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COUNTY BOARD

December, 2019

Commissioner Proceedings

December 17, 2019

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Cody Hasbargen called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present, Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Joe Grund, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen and Buck Nordlof.  Also present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, County Attorney Jim Austad, Jaime Boretski-LaValla and Woody Fiala.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Stipends, State of Disaster Assistance to the Governor, and 2019 Emergency Operations Plan.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of November 26, 2019.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard, presented the social services claims, Approval of Rural MN CEP Contract, Approval of Rainy River Recovery Contract.

Claims
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $17,120.87, Commissioners Warrant’s $3,695.36, Commissioners Warrant’s $42,587.69, Commissioners Warrant’s $386.77.

Approval of Rural MN CEP Contract

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the Contract for Purchase of Services with Rural MN CEP and for Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to sign the same.

Approval of Rainy River Recovery Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the Purchase of Service Agreement with Rainy River Recovery and for Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to sign the same.

MIS

Social Services Scanning

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of additional scanning licenses for use in the Social Services Department.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $106,881.73, Road & Bridge $54,037.16, County Development $141,250, Joint Ditch $400, Solid Waste $19,720.94 and EDA $1,711.72.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 12/17/2019 For Payment 12/20/2019

Vendor Name                                        Amount

American Solutions For Business                                  2,618.88

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                          9,512.72

Code 4 Services,Inc                                                       5,147.13

Compass Minerals America                                           7,653.78

Compudyne, Inc                                                           10,571.83

Counties Providing Technology                                      3,690.00

Freeberg & Grund, Inc                                                 18,880.00

Hoffman, Philipp & Knutson, PLLC                               14,720.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                                  3,469.32

Johnson Auto & Machine                                               2,497.95

Koochiching Co Treasurer                                             2,500.00

KRIS Engineering Inc                                                      8,305.32

Lake Area Construction Inc                                           9,700.00

Lakewood Health Center                                               2,286.25

LOW EDA                                                                   140,000.00

LOW Highway Dept                                                       2,395.42

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                               9,800.50

Marco Technologies LLC                                               2,011.62

Mn State Dept-Correction                                             23,161.84

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                        2,575.00

Sjoberg’s Inc                                                                  2,668.00

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc                                           7,934.00

Woody’s Service                                                            2,442.69

64 Payments less than 2000                                        29,459.30

         Final Total: 324,001.55

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: November 27, 2019 for $477,169.80, December 4, 2019 for $185,678.19, December 4, 2019 for $112,839.64, December 10, 2019 for $11,171.96.

CHI LAKEWOOD PUBLIC HEALTH CONTRACT

Jeffry Stampohar, VP of Operations at CHI LakeWood Health, and Kay Schell, Public Health Manager at CHI LakeWood Health, reviewed the purchase of service agreement with the County Board.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve payment to CHI LakeWood Health in the amount of $14,925 to cover overages from the 2019 Purchase of Service Agreement.

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the 2020 Purchase of Service Agreement between Lake of the Woods County and CHI LakeWood Health to coordinate Community Health Services and for Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to sign the same.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 9:47 a.m. and reconvened at 9:56 a.m. as follows.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING/SWCD

Zone Change Request for Scott Wold Property

Motion
Motion from 10/22/2019 made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof was brought forward and carried unanimously to recognize the grandfathering of the property, if it is put back to a conforming state and made whole.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to approve the rezoning of the Scott Wold property to Rural Residential (R-2) and for Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to sign the same:  

Lake of the Woods County

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision
Name of Applicant:Scott WoldDate:December 17, 2019
Location/Legal Description:Tract of land in the NE¼ of the SE¼ Section Twenty-one (21), Township One Hundred Sixty-two (162) North, Range Thirty-Two (32)
Current Zoning Classification:Special Protection (SP)Proposed:Rural Residential (R-2)
Parcel Number(s):19.21.13.020 and 19.21.13.021Application Number:19-01ZC

The County Board of Commissioners shall consider all facts from all sources prior to rendering a decision relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable

