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COUNTY BOARD

June, 2008

Commissioner Proceedings

June 10, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 10, 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: 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 additions:  Satisfaction of mortgage, motor cycle pad, AMC ITV on June 27, Shoreland Rules, Global Climate Challenge handout, Rock Harbor project, booth at County Fair and travel for Dale Boretski to St. Louis Park on June 22-27. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the consent agenda as follows:

Christie Russell to St. Cloud on June 15-16 for Passport Training; Rita Krause to St. Paul on June 18-19 for Child Support Training; Dale Boretski to St. Louis Park on June 22-27 to participate in testing of the Manatron tax system. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Chairman Bredeson welcomed Senator Saxhaug and Representative Anzelc to the meeting.  Senator Saxhaug and Representative Anzelc discussed the 2008 session with the board.  Some of the highlights were: Education increase per pupil, Health and Human Services increase funding for nursing homes, transportation increase funding for roads and bridges and stated that HWY 11 project will be moved up on the construction project list, Environment and Natural Resources of dedicated funds and forestry bill.  They also explained the decrease of CPA for Lake of the Woods County. They stated that if the county did not agree with these numbers that they should contact the Department of Revenue for recalculation. They stated that the state will be facing a deficit in 2009 and state officials may be looking at using unallocated county funds.

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, met with the board requesting approval of claims.

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 32,098.59

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

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler requested a merit adjustment for Social Services Supervisor, Amy Ballard.  Nancy explained the Social Service Supervisor is below the merit step which, is required by the Department of Human Services and that it was an oversight that she did not get a step increase after she completed her probation period.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve a one step increase for Social Services Supervisor, Amy Ballard retroactive from November 3, 2007, due to an oversight. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, presented a plaque from Lutheran Social Services in recognition for the 2008 Senior Dining Program.

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board and presented two quotes for radar equipment and requested approval to purchase two radars. The Stalker Radar quote was for $1,871 and the Decatur Radar quote was for $1,950. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize County Sheriff, Dallas Block to purchase two Stalker Radars in the amount of $1,871 per radar with the funding from the DWI account.  Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Sheriff, Dallas Block reviewed the Boat and Water grant to the board.  He explained that they do not spend any of this money until the end of the season in case there happens to be an emergency.  He stated that then they purchase equipment and other items at the end of the season or the money would go back to the State.

Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson 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            $   19,754.01

                                                Road & Bridge $   32,197.13

                                                County Develp.$     1,630.00 

                                                Solid Waste       $   17,972.62

                                                                          $   71,553.76

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/10/2008 FOR PAYMENT  6/13/2008

     AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                     AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

        4293.40 AFFILIATED COMPUTER SERVICES                       948.84 AUTO VALUE

          447.47 WAYNE BENDICKSON                                              607.50 DALLAS BLOCK

          341.78 CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES                              2000.00 CLEAN COUNTY FUND

        5973.53 CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                                             858.36 DELL MARKETING, LP

          639.69 DIRECT SAFETY COMPANY                                  1178.43 DODDS LUMBER

          621.96 GCR TIRE CENTER                                                    346.75 HANSON’S GREENHOUSE

          730.67 HOLTE IMPLEMENT, INC                                      4786.69 HOWARD’S OIL COMPANY

          938.84 LAKE OF THE WOODS FOODS                                 441.00 LAKEWOOD HEALTH CENTER

          579.47 ROBERT LAPOS                                                       3210.00 LOW HIGHWAY DEPT

      10435.95 MAR-KIT LANDFILL                                               2821.47 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP

