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COUNTY BOARD

June, 2012

Commissioner Proceedings

June 6, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Northwest Angle School.

Call to Order

Chair Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners:  Ed Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel and Tom Hanson. Absent was Commissioner Ken Moorman.  Also present were: County Sheriff Dallas Block, Public Works Director Tim Erickson, Emergency Management Director Holly House, County Auditor John W Hoscheid and Ted Stone.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Tom Hanson to approve the agenda with the addition of Paul Colson NWA discussion. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Emergency Management Director

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the County Board to discuss the Hazard Mitigation Plan and update process.

County Sheriff

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the County Board to discuss his retirement effective,  June 30, 2012 and the sheriff’s office.

Barge Run

The County Board discussed the “Barge Run” for the Northwest Angle.  There was a request from the citizens to provide this service every other year, possibly in August.  Public Works Director, Tim Erickson will research and report back to the County Board.

County Assessor – Seasonal Help

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to approve the hiring of the new employee for seasonal help in the Assessor’s office, at a grade 5 step 1 on the part-time scale, effective June 6, 2012.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  Chair Todd Beckel questioned why there was no name given to the County Board with the request. 

Paul Colson

Paul Colson had requested time with the County Board to discuss NWA issues.  Paul was unable to attend and therefore there was no discussion.

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chair Todd Beckel recessed the meeting at 10:54 a.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: June 26, 2012

____________________________                                        _____________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                                        Todd Beckel, County Board Chair

Commissioner Proceedings

June 12, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in the Commissioners’ Room at the Government Center.

Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Arnesen, Tom Hanson and Ken Moorman.   Also present were: County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, and Ted Stone.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the agenda with the following additions:  Public Works Department- final payment for Final Contract Payment for SP 39-090-02 & SP 39-090-039 (bike paths), Ditch Spraying and County Road 33 letter; MaryJo Otten to St. Paul for State Board of Equalization and County Assessor’s office. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Approval of Consent Agenda

Motion was made byCommissioner Hanson to approve the consent agenda as follows: travel for Christine Hultman to Deerwood on June 26-29 for AMSSA Annual Conference; Holly House to Crookston on June 27-28 for HSEM workshop; Lorene Hanson to St. Cloud on June 19-21 for MCIT and PERA Meeting; Steve Sindelir to Hibbing on July 23-25 for 2012 MN Association of County Agricultural Inspectors Annual Conference; Josh Stromlund to St. Cloud on June 14-15 for MACPZA Legislative Update & Training; Mary Jo Otten to St. Paul for State Board of Equalization on June 14-15.. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the minutes of May 22, 2012 with changes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put a vote, was unanimously carried.

Senator Saxhaug

Chairman Todd Beckel welcomed Senator Saxhaug to the board meeting. Senator Saxhaug reviewed the legislative changes, discussed bonding possibilities, and grant opportunities. Chairman Todd Beckel thanked the Senator for his ten (10) years of services to Lake of the Woods County and for attending the meeting.

Social services

Claims

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

Motion

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

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants       $    8,060.41

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants       $  20,480.39

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

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 9:55 a.m. and reconvened at 10:03 as follows:

MN DNR ECOLOGICAL & WATER RESOURCES

MN DNR Plant Ecologist/Botanist, Erika Rowe met with the board and informed them that the DNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources will be conducting a county biological survey. And part of the survey, they will systematically collect, interpret and deliver baseline data on the distribution and ecology of rare plants, rare animals, native plant communities, and functional landscapes needed to guide decision making, whether that be at the county, private, or state level. Erika presented a power point to the board on what they will do and how the county might use the data in the future.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board requesting authorization to enter into a Local Fix-up Grant for MPCA funds for upgrades for septic systems to eligible applicants.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to authorize Land and Water Director, Josh Stromlund to sign, submit, and fulfill the requirements of the grant. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Ordinance Amendments

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund discussed the revising of some sections in the following ordinances: Septic, Residential District Clarifications and Administrative Subdivisions. No board action at this time.

COUNTY AUDITOR

Claims

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the County Board for approval of claims.

