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COUNTY BOARD

November, 2012

Commissioner Proceedings

Emergency County Board Meeting

November 2, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in an Emergency County Board meeting on Friday, November 2, 2012, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center.

Call to Order

Chair Todd Beckel called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m. with the following members present:  Commissioners Ed Arnesen, Todd Beckel and Patty Beckel.  Commissioners Tom Hanson and Ken Moorman were present via speaker phone.  Also present were: County Assessor Mary Jo Otten, County Auditor John W Hoscheid, Land & Water Director Josh Stromlund, MIS Director Brent Birkeland, Public Works Director Tim Erickson, County Sheriff Gary Fish, Social Services Director Nancy Wendler and County Treasurer Mark Hall.

MIS Director

Salary MIS Director

MIS Director, Brent Birkeland met with the County Board to discuss his salary and his offer to take a position in another county. He requested the County Board to review and adjust his job classification to a Grade 20, Step 2 ($65,631.86), on the new comp worth plan for 2013.

The County Board discussed Brent’s request and after much discussion, it was the consensus of the County Board to adjust his salary at a Grade 19, Step 1, on the new 2013 comp worth plan. Chair Todd Beckel reminded him of the opportunity to use the appeal process if he felt it was necessary.

Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to offer a salary adjustment of $4,000 for the year 2012, pending MIS Director Brent Birkelands decision.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Recess

There being no further business before the County Board, Chair Todd Beckel called the meeting to recess at 10:10 a.m.

Attest:                                                                          Approved:  November 13, 2012

Commissioner Proceedings

November 13, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. 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, Arnesen, Tom Hanson, Ken Moorman Todd Beckel and Patty Beckel. Also present were: County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, John Oren and Brian Peterson, Terry Waibel and Nick Anthony.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the agenda with the following additions: Correspondence from Let’s Go Fishing, Department of Correction, November 2, 2012 Emergency Meeting and December payroll cutoff. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Approval of Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the consent agenda as follows: Travel for Nancy Wendler to Bemidji on November 15th for Land of the Dancing Sky meeting and on November 16 in Park Rapids for Region II Directors’ meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve October 23, 2012 regular board minutes with changes and November 2, 2012 Emergency Meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA COUNTIES

Executive Director, Jeff Spartz met with the board and informed them that AMC supports legislative activities, agency activities, and county initiated efforts, along with working with NaCo on federal issues.

Chairman Todd Beckel welcomed Terry Waibel and Nick Anthony to address the board. Terry Waibel asked if there was any policy for gravel roads that become icy and treacherous to drive on. The board informed the board that they are addressing Public Works Director, Tim Erickson later today on this issue.  Nick Anthony thanked the board for looking into the request.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 9:25 a.m. and reconvened at 9:30 a.m. as follows:

Closed Session- Pending Litigation-MN Stat. § 13D.05

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to close the regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. and open the closed session pursuant  to MN Stat.§ 13D.05, pending litigation case- Dornheim vs. Lake of the Woods County. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to close the closed session at 9:48 a.m. and open the regular meeting. 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 9:48 a.m. and reconvened at 9:55 a.m. as follows:

Voyageur Comtronics

Lee Hervey, from Voyageur Comtronics met with the board and gave an update on the following:

  • Digital T.V. transmission;
  • Canadian Government did not go digital, therefore 650 repeater sites have been closed;
  • Maintenance for the Sheriff’s Department on narrowband.

Lee informed the board that Titan Machinery is requesting tower space to place equipment for

Precision Agriculture Technology. Titan Machinery representatives informed the board that they have Rural Tower Network that works on all their contracts and negotiations, so if the board agrees to lease tower space that this would be the company that they would be working with.

County Surveyor

Re-monumentation Update

County Surveyor, Donn Rasmussen met with the board and updated them on the re-monumentation they have worked on since 1996. Donn requested that it would be a benefit to have all the survey documents set up on the web site for other surveyors and public to view.

Surveyor Contract/Surveyor Appointment

Chairman Todd Beckel reviewed the County Surveyor Contract and Surveyor Appointment  with the board.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to enter into a Contract with Widseth, Smith, Nolting and Associates, Inc. for services of a County Surveyor, commencing January 1, 2013 and terminating December 31, 2016, in the amount of $11,000 per annum, and authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid, Chairman Todd Beckel, and County Attorney, Philip Miller to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to appoint Donn Rasmussen as Lake of the Woods County Surveyor for the year 2013 pursuant to MN Statutes 389.011 Subd. 2. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Pierre Lafromboise Property

Pierre Lafromboise met with the board to discuss his recent survey of his property and the difficulty they experienced to find the corner markers for re-monumentation was not done in the Baudette Township.

