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COUNTY BOARD

July, 2008

Special County Board Meeting

July 7, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Monday, July 7, 2008, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, with the following members present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel and Bredeson.  Absent was Commissioner Moorman.  Also present was County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Chair Bredeson laid the ground rules for the upcoming budget; these meetings are to be informational and no board action will be taken until all budgets are presented.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the special meeting today.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Engineer Bruce Hasbargen met with the board to discuss and review the Highway and Solid Waste budgets. 

The next special board meeting to discuss budgets will be Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at 7:00 a.m.

There being no further business before the Board, Chair Bredeson declared the meeting in recess at 2:08 p.m.

Attest:                                                 Approved:      July 22, 2008

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                          Kim Bredeson

County Auditor                                             Chair of the County Board

Commissioner Proceedings

July 8, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center with the following members present:  Commissioners Bredeson, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Arnesen and Moorman.   Also present were: County Auditor John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, Penny Mio Hirst and John Oren. Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda with the following addition:  Minnesota Department of Public Safety Lease. Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the consent agenda as follows: Brent Birkeland to Brainerd on July 22-23 for MN Counties IT Leaders Association Conference; Holly House to Breezy Point Resort on Sept. 14-17 for MN Managers Conference; Pete Hovland to St. Paul on July 28-29 for MCCC Network Training.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the Board of Equalization minutes of June 17 and 24, 2008, Budget minutes of June 25, 2008 and Commissioners minutes of June 24, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland met with the board and presented the WebFusion application to the board.

Lake of the Woods School Superintendent Steve Wymore, School Board Chairman Ken Horntvedt and Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board and discussed the acceptance of a Highway Easement with the County.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to accept 15th Avenue S.W. within Section 4, T-160-N, R-31-W as Unorganized Township Road No. 390, and acknowledge that said road has been constructed to minimum unorganized township road standards.  The road is approximately 4,892 feet in length (0.926 miles) and shall be classified at maintenance level “A”. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board and discussed how long the county gives land developers to complete roads within county approved plats. The board requested that Bruce discuss this with Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren and bring it back to the board with her opinion.

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, met with the board requesting approval of claims, step increase for Social Service Fiscal Officer, request of purchase of an additional cell phone and MNCare contract for 2009.

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 21,673.05

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

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve a one step merit adjustment for completion of probation for Social Service Fiscal Officer, Christine Hultman effective July 7, 2008.  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 Social Services Director Nancy Wendler to order an additional cell-phone for the office.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler and Chairman Bredeson to sign the 2009 MNCare Contract.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 11:08 a.m. and reconvened at 11:14 a.m. as follows:

Minnesota Pollution Control Rainy River Basin Coordinator, Nolan Baratono met with the board and presented a power point on the “Phosphorus within Lake of the Woods Waters”.

The meeting was called to recess at 12:22 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the meeting and open the Planning Commission as advertised at 1:00 p.m.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board requesting consideration of a Conditional Use Permit for John Krouss.

John R. Krouss                        A 5.57 acre tract in Govt.                 A Conditional Use Permit as

                                                Lot 2 lying N of Hwy #172,             required by the Lake of the                     Section 28, T-161N, R-31W             Woods County Zoning                         

Parcel#24.28.22.020                          Ordinance and the Rainy/                  Rapid Rivers Shoreland              Management Ordinance, to               allow the applicant to move                more than ten (10) cubic yards                    of material within the shore impact zone of the Rainy River for the purpose of a rip-rap project.

No letters were received and no comments from the public were heard.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the Planning Commission at 1:10 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the Conditional Use Permit to allow John Krouss to move more than ten (10) cubic yards of material within the shore impact zone of the Rainy River for the purpose of a rip-rap project on a 5.57 acre tract in Govt. Lot 2 lying N of Hwy 172, Sec. 28, T-161N, R-31W. Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board requesting funding for the Rainy River Basin River Watch Program.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to contribute $500 per year for three years with the funding from the Natural Resources Enhancement Fund within the Land and Water Planning Office.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

(Commissioner Moorman abstained from voting)

The board discussed briefly the Business Subsidy Criteria.  Due to possible law changes the board took no action at this time.

Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren and County Sheriff Dallas Block met with the board and discussed a Dangerous Dog Ordinance.  Michelle informed them that she is working on a draft ordinance and will bring it to the board when completed.

Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren, County Sheriff Dallas Block and Human Resources Director, Wade Johannesen met with the board and discussed the intern program and volunteers working for the county.  The consensus of the county board was that all non-emergency intern/volunteers need to come to the county board for approval before they perform work for the county.

The meeting was called to recess at 1:54 p.m. and reconvened at 2:00 p.m. as follows:

City of Williams Mayor, Nancy Jewell met with the board, County Attorney Michelle Moren and County Sheriff Dallas Block to discuss the condemnation of the Williams Community Center. After discussion, Interim County Attorney Michelle Moren stated that she will look into this and come back to the board with an update.

Human Resources Director, Wade Johannesen met with the board requesting approval of the revised Personnel Policy.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the revised Personnel Policy.  Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Wade Johannesen requested approval to hire Hitesman Law Firm for assistance with the research of the county health plan.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to spend up to $6,000 to hire Hitesman Law Firm to assist the county on researching strategies on the county health plan.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

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

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the claims except claim numbers 1274 and 270:

                                                Revenue                 $    41,448.88

                                                Road & Bridge      $    67,830.66

                                                County Develop     $      1,250.00

                                                Solid Waste            $      6,970.58

                                                                               $  117,500.12  

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  7/08/2008 FOR PAYMENT  7/11/2008

      AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                   AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

        4785.54 ANDY’S GARAGE, INC.                                           3837.85 APPLIED CONCEPTS, INC

          448.03 BOB BARKER COMPANY INC                              30096.20 BORDUN TRUCKING, LTD

        1074.83 BRAUN INTERTEC CORPORATION                         341.78 CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES

          814.09 CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                                             438.90 CRAGUN’S CONFERENCE & GOLF RES

          336.17 CREATIVE FORMS & CONCEPTS INC                     875.65 DOUBLETREE PARK PLACE HOTEL

        6077.50 HASBARGEN FARMS INC                                         520.00 HOFFMAN, DALE, & SWENSON, PLLC

          780.93 LAKE OF THE WOODS FOODS                                 325.00 PAT LECLAIRE ELECTRIC (DBA)

        2352.50 LOW HIGHWAY DEPT                                            6476.00 LOW SOIL & WATER CONS. DIST.

          355.18 MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE                                   6077.50 TIM MIOVAC

        4406.16 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP                          801.68 KENNETH MOORMAN

        5492.88 LAW MOREN                                                             459.93 NAYLOR’S HEATING & REFRIGERATI

        4930.00 NORMAN JOHNSON TRUCKING, INC.                     619.44 RODERICK RONE JR

        1750.00 SJOBERG’S INC                                                        5865.00 DENNIS STAVIG

          845.50 UAP DISTRIBUTION INC                                        9813.00 VANGUARD APPRAISALS, INC

        2083.33 WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING&ASST INC                9631.52 ZIEGLER, INC

35 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,788.03

FINAL TOTAL    $117,500.12

Further moved to authorize the payment of auditor’s warrants as follows:

                                                June 24, 2008              $          7,425.17

                                                June 27, 2008              $        62,637.15

                                                July 1,    2008              $      232,089.99

                                                July 1,    2008              $        49,840.65

Seconded by Commissioner Bredeson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Auditor John W. Hoscheid discussed the tax-forfeited land sale.  John also requested approval of a lease with the Department of Public Safety for a motorcycle skill test course to be located in the south parking lot of the Government Center.