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

                                                Revenue                   $        45,563.57            

                                                Road & Bridge         $      106,240.93

                                                Co. Develop              $             432.00            

                                                Solid Waste              $      109,902.88

                                                EDA                         $          2,416.72

                             264,556.10 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 6/12/2012 For Payment 6/15/2012

Vendor Name                                                        Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                      8,892.34

Contech Construction Products                               31,037.40

Crop Production Services                                         19,886.75

Czeh, Pederson & Wilson                                          2,000.00

Esri                                                                                4,044.88

Farmers Union Oil Co.                                               5,171.39

Four J Sawmill, INC                                                    90,000.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                               3,852.45

LOW Highway Dept                                                     3,246.25

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                          10,701.00

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                     2,733.00

Titan Machinery                                                         28,321.88

Voyageurs Comtronics, Inc                                      18,302.27

77 Payments less than 2000     36,166.49

Final Total:   264,356.10

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants:

                                                May 21, 2012                 $             1,507.27

                                                May 22, 2012                $           16,453.21

                                                May 24, 2012                $         688,834.14

                                                May 25. 2012                $         128,483.52

                                                May 30, 2012                $             2,232.71

                                                May 30, 2012                $                499.93    

                                                May 30, 2012                $           36,899.77

                                                May 31, 2012                $               (36.61)

                                                June 1, 2012                  $         224,871.48

                                                June 4, 2012                  $         717,318.33

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

Liquor License Approval

Auditor

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval for the 2012 Liquor/3.2 Malt Liquor and Cigarettes renewals..

Motion

Liquor License

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the following licenses:  Intoxicating Liquor, 3.2 Malt Liquor and Cigarette; from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, contingent upon the approval of the County Sheriff, County Attorney and all property taxes and lodging taxes are paid to date.

  • On/Off Sale and Sunday Liquor License:

Adrian’s Resort, Angle Inn Resort, Ballard’s Resort, Borderview Lodge, Jerry’s Restaurant and Lounge, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, Riverbend Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Sportsman’s Lodge, Wigwam Resort, Zippel Bay Resort, Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge;  Randall’s Resort;

  • On-Sale and Sunday Liquor License:

Cyrus Resort, Ken-Mar-Ke Resort, Blue Eyed Chief Bar & Grill, Wheelers Point Resort, Schuster’s Resort and Elkhorn Outfitters-Riverview Resort;

  • Off-Sale Only:

Log Cabin Liquors Inc;

  • Cigarette License:

Adrian’s Resort, Ballard’s Resort, Bay Store, Borderview Lodge, Cenex, City of Williams, City of Baudette, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Holiday Station, Howard’s, Jeanette Mcatee, Lake of the Woods Foods, Log Cabin Bait, Log Cabin Liquors, Long Point Resort, Morris Point Lakeview Lodge, Rock Harbor Lodge, Sportsman’s Lodge, Sportsman’s of Oak Island Lodge, Sunset Lodge, Too Tall’s, Wheeler’s Point, Zippel Bay Resort;

  • 3.2 On-Sale Malt Liquor:

Long Point Resort, Ships Wheel and Oak Island Resort;

  • 3.2 Off-Sale Malt Liquor:

Bay Store, Cyrus Resort, Border Bait, Long Point Resort, Flag Island. Oak Island Resort, Rock Harbor Lodge, Log Cabin Bait,

  • Set-Up License:               

Ships Wheel Resort.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  Commissioner Arnesen abstained from voting.

Affirmative Action Plan

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval for the Affirmative Action Plan.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the Affirmative Action Plan and authorize Chairman Todd Beckel to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Hoffman, Dale, & Swenson, PLLC

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval to enter into a three (3) year contract with Hoffman, Dale, & Swenson for year-end auditor.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to enter into a three (3) year contract in the amount of $25,700 for each year end audit for 2012, 2013 and 2014 and authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid and Chairman Todd Beckel to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

SHERIFF

Appointment of County Sheriff

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board and recommended that they appoint Chief Deputy Sheriff, Gary Fish as County Sherriff.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the appointment of Chief Deputy Sheriff, Gary Fish as Sheriff effective July 1, 2012 until the end of the sheriff’s elected term ending January 4, 2015. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the vote carried as follows: Voting for: Commissioners Patty Beckel, Hanson, Arnesen and Moorman. Voting against: Commissioner Todd Beckel. (Commissioner Todd Beckel noted that he cannot support the appointment as he believes in advertising for all vacant positions)

Vacant Deputy Sheriff Position

County Sheriff, Dallas Block and Chief Deputy Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting approval to hire a Deputy Sheriff from the standing eligibility list.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to authorize County Sheriff, Dallas Block to open the vacant Deputy Sheriff’s position and hire. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the vote carried as follows: Voting for: Commissioners Arnesen, Hanson, Moorman and Patty Beckel. Voting against: Commissioner Todd Beckel (Commissioner Todd Beckel noted that he cannot support the hiring as he believes in advertising for all vacant positions)

Appointed County Sheriffs Salary

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board to set the salary for the appointed Sheriff. No action was taken and placed on the June 26, 2012 board meeting.