          744.84 JEROME MOLINE                                                      834.35 KENNETH MOORMAN

        5308.05 LAW MOREN                                                           4421.60 NORTHWEST ANGLE&ISLAND FREIGHT

        1552.74 R & Q TRUCKING, INC                                              556.61 REED’S SPORTING GOODS

        1034.62 RODERICK RONE JR                                                  451.02 TAPCO INC

          314.57 TONY DORN, INC.                                                     420.73 TRUE VALUE

        2161.68 VOYAGEURS COMMUNICATIONS, INC                  602.05 WALLWORK TRUCK CENTER

          398.26 JAMES WALTON                                                       420.00 WEST GROUP

        2263.33 WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING&ASST INC                3177.08 WOODY’S SERVICE

33 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,690.43

FINAL TOTAL    $71,553.76

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

                                                May 29, 2008              $   1,802,782.95

                                                June 4,   2008              $        68,759.21

                                                June 6    2008              $      241,450.53

                                                June 9,   2008              $        50,065.26                                                         

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

Motion by Commissioner Todd Beckel to pay claim numbers 1763 and 1558 which were pulled from payment on May 13, 2008 and pay claim number 1469 which was pulled from payment on May 27, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Deputy Auditor, Lorene Hanson presented the Lake of the Woods County History for the last five (5) years on Levy Rates, Health Insurance and Personnel Costs.

County Levy Rates for the Past Five Years

Payable YearNet Tax Capacity% Incr.County LevyRate% Incr.
200425463789.14% $               1,901,7010.7480111.20%
2005284038611.55% $               1,901,7010.669520.00%
2006321737613.27% $               2,046,1890.635987.60%
2007358202211.33% $               2,107,5750.588383.00%
2008405080313.09% $               2,170,8020.535893.00%
Payable YearNet Tax Capacity% Incr.Township LevyRate% Incr.
2004206723210.68% $                  271,7000.1314310.00%
2005232568612.50% $                  271,7000.116830.00%
2006263466613.29% $                  326,0400.1237520.00%
2007298945913.47% $                  342,3420.114525.00%
2008341247714.15% $                  376,5760.1103510.00%

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd met with the board and requested approval for a lease for lawful gambling activity.

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

A Resolution Approving a Lease for Lawful Gambling Activity

Resolution No. 2008-06-01

WHEREAS, the VFW Club of Warroad has submitted a lease for lawful gambling activity and a premises permit application for Minnesota Lawful Gambling to be conducted at the following establishment known as: Sportsman’s of Oak Island, Oak Island, unorganized township of Angle, located in Lake of the Woods County.

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

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

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd met with the board to discuss upcoming budget dates.  The following dates for the 2009 budget session are:  June 25 at 1:00 p.m., July 7 at 10:00 a.m. and July 9 & 10 at 7:00 a.m.

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd requested approval for the 2008 Intoxicating Liquor License, 3.2 Malt Liquor’s and Cigarette Licenses.

Motion was made  by Commissioner  Todd Beckel  to approve the following Intoxicating Liquor, 3.2 Malt  Liquor and Cigarette License from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 contingent upon the approval of the County Sheriff and County Attorney as follows:  On/Off and Sunday Liquor License:  Adrian’s Resort, Dacha Company, Ballard’s Resort, Borderview Resort, Jerry’s Restaurant and Lounge, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, Randall’s Resort, Riverbend Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Schuster’s Resort, J& L Hennum Inc., Wigwam Resort, Sportsman’s of Oak, Zippel Bay Resort, North Point 07, LLC,; On and Sunday Liquor License: Cyrus Resort, Rosalie’s Restaurant and Lounge, Ken-Mar-Ke Resort, Riverview Resort, Flag Island Resort, Wheelers Point Resort; Off Sale Only:  Log Cabin Liquors Inc.; Cigarette License: Adrian’s Resort, Ballard’s Resort, Bay Store, Borderview Lodge, Cenex, City of Baudette, City of Williams, Border Bait, Flag Island Resort, Holiday Station, Howard’s, Jeanette Mcatee, Jerry’s Restaurant and Lounge, Ken-Mar-Ke Resort, Lake of the Woods Foods, Log Cabin Bait, Log Cabin Liquors, Long Point Resort, Morris Point, Lakeview Lodge, North Point 07, LLC, Riverbend Resort, Riverview Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Schuster’s Resort, J & L Hennum Inc.,  Sportsman’s of Oak, Too Tall’s, VFW Club, Wheeler’s Point,  Zippel Bay Resort;  3.2 On-Sale Malt Liquor: Long Point Resort, Oak Island Resort and Ship’s Wheel Resort; 3.2 Off Sale Malt Liquor; Bay Store, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Oak Island Resort, Long Point Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge , Flag Island and Log Cabin Bait.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. Commissioner Arnesen abstained from voting.