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

Resolution No. 08-07-01

State of Minnesota Lease Agreement with the Department of Public Safety

BE IT RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County will enter into a lease agreement with the State of Minnesota, Department of Administration acting for the benefit of the Department of Public Safety for an area approximately 30’x75’ in the south parking lot of the County Government Center for the use only as a motorcycle skill test course beginning July 1, 2008 and terminating June 30, 2009.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid and County Board Chair Kim Bredeson are hereby authorized to sign such lease upon the approval of the County Attorney.

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

With no further business before the board, Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 3:20 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:       July 22, 2008

____________________________                            _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                           Kim Bredeson, Chairman

Special County Board Meeting

July 9, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, with the following members present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Bredeson and Moorman.   Also present were County Auditor John W Hoscheid and Ralph Christopherson.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 7:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Chair Bredeson laid the ground rules for the upcoming budget; these meetings are to be informational and no board action will be taken until all budgets are presented.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the special meeting today.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Sheriff Dallas Block met with the board to discuss and review all Sheriff related budgets.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to pay claim numbers 1274 and 270 which were pulled from payment on July 8, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust, Account Executive Gail Sater met with the board and reviewed the Lake of the Woods County coverage document.

The board rescheduled the Land & Water Planning budget review for Tuesday, July 15, 2008.

The board discussed other departmental budgetary items.

The next special board meeting to discuss budgets will be Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at 7:00 a.m.

There being no further business before the Board, Chair Bredeson declared the meeting in recess at 12:00 p.m.

Attest:                                                 Approved:  July 22, 2008_________________________

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                          Kim Bredeson

County Auditor                                             Chair of the County Board

Special County Board Meeting

July 15, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, with the following members present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Bredeson and Moorman.   Also present was County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 7:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Chair Bredeson laid the ground rules for the upcoming budget; these meetings are to be informational and no board action will be taken until all budgets are presented.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the special meeting today.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services Director Nancy Wendler and Fiscal Officer Christine Hultman met with the board to discuss and review Social Service budgets.

Land & Water Planning Director Josh Stromlund met with the board to review the Land & Water budgets.

MIS Director Brent Birkeland met with the board to review the MIS budget and discuss the technology fund.

County Recorder Sue Ney met with the board to review the Recorders budget.  The board requested the County Recorder to submit a copy of the MN Statute and a summary of the enhancement fund in the next county board packet.

Human Resources Director, Wade Johannesen met with the board to review the Human Resource budget.

The board discussed other departmental budgetary items.

The next special board meeting dates to discuss budgets will be Wednesday, July 23, 2008 and Thursday, July 24, 2008.

There being no further business before the Board, Chair Bredeson declared the meeting in recess at 10:40 a.m.

Attest:                                                             Approved: July 22, 2008

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                          Kim Bredeson

County Auditor                                             Chair of the County Board

Commissioner Proceedings

July 22, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center with the following members present:  Commissioners Bredeson, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Arnesen and Moorman.   Also present were: County Auditor John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd and John Oren. Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda with the following additions:  Travel for Dale Boretski, revised motion on solid waste, scrap metal run, public safety issues of right of ways, Lee Hervey on County Television, meeting with Judge LeDuc. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the consent agenda as follows:  Bruce Hasbargen, Public Works Director, on September 3rd & 4th to Bemidji to attend the District 2 Engineers Meeting; Shelley Pepera and Rita Krause on September 7-10 to Brainerd for child support conference; Rita Krause, on August 13-15 to St. Paul for child support training; Dale Boretski, on July 27-August 8 to conduct functional testing on Manatron Tax System. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve July 8, 2008 Board Minutes, July 7, 9 & 15, 2008 Budget Minutes. Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board and presented a proposal to install a 350 kw120/208 3 phase diesel standby generator with an automatic 1200 amp closed transition transfer switch. Holy explained that if the county received the EOC grant in the amount of $150,000, this project would cost the county $50,000 to have the generator installed.  The consensus of the board was to have Holly continue to apply for the grant and if the county would receive the grant, the board would decide at that time if they should proceed with this project.