PUBLIC WORKS

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board requesting approval for final payment on project numbers SP39-090-02 & 39-090-03- shared use paths.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to accept the County Public Works Director’s Certificate of final contract acceptance for SP 39-090-02 & 39-090-03, shared use paths, for Bowman Asphalt products, Inc. and hereby authorize final payment in the amount of $38,337.00. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

CR 33 Letter

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson discussed the County Road 33 letter that he and Commissioner Patty Beckel drafted. The board approved the letter with changes.

Ditch Spraying

The board discussed the time lines on brush cleaning and ditch spraying with Public Works Director, Tim Erickson.

COUNTY ASSESSOR

County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten met with the board to inquire how Lake of the Woods County conducts the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.

OLD/NEW BUSINESS;

No updates.

Lessard –Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund-   

Land Trade

 Red Lake Tribe

Township Road Inventory/ATV Ordinance

Inventory-

Beaver

Clementson Bridge Property/Water Accesses

2012 Goals and Projects

Grant Policy and Expenditures

Zippel Bay State Park

COMMITTEE UPDATES

No updates.

Correspondence

Positively Minnesota- 2012 Small Cities Development Grant Program; NMJC Report; Grant Policy; 2012 BWSR Legislative Review

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to recess at 12:10 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: June 26, 2012

_______________________________                                  _______________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                                       Todd Beckel, Chairman of the Board

Lake of the Woods County

Board of Appeal and Equalization

June 12, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Appeal and Equalization met on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center. 

Call to Order

County Board Chair Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present:  Commissioners: Ed Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Tom Hanson, Ken Moorman and County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Also present were: Chief Deputy Auditor Lorene Hanson, County Assessor Mary Jo Otten, Assistant Assessor Dale Boretski, County Assessment Specialist Joy Lindquist, Clarence and Loretta Nash, Tim and William Fish, and Gloriann Fischer.  It was noted that County Recorder Sue Ney swore in the members of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Appeal and Equalization earlier in the afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

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

County Assessor

County Assessor Mary Jo Otten issued and reviewed the following reports:

  • 2011/2012 Comparisons / New Construction — by Townships
  • New Construction and Market Value by Year — 1980 through 2012  
  • Ma & Pa Resorts and Class 4c(1) Resorts

Mary Jo further explained that the valuation period is from sales during October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011, and discussed adjustments that had been made during the past year.

Property Owners

Meeting with the County Board was Clarence W and Loretta Nash, property owners in Wheeler Township.  County Assessor Mary Jo Otten reviewed the values of similar properties in this area, the values assessed to their property and adjustments that have been made prior to this meeting.

Meeting with the County Board was Gloriann Fischer, property owner in Spooner Township.  County Assessor Mary Jo Otten explained the different sales and how they may or may not affect property values.

Meeting with the County Board was Tim and William Fish, property owners in Myhre Township.  County Assessor Mary Jo Otten reviewed the values of similar properties in this area and the values assessed to their property, the adjustments made prior to this meeting and then further addressed the legal description of their property.

County Assessor Mary Jo Otten presented a letter from Don Menking, property owner in Wheeler Township. County Assessor Mary Jo Otten reviewed the values of similar properties in this area and the values assessed to their property.

Actions

After hearing all the appeals, questions and comments, the following action was taken:

Clarence W and Loretta Nash, property owners in Wheeler Township, Parcel No. 19.70.02.120; a motion was made by Commissioner Ken Moorman to not make any changes from the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.   

Gloriann Fischer, property owner in Spooner Township, Parcel Nos. 30.21.32.020 and 30.21.34.000; the Board of Appeal and Equalization noted this was a question and clarification of how sales affect property values, which had been addressed by County Assessor Mary Jo Otten earlier.  No action taken.

Tim and William Fish, property owners in Myhre Township, Parcel No. 21.06.21.010; a motion was made by County Auditor John W Hoscheid to not make any changes from the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Tom Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Don Menking, property owner in Wheeler Township, Parcel No. 19.21.22.010; motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel, to not make any changes from the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. 

