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COUNTY BOARD

May, 2009

Commissioner Proceedings

May 12, 2009

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in the Commissioners’ Room at the Government Center.

Call to Order

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

Approval of Agenda

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

Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the consent agenda for travel with changes: Holly House to Camp Ripley for AMEM board meeting on June 1 – 2 and to Thief River Falls for Tactical Interoperable Communications (TIC) Plan for the state on June 9 – 10; and Leah Stephani-Miller to Moorhead for MSSA 1st Annual NW District Human Service Conference on June 17 – 18.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the minutes of April 28, 2009, with changes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Reed McFarlane-Board Support

Reed McFarlane met with the board requesting support for “Agassiz Lowlands Environmental Learning Area.”  This project will establish an environmental education curriculum by developing an environmental learning area on a one hundred and twenty acre site adjacent to the Lake of the Woods K-12 School.             

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve County Board Chair Patty Beckel to sign a letter of support for “Agassiz Lowlands Environmental Learning Area” to be sent to Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D).   The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, carried as follows:  For:  Commissioners:  Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel and Hanson; Against:  None; Abstaining:  Commissioner Moorman.

County Sheriff

Vehicle Bids

County Sheriff Dallas Block presented bids for vehicles to be purchased with the Stonegarden grant.  The board discussed the bids and directed Dallas to look into the state bids and report to the board later in the day.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen

Right-of Ways Issues

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board regarding right-of-ways.  He presented two letters to be sent to individuals reiterating the ramification of doing any future work without an approved permit in hand.  It was the consensus of the board to send the letters.

Land & Water Planning Director

LiDAR

Land & Water Planning Director presented a letter of agreement between Lake of the Woods County and the International Water Institute for the purchase of Project Deliverables LiDAR acquisitions.   

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to sign a letter of agreement as presented between Lake of the Woods County and the International Water Institute for the purchase of Project Deliverables for LiDAR acquisitions, in the amount of $103,308.96.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Application Request

Land & Water Planning Director requested permission to have Jay Spires, Attorney for Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA to review an application request for a land use permit.   It was the consensus of the board to grant this request.

Wetland Conservation

Land & Water Planning Director presented a letter regarding the proposed permanent rules relating to wetland conservation. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to have Chair Patty Beckel sign the letter as presented to Administrative Law Judge Steve M Mihalchick in regards to the proposed permanent rules relating to wetland conservation.  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 10:25 a.m. and reconvened at 10:33 a.m. as follows:

County Auditor

Claims

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

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the following claims against the county as presented.  The board had questions for the County Assessor on the claim for Vanguard Appraisals Inc and would like to meet with him at the next board meeting.

                                                Revenue                                     $ 29,860.35

                                                Road & Bridge                         $ 30,929.70

                                                County Development                $      200.00

                                                Solid Waste                              $  16,067.00

                                                                                                   $ 77,057.05

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  5/12/2009 FOR PAYMENT  5/15/2009

       AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                    AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

          599.51 AMERI PRIDE LINEN & APPAREL SE                       782.87 ANDY’S GARAGE, INC.

          323.57 ARROWWOOD RESORT                                         427.48 AUTO VALUE BAUDETTE

      13500.00 BAUDETTE BUILDERS, INC                                     341.78 CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES INC

        2562.09 CENEX CO-OP SERVICES, INC.                            1638.89 CROWNE PLAZA RIVERFRONT

        6191.13 DODDS LUMBER                                                       354.46 EMBASSY SUITES

          321.38 RICHARD GOODERUM                                          1092.45 GRAINGER, INC

          309.03 HILLYARD INC HUTCHINSON                                 918.31 HOLTE IMPLEMENT, INC

        2190.61 HOWARD’S OIL COMPANY                                    1194.90 LAKE ROAD DIESEL INC

          626.61 LOW FOODS                                                           3646.06 LOW HIGHWAY DEPT

          795.00 LOW SCHOOL DISTRICT–390                              8807.85 MAR-KIT LANDFILL

        3152.45 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP                     5335.50 LAW MOREN