Feedlot Officer, Mike Hirst and Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board and presented the 2008 Annual County Feedlot Officer and Performance Credit Report, the 18-month 2009 County Feedlot Program Delegation Agreement/Work Plan and the 18 month 2009 Work Plan Review Session Summary.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize Feedlot Officer, Mike Hirst to sign the

18-month 2009 County Feedlot Program Delegation Agreement/Work Plan review session summary.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the 18-month 2009 County Feedlot Program Delegation Agreement and Work Plan and authorizes County Chairman to sign. Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Lake of the Woods School Enrichment Program Coordinator, Jenny Moorman met with the board

requesting funding for operational expenses for the Enrichment Program. No action was taken at this time as the board is in the 2009 budget process and will address this during that time.

The meeting was called to recess at 10:05 a.m. and reconvened at 10:15 a.m. as follows:

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland and Kendis Scharenbroich from ProWest Associates, Inc presented the WebFusion application to the board.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the purchase of ProWest Associates, Inc. WebFusion application in the amount of $21,000 and to sign the contract for said services.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland discussed the Economic Developments office phone service with the board. He requested that the phone service be directed through the county’s service which would relay to the Economic Developments Office cell phone.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the access of the phone line through the county’s service.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Lee Hervey from Voyageurs Communications met with the board and discussed the FCC mandate for digital broadcasting and presented a press release to be published on the new mandate for digital broadcasting.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 11:10 a.m. for the Public Hearing for the vacation of a portion of Township Road #200 (Aspen Drive).  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen discussed the vacation of the portion of the Township Road #200 with the board.  No comments were heard from the floor and no letters were received.  At 11:25 a.m. the board left to visit the site.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the Public Hearing at 1:05 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

District State Aid Engineer, Lou Tasa and Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board.  The State Aid Maintenance costs from the past 5 years was reviewed.  Bruce and Lou will look into the possibility of changing the classification of a road at the Northwest Angle into a State Aid route as requested by Commissioner Arnesen.

Commissioner Arnesen also discussed the scrap metal run at the Islands and safety concerns of the tall weeds at Rail-Road crossings.   Bruce will also look into both of these requests.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board requesting approval to dispose of surplus equipment and informed them that the Plat Road time line request has not been reviewed by Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren and they will bring information back when completed.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board to discuss a request for ditch cleaning on County Ditch #1 west of CSAH #2 in Section 1, T-161-N, R-34-W (Myhre Township).

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to set September 10, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. for a Public Hearing for Ditch #1 maintenance request.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize the Public Works Director to sell by closed bids the following used equipment:

  1. John Deere 2010 Tractor;
  2. Allied 395 Front End Loader for tractor;
  3. ’84 Freightliner Semi Truck;
  4. 16’ Utility Trailer.

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

The meeting was called to recess at 1:45 p.m. and reconvened at 1:47 p.m. as follows:

Economic Development Director, Wyatt Johnson, Larry Larson from AET, Co-op Manager, Kent Hanson and Northern Seeds Manager, Brent Benike met with the board to discuss the need for Rail- Service with CN to develop LP, Diesel, Fertilizer and Bulk Grains on CN sidings; such service would have numerous local economic benefits. The local residents, tourist and seasonal residents are continual inconvenienced by the CN trains with no off setting benefits to the area from CN.  The consensus of the board is that the county needs to meet with CN Business Development and Marketing Department to discuss our areas transportation needs and rail based business opportunities. The board requested that County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid send a letter to the CN requesting a meeting to discuss this topic.

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, met with the board requesting approval of claims and approval for the Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center contract.

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 37,497.94

Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the contract between Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center and Lake of the Woods County Social Services effective 07/15/08, for the provision of Adult Mental Health Crisis Services, and to authorize Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler to sign same. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. 