  1. Is the zone change consistent with the Lake of the Woods County Comprehensive Land Use Plan?

__­_Yes            X No

CommentsComments
Comments:The Comprehensive Land Use Plan describes land available for expansion as lands most easily developed include all private ownership within one mile of an existing road that is not classified as wetland in the National Wetland Inventory, which this property is considered wetland as per the previous and revised National Wetland Inventory maps. Wetland criteria has been confirmed from onsite analysis.
 The Comprehensive Land Use Plan outlines policies to guide future land use and development. One of the policies is to undertake and/or support activities to protect environmentally sensitive areas within the county. This property does not have two sites for a standard septic system, is considered wetland, and is mostly comprised of land below 1064 (NAVD88). An additional policy encourages future growth to occur in areas that are not environmentally sensitive, and that are already served by infrastructure; conversely, discourage growth in areas that would cause environmental problems or be expensive for the county to serve with roads and other facilities. The Future Land Use Map identifies four categories:  rural development activity, agricultural use, forested use, and low impact use areas. The pertinent categories are explained below: Rural Development Activity – Existing and future development areas which are within one-half mile of currently developed lands, but excluding lands that are either in public ownership, classed as wetlands, or more than one mile from an existing road. Future developments may include industrial, commercial, tourism, residential or other uses as appropriate to the site characteristics and neighborhood character. Forested Land – Existing forested land, recently forested but cut-over land, excluding those lands that are identified as appropriate for low density rural activity expansion. Low Impact – Those lands that are in public ownership, classed as wetlands, or more than one mile from an existing public road. The Future Land Use Map is meant to be a guide for future development patterns and a guide for future land use policy and decision-making by Lake of the Woods County. The map represents an accurate reflection of the policies that have been enunciated in the previous narrative. In accordance with the Future Land Use Map:_____     the property would meet the category of Rural Development Activity__X_      the property would not meet the category of Rural Development Activity as it has been determined wetlands are present throughout this property. It more closely coincides with the forested or low impact use area due to the property not being appropriate for low density rural activity and wetlands have been determined to exist throughout the property.
 
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

 X Yes ___ No

CommentsComments
Comments:The surrounding land uses consist of undeveloped land to the east, south and a portion to the north of the property in question. There are two (2) 2.5-acre tracts of land to the north which have been developed.
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

 X­ Yes ___ No

CommentsComments
Comments:It will change the characteristics of the neighborhood by allowing growth in an area
classified as wetland and doesn’t have two (2) sites for a standard septic system.
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

 X Yes ___No

CommentsComments
Comments:There will be minimal increased traffic generation with the establishment of a dwelling
and parking is proposed to be addressed onsite. However, additional parking availability and traffic generation is a concern with five (5) fish houses currently present on the property.
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

 X Yes ___No

CommentsComments
Comments:There are no additional public services required and the existing utilizes appear to be sufficient.
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

__­_ Yes           X No

CommentsComments
Comments:Due to the much of the adjacent property currently zoned as Special Protection, limited
uses are allowed in this zoning district. There is no known development and improvement scheduled for the surrounding property as much of the property is classified as wetland and in a Special Protection District.
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in question?

__­_Yes            X No

CommentsComments
Comments:Since much of the adjacent property is zoned as Special Protection, there has been no development occurring, as development is not allowed. The adjacent property to the north consists of two (2) 2.5-acre tracts of land zoned as Rural Residential in 2004, while the remaining portion of that property remained as Special Protection. The two (2) 2.5-acre tracts were deemed suitable for development due to finding two sites for standard septic systems. Dwellings were constructed on the 2.5-acre tracts in 2005 and 2006. The property to the east consists of recreational land which has not been developed.
 

8.   Will the zone change have a negative effect on property values in the neighborhood?

__­_Yes            X No

CommentsComments
Comments:It is believed there will be no change in property values.
 Conditions:  
  

Additional items of consideration:  Applicant applied for an after-the-fact variance to create a non-conforming lot with less than the required 100’ of frontage of Bostic Creek and without having two (2) sites for a standard septic system in an area zoned as Special Protection. This variance was denied by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Adjustment on February 6, 2019.

Also, the Lake of the Woods County Planning Commission recommended approval with the condition of, “Applicant must provide plans to meet state and county septic systems for two sites”, which is an unobtainable condition for this property as the entire property doesn’t contain adequate soils for placement of a standard septic system.

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby:

DENIES / APPROVES the application for a zone change:

WITH / WITHOUT special conditions.

_____________________________________                                              December 17, 2019

                        Cody Hasbargen                                                                                  Date

Chair, County Board of Commissioners

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve that the Land and Water Planning Departments after-the-fact fees will apply to the Scott Wold Property.