Donn informed the board that this certificate of survey will be certified and recorded, and will help in future surveying in this township; Baudette Township is one of the top priorities to complete and when with this survey, the section corners where the main work and will help in future surveys.

The board concurred that cost share in this situation would be reasonable, but they need to review and set up a cost share program before they can do anything with this request.

Re-monumentation Committee

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to create a Re-monumentation Committee with the following members: Commissioner Arnesen, Commissioner Patty Beckel, County Surveyor, Land and Water Planning Director, Public Works Director and MIS Director. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met with the board requesting approval of claims:

Motion

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

                                                Commissioner Warrants        $   10,546.68                                                                                                     Commissioner Warrants        $     9,883.68

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 10:55 a.m. and reconvened at 11:03 a.m. as follows:

Emergency Management

2012 EMP Grant

Emergency Management Director, Holly House met with the board requesting approval for the 2012 EMP Grant.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the 2012 Emergency Management Performance Grant, No. A-EMPG-2012-LOTW-CO-0004 for $13,027 effective January 1, 2012 thru December 31, 2012 and authorize Chairman Todd Beckel and Emergency Management Director, Holly House to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

PUBLIC WORKS

Cell-Phone Stipend

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board requesting authorization to issue Inspector II, Copper Mickelson a cell phone stipend.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to allow Inspector II, Cooper Mickelson a cell phone stipend of $40.00 per month. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Acceptance of Restoration of MnDOT Detour Roads

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board and updated them on the detour roads that took place this summer with State Highway 11 construction and requested them to approve the acceptance of MnDOT’s restoration of the detour roads.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve final acceptance of MnDOT’s restoration of detour roads contingent on the repairs of the  potholes on County Road 19. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Final Contract SP039-070-002

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board requesting authorization to accept the Certificate of Final Contract for SP 039-070-002, HSIP 3912.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to accept the Public Works Director’s Certificate of Final Contract Acceptance for SP 039-070-002, HSIP 3912 (163)., Shoulder Paving & rumble Strips, for Knife River Materials of Bemidji, MN in the total of $343,109.20 and hereby authorize final payment of $24,107.16. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried

Right-of-Way Violations

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson and Willis Bitter met with the board to discuss a culvert that was placed through the road and his concerns of water backing up onto his land. Public Works Director, Tim Erickson informed the board that a letter was mailed to the violator, and he has not heard anything to this date. Tim will call, send a final letter, and speak with County Attorney, Philip Miller on this issue.

Icy Gravel Roads

The board discussed with Public Works Director, Tim Erickson if there is a policy in place on Icy Gravel Roads. Tim informed the board that there is no policy for icy gravel roads but will be working on a policy.

Recess

The meeting was called to recess at 11:50 a.m. and reconvened at 1:02 p.m. as follows:

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen met with the board to present MIS Director, Brent Birkeland resignation.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to accept MIS Director, Brent Birkeland resignation effective November 30, 2012. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Replacement of MIS Director

The board discussed the replacement of MIS Director Position. The Compensation Committee will meet with the Department Heads on November 26, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

AUDITOR

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

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

                                      Revenue                    $        88,285.49         

                                      Road & Bridge         $         35,983.57

                                      Co. Develop              $             606.00

                                      Solid Waste               $        28,289.38 

                                      EDA                          $          5,259.69         

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 11/13/2012 For Payment 11/16/2012

Vendor Name Amount

ARM of Mn                                                                       3,550.00

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                          7,201.83

Elert & Associates                                                            4,241.60

Farmers Union Oil Co.                                                    4,298.39

Hasler                                                                              2,000.00

Holte Implement, Inc                                                       2,016.41

Johnson Auto & Machine                                               4,480.45

Lakewood Energy LLC                                                    2,000.00

LOW Highway Dept                                                         2,256.22

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                               11,073.60

Mn Dept Of Transp                                                         3,776.14

Modern Project Services LLC                                      15,000.00

Motorola Solutions, Inc                                                 5,475.00

Northwest Community Action, Inc                                 3,607.52

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                         2,175.10

Roseau County Cooperative Assn                                2,178.82

Voyageurs Communications, Inc                                  2,226.64

Watch Guard Video                                                         5,289.24

Watson                                                                          19,374.26

Woody’s Service                                                             6,195.39

Ziegler, Inc                                                                       6,692.96

