Skip to content

COUNTY BOARD

February, 2020

Commissioner Proceedings

February 11, 2020

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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 addition: Gambling Application for the Northwest Angle Edge Riders.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of January 28, 2020.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $16,906.38, Commissioners Warrant’s $3,399.95, Commissioners Warrant’s $9,357.02.

AUDITOR/TREASURER

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $79,533.00, Road & Bridge $32,014.77, Joint Ditch $9,238.68, Solid Waste $47,424.72, EDA $38,948.83.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 2/11/2020 For Payment 2/14/2020

Vendor Name                                        Amount

Beckel/Joyce & Thomas                                          3,600.00

ByteSpeed, LLC                                                       7,179.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                    6,263.38

Counties Providing Technology                              3,751.00

Crompton/Daniel & Judith                                         3,480.00

Esri                                                                         25,000.00

Headwaters Regional Development Commiss      37,500.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                           5,324.13

Information Systems Corporation                            9,124.00

LOW Highway Dept                                               10,352.50

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                       18,780.50

Nw Mn Household Hazardous                                 5,508.00

Pb Distributing Inc                                                    5,775.10

Plutko Plumbing & Heating                                        7,438.72

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                  3,605.00

SeaChange Print Innovations                                   5,458.21

Shi Corp                                                                   3,016.00

University of North Dakota                                       9,202.71

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc                               7,456.50

Woody’s Service                                                     2,813.47

60 2000 Payments less than 26,531.78

Final Total: 207,160.00

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: January 29, 2020 for $13,353.82, February 4, 2020 for ($849.00), February 4, 2020 for ($533.20), February 4, 2020 for $169,922.86, February 5, 2020 for $13,825.10.

GAMBLING APPLICATION

Resolution

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

RESOLUTION APPROVING

LAWFUL GAMBLING ACTIVITY APPLICATION

TO CONDUCT OFF-SITE GAMBLING

RESOLUTION NO. 20-02-01

WHEREAS; the Northwest Angle Edge Riders has submitted a Minnesota Lawful Gambling LG230 Application to Conduct Off-Site Gambling to be conducted at the following establishment, which is located in Lake of the Woods County: Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge on 2/29/2020.

 Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge 836 Oak Island, Oak Island, MN  56741

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby approves said application for submission to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.

SHERIFF

City Law Enforcement Contract

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the Law Enforcement Contract with the City of Baudette.

COUNTY HIGHWAY/LANDFILL

Selection of Bridge Consultant for CSAH 8

The County is working with Widseth Smith Nolting on the CSAH 8/Zippel Bridge Project, preliminary work will start this year with replacement next year.

Highway Update

Boyd Johnson provided the update for the Highway Department.

Landfill Update

Boyd Johnson provided the Landfill Update and reported that progress continues to be made regarding the permit extension with the MPCA.

MIS

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve security upgrades totaling $7,341.00 for the court room and court administration, including: audio/video/pc cables, key fobs, and security glass for the court administration counter.

PROPOSED LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

Discussion continued on exploring location options for the proposed law enforcement center.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Jon Waibel called the meeting to recess at 9:50 a.m.

Attest:                                                                                      February 25, 2020

__________________________________                            _________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                                Chairman of the Board, Jon Waibel

=============================================================================================================================================================================================================================================

Commissioner Proceedings

February 25, 2020

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February     25, 2020 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

Chairman Waibel called the meeting to order at 8:15 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen, Jon Waibel and Buck Nordlof.  Also present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, County Attorney James Austad and Woody Fiala.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: NWA Airport Resolution, Post Prom, Sheriff Boat and Water Grant, Selection of Committee Members for Joint Committee with City of Baudette, Set-up work session for Landfill, and Law Enforcement Center Discussion.   

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of February 11, 2020.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $8,326.17, Commissioners Warrants $2,282.24, Commissioners Warrants $18,459.86.

COUNTY AUDITOR/TREASURER

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the county as follows: Revenue $94,741.04; Road & Bridge $17,872.27; County Development $2,200; Solid Waste $3221.52; EDA $385.00.


Warrants For Publication

Warrants Approved on 2/25/2020 for Payment 2/28/2020

Vendor Name                          Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                          2,656.94

Klein McCarthy & Co, Ltd, Architects             7,248.53

McCoy Construction & Forestry Inc             11,143.66

Minnesota State Auditor                               63,766.10

SeaChange Print Innovations                        2,292.51

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc                          2,910.87

St. Louis County Auditor                                2,000.00

TOTALFUNDS                                                3,000.00

51 Payments less than 2000                        23,401.22

Final Total:                                                 118,419.83

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following Auditor warrants: February 11, 2020 for $151,703.39; February 21, 2020 for $734.48.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Non-Elected Department Head Reviews

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to set the date for non-elected department head reviews on March 9, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in the County Commissioners Room.