NOTE

It was noted that Commissioner Jon Waibel left the meeting at 10:16 a.m.

HIGHWAY

Update

County Engineer, Anthony (A.J.) Pirkl, met with the board to provide an update on projects. 

  • CSAH 8 Bridge Replacement RFP will be sent out, the bridge is to be in place by 2021.
  • Bostic Creek project plans are almost done, meeting with one more land owner.
  • A.J. Pirkl passed the PE exam.

Landfill

  • Permit Update: MPCA did respond regarding the landfill with some concerns regarding ground water, moving forward slowly.
  • Solid Waste Committee Meeting on 12/18/2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room.
  • Purchase of Grinder and Erosion Sock Machine:  If bought together there is a 2% savings.  New pricing will start mid-January.  Funding would be through US Bank, with monthly payments. The erosion sock machine cost is approximately $56,000 and would be beneficial to the life of the landfill. To be put on agenda for 12/27/2019 to make a purchasing decision.

Stipends
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve an additional $200 per month stipend for Ted Furbish retroactive to June 1st and an additional $600 per month stipend for Boyd Johnson retroactive to June 1st. Stipends will end on December 31, 2019.

SHERIFF

Overtime Policy

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve overtime and comp time at time and one half on total hours, not hours worked, over the full-time employees regular scheduled pay period (40 hours per week or 80 hours per pay period or 84 hours per pay period) for the Sheriff’s Department effective January 1, 2020.

Approval to Advertise and Hire PT Dispatch Jailer

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the Sheriff’s Department to advertise and hire a part-time dispatch jailer at Grade 10, Step 1, Points 237 at $18.86 per hour.

I-Mobile State Patrol Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the I-Mobile State Patrol Contract and for Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to sign the same.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Resolution for Match Funds for SHSP Grant Application

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioners Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously the following:

RESOLUTION of

MATCH FUNDS FOR 2019 SHSP GRANT APPLICATION

RESOLUTION NO. 19-12-01

WHEREAS, that the Lake of the Woods County Emergency Management enter into a grant agreement with the Homeland Security for the project entitled 2019 SHSP Grant in the amount of $19,814.  Requested allocation of 50% match fund is $9,907.

WHEREAS, the Emergency Management Director of Lake of the Woods County is hereby authorized to execute such agreements and amendments as necessary to implement the project on behalf of the Lake of the Woods County Emergency Management and to be the fiscal agent and the administrator of the grant.

  1. Estimates that the total cost of project shall be $ 19,814 and Lake of the Woods County Emergency Management is requesting $19,814 from the 2019 SHSP Grant. Lake of the Woods County Emergency Management will assume responsibility for a match requirement of $9,907.
  2. Estimate includes four Motorola APX6000 700/800 AES/DES-XL/DES-OFB encryption portable radios.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners approves the adoption of this resolution and to have Chair Cody Hasbargen and/or Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson sign the grant on behalf of the County of Lake of the Woods.

Resolution for MN Department of Public Safety Emergency Management Grant Agreement

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioners Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously the following:

RESOLUTION FOR

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY DIVISION

2019 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GRANT AGREEMENT

RESOLUTION NO. 19-12-02

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Emergency Management; and

WHEREAS, grant dollars are available to offset operating expenses of the Lake of the Woods County Office of Emergency Management through the Emergency Management Performance Grant through the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; and

WHEREAS, this grant money is available to provide salary and benefits, the associated expenses related to Emergency Management training, and expenses with operating the Emergency Operations Center; and

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Emergency Management has successfully participated in this grant for several years in the past.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Lake of the Woods County Emergency Management enter into an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management for the 2019 EMPG Grant Agreement for the period of January 1st, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.  County Board Chair Cody Hasbargen and/or County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, are hereby authorized to execute such agreements and amendments thereto, as are necessary to implement the program(s).

State of Disaster Assistance to the Governor

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the letter to Governor Tim Walz requesting disaster assistance and for Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to sign the same.

2019 Emergency Operations Plan

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the 2019 Emergency Operations Plan for Lake of the Woods County and for Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to sign the same.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

Borderland Substance Abuse Court

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried, with Commissioner Cody Hasbargen abstaining, to approve the payment of the state invoice in the amount of $12,413.73 for the Borderland Substance Abuse Court from the related department. 