112  Payments less than  2000     43,314.56

Final Total:   158,424.13

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

                                     October 24,  2012                  $521,698.81

                                     October 31,  2012                  $493,657.18

                                     October 31,  2012                  $    3,862.18

                                     October 31,  2012                  $       486.11

                                     November 1,2012                  $398,930.28

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

Land Leases

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and presented the “Land Value Information” list that County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten calculated if the land was to be taxed.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to set the leased land acreage cost at $7.00 per acre for Tillable Lands and $7.50 per acre for Non-Tillable Lands and to set a term for the leases for three-years.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. (Commissioner Arnesen abstained from voting)

Sanford Lease

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid presented that Sanford Lease for Government Center North and informed the Board that the lease will run for a three-year term instead of a one-year term.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to enter into a lease agreement for Government Center North Building with Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls beginning January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2015 and authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid and County Attorney, Philip Miller to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Re-Appointment of Medical Examiner

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid informed the board that Dr. Robert Dayer agreed to be Lake of the Woods County Medical Examiner for another four year term.

Resolution

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

Appointment of Medical Examiner

Resolution No. 12-11-01

WHEREAS, Minn Stat. § 390.005 provides that the term of office for the County Medical Examiner be no longer than four years; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Dr. Robert Dayer is herby appointed to the position of the county medical examiner of Lake of the Woods County for a four-year term, beginning January 1, 2013.

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

Women of Today-Bingo

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid requested authorization to sign the application for the Women of today to conduct Bingo.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve the exempt gambling permit for Women of today to conduct a excluded Bingo Activity on November 17, 2012 at Lake of the Woods School and authorize County auditor to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to  a vote, was unanimously carried.

NWA Airport

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and presented a letter that will be sent to the MN Department of Transportation requesting financial assistance from the Office of Aeronautics for a feasibility study and request authorization to sign.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the letter of support for the NWA Airport and authorize County Auditor to sign. The motion as seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

December Payroll

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board to discuss the last payroll in December. Due to the Holidays and payroll date, he requested permission to have all time sheets turned in by 12:00 p.m., Thursday, December 20, 2012. The consensus of the board was to have time sheets turned in on December 20, 2012.

SWCD

Resource Technician, Mike Hirst met with the board to update them on the Task Force for Winter Angling trash. Mike informed the board Minnesota Pollution Control Agency funding will not be available until January and may need funding from the county for this project. Mike informed the board that he would come back for funding if needed.

COUNTY AUDITOR

Health Insurance

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and reviewed the spread sheet for the Health Insurance Loss-Ratio and the cost for increases insurance caps per their request.

CORRESPONDENCE

The following correspondence was acknowledge

  • Thank-you letter from Let’s Go Fishing
  • Department of Corrections          

Closed Session- Pending Litigation-MN Stat. § 13D.05

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to close the regular meeting at 2:20 p.m. and open the closed session pursuant  to MN Stat.§ 13D.05, pending litigation case- Dornheim vs. Lake of the Woods County. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to close the closed session at 2:39 p.m. and open the regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Closed Session- Union Negotiations-MN Stat. § 13D.03

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to close the regular meeting at 2:40 p.m. and open the closed session pursuant  to MN Stat.§ 13D.03,Union Negotiations. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to close the closed session at 2:45 p.m. and open the regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to recess at 2:46 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: November 27, 2012

Commissioner Proceedings

November 27, 2012

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. 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, Arnesen, Tom Hanson, Ken Moorman Todd Beckel and Patty Beckel. Also present were: County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid, Deputy Auditor Janet Rudd, John Oren and Brian Peterson.

Approval of Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the agenda with the following additions: NWMN Housing, Department Head Meeting discussion, Towers and Comp Plan for year-end payroll.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.  

Approval of Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to approve the consent agenda as follows: Travel for Dan Crompton to Detroit Lake on February 28, 2013 for Bridge Safety Training. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to approve November 13, 2012 regular board minutes with changes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

SWCD

Keep It Clean

Resource Technician, Mike Hirst met with the board requesting that the county purchase six (6) dumpsters, which the county would own but use them for the “Keep It Clean” project.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to purchase six (6) 8 yard dumpsters from Sanitation Products in the amount of $10,500 from the Con-Con Funds. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote was unanimously carried.

SHERIFF

Joint Powers Agreements

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board and informed them that he needed approval for Joint Powers Agreement that his office has with the State of Minnesota, they were approved previously under Retired Sheriff, Dallas Block, but needs to reflect the current Sheriff’s signatures.

