods County for past ten (10) years as County Commissioner for District 1.

ADJOUNMENT

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: January 8, 2013

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County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid                                       Todd Beckel Chairman of the Board