Liquor License

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve a Liquor License for ETJJP INC. DBA Cyrus Resort effective December 17, 2019.

Tobacco License

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve a Tobacco License for ETJJP INC. DBA Cyrus Resort effective December 17, 2019.

Resolution for Local Sales Tax

A resolution for local sales tax was presented for review, with no action taken.

2020 Organizational Meeting and 2020 County Commissioners Meeting Dates

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the following 2020 County Board Meeting Dates:

2020 LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY BOARD MEETING DATES

January          

Tuesday, January 7 (Organizational Meeting)                  9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, January 14                                                      9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, January 28                                                      9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room                                         

February

Tuesday, February 11                                                    9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, February 25                                                    9:00 a.m.  Lake of the Woods School

March

Tuesday, March 10                                                        9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room,

Tuesday, March 24                                                        9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

April

Tuesday, April 14                                                          9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, April 28                                                          9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

May

Tuesday, May 12                                                           9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, May 26                                                           9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

June

Tuesday, June 9                                                                        9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Monday, June 15                                                           6:00 p.m. Board of Equalization

Tuesday, June 16                                                           10:00 a.m. NWA

Tuesday, June 23                                                           9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

July

Tuesday, July 14                                                            9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, July 28                                                            9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

August

Thursday, August 13                                                      9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, August 25                                                       9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

September

Tuesday, September 8                                                   9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, September 22                                                  9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

October

Tuesday, October 13                                                     9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, October 27                                                     9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

November

Tuesday, November 10                                                  9:00 a.m. Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, November 24                                                  9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

December

Tuesday, December 15                                                  9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

Tuesday, December 15                                                  6:00 p.m. TNT Meeting

Tuesday, December 29                                                 9:00 a.m.  Government Center, Commissioners Room

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MAY BE ATTENDING THE FOLLOWING:

AMC JOINT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE: February 26-27 in St. Paul

AMC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: April 1-3 in Nisswa

AMC DISTRICT 2 MEETING: June 10 and October 28

AMC POLICY COMMITTEE: September 17-18 in Alexandria

AMC ANNUAL CONFERENCE: December 6-9 in Minneapolis

LAKE OF THE WOODS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY MEETINGS

Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners will be attending these meetings on the 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Government Center.

Year End Motions/Resolutions

Commissioners Salary/Elected Department Heads Salary/Non-Elected Department Heads Salary/Union and Non-Union Employee Salary Adjustment

2020 Elected Officials & Non-Elected Department Heads Salaries

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to adopt the following County Commissioners salaries schedule and County Board Chair salary schedule for the year 2020; and to adopt a committee meeting per diem of $125.00 for the year 2020.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Elected Officials – Commissioners:

Commissioners                 $21,000.00                          

Board Chair                      $22,000.00          

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund to adopt a Technology Fee of $50.00 per month for County Commissioners for the year 2020. (Technology fee reimbursement for county related phone, internet, computer and copy expenses.)  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and unanimously carried to adopt the following Elected Officials salary schedule for the year 2020. 

Elected Officials – Department Heads:

County Sheriff                      $88,535.04

County Aud/Treas                $86,837.28

County Recorder                  $73,276.16

County Attorney                   $111,297.60

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to adopt the following Non-Elected Department Heads salary schedule for the year 2020.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. 

Non-Elected – Department Heads:

Assessor                              Mary Jo Otten            $83,651.36      

MIS Director                       Peder Hovland           $77,510.08

Public Works                      Anthony Pirkl             $90,777.76    

Land/Water                         Josh Stromlund           $83,399.84

Social Service                     Amy Ballard               $83,378.88     

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof to adopt the following Non-Elected Department Heads salary schedule for the year 2020.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. 