Adjourn

Motion was made by Commissioner Tom Hanson to adjourn the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for 2012.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  County Board Chair Todd Beckel adjourned the Lake of the Woods County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for 2012, at 7:15 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved: June 26, 2012

___________________________                              ________________________________

John W Hoscheid, County Auditor                            Todd Beckel, County Board Chair

Commissioner Proceedings

June 26, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in the Commissioners’ Room at the Government Center.

Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners Todd Beckel, Arnesen, Tom Hanson and Ken Moorman, absent Commissioner Patty Beckel.  Also present were: County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, and Ted Stone.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the agenda with the following addition:  Compensation Plan. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.   

Approval of Consent Agenda

None

Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve June, 6, 2012 NWA meeting, June 12, 2012 regular meeting, and June 12, 2012 Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social services

Claims

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

Motion

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

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants       $    6,188.74

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants       $  22,097.94

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

Public Health -Home Health Care

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler discussed the changes that are coming with the Home Health Care and that she has been meeting with LakeWood Health and others to be able to continue this service for Lake of the Woods County residents.

Borderland Substance Abuse Court

Lisa Sante, LOW/Koochiching County DUI/Substance Abuse Court Coordinator met with the board and updated them on the drug court goals and reviewed the cost savings for Lake of the Woods County for 2011. Lisa introduced  Lamont, a court graduate to the board. Lamont thanked Lake of the Woods County Commissioners’ for supporting this program in Lake of the Woods and explained how this program has helped him.

SHERIFF

MNJAC

County Sheriff, Dallas Block and Chief Deputy Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting approval to enter into the MNJAC grant.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the 2011 MNJAC Grant, No. A-MNJAC-2011-LOTC-S0-00004, in the amount of $3,000 and authorize County Sheriff Dallas Block and Chairman Todd Beckel to sign.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Deputy Sheriff

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board requesting the board to approve the grade and step for newly hired Deputy Sherriff, Joe Morisch.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to set Deputy Sheriff, Joe Morisch pay at grade 11 step 1 effective July 1, 2012. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Taser Guns

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board requesting approval to purchase three taser (3) guns for his Deputies.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to authorize County Sheriff, Dallas Block to purchase three (3) taser guns for $2,693.09 with the funding from the DWI grant. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

LETG PROGRAM

County Sheriff, Dallas Block and Deputy Sheriff, Gary Fish discussed the LETG Program, the need of three Laptop Computers for the Squad Cars and the remodeling of the Dispatch Center. The board placed this on the July 10, 2012 meeting.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board and presented the findings and facts for consideration for a Zone Change submitted by Arnesen’s Rocky Point Inc. Josh acknowledge the one letter that was received and reviewed the following Findings and Facts with the board.

Lake of the Woods County

Rezoning

FINDINGS OF FACT AND DECISION
Name of Applicant:Arnesen’s Rocky Point, Inc. (Ed Arnesen)Date:June 13, 2012
Location/Legal Description:See Attached
Current Zoning Classification:Natural Env. & ResidentialProposed:Commercial – Recreation
Parcel Number(s):14.08.23.000 & 14.05.31.080& 14.08.23.000Application Number:12-04ZC

The Planning Commission shall consider all facts from all sources prior to submitting a recommendation to the County Board relating to a proposed zone change. Its judgment shall be based upon, but not limited to the following factors as applicable.

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

X Yes  ___No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Not spot zoning – already commercial zoning in area
 
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

X Yes  ___No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Already commercial/recreation
 
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

__­_Yes  X No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Neighborhood allows for commercial development with trailer park and campground
 
  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

X Yes  ___No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Additional traffic but addition of more roads in development. State Department of Health
To approve mobile home park expansion.
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

__­_Yes    X No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:None needed – private systems.
 
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

__­_Yes     X No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Used as it is now – allow for expansion of services (resort)
 
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

X Yes  ___No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:For the resort’s expansion of sewers
 

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

__­_Yes   X No           

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Should increase values
 
COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Conditions:Apply for commercial on adjacent property (storage) within 6 months.
 

The Lake of the Woods County Planning Commission hereby recommends to the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners adopt the above findings and  APPROVE the application for a zone change be WITH conditions.

_____________________________________                                                  June 13, 2012

                        Tom Mio                                                                                             Date

Chair, Planning Commission

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby adopt the above findings of fact of the Lake of the Woods Planning Commission  WITHOUT modification and  APPROVE the application for a zone change WITH  special conditions.