The board discussed the educational session on the levy limits/maintenance of effort issues that AMC is presenting on June 27, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The board will try to attend the ITV session which may take place in the Baudette Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.  The board set July 7, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. as a Committee of the Whole Meeting with Department Heads.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board requesting approval to set July 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. as a date to hold a public hearing to consider the vacation of a portion of Aspen Trail Northwest (County Road #200).

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to set July 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room, Baudette, Minnesota as the date, time and place for a public hearing to vacate a portion of Aspen Trail Northwest (County Road #200).  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen informed the board that Jon Hodgson, Engineer for MN Joint Powers Board is still working on the Bostic Creek project that was discussed at the May 27, 2008 board meeting.  When more information is available he will bring it to the board for further discussion.

Jim Tobin, resident of the county discussed briefly his concerns of the Judicial Ditch 28.

County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the board and updated them of the Legislative session he attended in April.  Wayne informed the board of the changes the legislators did with the assessments of green acres calculations.  The board discussed the reduction of the CPA payments and requested that he look into it with the Department of Revenue.

The board discussed the re-organization of the Maintenance Department.  The board concurred to leave it as it is for right now.

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

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the minutes of May 27, 2008 with changes.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd met with the board requesting permission to summit a request for lease with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to have a motor cycle testing pad in the County’s parking lot. The consensus of the board was that it was alright with them and if the State approves the request for lease to bring it back to the board for final approval.

Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd requested approval to file a satisfaction of mortgage that was owned by Lake of the Woods County, dated January 20, 1995 with Terrence Gordanier Olson.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize Chairman Bredeson and County Auditor to sign the satisfaction of mortgage with Terrence Gordanier Olson, dated January 20, 1995.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board went through the Business Subsidy Criteria, made changes and requested the policy be sent to HRDC for their review and comments.

The board discussed the request from Roseau County for financial assistance to help support the on-going effort to eliminate Bovine TB in Northwestern Minnesota.  This was tabled until June 24, 2008 meeting.

Commissioner Todd Beckel informed the board that the Geographically Focused Advisory Committee (shoreland rules) is accepting nominations to participate in committees to assist the DNR in the rule update project and would like Commissioner Arnesen to submit an application to be appointed to this committee.

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

Resolution for appointment to the Geographically Focused Advisory Committee (GFA)

Resolution No. 06-06-02

WHEREAS, Minnesota Department of Natural Resource is forming Three (3) Geographically Focused Advisory (GFA) committees to assist the DNR in the rule update project on Shoreland Rules;

WHEREAS,  Lake of the Woods is the largest lake in Minnesota besides the Great Lakes and is an International Body of Water;

WHEREAS,  Lake of the Woods County has approximately 800 miles of shoreline that is designated as public waters;

WHEREAS,  Lake of the Woods resident’s , tourist and resorts depend on the shorelands to have access to get to the approximately 40 Islands that are located in Lake of the Woods County;

WHEREAS,  Lake of the Woods County has over fifty nine (59) resort’s/lodging facilities which twelve (12) are at the Northwest Angle that depend on access of shorelands for the economic growth within Lake of the Woods;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Commissioner Arnesen should be selected to participate in the Geographically Focused Advisory Committee for our area.

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

Commissioner Arnesen informed the board that the Rocky Point Harbor is moving forward but the DNR has not started the permitting process yet and it would probably be a year from now; informed the board that on June 23 there will be a meeting at the Northwest Angle with Canadian Officials and U.S. Senators Coleman and Klobuchar to discuss passport concerns.

Commissioner Arnesen requested that Dangerous Dog Ordinance discussion be placed on the next agenda.

Commissioner Patty Beckel informed the board that Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren spoke with the Attorney General’s office about the concerns of the length of time that it is taking to be scheduled for court and the cost of confinement for the sex offender that has been placed in the Moose Lake Regional Treatment Center.  The board requested that she still send a letter to the Attorney General’s office of the county’s concerns on this matter.

Commissioner Moorman informed the board that they are having a booth at the Lake of the Woods County Fair on June 27 and 28.

Commissioner Todd Beckel presented a PowerPoint print- out to the board on the Global Climate Challenges.