Non-Elected – Department Heads:

Veterans Service              Rick Rone                        $25,141.51

Human Resources           Savanna Slick                   $30,119.52         

Salary Adjustment, as agreed upon per Union Contract

Motion- Highway Union

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund to adjust all full time Highway Union employees’ salary by a 2% general adjustment and by 1 merit step, if applicable (not maxed), effective January 1, 2020.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Salary Adjustment, as agreed upon per Union Contract

Motion- Solid Waste Union

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund to adjust all full time Solid Waste Union employees’ salary by a 2% general adjustment and by 1 merit step, if applicable (not maxed), effective January 1, 2020.  Motion was seconded by Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

All County Employees (Full time/Permanent Part Time/Part Time/Seasonal Employees) Salary Adjustment (Excluding Elected and Non-Elected Department Heads)

Motion- Non-Union

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund to adjust all non-union employees: full time, permanent part time, part time and seasonal (excluding elected and non-elected department heads) salaries by a 2% general adjustment and by 1 merit step, if applicable (not maxed), effective January 1, 2020.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Health Insurance

Motion- Insurance

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to set the 2020 county contribution for family health insurance up to $1,235 per month and single health insurance up to $885 per month.  The Public Employees Insurance Program “Advantage Plan” consists of “High”, “Value” and “HSA” plans.  For the HSA plans only, any excess county contribution will be deposited directly into the employee’s health savings account, up to the IRS caps.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve that all PERA eligible Lake of the Woods County employees contribute one percent (1%) of their regular pay (no overtime) into their Health Care Savings Plan (HCSP); in addition, Lake of the Woods County, as employer, will contribute one percent (1%) of the employee’s regular pay (no overtime) to the same all PERA eligible Lake of the Woods County employees.

Set Joint Meeting Date with City of Baudette

The County will suggest the date of January 6, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Ambulance Garage.

DITCH AUTHORITY

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the Ditch Authority meeting at 11:55 a.m.

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson discussed the ditch assessments with the board and a consensus was reached.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the Ditch Authority meeting and open the regular meeting at 12:09 p.m.

CORRESPONDENCE

The board reviewed correspondence from Friends Against Abuse.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 12:15 p.m. and reconvened at 2:30 p.m. as follows:

AGENDA

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to add to the agenda: discussion of land purchase for law enforcement center.

Work Session

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to set a work session for the proposed law enforcement center at 8:00 a.m. prior to the regular board meeting on Friday, December 27, 2019.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 2:50 p.m. and reconvened at 6:00 p.m. as follows:

TRUTH IN TAXATION MEETING

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for Truth In Taxation meeting at 6:00 p.m. Members present, Commissioners Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen, and Buck Nordlof.  Others present, County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten, and Public Works Director, Anthony Pirkl. Public present: Roy Sandstrom, Woody Fiala and Gloriann Fischer.

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson reviewed the 2020 Proposed County Levy at the Truth In Taxation Public Hearing.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the public hearing and open the regular meeting at 6:50 p.m.

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

Resolution Adopting

Certified 2020 Budget and Tax Levy

Resolution   2019-12-03

WHEREAS, the Proposed County Budget for the year 2020 has been reviewed by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following Proposed Budget and Tax Levy is hereby adopted for the Lake of the Woods County for 2020:

Revenue Fund                                                $ 1,684,365

Road & Bridge Fund                         $    449,580

Social Services Fund                                      $    603,935

Economic Development Authority Fund       $      60,000

2020 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy           $ 2,797,880   

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following amounts be levied against the unorganized townships of Lake of the Woods County for 2020:

                        Twp Road & Bridge                                       $   463,470*

                        Twp Fire – Baudette                                       $     25,000

                        Twp Fire – Williams                                        $     28,213

                        Twp Fire – NW Angle                         $       6,500

                        Total                                                               $   523,183

2020    

* $463,470 for Township Road & Bridge includes $12,000 which is specifically levied to Northwest Angle residents for Calcium Chloride and $12,765 for Admin of Township Roads (438,705+12,765=451,470+12,000=463,470

A public meeting to discuss the 2020 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy was held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lake of the Woods County Commissioners’ Room.

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

DISCUSSION OF LAND PURCHASE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

The County Board discussed purchasing land, 13 acres from Devlin Reasy for $295,000, for the new law enforcement center.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to offer $10,000 for an option to purchase parcel number 61.0211.040 from Devlin Reasy for $295,000 until 1/15/2020.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve payment of $10,000 to Devlin Reasy for the option to purchase parcel number 61.0211.040 for $295,000 until 1/15/2020.

AGENDA

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to add to the agenda: construction estimate for the proposed law enforcement center.

CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATE

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to request a second estimate at a cost of up to $9,500 for the construction of the proposed law enforcement center.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Vice-Chairman Jon Waibel called the meeting to recess at 7:45 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                      December 17, 2019

__________________________________                            _________________________________County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                                Chairman, Cody Hasbargen