Motions

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to enter into a agreement with the Minnesota Department of Humans Services and Lake of the Woods County Offices of Human Services (IV-D Agency ) for operation of the child support enforcement program under Title IV-D beginning January 1, 2012 thru December 31, 2013 and authorize County Sheriff, Gary Fish, County Attorney, Philip Miller and Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with the State of Minnesota, Commissioner of Public Safety, State Patrol Division and Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office to provide access to the State’s I/Mobile System, beginning January 1, 2012 thru December 31, 2013 and authorize County Sheriff, Gary Fish, Chairman, Todd Beckel and County Attorney, Philip Miller to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with the State of Minnesota, Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office to provide access to the Minnesota Criminal Justice Data Communications Network and authorize, County Sheriff, Gary Fish, Chairman, Chairman Todd Beckel and County Attorney, Philip Miller to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Resolution

 APPROVING STATE OF MINNESOTA JOINT POWERS AGREEMENTS WITH THE COUNTY OF Lake of the Woods ON BEHALF OF ITS COUNTY ATTORNEY AND SHERIFF

RESOLUTION NO. 12-11-02

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

WHEREAS, the County of Lake of the Woods on behalf of its County Attorney and Sheriff desires to enter into Joint Powers Agreements with the State of Minnesota, Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to use systems and tools available over the State’s criminal justice data communications network for which the County is eligible. The Joint Powers Agreements further provide the County with the ability to add, modify and delete connectivity, systems and tools over the five year life of the agreement and obligates the County to pay the costs for the network connection.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the County Board of Lake of the Woods, Minnesota as follows:

  1. That the State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreements by and between the State of Minnesota acting through its Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the County of Lake of the Woods on behalf of its County Attorney and Sheriff are hereby approved. Copies of the two Joint Powers Agreements are attached to this Resolution and made a part of it.
  2. That the Chief Deputy Sheriff, Daryl Fish, or his or her successor, is designated the Authorized Representative for the Sheriff. The Authorized Representative is also authorized to sign any subsequent amendment or agreement that may be required by the State of Minnesota to maintain the County’s connection to the systems and tools offered by the State. To assist the Authorized Representative with the administration of the agreement, Julie Berggren, Administrative Assistant is appointed as the Authorized Representative’s designee.
  3. That Lake of the Woods County Legal Secretary, Dena Pieper, or his or her successor, is designated the Authorized Representative for the County Attorney. The Authorized Representative is also authorized to sign any subsequent amendment or agreement that may be required by the State of Minnesota to maintain the County’s connection to the systems and tools offered by the State.
  4. That Todd Beckel the Chair of the County, County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid and Gary Fish, County Sheriff are authorized to sign the State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreements.

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

DEPARTMENT HEAD MEETING

The board discussed the November 26, 2012 Department Head meeting for the Compensation Plan and that Truesight will be here on December 6, 2012 to meet with the Department Heads to review the plan.

LAND LEASES/TOWER LEASE

Land Leases

Commissioner Arnesen discussed the County Land Leases in regards if the leasers pay taxes on the land they lease from the County. County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid informed the board that the leasers do not pay property taxes, only yearly lease payments.

 Tower Lease

Commissioner Hanson presented the lease for GCGI Development LLC to lease the following parcel of land from Lake of the Woods County

(To be replaced with a deed description upon review of title.)

The Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24 Township 163 Range 34, less and except    the North Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of the of the described quarter section.  This description is intending to include all properties owned by Lake of the Woods County listed under Parcel ID# 142422000 and excluding 1.25 acres owned by School District Number 24 listed under Parcel ID# 142422010.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Tom Hanson to approve the Option and Easement Agreement between Lake of the Woods County and GCGI Development, LLC for Fifty (50) years, with the lease payment of $125,000 into the “Tower/Communications” designated account. contingent approval of the lease by County Attorney, Philip Miller and authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid, County Attorney, Philip Miller and Chairman Todd Beckel to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

LEGION MEMORIAL FOREST

American Legion Forest Director, Steve Levassuer met with the board to discuss the “Jack Pine Bob Andersen Legion Forest”, and the issue of overnight camping. After discussion the board requested that the Legion bring back a Management Plan for the forest for the board to review and approve.

WATER ACESS

Steve Levasseur met with the board to inform them of a potential environmental issue relating to logging practices that occurred in 2008. This potential environmental issue occurred on State of Minnesota Land, Judicial Ditch 26 and possibly on Red Lake Reservation Land. The Land & Water Planning Office informed the board that contacts have been made to the appropriate entities to investigate this matter.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Claims

Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler met with the board requesting approval of claims:

Motion

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

                                                Commissioner Warrants        $   12,692.22                                                                                                     Commissioner Warrants        $   24,648.96

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

NW MN HOUSING-SEC. 8

NWMN Housing Director, Lee Meier met with the board and requested that the county put 4,000 to 5,000 dollars a year to help with funding the Sec. 8 housing assistance program for residents in Lake of the Woods County.