Income Maintenance Supervisor, Angie Eason met with the board and gave an overview of the Income Maintenance Unit.

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met with the board and requested approval to enter into a client service agreement with Shred-it with a estimate cost of  $60.00 per month and a fuel surcharge applied to each invoice which is not included in the estimate.

Motion was made by Commissioner Bredeson to enter into a client service agreement with Shred-it with an estimate cost of $60.00 per month for one-year.  Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Gale Halvorson, Wildlife Specialist from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) met with the board requesting approval to conduct wildlife damage management projects on properties that are controlled by Lake of the Woods County, either as tax forfeited property or public county roadways. In Lake of the Woods County, the wildlife services would be primarily trapping timber wolves and beaver.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize County Chairman to sign the USDA

Work Initiation Document for wild life damage management.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren met with the board and discussed the Tower Lease Agreement.  Michelle stated that ALLETE, Inc. removed “either party can terminate contract” and the board wants that included in the contract.  Michelle will put that back into the contract and send back to ALLETE Inc.

County Sheriff, Dallas Block and Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen met with the board requesting approval to hire a part-time Deputy Sheriff.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to hire Robert Gorecki as a part-time Deputy Sheriff.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 3:22 p.m. and reconvened at 3:26 p.m. as follows:

Joanne Kellner, Treasurer of the Depot Preservation Alliance met with the board requesting $3,000 from the $25,000 loan agreement with the county.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize the Depot Preservation Alliance to borrow $3,000 from the $25,000 loan agreement with the county; with an interest only payment from the amount borrowed for 18 months at an interest rate of 3%.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

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

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

                                                Revenue             $   58,537.83

                                                Road & Bridge   $   69,163.23

                                                County Develp.  $        410.57

                                                Solid Waste        $   15,329.53

                                                                           $ 143,441.16

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  7/22/2008 FOR PAYMENT  7/25/2008

     AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                    AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

          311.31 ACME ELECTRIC                                                     8000.00 JAMES ALSDURF, PHD, LP

          361.36 AMERI PRIDE LINEN & APPAREL SE                     612.32 AMERICINN OF BAUDETTE

      13240.15 ANDERSON POWER AND EQUIPMENT                   315.09 JERRY ANDERSON

          509.41 BAUDETTE REGION                                                 427.99 TODD BECKEL

          455.00 BLUE MAXX RECYCLING                                        774.24 BREEZY POINT RESORT

      19371.73 CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                                           9936.00 DHS – MOOSE LAKE CODE 462

          741.12 FARMERS UNION OIL CO.                                        490.70 GRACETON GARAGE & BODY SHOP, I

        1742.50 HASBARGEN FARMS INC                                       6000.00 HEADWATER REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

        1320.00 HITESMAN & ASSOCIATES, PA                             5452.50 HOFFMAN, DALE, & SWENSON, PLLC

          897.69 HOLTE IMPLEMENT, INC                                      6926.21 HOWARD’S OIL COMPANY

          322.24 LAKEWOOD HEALTH CENTER                               646.99 ROBERT LAPOS

          406.08 LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE OF MN                   9781.65 MAR-KIT LANDFILL

        1827.50 TIM MIOVAC                                                             735.20 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP

          315.00 MN SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENG                 1000.00 NCDPSA

        1827.50 NORMAN JOHNSON TRUCKING, INC.                     362.80 NW MN HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS

          398.91 PEART & ASSOCIATES, INC                                   3148.84 R & Q TRUCKING, INC

          427.84 ROGER’S TWO WAY RADIO, INC                             314.62 RODERICK RONE JR

        1827.50 DENNIS STAVIG                                                    12170.40 STRATA CORP, INC

          397.26 T R JOBBING                                                            4180.80 UAP DISTRIBUTION INC

      15885.57 UNIVERSITY OF MN                                                 552.30 WEST GROUP

        4385.22 WOODY’S SERVICE

44 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,641.62

FINAL TOTAL    $143,441.16

Further moved to authorize the payment of auditor’s warrants as follows:

                                                July 8,   2008   $        6,271.02

                                                July 15, 2008   $ 1,110,980.43

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

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and requested approval to summit certain parcels of land to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for sale of forfeited lands.