Chairman Bredeson informed the board that they have been invited to the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute luncheon on June 18 in Bemidji.

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board to discuss law enforcement activities within the county.

With no further business before the board, Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 3:55 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:       June 24, 2008

____________________________                            _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                           Kim Bredeson, Chairman

Lake of the Woods County

Board of Equalization

June 17, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Equalization met on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 with the following members present:  Commissioners: Ed Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Kim Bredeson and Ken Moorman.  Also present were: County Assessor Wayne Bendickson, Assistant Assessor Ron Norquist and County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  County Recorder Sue Ney swore in the members of the Board of Equalization.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson explained that the valuation period is from 2006 – October 2007.  He further discussed the market conditions and sales ratio and how it pertains to Lake of the Woods County; (65 sales) mean ratio of (85%) largest sales (real estate). 

The required level of assessment is between 90 and 105 percent.  If the sales ratio study indicates that the median ratio of EMVs to the selling prices is below 90 percent or above 105 percent, the Commissioner of Revenue, acting as the State Board of Equalization, will typically increase or decrease values to bring about equalization.  State Board orders are usually on a county, city, or township wide basis for a particular classification of property.  All State Board orders must be implemented by the county, and the changes are made to the current assessment year.

The County Board Chair explained that all appeals would be heard before any action would be taken.

Meeting with the board was Jim Tobin, property owner in Wheeler Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area. 

Meeting with the board was Albert Georges, property owner in Wabanica Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Scott Pahlen, property owner in Prosper Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Willis Bitter, property owner in Baudette Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Mel Mollberg, property owner in Baudette Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the agriculture classification and Green Acres.

Meeting with the board was Gloriann Fischer, property owner in Spooner Township.  She had some general questions for the County Assessor.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson explained the process of determining the valuation of property and what happens when the valuation goes up or down.            

Meeting with the board was Joe Brucciani, property owner in Baudette Township.  He had general questions concerning the assessing process and commented on the valuations.

Meeting with the board was Chuck Richards, property owner in Swiftwater Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson explained the classification change from agriculture to residential.

Meeting with the board was John Rossborough, property owner in Baudette Township.  He had questions for the County Assessor and commented on the current valuations.

Meeting with the board was Mike and Julie Clark, property owners in Baudette Township.   County Assessor Wayne Bendickson explained and reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Marcel Misel property owners in Wabanica Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Meeting with the board was Jerry Randall, property owner in Wheeler Township.  County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed the values of similar properties in this area.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to recess the Board of Equalization meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 12:42 p.m.

Chair Bredeson convened the County Board meeting at 12:45 p.m. with discussion regarding the Federal Airport Grant application. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize Chair Bredeson to sign the Federal Airport Grant Application.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to recess the County Board meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 1:50 p.m.

Chair Bredeson reconvened the Board of Equalization meeting at 1:52 p.m.

Meeting with the board was George Swentik, property owner.  George discussed his property in Gudrid, Baudette, Spooner and Swiftwater Townships and the evaluations on each.   County Assessor Wayne Bendickson reviewed all of these situations.

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson read the following letter received from Mike Schulz, property owner in Zippel Township.  His letter questioned the difference of an outside appraisal received of $173,000 and the assessor’s valuation of $230,000.  The County Assessor did a revised valuation of $191,000 based on their schedule and recommended using this valuation. 

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson issued reports detailing comparisons of taxes by land classifications for payable years 2006 and 2007 and estimated market value comparisons for assessment years 2006 and 2007.  He also reviewed new constructions for the current and previous years.

Motion by Commissioner Todd Beckel to recess the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2008, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.  Chair Bredeson recessed the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2008 at 2:23 p.m. and set the date and time of Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. to reconvene the County Board of Equalization meeting.

Attest:                                                                          Approved:       July 8, 2008

___________________________                              ________________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                             Kim Bredeson, Chair of the County Board

Commissioner Proceedings

June 24, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 24, 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 additions:  County Attorney (possible closed session) County Land Inventory, Travel for Dawn Christianson,  Fair Booth, Auditor/Treasurer Conference, County TV and Cormorants. 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 consent agenda as follows:

Becky Dornheim, Sue Johnson, Sandy Haman and Nancy Wendler to St. Paul on July 7-8 for IMR Team Training; Steve Sindelir to Isle on July 28-30 for MACAI Course; Dawn Christianson to Shakopee on July 21-24 for Property Tax Administration Course.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the minutes of June 10, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services Financial Officer, Christine Hultman, met with the board requesting approval of claims.