          887.25 THE NORTHERN LIGHT                                           479.30 R & Q TRUCKING, INC

          888.93 RODERICK RONE JR                                             1005.84 ROSEAU COUNTY COOPERATIVE ASSN

        1750.00 SJOBERG’S INC                                                        376.96 TONY DORN, INC.

          326.70 TRUE VALUE                                                           9813.00 VANGUARD APPRAISALS, INC

          337.09 WALLWORK TRUCK CENTER                                 330.00 WEST GROUP

        1981.02 WOODY’S SERVICE

30 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       3,769.03

FINAL TOTAL     $77,057.05

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

                                                April 28, 2009                            $   2,865.10

                                                April 30, 2009                            $ 87,921.13

                                                May 8, 2009                               $ 63,898.46

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

Northwest Community Action – Resolution

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

Resolution

Authorizing Administration of the

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s

Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program

Resolution 09-05-01

WHEREAS, the need for homeless prevention and assistance exists in Lake of the Woods County and Northwest Community Action, Inc. and;

WHEREAS, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. desires to administer the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program in Lake of the Woods County in accordance with all applicable State and Federal regulations; and

WHEREAS, in order to administer the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program in Lake of the Woods County, it is necessary for Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. to file a resolution of approval executed by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is hereby authorized to:

  1. Submit a proposal to the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for funds from the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program to assist people in Lake of the Woods County;
  2. Administer the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program in Lake of the Woods County, according to the program guidelines, contingent upon funding being granted.

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

Audit-Multi-Year Agreement

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve a Multi-Year Audit Agreement for audit services as described in the annual engagement letter between Lake of the Woods County and the auditing firm of Hoffman, Dale & Swenson, PLLC, for years ending December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011, in the amount of $24,700 per year; and to have County Board Chair Patty Beckel and County Auditor John W Hoscheid sign the same.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and same being put to vote, was unanimously carried.  

Aggregate Material Tax

County Auditor John W Hoscheid presented an update on the aggregate material production tax.  The County Board of Commissioners directed John to investigate this further and return to the board with options for the county.

Sex Offender Update

County Auditor John W Hoscheid gave an update on the sex offender expenses.

Proclamation-National Police Week

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

Proclamation for National Police Week 2009

Resolution 2009-05-02

To recognize National Police Week 2009 and to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy.

WHEREAS, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including eight sworn members of the Lake of the Woods County Law Enforcement;

WHEREAS, some 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries;

WHEREAS, since the first recorded death in 1792, more than 18,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty;

WHEREAS, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which was dedicated in 1991 in Washington, D.C.;

WHEREAS, 387 names are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this spring, including 133 officers killed in 2008 and 254 officers killed in previous years;

WHEREAS, the service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty will be honored, and the names of the Minnesota officers read in honor during the day prior to the Minnesota Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Association’s Annual Candlelight Vigil, on the evening of Friday, May 15, 2009;

WHEREAS, the Candlelight Vigil is part of National Police Week, which takes place this year on May 10-16;

WHEREAS, May 15 is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day, with federal law (P.L. 103-322) directing that all flags be flown at half-staff on that date in honor of fallen officers and their families;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners formally declares May 10-16, 2009, as Police Week in Lake of the Woods County, and publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.

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

Liquor License

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the following Seasonal On-Sale and Sunday Intoxicating liquor license for JJN Ventures, LLC DBA Oak Harbor Golf Course effective May 12, 2009 to October 15, 2009.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Sheriff

Vehicle Bids

County Sheriff Dallas Block returned to the board with an update on the state bids for vehicles.   Dallas made a recommendation to the board to award the bid for two 2009 Ford F150 Supercrew XLT 4×4 pickup trucks to Wherley Motors in the amount of $27,178 per vehicle.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to purchase two 2009 Ford F150 Supercrew XLT 4×4 pickup trucks for Stonegarden/Sheriff’s department from Wherley Motors in the amount of $27,178 per vehicle as recommended by County Sheriff Dallas Block.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler

Claims

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

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

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 21,798.37 

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants         $   9,029.10

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

DUI Court Update & Alcohol Awareness Month

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler and Social Services Supervisor, Amy Ballard gave an update on the DUI Court and alcohol awareness month.  The board watched a training video for alcohol awareness called “It’s not an Accident”.

