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COUNTY BOARD

September, 2008

Commissioner Proceedings

September 10, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center with the following members present:  Commissioners Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Arnesen and Moorman. Commissioner Bredeson was absent.   Also present were: County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid; Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd;  Human Resources Director Wade Johannesen; Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler; John Oren and Penny Mio Hirst. Vice Chairman Patty Beckel called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda with the following additions:  Forfeited Tax Sale, building committee recommendation of garage space, banner for October Fest and Plasma Gasification Program in International Falls. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the consent agenda as follows: Travel for Marti Carlson to St. Cloud on September 17-18 for State Aid Accounting Task Force Meeting; Dena Pieper to St. Cloud on  September 17-18 for Support Staff Conference; Monique Arnesen to Detroit Lakes on October 1 &2, October 28-29 and November 18-20; Shelley Phillippe to Duluth on October 7-10 for MFWCAA Annual Conference; Wayne Bendickson to Park Rapids on September 18-19 for Region Meeting; Marti Carlson to Red Lake Falls on September 23-24 for District 2 Highway Accountants Meeting; Josh Stromlund to Arden Hills on September 29 for Wetland Technical Committee. Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the minutes of August 26, 2008. Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

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

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 37,937.62

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

Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler and Jon Helgeson, Owner and Funeral Director of Helgeson’s Funeral Home met with the board to discuss the increase in the amount of a county burial.

The board requested that Social Services Director, Nancy Wendler update the County Burial Policy to increase the county payment up to $2,850.00 and if family chooses a winter burial, the family would be responsible for that portion of the cost.

Kent Ehrenstrom from the Minnesota Department of Transportation met with the board to discuss the contract with the Roseau County Committee of Aging for the FAR North Transit Program in Lake of the Woods County. Kent explained that the contract now is for services only in Lake of the Woods County. The board discussed the old buses that the county has purchased in the past and that are in the name of Lake of the Woods County and the method of disposing of them.  Kent handed out the Vehicle Disposition/Transfer Procedures to the board on the proper steps to be used when selling the buses. The board discussed the garage storage for the buses and proposed cost.  Kent stated  this could be built into the new FAR North Transit contract to cover this expense.

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen met with the board to discuss step increases for Shelley Pepera and Julie Berggren for completion of their probationary period.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve a one step merit adjustment for completion of probation for Social Service Case Aid, Shelley Pepera effective September 3, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve a one step merit adjustment for completion of probation for, County Sheriff’s Administrative Assistant, Julie Berggren effective August 11, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen discussed the possibility of hiring a “On call/Temporary” clerk position for offices that may need assistance or coverage due to short staffing in some offices.  The board requested that Wade send out an e-mail to see what departments may be interested in this and if some offices would have available staff to cover shifts when needed.

Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen and County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the board requesting approval to advertise and hire for Assistant Assessor, Ron Norquist position.  The board requested they bring pack a two year plan addressing present and future personnel needs of the Assessor’s Office.

Assistant Assessor, Ron Norquist met with the board.  Vice Chairman, Patty Beckel presented a plaque to Ron for his years of services and wished him a happy retirement on behalf of the County Commissioners.

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

Resolution No. 08-09-01

WHEREAS, Ron Norquist has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County for over 25 years, as an Assistant Assessor for the Lake of the Woods County Assessor’s Office;

WHERAS, Ron will be retiring from county service, effective September 19, 2008,

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

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

County Auditor, John W.  Hoscheid met with the board and informed the board that the 2008 Primary Election in Lake of the Woods County resulted in a 32% voter turnout.

Crisis Resource Center Program Coordinator, Tonja Reed met with the board requesting funding for the Crisis Center.  She informed the board that due to the state budget cuts, her office funding has been significantly cut. The board informed her that they would look at this at their upcoming budget meetings.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; NW Regional Director, Mike Carroll and Forestry Manager, Dennis Cameron met with the board to discuss the proposed OHV Northern State Border

Trails Workshop, which will be held in Baudette on October 9, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mike gave a brief overview of the plans.  County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid discussed the petition for work to be done on Ditch 1, on which the State of Minnesota is an owner/beneficiary.  Mike requested that John send the proposal indicating the State’s share of the proposed repair cost  and he will get back to him with  what the State would pay, per MN § 84A.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 5:00 p.m., and as advertised opened the Planning Commission.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board on the continuation of consideration for an Initial Plat for Wayne Bendickson.

Wayne Bendickson                 Hanson Estates 1st Addition              A Public Hearing as required by the

& the remaining portion of the          Lake of the Woods County           NW ¼ of the NW ¼ of Section         Subdivision Ordinance to consider 36, T-162N, R-32W (Wheeler)         the Initial Plat of Marina Drive  

                                                           Estates

Josh recommended approval of the Initial Plat of Marina Drive Estates contingent upon the following:

  1. There should not be punctuation in “NW1/4NW1/4”.
  2. The boundary lines of the existing plat of Hanson Estates is labeled as “line line”.
  3. Insert the word “Block” to clarify the assortment of numbers.
  4. Chandler Road is to be vacated properly.  This process may be conducted concurrent with the platting procedures.
  5. Total area of plat is incorrect.
  6. Setback and Easement identification is switched.
  7. Drainage & utility easement lines in Block 1 were omitted.
  8. Primary & secondary septic size was omitted.  Typically, 2500 square feet in size is adequate.
  9. Current zoning classification is a Commercial-Recreation District.  If this is to be changed to a Residential Development District or a combination thereof, a zone change is required.