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 27,420.60

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

County Treasurer, Mark Hall met with the board and presented an Inventory of Investments update.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and presented a power point of the budget process and discussed the Auditor/Treasurer Conference.

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            $   35,860.35

                                                Road & Bridge  $  36,450.50

                                                County Develp. $       610.00

                                                Joint Ditch        $        500.00

                                                Solid Waste       $     2,151.46

                                                                          $   75,572.31

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION              

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/24/2008 FOR PAYMENT  6/27/2008

      AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                   AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

          429.42 AMERI PRIDE LINEN & APPAREL SE                     887.85 ARROW PRINTING

          978.70 ARROWWOOD RESORT                                          1034.88 RUSS BARRETT

          670.52 TODD BECKEL                                                          471.30 BEST WESTERN KELLY INN

          658.00 DALLAS BLOCK                                                      9318.75 CARNEY SALES CO INC

        2497.13 CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                                             427.60 CUSTOM AUTOBODY AND REPAIR

          325.88 DELL MARKETING, LP                                         11408.00 DHS – MOOSE LAKE CODE 462

          500.00 CHARLEY DURHAM                                               1638.00 FAIR HILLS

        1938.02 GM CONSTRUCTION INC                                       2000.00 LEE HANCOCK

        2677.50 HASBARGEN FARMS INC                                         427.50 PAUL HILDEBRANDT

        6520.50 HOFFMAN, DALE, & SWENSON, PLLC                   473.72 JOHN HOSCHEID

        1822.00 LAKE ROAD DIESEL INC                                         948.20 LAKES GAS CO.

        2700.48 ROBERT LAPOS                                                       3400.00 TIM MIOVAC

        1725.70 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP                        1477.50 MN COUNTIES INFORMATION SYSTEM

          375.00 MN OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNO                  3400.00 NORMAN JOHNSON TRUCKING, INC.

          343.92 PITNEY BOWES INC.                                               1250.24 POWERPLAN

          481.37 REED’S SPORTING GOODS                                     3400.00 DENNIS STAVIG

        1183.08 STRATA CORP, INC                                                   497.50 JOSH STROMLUND

          472.66 T R JOBBING                                                              326.85 US FOOD SERVICE

        2740.17 VOYAGEURS COMTRONICS, INC                            552.30 WEST GROUP

36 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       3,192.07

FINAL TOTAL     $75,572.31

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

                                                June 17, 2008              $        84,628.78

                                                June 10, 2008              $        16,069.80                                                         

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

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board to discuss the opportunity for a Emergency Operations Center (EOC) grant program that is available to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities. The consensus of the board was to have Holly move forward with applying for this grant.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize the Chairman to sign the Hazardous Material Exercise Program Grant for the Table Top exercise that was held on May 21, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 10:50 a.m. and reconvened at 10:55 a.m. as follows:

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board and presented a proposal for the Bostic Creek JD 28 project.  The county would complete the work with estimated expenditures of $70,000, with most of the funding coming from the Drainage Management Fund and the rest coming from budget line items within the Highway budget.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to proceed with the Bostic Creek JD28 project with the county completing the work.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board requesting consideration of approval of the re-platting of Hanson’s Estate and the proposed plat of Marina Drive Estates.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the re-platting of Hanson’s Estate and the proposed Plat of Marina Drive Estates.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board and discussed the new BWSR performance review and assistance program and discussed the opportunity for him to attend  the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) seminar.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund to attend the MASWCD seminar with the funding from the Natural Resource account up to $1,700.  Seconded by Commissioner Bredeson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Tim Hendrickson, President of Wells Fargo met with the board and discussed the Desktop Deposit Service presentation that Deputy Auditors Janet Rudd and Lorene Hanson attended, for the use in depositing checks for the Deputy Registrar’s station.  He discussed the benefits of this service and stated that Wells Fargo will pay for half of the cost of the scanner.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to purchase a desk top deposit scanner from Wells Fargo in the amount of $475 plus tax.  Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 12:08 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 1:00 p.m. and reconvene the Board of Equalization meeting from June 17, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 2:18 p.m. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