Old/New Business

The board discussed the following old and new business: 

Old:

The board discussed the ANI and directed the County Auditor to invite the new CEO of ANI to attend a meet and greet session; the date to be determined at a later date.

The board discussed the Maintenance Department and all issues have been resolved.

Commissioner Hanson informed the board that he met with Steve Nesmith and has invited him to attend a county board meeting regarding his letter received last board meeting.

The board discussed the Capital & General Expenditure Policy, inventory list, and the comments received from the department head meeting on Monday, May 11, 2009. 

The board requested that the Dean Bernard land acquisition be added to the old business.

There were no new updates on the City of Williams (Williams Community Center – old school), City of Baudette – Assessment agreement, No Net Loss Policy, County TV, PILT payment and Joint meetings with Roseau County Board.

New:

No new business was discussed at this time.

Committee Reports:

The following committee reports were heard and discussed: 

  • Sewer District – update by Commissioner Patty Beckel
  • MRCC – update by Commissioner Todd Beckel  

Correspondence:

Correspondence was acknowledged from: 

  • Office of the State Auditor
  • Joint Press Release – Roseau County and Lake of the Woods County Boards
  • Northern Counties Land Use Coordinating Board – Web Link

Recess

With no further business before the board, Chair Patty Beckel called the meeting to recess at 12:50 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved:      

_____________________________                                                  ____________________________

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

Commissioner Proceedings

May 26, 2009

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center.

Call to Order

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

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the meeting today with changes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the consent agenda for travel: Stacy Novak to Alexandria – MCCC Conference June 1–3 and Rita Krause to St. Paul – Child Support June 17-18.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of May 12, 2009. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler

Claims

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

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

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 36,428.51 

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants         $   4,873.73

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

Community Support Program Request for Proposal (CSP-RFP)

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler requested permission to advertise for Request for Proposals for the development and delivery of Community Mental Health Services including Community Support Program Services, Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services (ARMHS), Mental Health Crisis Services, and Mental Health Professional Clinical Supervision Services. 

Motion was made my Commissioner Todd Beckel to advertise for Request for Proposal for the Delivery of Community Based Mental Health Services.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

County Assessor

CAMA Update

County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson gave a CAMA update to the County Board as of the end of the year 2008.

Assessment Agreements

County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the County Board to discuss the assessment agreements with the City of Baudette, Lake of the Woods County and the County Assessor.  It was the consensus of the County Board to give a copy of the Assessment Agreement, between the City and County, to the City of Baudette, at the joint meeting scheduled later in the month, for their review.  No action was taken.  The County Board directed County Auditor, John W Hoscheid to give a copy of the Assessment Agreement with the County Assessor for his review.  No action was taken. 

Human Resource Director

Part-Time Dispatcher

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen and County Sheriff Dallas Block met with the County Board requesting approval to hire a part-time dispatcher in the sheriff’s department.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to hire one part-time dispatcher in the sheriff’s department, effective May 19, 2009, at a Job Grade 8, Step 1, on the part-time salary schedule.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

CEP Personnel

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen updated the County Board on using CEP personnel for the county.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the usage of CEP personnel for 12 weeks at a maximum of 20 hours per week and at no cost to the county; contingent upon approval of the Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler, Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren and Human Resources Director, Wade Johannesen.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Health Insurance

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen updated the County Board on the employees’ health insurance.  A presentation will be made by George Vander Weit on June 12th or 19th to the County Board and followed by an informational meeting with county employees. 