_____________________________________                                                  June 26, 2012

                        Todd Beckel                                                                                       Date

Chair, Planning Commission

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the Zone change from Natural Environment & Residential to Commercial-Recreation with one condition to apply for commercial on adjacent property (storage) within 6 months. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried with Commissioner Arnesen abstaining from voting.

COUNTY ASSESSOR

County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten met with the board requesting approval to implement a fee schedule per parcel for assessment work.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to set the following fee structure for assessment work as follows:

City of Williams-        $4.00/parcels,

City of Baudette-        $7.00 for improved Ag, Res, SRR

             $3.50 for unimproved AG, Res, SRR

             $10.00for improved commercial

             $5.00 for unimproved commercial

             $3.00 for improved exempt

             $1.50 for unimproved exempt

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

PUBLIC WORKS

County Road Safety Issues

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board to discuss the new “Toward Zero Deaths” (TZD) in Minnesota to create a culture for which traffic fatalities and serious injuries are no longer acceptable through the integrated application of education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency medical and trauma services.  Tim informed the board that there will be a regional steering workshop in Bemidji on July 30, 2012 for County Road Safety Plan. He also informed them that there are grants available for this program and the he will contact the TZD Coordinator to talk with the board and all the area groups that will be involved in this project.

Calcium Chloride Application

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson informed the board that Ballard’s Resort requested that the Public Works Department apply Calcium Chloride on their parking lot. Tim informed the board that he will not apply the Calcium Chloride until he receives payment for the repairs the county did on County Road 33.

Building and Grounds

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson informed the board that Train came up and looked at the air conditioner in the MIS Room and they think it is repaired now.

COUNTY AUDITOR

Claims

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the County Board for approval of claims.

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

                                                Revenue                   $         51,438.94           

                                                Road & Bridge        $         72,155.21

                                                Solid Waste              $          7,589.93

                                                EDA                         $          2,669.42

                             135,690.25 

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 6/26/2012 For Payment 6/29/2012

Vendor Name                                                       Amount

Anchor Marketing, Inc                                                 2,669.42

Bobcat Of Grand Forks                                             62,827.42

Headwater Regional Development Commiss           2,200.00

Lavalla Sand & Gravel Inc                                         15,499.64

North East Technical Service,Inc                              2,403.50

Northwest Mechanical Of Bemidji Inc                       2,683.87

Olson/George                                                            19,100.00

Woody’s Service                                                          4,623.33

64 Payments less than   2000       21,846.32

Final Total:   133,853.50

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants:

                                                June 15, 2012                $        227,334.45

                                                June 15, 2012                $          65,436.25

                                                June 15, 2012                $          10,423.71

                                                June 15, 2012                $          22,062.82

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

Liquor License Approval

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval for a 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor off sale license for Quiverfull Inc. DBA Angle Outpost Resort.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor off sale license for Quiverfull Inc. DBA Angle Outpost Resort effective July 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

COMPENSATION PLAN/APPOINTED SHERIFF’S SALARY

Chairman Todd Beckel discussed the compensation plan and setting of the Appointed Sheriff Salary with the board to see how they would like to proceed with setting his salary.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to set appointed Sheriff Gary Fish salary at grade 20, step 3+ effective July 1, 2012. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

COUNTY SHERIFF YEARS OF SERVICE

Chairman Todd Beckel presented a plaque of recognition to County Sheriff, Dallas Block for his many years of service to Lake of the Woods County Residents.

Resolution

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

Resolution No. 12-06-01

WHEREAS; Dallas Block has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County for thirty-seven (37) years for the  Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Department, with the last ten (10) years as County Sheriff;

WHEREAS, Dallas has retired from county service, effective June 30, 2012;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the County Board of Lake of the Woods County extends its deepest appreciation to Dallas for his many years of dedicated service and  best wishes on his retirement.

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

 RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 11:50 a.m. and reconvened at 1:03 p.m. as follows:

PUBLIC HEARING – ABANDONMENT OF BRANCH #5 OF JUDICIAL DITCH #16

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to close the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for the abandonment of Branch #5 of Judicial Ditch #16. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Chairman Todd Beckel welcomed Kurt Deter from Rinke Noonan Law Firm, representing Lake of the Woods County to the meeting and welcome Al Christy, from Mackall, Crounse & Moore Law Firm, representing Northern Conservation, LLC who petitioned Lake of the Woods Drainage Authority for the abandonment of a portion of the original Judicial Ditch No. 16, referred to as “Branch No. 5”. Facts and Findings were heard from both Attorneys and the Public in attendance. No correspondence was received.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to close the Public Hearing and open the regular meeting at 2:06 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

FINDINGS AND FACTS AND ORDER APPROVING/DENYING THE PARITAL ABANDOMENT

Chairman Todd Beckel presented the Findings and Facts and Order for approving or denying the partial abandonment. (Saturator requirements require that if evidence is presented that you cannot deny the request of abandonment.)