AUDITOR

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

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

                                      Revenue                    $        19,225.55         

                                      Road & Bridge         $          4,190.99

                                      Co. Develop              $         6,438.00   

                                      Solid Waste               $         3,838.52 

                                      EDA                          $         2,272.62          

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 11/27/2012 For Payment 11/30/2012

Vendor Name                                                                Amount

Anchor Marketing, Inc                                                          2,272.62

Brown/Terry                                                                           2,610.37

North East Technical Service,Inc                                         2,567.00

Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc                                          7,354.67

52  Payments less than  2000     21,161.02

Final Total:     35,965.68

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

                                    November 16, 2012                $   95,558.02

                                    November 16, 2012                $     4,238.03

                                    November 16, 2012                $    4,867.37

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

MIS/GIS

Chairman Todd Beckel thanked MIS/GIS Brent Birkeland for his years of service for Lake of the Woods County.

Resolution

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

RESOLUTION 2012 – 11-03

RECOGNITION OF YEARS OF SERVICE

BRENT BIRKELAND

WHEREAS: Brent Birkeland has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County for the past 16 years;

WHEREAS: Brent Birkeland has resigned as the Lake of the Woods County MIS/GIS Director effective November 30, 2012;

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

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

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 11:05 a.m. and reconvened at 11:12 a.m. as follows:

PUBLIC WORKS

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson, Mr. Roger Ellingson representing Ellingson Companies, Attorney Al Fish, and County Attorney, Philip Miller to discuss unauthorized work in County  Right-of-Ways which is a violation of county ordinances.  

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to fine $500 penalty to Ellingson and $1,690 for county repair expenses for damage done by the company. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

MN DOT

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board requesting approval to enter into a master Contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Resolution

The following resolution was proposed by Commissioner Moorman and moved for adoption:

RESOLUTION 12-11-04

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Department of Transportation wishes to cooperate closely with local units of government to coordinate the delivery of transportation services and maximize the efficient delivery of such services at all levels of government; and

WHEREAS, occasionally opportunities arise for local governments to provide services to Mn/DOT; and

WHEREAS, the parties wish to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to such opportunities for collaboration, and have determined that Mn/DOT, having the ability to write work orders against a master contract, would provide the greatest flexibility; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

  1. That the County of Lake of the Woods enter into a Master Contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
  2. That the proper County officers are authorized to execute such contract, and any amendments thereto.
  3. That the Public Works Director is authorized to negotiate work order contracts pursuant to the Master Contract, which work order contracts will provide for payment of the County by Mn/DOT, and that the Public Works Director may execute such work order contracts on behalf of the County without further approval by this Board.

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

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 1:05 p.m. and reconvened at 1:25 p.m. as follows:

COUNTY AUDITOR

Public Transit Service Agreement

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval to renew the Public Transit Service agreement with Roseau County Committee on Aging.

Motion

 Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to enter into a service agreement with Roseau County Committee on Aging, a Minnesota Non-Profit Corporation and Lake of the Woods County to provide and operate a public transportation system which will be administered and operated as part of a Multi-County Transit System with Roseau County effective January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, and authorize Chairman Todd Beckel to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Transit Vehicle Lease Agreement

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board requesting approval to enter into a lease agreement with Roseau County Committee on Aging for the 2001 Diamond Bus.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to enter into a lease agreement between Lake of the Woods County and Roseau County Committee on Aging a 2001 Chevrolet Diamond 400 bus effective January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 and authorizes Chairman Todd Beckel to sign. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

MCIT DIVIDEND

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid informed the board that Lake of the Woods County received a MCIT Dividend in the amount of $120,403. With this dividend it only cost the county $40,000 for Property Causality and Workers Compensation Insurance.

Payroll for Compensation Plan

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid informed the board that it will take 40 hours to process and calculate all the changes that will need to make for payroll process when the compensation plan is approved.

Health Insurance

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson to increase the cap for county contribution for 2013 by $25. Family Contribution will be $950; Single Contribution $600. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

CORRESPONDENCE

The following correspondence was acknowledge

  • Thank-you letter from Potato Day
  • AMC

DNR

Conservation Officer, Bob Gorecki and Fisheries Area Supervisor, Phil Talmage met with the board, resort owners and minnow dealers to discuss the law changes that were made for minnow harvesting and labeling and control of VHS.

Recess

With no further business before the County Board, Chairman Todd Beckel called the meeting to recess at 2:39 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved: December 11, 2012

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