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 10:06 a.m. and reconvened at 10:10 a.m. as follows:

County Auditor

Claims

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

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the following claims against the county as presented.   

                                                Revenue                                     $ 15,676.28

                                                Road & Bridge                         $ 35,874.81

                                                Solid Waste                               $   1,865.87

                                                                                                   $ 53,416.96

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  5/26/2009 FOR PAYMENT  5/29/2009

                             AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                                    AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

                      13411.00 BAUDETTE BUILDERS, INC                                     561.95 BAUERS COMMUNICATIONS & SECURI

                        1106.02 BRAD’S PLUMBING & HEATING, INC                   1743.29 CENEX CO-OP SERVICES, INC.

                        2203.49 JUDITH CROMPTON                                                8250.00 JAMES FROHREICH

                        4860.00 JEROLD FROHREICH                                                 314.97 FRONTIER PRECISION INC

                          389.96 GALL’S, INC.                                                              394.05 GCR TIRE CENTER

                          624.09 INTOXIMETERS                                                        917.96 LAKE ROAD DIESEL INC

                          758.04 LAKES GAS CO.                                                       1397.00 PAT LECLAIRE ELECTRIC (DBA)

                        1162.25 MN COUNTIES INFORMATION SYSTEM              1529.00 MN COUNTIES INSURANCE TRUST

                          366.00 MN HIGHWAY SAFETY & RESEARCH C                 339.64 NORTHERN SPORTS & MACHINE – DB

                        1139.55 NORTHWEST ANGLE&ISLAND FREIGHT            4000.00 RESERVE ACCOUNT

                          789.46 RODERICK RONE JR                                                1750.00 SJOBERG’S INC

                          524.11 GEORGE SWENTIK                                                   579.92 WEST GROUP

37 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,305.21

FINAL TOTAL     $53,416.96

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

                                                May 12, 2009                             $   4,372.68

                                                May 16, 2009                             $ 58,538.55

                                                May 20, 2009                             $   7,899.92

                                                May 20, 2009                            $  47,361.93

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

Passport Cards

The County Board discussed the claims presented for passport card reimbursement and it was the consensus to have all expenditures come out of the specific departments budget.

Aggregate Material Tax – Public Hearing Date

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to hold a public hearing for aggregate material tax on June 23, 2009, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center at 1:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to vote, was unanimously carried.  

County Ditch 1 – Public Hearing Date

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to hold a public hearing for County Ditch 1 to discuss a proposed maintenance project and future maintenance; to be held on June 23, 2009, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center at 6:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to vote, was unanimously carried.   

County Ditch 1 

The County Board discussed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources funding for projects on County Ditch 1.  County Auditor, John W Hoscheid was directed to invite them to the Public Hearing for County Ditch 1.

County Sheriff      

Equipment Storage

County Sheriff Dallas Block discussed with the County Board the storage of equipment for the sheriff’s department.  The County Board requested Dallas to store the equipment as needed.

Vehicle Purchase

County Sheriff Dallas Block updated the County Board on the purchase of the pickups previously approved on May 12, 2009.  The two 2009 Ford F150 Supercrew XLT 4×4 pickup trucks from Wherley Motors for $27,178 per vehicle, were no longer available; however 2010 pickups were available with additional charges of $1,800.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to purchase two 2010 Ford F150 Supercrew XLT 4×4 pickup trucks from Wherley Motors at a purchase price of $28,978 per vehicle.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen

Bostic Creek JD 28 Project

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen updated the County Board on the Bostic Creek JD 28 project.

Fuel Farm

Commissioners Todd Beckel and Moorman updated the County Board on the Baudette City Council meeting that they attended in reference to Fuel Farming with the Lake of the Woods School.  It was the consensus of the County Board to thank the school for the opportunity to partner up; however the County Board felt this project was not in their long range strategy plan.

Legislative Collaboration

Commissioners Todd Beckel and Moorman updated the County Board on the Baudette City Council meeting that they attended in reference to Legislative Lobbying Coalition.  The County Board discussed this with no action taken.

