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COUNTY BOARD

March 22, 2022

March 22, 2022

The Lake of The Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.

Call To Order

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

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the agenda with the following changes: Add Grant Application Substance Youth Disorder, Lost Warrant, Satisfaction of Repayment and Legislative Update. 

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the minutes from March 8,2022.

Social Services

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $6,437.02; Commissioners Warrants $2,332.92; Commissioners Warrants $9,838.96.

Auditor/Treasurer

Claims

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $74,411.90; Road & Bridge $22,974.65; County Development $200.00; Solid Waste $44,650.36; EDA $1,820.12.

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION 2010-2021

Warrants Approved On 3/22/2022 For Payment 3/25/2022

Vendor Name Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 28,987.25 

CentralSquare Technologies, LLC 2,499.96 

Counties Providing Technology 3,972.00 

GM Construction Inc 23,052.26 

Integris DBA 13,994.79 

Motorola Solutions, Inc 15,206.40 

National Business Furniture, LLC 8,358.56

NetCenter Technologies 2,220.00 

Northern Light Region 4,107.82 

Pemberton Law, P.L.L.P. 3,603.98

Quadient Finance USA Inc. 5,000.00 

Royal Tire Inc 4,826.34

RTVision Inc. 3,000.00 

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50 

49  Payments less than 2000 18,959.17

Final Total: 144,057.03

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: March 4,2022 for $457,551.86; March 9,2022 for $122,854.74; March 16,2022 for $2,103,615.41; March 17,2022 for ($2.00)

Lost Warrant Affidavit
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Gund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant number 36799 for vendor number 1676 dated September 17, 2021 for $77.69 without furnishing indemnifying bond.  

Lost Warrant Affidavit
Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously by roll call to approve the application and affidavit for lost warrant number 37166 for vendor number 1644 dated December 17,2021 for $148.50 without furnishing indemnifying bond.  

County TV RFP

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve going out on a RFP for maintenance of county tv. towers.

Rehabilitation Housing Satisfaction

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve County Board Chair Buck Nordlof to sign the Satisfaction of Mortgages for the Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program with Crystal Ferrier.

Lake of the Woods County Fair Board

Request for Donation

JP Sweet and Alan Cauble gave an update on the progress and cost of the Fairground canopy project and plans for next years Centennial Fair. Consensus was made by the board to support the canopy project.

Emergency Management

Approve funds- Mobile Radio for Squad Car

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the pre-budgeted funds from the Motorola grant in the amount of $6,669.50 for a mobile radio in a squad car.

Add to Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to add approval of additional training for mapping to the agenda.

Approval of Additional Training for Mapping

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the pre-bill request for additional training for mapping through the Motorola grant. 

Public Works

Public Works Director Anthony Pirkl gave an update on various projects including Bridge 92633, Building Door Replacement, and Drainage Authority JD 22 Erosion Repair.

Lake of the Woods Soil And Water Conservation

2021 County Feedlot Officer (CFO) Annual Report

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the 2021 County Feedlot Officer Annual Report, as presented by Mike Hirst with Lake of the Woods County’s Soil & Water Conservation District and for Chair Buck Nordlof to sign the same.

Human Resources

Permission to Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to hire Cody Nelson for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator at Grade 11, Step 1, $21.68 per hour, Points 265, effective 4/18/ 2022.

Permission to Advertise, Interview & Hire

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously for permission to advertise, interview, and hire Curt Ferrier for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator at Grade 11, Step 3, $22.60 per hour, Points 265, effective in May 2022. 

Legislative Update

Commissioner Ed Arnesen updated the board on various topics that included: Bonding, Tourism Bill, PILT, NWA Forgivable loan, and Representative changes.

Recess

A brief recess took place at 10:00 am. and reconvened at 10:10 am.

Public Works

Robert Peterson Retirement

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and moved for adoption:

RECOGNITION OF YEARS OF SERVICE

ROBERT PETERSON

RESOLUTION 2022-03-03

WHEREAS: Robert Peterson has served Lake of the Woods County as a Heavy Equipment Operator since June 1,1997;

WHEREAS: Robert will retire from Lake of the Woods County effective March 31, 2022 with more than Twenty-Four years of service;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That Lake of the Woods Board of County Commissioners extends its deepest appreciation to Robert for his dedicated service and wishes him well on his retirement.

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

Carp Swamp Addition

Scott Laudenslager from MN DNR and Jackie Paschke gave a brief recap on discussions from previous meetings and listened to any questions/concerns the board has in reference to the sale of land to Pheasants Forever that would then be donated to the DNR to add to the wildlife management area. Consensus was made by the board to add this to the April 12,2022 meeting. No further action was taken at this time.

Leaving the Meeting

Chair Buck Nordlof left the meeting at 10:40 am.

Opioid Response Program-Behavioral Health Care Support

Grant Application

County Attorney James Austad went over the details of the rural communities opioid support grant. There is a coalition of local services that help with the support of substance abuse that would benefit from this grant to serve the local community.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to support the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Behavioral Health Care Support grant application.

RECESS

With no further business before the Board, Vice-Chair Ed Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 10:50 am.

Attest: April 12, 2022

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