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COUNTY BOARD

January 11, 2022

 January 11, 2022

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

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion

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

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Motion

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

Law Enforcement

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

Add to Agenda

Motion

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

Public Works

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

Solid Waste

Purchase Motion

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

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

Motion

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

Set County Road Tour Date

Motion

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

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

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

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

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

Vendor Name Amount

Air Med Care Network 16,803.00

Hotsy Minnesota 2,397.61

Howard’s Oil Company 5,981.65

Integris DBA 2,014.38

Mar-Kit Landfill 12,861.50

Mn Assn Of Counties 5,538.00

Mn Counties Computer Co-Op 17,501.25

MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust 162,970.00

Mn State Dept-Correction 25,412.79

Motorola Solutions, Inc 10,000.00

Northern Light Region 5,148.25

OnSolve,LLC 7,500.00

Schneider Geospatial, LLC 8,400.00

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50

University of North Dakota 9,432.78

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc 14,610.00

Woody’s Service 5,185.65

50 Payments less than 2000 22,363.96

Final Total: 340,389.32

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

EDA Director- Phone Stipend

Motion

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

Set Meeting Date

Motion

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

County Home Health Nurse

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

Recess

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

Attest: January 25, 2022

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