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Arnesen as follows:

Resolution No. 12-06-02

BEFORE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, ACTING AS DRAINAGE AUTHORITY FOR

LAKE OF THE WOODS JUDICIAL DITCH #16 AND JUDICIAL DITCH #1

Findings of Fact and Order Granting Partial Abandonment of Branch #5 of Judicial Ditch #16 and a portion of Judicial Ditch #1 Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes§ 103E.806

WHEREAS, a Petition, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes § 103E.806  requesting the partial abandonment  of a portion of Judicial Ditch #16, known as Branch #5, was received from Petitioner, Northern Conservation, LLC, dated April 26, 201 2; and

WHEREAS,  the partial abandonment requested  that Branch #5 of Judicial Ditch #16, which described approximately t he northerly 3,100 feet of the north-south quarter section line in Section 5, Township 161 North, Range 33 West of the 5th Principal  Meridian, in Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, the above description also covers approximately 600 feet of Judicial Ditch # 1; and

WHEREAS, said Petition alleged that Branch #5 is of no public benefit or utility and does not serve a substantial useful purpose to any lands remaining in Judicial Ditch #16; and

WHEREAS, a public hearing was held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Lake of the Woods County Government Center located in Baudette, Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, proper notice by mail and publication was given to landowners within the assessed area of Judicial #16; and

WHEREAS,  Petitioners presented their evidence supporting their Petition concerning the partial abandonment in that the portion to be abandoned does not serve a substantial useful purpose as part of the drainage system to any property remaining in the system and is not of substantial public benefit and utility; and

WHEREAS, public comment was taken concerning the Petition.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Lake of the Wood County Board of Commissioners, acting as Drainage Authority for Judicial Ditch #16 and Judicial Ditch #1, makes the following Findings of Fact and Order:

  1. That based on the evidence and testimony, the Drainage Authority determines as follows:
    1. That the part of the drainage system known as Branch #5 of Judicial Ditch # 1 6 and approximately  600 feet of Judicial Ditch #1, which overlays a portion of Branch #5 of Judicial Ditch #16 and described above does not serve a substantial useful purpose as part of the drainage system to any property remaining in the system.
    2. The portion of Judicial Ditch #16, known as Branch #5, and also that portion of Branch #5 overlaid by Judicial Ditch #1 and described above is not of substantial public benefit and utility. 
    3. That specifically the above described Branch #5 of Judicial Ditch #16 and that portion of Judicial Ditch #1 also partially abandons any road described as part of that portion of Branch #5 of Judicial # 16 and that portion of Judicial Ditch #1 and specifically it is the intent to abandon any alleged road along the above described property.
    4. Petitioners shall pay all costs of the process under 103E.806 that results in this partial abandonment.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the portion of Judicial Ditch #16, known as Branch #5 and that portion of Judicial Ditch #1 that overlays the above described property is hereby abandoned.  That further,  the responsibility of the Drainage Authority for that part of Judicial Ditch #16, known as Branch #5 and that part of Judicial Ditch #1 as above described hereby ends.

Dated this _ day of _        _, 2012.

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS,  ACTING AS DRAINAGE AUTHORITY FOR JUDICIAL DITCH #16 AND JUDICIAL DITCH #1

By                                                             Its Chairperson

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

OLD/NEW BUSINESS;

Commissioner Hanson requested that the name Zippel Bay State Park under Old/New Business be changed to read Lake of the Woods Area Park & Trails; discussed the progress of the Rocky Point Road Access and reported that they are working on easements. No updates on Old/New Business

Lessard –Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Outdoor Heritage Fund-   

Land Trade

 Red Lake Tribe

Township Road Inventory/ATV Ordinance

Inventory-

Beaver

Clementson Bridge Property/Water Accesses

2012 Goals and Projects

Grant Policy and Expenditures

L/W Area Park & Trails

COMMITTEE UPDATES

No updates.

Correspondence

MCIT 2012 Coverage Document Change, Federal PILT Payment; MN DNR US Fish and Wildlife

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to recess at 3:40 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: July 10, 2012

_______________________________                                  _______________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                                       Todd Beckel, Chairman of the Board