County Attorney, Michelle Moren met with the board to discuss pending litigation for Gary Scott. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the meeting at 2:20 p.m. pursuant MN Statute 13D.05.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to open the regular meeting at 2:42 p.m.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Roseau County Commissioners Alan Johnston and Russ Walker, Attorney Steve Anderson , Wetland Specialist, Bill Best from BWSR and Roseau County Coordinator Trish Harren met with the board to discuss the consideration of reclassifying a portion of Roseau County in an attempt to move parts of the county out of the “ less than 50% remaining class into the 80% or more remaining”  and since part of the watershed area is in lake of the Woods County, they would need permission from Lake of the Woods County board to move forward.  The consensus of the board was they would support this project but were worried about the Local Government Unit within the Watershed and requested a letter from BWSR that there would be no change for Lake of the Woods County.

The board discussed the request of funding for Roseau County for financial assistance to help support the on-going effort to eliminate Bovine TB in Northwestern Minnesota.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to support Roseau County for $300 per month for six (6) months for a total of $1,800 with the funding from the Economic Development fund.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board discussed the County TV and cormorants issue with the Roseau County Commissioners. The County TV committees will try to meet on the County TV issues and Roseau County will give political support on the cormorant issue to force a study on them.

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland met with the board and requested approval to purchase a WebFusion application.  The board requested that he come back to the July 8, 2008 meeting and give them a presentation of this application.

County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the board and handed out information on County owned lands and State owned lands that would be available for sale.

The board requested that County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to research how to sell State and County owned land and requested the Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund research see if these lands were buildable and accessible.

Commissioner Moorman stated that they had some department heads and commissioners to work at the County Fair booth.

No committee reports were given and correspondence was read.

With no further business before the board, Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 4:51 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:       July 8, 2008

____________________________                            _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                           Kim Bredeson, Chairman

Lake of the Woods County

Board of Equalization

June 24, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Equalization met on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 with the following members present:  Commissioners: Ed Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Kim Bredeson and Ken Moorman.  Also present were: County Assessor Wayne Bendickson, Assistant Assessor Ron Norquist and County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

County Assessor Wayne Bendickson met with the board and discussed issues from the prior meeting. 

The County Board of Equalization reviewed each of the property owners’ questions that were brought to the board on Tuesday, June 17, 2008.  The following action was taken:

Jim Tobin, property owner in Wheeler Township, no change.  

Albert Georges, property owner in Wabanica Township, no change.

Scott Pahlen, property owner in Prosper Township; motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to drop the valuation by $20,000.  Motion died for a lack of a second, no change.

Willis Bitter, property owner in Baudette Township, no change.

Mel Mollberg, property owner in Baudette Township, no change.

Gloriann Fischer, property owner in Spooner Township; questions and comments were received and explained.

Joe Brucciani, property owner in Baudette Township; questions and comments were received and explained.

Chuck Richards, property owner in Swiftwater Township, no change.

John Rossborough, property owner in Baudette Township, no change.

Mike and Julie Clark, property owners in Baudette Township, no change.

Marcel Misel, property owner in Wabanica Township, no change. 

Jerry Randall, property owner in Wheeler Township; request was withdrawn.

George Swentik, property owner; motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to reduce his valuation in Baudette Township to $500 per acre.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  The board suggested applying for GA.

Mike Schulz, property owner in Zippel Township; motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to adjust his valuation to $182,000.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, tied as follows:  For:  Commissioners Arnesen and Todd Beckel and County Auditor John W Hoscheid;  Against:  Commissioners Patty Beckel, Bredeson and Moorman.  No change.

Motion by Commissioner Todd Beckel to adjourn the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2008, seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.  Chair Bredeson adjourned the County Board of Equalization meeting for 2008 at 2:14 p.m.