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

Resolution No. 08-07-02

Resolution requesting approval of the Minnesota Department of Natural

Resources to sell parcels of land that have forfeited to the State of Minnesota for non-payment of taxes:

WHEREAS, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners desires to offer for sale certain parcels of land that have forfeited to the State of Minnesota for non-payment of taxes, and

WHEREAS, said parcels of land have been viewed by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners and have been classified as non-conservation lands as provided for in Minnesota Statutes 282.01.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby certifies that all parcels of land on the attached list have been viewed and comply with the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 85.012, 92.461, 282.01, Subd.  8, and 282.018, and other statutes that require the withholding of tax-forfeited lands from sale.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby requests approval from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the sale of said lands.

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

The board discussed with no action:  Cormorants, fish flies and impaired waters.

Commissioner Todd Beckel discussed State Land values; comparison of other counties values and BWSR values.  Commissioner Todd Beckel will discuss this with the County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson.

Notice was given that the Department of Natural Resources, Trails and Waterways will hold a Public Forum on the OHV within the Northern State Border Forest on October 9, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Government Center in Baudette in the Commissioners’ Room.

With no further business before the board, Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 4:42 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:       August 12, 2008

____________________________                            _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                           Kim Bredeson, Chairman

Special County Board Meeting

July 23, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, with the following members present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Bredeson and Moorman.   Also present was County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 7:25 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Chair Bredeson laid the ground rules for the upcoming budget; these meetings are to be informational and no board action will be taken until all budgets are presented.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the special meeting today.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Auditor John W Hoscheid met with the board to discuss and review the Auditor, Maintenance and other misc budgets.

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson met with the board to review the Assessor budget.

County Treasurer Mark Hall met with the board to review the Treasurer budget.

Emergency Management Director Holly House met with the board to review the Emergency Management budget. 

Extension Regional Director Nathan Johnson met with the board to review the Extension budget.

The board reviewed the County Attorney budget.

County Veterans Officer Rick Rone met with the board to review the Veterans budget.  Rick discussed the fair board appropriation and stated they were asking for the same appropriation.  The board asked him to investigate sharing costs of a new lawn tractor/mower.

The board reviewed correspondence received from the County Recorder with regards to the enhancement fund.

The next special board meeting dates to discuss budgets will be Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 8:00 a.m.

There being no further business before the Board, Chair Bredeson declared the meeting in recess at 12:36 p.m.

Attest:                                                                        Approved: August 12, 2008

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                         Kim Bredeson

County Auditor                                             Chair of the County Board

Special County Board Meeting

July 29, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, with the following members present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Bredeson and Moorman.   Also present was County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Chair Bredeson laid the ground rules for the upcoming budget; these meetings are to be informational and no board action will be taken until all budgets are presented.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the special meeting today.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board reviewed the Social Services preliminary budget and discussed options with Social Services Director Nancy Wendler.  The board directed Nancy to reduce the out of home placement line items by $65,000.

The board reviewed the Highway preliminary budget and discussed options. They discussed the draft township levy with a potential 5% increase.

The board reviewed the Solid Waste preliminary budget.

The board reviewed the Revenue preliminary budget and discussed other options.  They reduced the capital outlay by $30,000 and added $30,000 to reserves for building.  They discussed the market value credit of $205,000, PILT payments and salaries.

There being no further business before the Board, Chair Bredeson declared the meeting in recess at 1:02 p.m.

Attest:                                                                        Approved:  August 12, 2008

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                         Kim Bredeson

County Auditor                                             Chair of the County Board