BOLLIG NWA AIRPORT RESOLUTION

Resolution

The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

AUTHORIZATION TO EXECUTE

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

GRANT AGREEMENT FOR AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT

EXCLUDING LAND ACQUISITION

Resolution No. 2020-02-03

It is resolved by the County of Lake of the Woods as follows:

  1. That the state of Minnesota Agreement No. 1035854, “Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition,” for State Project No. A3902-03 at the Northwest Angle Airport is accepted.

2. That the County Board Chair and County Auditor are authorized to execute this Agreement and any amendments on behalf of the County of Lake of the Woods.

POST-PROM

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to donate $100 to the Post-Prom Party to be held at Lake of the Woods School.

CITY/COUNTY JOINT COMMITTEE

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to appoint Commissioner Jon Waibel and Commissioner Ed Arnesen to the joint committee with the City of Baudette regarding Lake of the Woods Tourism.

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT APPROVAL

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve Tony Kalk’s Eagle Scout Project, which is to secure a life ring at Clementson Rapids.

SHERIFF

Boat and Water Grant

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

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A FEDERAL:

BOAT & WATER SAFETY GRANT

Resolution No. 2020-02-02

WHEREAS, under the provisions of M.S. 84.026, M.S.86B.101, the Sheriff of each county is required to carry out the provisions of Chapter 86B, and the boat and water safety rules promulgated by the Commissioner of Natural Resources; and,

WHEREAS, M.S. Section 86b.701 and the MN Rules provided for the allocation of funds by the Commissioner to assist in the funding of the Sheriff’s duties.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chairman, Auditor and Sheriff are hereby authorized to execute the federal county boat and water safety agreement, for the period of March 2, 2020 through August 14, 2020. Fiscal year 2020 will be paid up to $10,277.00 for expenses incurred between the effective date of the grant.

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

Proposed Law Enforcement Center

Discussion about the proposed Law Enforcement Center and costs involved.

PINE TO PRAIRIE TASK FORCE

Carl Hultman and Craig Severs provided an update on the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force.  The Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force works with eight different counties, local law enforcement, conservation officers, the Paul Bunyan Task Force and others.

JUVENILE DETENTION ALTERNATIVES

Katrinna Dexter, JDAI Assistant State Coordinator/MN Association of Minnesota Counties, provided information about the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.  The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is a nationwide effort of local and state juvenile justice systems to eliminate unnecessary and inappropriate use of secure detention for juveniles.

COUNTY HIGHWAY/LANDFILL

Purchase of Major Equipment for the Highway Dept.

Motion

Motion was made Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of capital equipment, including: Motor Grader, Road Maintainer, Two Mowers, Dozer, and a Tractor.

Motion to Finalize Project: SAP 39-592-001; SAP 39-601-032; SAP 39-603-024; SAP 39-606-018

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Joe Grund and carried unanimously to accept the Public Works Director’s Certificate of Performance for SAP 39-592-001, SAP 39-601-032, SAP 39-603-024 and SAP 39-606-018 for Agassiz Asphalt, LLC of Newfolden, MN in the total amount of $2,790,038.62, and hereby authorize final payment in the amount of $225,644.67.

Highway Update

County Engineer, AJ Pirkl, provided the Highway Update.

Approval of Funds for Landfill Equipment

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of a Semi Truck at up to $40,000.

Landfill Update

County Engineer, AJ Pirkl, provided the Landfill Update and a work session was set for March 10th after the board meeting.

TOWARD ZERO DEATH

Toward Zero Deaths Coordinator for District 2, Susan Johnson and Lieutenant Brad Norland presented on the Towards Zero Death Task Force.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 11:15 a.m. and reconvened at 12:36 p.m. as follows:

DWI COURT

BORDERLAND SUBSTANCE ABUSE COURT

Amanda Zortman and Bryan Hasbargen presented on the process and the purpose of the Borderland Substance Abuse Court.

PROBATION PROGRAM

Marc Bloomquist presented on the MN Department of Corrections Probation/Supervised Release Program.

LAKE OF THE WOODS COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Prairie Fire Children’s Theater Production of “Alladin”

Motion
Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to donate $500 from County Development Funds to Lake of the Woods Community Education for the Prairie Fire Children’s Theater Production of “Alladin”, which will have two performances- one on August 21, 2020 and one on August 22, 2020.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Waibel called the meeting to recess at 3:05 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                      March 10, 2020

__________________________________                _____________________________________

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson                    Chairman of the Board, Jon Waibel