Attest:                                                                          Approved:`      July 8, 2008

___________________________                              ________________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                             Kim Bredeson, Chair of the County Board

Commissioner Proceedings

June 24, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, June 24, 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 additions:  County Attorney (possible closed session) County Land Inventory, Travel for Dawn Christianson,  Fair Booth, Auditor/Treasurer Conference, County TV and Cormorants. 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 consent agenda as follows:

Becky Dornheim, Sue Johnson, Sandy Haman and Nancy Wendler to St. Paul on July 7-8 for IMR Team Training; Steve Sindelir to Isle on July 28-30 for MACAI Course; Dawn Christianson to Shakopee on July 21-24 for Property Tax Administration Course.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the minutes of June 10, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Services Financial Officer, Christine Hultman, met with the board requesting approval of claims.

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 27,420.60

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

County Treasurer, Mark Hall met with the board and presented an Inventory of Investments update.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and presented a power point of the budget process and discussed the Auditor/Treasurer Conference.

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            $   35,860.35

                                                Road & Bridge  $  36,450.50

                                                County Develp. $       610.00

                                                Joint Ditch        $        500.00

                                                Solid Waste       $     2,151.46

                                                                          $   75,572.31

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION              

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  6/24/2008 FOR PAYMENT  6/27/2008

      AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                   AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

          429.42 AMERI PRIDE LINEN & APPAREL SE                     887.85 ARROW PRINTING

          978.70 ARROWWOOD RESORT                                          1034.88 RUSS BARRETT

          670.52 TODD BECKEL                                                          471.30 BEST WESTERN KELLY INN

          658.00 DALLAS BLOCK                                                      9318.75 CARNEY SALES CO INC

        2497.13 CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                                             427.60 CUSTOM AUTOBODY AND REPAIR

          325.88 DELL MARKETING, LP                                         11408.00 DHS – MOOSE LAKE CODE 462

          500.00 CHARLEY DURHAM                                               1638.00 FAIR HILLS

        1938.02 GM CONSTRUCTION INC                                       2000.00 LEE HANCOCK

        2677.50 HASBARGEN FARMS INC                                         427.50 PAUL HILDEBRANDT

        6520.50 HOFFMAN, DALE, & SWENSON, PLLC                   473.72 JOHN HOSCHEID

        1822.00 LAKE ROAD DIESEL INC                                         948.20 LAKES GAS CO.

        2700.48 ROBERT LAPOS                                                       3400.00 TIM MIOVAC

        1725.70 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP                        1477.50 MN COUNTIES INFORMATION SYSTEM

          375.00 MN OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNO                  3400.00 NORMAN JOHNSON TRUCKING, INC.

          343.92 PITNEY BOWES INC.                                               1250.24 POWERPLAN

          481.37 REED’S SPORTING GOODS                                     3400.00 DENNIS STAVIG

        1183.08 STRATA CORP, INC                                                   497.50 JOSH STROMLUND

          472.66 T R JOBBING                                                              326.85 US FOOD SERVICE

        2740.17 VOYAGEURS COMTRONICS, INC                            552.30 WEST GROUP

36 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       3,192.07

FINAL TOTAL     $75,572.31

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

                                                June 17, 2008              $        84,628.78

                                                June 10, 2008              $        16,069.80                                                         

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

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board to discuss the opportunity for a Emergency Operations Center (EOC) grant program that is available to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities. The consensus of the board was to have Holly move forward with applying for this grant.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize the Chairman to sign the Hazardous Material Exercise Program Grant for the Table Top exercise that was held on May 21, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 10:50 a.m. and reconvened at 10:55 a.m. as follows:

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board and presented a proposal for the Bostic Creek JD 28 project.  The county would complete the work with estimated expenditures of $70,000, with most of the funding coming from the Drainage Management Fund and the rest coming from budget line items within the Highway budget.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to proceed with the Bostic Creek JD28 project with the county completing the work.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board requesting consideration of approval of the re-platting of Hanson’s Estate and the proposed plat of Marina Drive Estates.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the re-platting of Hanson’s Estate and the proposed Plat of Marina Drive Estates.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board and discussed the new BWSR performance review and assistance program and discussed the opportunity for him to attend  the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) seminar.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund to attend the MASWCD seminar with the funding from the Natural Resource account up to $1,700.  Seconded by Commissioner Bredeson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Tim Hendrickson, President of Wells Fargo met with the board and discussed the Desktop Deposit Service presentation that Deputy Auditors Janet Rudd and Lorene Hanson attended, for the use in depositing checks for the Deputy Registrar’s station.  He discussed the benefits of this service and stated that Wells Fargo will pay for half of the cost of the scanner.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to purchase a desk top deposit scanner from Wells Fargo in the amount of $475 plus tax.  Seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 12:08 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 1:00 p.m. and reconvene the Board of Equalization meeting from June 17, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the closed session and open the regular meeting at 2:18 p.m. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