Closed Session – Pursuant to MN Statute §13D.05, Subd.2(b)

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular session at 11:48 a.m. pursuant MN Statute §13D.05, Subd.2(b), to discuss allegations of an employee use of County equipment outside the scope of normal employment.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following were present in closed session:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel, Todd Beckel, Hanson and Moorman.  Also present were:  Interim County Attorney Michelle Moren, Human Resource Director Wade Johannesen, Public Works Director Bruce Hasbargen and Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Pelland.

The County Board instructed the Department Head to follow the Lake of the Woods County Personnel Policy and Procedures relating to disciplinary action(s) as appropriate.  The County Board also identified a need for development of County policies regarding the use of County equipment beyond the normal authorized scope.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the closed session at 12:35 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Note:  The entire closed meeting was recorded by Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 12:36 p.m. and reconvened at 1:24 p.m. as follows:

County Auditor

Coffee & Water

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to decline the purchasing of coffee, coffee supplies and bottled water for Lake of the Woods County employees effective May 26, 2009. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and same being put to vote, was unanimously carried.  

The County Board directed County Auditor, John W Hoscheid to send a notice to all department heads notifying them of this action and to contact vendors respectfully.

Abatement – Severin Holte

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, upon recommendation of the County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson, to approve the abatement of Severin Holte due to reclassification and to have the County Assessor reassign accordingly. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and same being put to vote, was unanimously carried.  

Election – Maintenance Agreement

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve a Post Warranty Hardware Maintenance Services and Software Maintenance; and Support Agreement between Election Systems & Software, Inc (ES&S) and Lake of the Woods County for an initial four-year period effective August 1, 2009, at the total cost of $4,660; and to have County Auditor John W Hoscheid to sign the same. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and same being put to vote, was unanimously carried.  

Revenue & Expenditure Guidelines

County Auditor, John W Hoscheid reviewed the revenue and expenditure guidelines with the County Board.

Old/New Business

The County Board discussed the following old and new business: 

Old:

County Auditor updated the County Board on the ANI progress of holding a meet and greet session.

The County Board discussed the County TV and directed Commissioner Hanson to invite Lee Hervey to attend a County Board meeting.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen updated the County Board on recently passed legislation in relation to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program.

There were no new updates on the PILT payment, joint meetings with Roseau County Board, capital and general expenditure policy, road inventory or the Dean Bernard – Land Acquisition.

New:

Association of MN Counties

The County Board reviewed a notice of meeting for the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) District Meeting in Bemidji on Wednesday, June 10, 2009.  The County Board directed County Auditor, John W Hoscheid to post for the board members to attend this meeting. 

Blueberry Festival

The County Board reviewed a letter from the Northwest Angle Chamber of Commerce requesting a contribution to the Blueberry Festival.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to contribute $300 to the Northwest Angle Chamber of Commerce for the Blueberry Festival and to fund this from the economic development fund.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

State Budget Cuts

County Auditor, John W Hoscheid updated the board on the AMC Board and Legislative Steering Committee Meeting he attended.  Highlights of the meeting were: 

  • The state budget is estimated to be $2.9 billion out of balance.
  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty has stated that he will balance the budget through the use of his un‐allotment power and shifts.
  • The projected deficit for the 2012‐13 biennium is $3.2 billion to $4.0 billion.
  • The 2010 levy limit without special levies will be between 1% and 1.5% or less.
  • Each county will receive un‐allotments of CPA for this calendar year and will need to make adjustments in budgets accordingly.
  • Assume that the reductions are permanent and be cautious of using reserves to cover the shortfalls

Committee Reports:

There were no committee reports at this time.

Correspondence:

Correspondence was acknowledged from: 

  • State of MN – Veterans Office
  • Verizon – TV Translator station at Williams
  • Veterans Letter

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chair Patty Beckel called the meeting to recess at 2:45 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved:      

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