County Attorney, Michelle Moren met with the board to discuss pending litigation for Gary Scott. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the meeting at 2:20 p.m. pursuant MN Statute 13D.05.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to open the regular meeting at 2:42 p.m.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Roseau County Commissioners Alan Johnston and Russ Walker, Attorney Steve Anderson , Wetland Specialist, Bill Best from BWSR and Roseau County Coordinator Trish Harren met with the board to discuss the consideration of reclassifying a portion of Roseau County in an attempt to move parts of the county out of the “ less than 50% remaining class into the 80% or more remaining”  and since part of the watershed area is in lake of the Woods County, they would need permission from Lake of the Woods County board to move forward.  The consensus of the board was they would support this project but were worried about the Local Government Unit within the Watershed and requested a letter from BWSR that there would be no change for Lake of the Woods County.

The board discussed the request of funding for Roseau County for financial assistance to help support the on-going effort to eliminate Bovine TB in Northwestern Minnesota.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to support Roseau County for $300 per month for six (6) months for a total of $1,800 with the funding from the Economic Development fund.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board discussed the County TV and cormorants issue with the Roseau County Commissioners. The County TV committees will try to meet on the County TV issues and Roseau County will give political support on the cormorant issue to force a study on them.

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland met with the board and requested approval to purchase a WebFusion application.  The board requested that he come back to the July 8, 2008 meeting and give them a presentation of this application.

County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the board and handed out information on County owned lands and State owned lands that would be available for sale.

The board requested that County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to research how to sell State and County owned land and requested the Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund research see if these lands were buildable and accessible.

Commissioner Moorman stated that they had some department heads and commissioners to work at the County Fair booth.

No committee reports were given and correspondence was read.

With no further business before the board, Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 4:51 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:       July 8, 2008

____________________________                            _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                           Kim Bredeson, Chairman

Special County Board Meeting

June 25, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Wednesday, June 25, 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 Ken Moorman.  Also present was County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.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.

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

RESOLUTION NO.  08-06-03

Authorization for the Baudette-Lake of the Woods Airport Commission

to Execute Federal Grant Agreements

BE IT RESOLVED that the Lake of the Woods County Commissioners of the County of Lake of the Woods authorizes the Baudette-Lake of the Woods Airport Commission Chairman or his/her designee to sign federal grant agreements on behalf of the County of Lake of the Woods, and to execute any and all further required documents pertinent hereto, and all amendments thereof.

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

The County Board discussed and approved the budget policy, goals and objectives for 2008.    The budget schedule was reviewed.

The 2009 levy was discussed and the consensus was to determine this after all budgets have been reviewed.  The board discussed market value credit and county program aid.

The 2009 salaries were discussed and the consensus was to determine this after all budgets have been reviewed.

Health insurance for 2009 was discussed and will be further discussed after reviewing all budgets.

The County Board discussed letters to the Department Heads and directed County Auditor to send the following to all Department Heads:

Please complete the 2009 Budget Request form and submit to the Auditor by July 7, 2008.  Salaries will be at the 2008 rates.  Capital requests should be listed on the separate attachment provided.  The County Board will determine the levy appropriation for your department after reviewing all budgets.  The County Program Aid appropriation will be determined after reviewing all county budgets.

The County Board discussed capital expenditures and grant application requests.

The next special board meeting to discuss budgets will be Monday, July 7, 2008.

There being no further business before the Board, Chair Bredeson declared the meeting in recess at 3:30 p.m.

Attest:                                                 Approved:  July 8, 2008

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                          Kim Bredeson

County Auditor                                             Chair of the County Board