10.   The Vicinity map omitted a portion of the proposed plat.

11.   The Covenants & Restrictions should reflect that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) will not issue direct driveway permits on Trunk Highway 172 to the lots located in Block 1 (see attachment).

12.   Under the heading of “Vegetation and Topographic Alterations”, it states that the plat consist of 18 lots.  According to the plat drawing 24 lots are proposed.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the Initial Plat of Marina Drive Estates with the following conditions listed above.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the vote carried as follows:  Voting for:  Commissioners Arnesen, Patty Beckel and Moorman. Voting against:  Commissioner Todd Beckel.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the Planning Commission at 5:29 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board to discuss the possibility of language changes in section 701Accessory Uses and Structures in Shoreland within the Shoreland Ordinance.  The board requested that Josh draft a letter to Dan Thul to discuss the flexibility of Sec. 701.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund discussed the court case mediation and that the date for the mediation has been set for October 7, 2008 but the location is unknown at this time.  The board stated that Josh should go wherever he needs to travel for this mediation.

Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund met with the board requesting approval of the Initial Plat of Marina Drive Estates.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to approve the Initial Plat of Mariana Drive Estates with the following condition that the Developer attends the September 23, 2008 board meeting to discuss the issues that were outlined in the Planning Commission earlier this evening.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the vote carried as follows:  Voting for:  Commissioners Moorman, Arnesen and Patty Beckel.  Voting against: Commissioner Todd Beckel.

The meeting was called to recess at 5:46 p.m. and reconvened at 5:59 p.m. as follows:

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. and as advertised  open the Public Hearing for Ditch 1.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Vice Chairman Patty Beckel informed the public that the County was petitioned by one of the beneficiaries of Ditch 1 for maintenance work, and that the board was holding a public hearing to hear input from the other beneficiaries of Ditch 1.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen gave an overview of the proposed minor repair on Ditch 1 which would consist of: cleaning of sediment deposit in the ditch bottom, reshaping side slopes, replacing a crossing and re-establishing turf with an estimate cost of $35,000.00.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid reviewed the 2007 financial statement for Ditch 1 and the estimated cost of the proposed project as assigned to each beneficiary of Ditch 1.

Vice Chairman Patty Beckel opened the floor for comments:

The following is a summary of the comments that were heard:  some are retired and not farming and want a re-determination done on benefits; others may need work done on Ditch 1, petitioner should be present if they want work done; the damage is being done by the land owner and the land owner should be responsible for the cost, maintenance buffer zone was in the contract of Ditch 1   and once the debt is paid off they would like to see a routine maintenance fee paid.

The board requested that County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid call Attorney Deter and request legal advice on the following: 1) Can an individual land owner pay for maintenance work that they want done, 2) Right of Way/Buffer issues, 3) State not paying special assessment amount per MN § 84A, can this be re-spread among the rest of the beneficiaries. 4) What would be the estimated cost of a redetermination of benefits?  The board also requested the Ditch 1 committee to meet and make a list their priorities-and bring recommendations back to the board. Once all the questions are answered and priorities are received, the board will hold another public hearing at a later date.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the Public Hearing for Ditch 1 at 7:24 p.m. and open the regular meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The meeting was called to recess at 7:25 p.m. and reconvened at 7:30 p.m. as follows:

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

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

                                                Revenue             $ 30,509.60

                                                Road & Bridge   $ 60,178.02

                                                Co. Devel.          $   2,345.05             

                                                Solid Waste        $ 19,995.86

                                                                           $113,028.53

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  9/10/2008 FOR PAYMENT  9/12/2008

      AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                   AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

        2940.00 SAMUAL ALBRECHT                                                455.30 AMERI PRIDE LINEN & APPAREL SE

          856.84 ANDERSON POWER AND EQUIPMENT                 2149.29 ANDY’S GARAGE, INC.

          814.03 AUTO VALUE BAUDETTE                                       610.74 TODD BECKEL

          455.00 BLUE MAXX RECYCLING                                    19259.98 BORDUN TRUCKING, LTD

          341.78 CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES                            19110.48 CENEX CO-OP SERVICES, INC.

        6250.00 EARTHWORKS CONTRACTING INC                        319.50 ESRI

          431.08 FARMERS UNION OIL CO.                                        369.50 GARY’S AUTO

          304.79 RON HILDEBRANDT                                                 792.96 HOLTE IMPLEMENT, INC

        6658.85 HOWARD’S OIL COMPANY                                      467.13 LOG CABIN BAIT INC

          514.50 LOW FOODS                                                             2741.81 LOW HIGHWAY DEPT

        6320.78 MACTEK SYSTEMS INC                                         9462.60 MAR-KIT LANDFILL

        2821.47 MN COUNTIES COMPUTER CO-OP                          733.00 KENNETH MOORMAN

        5428.22 LAW MOREN                                                             345.05 DAVY NESMOE

          444.77 NOBLE RADIO SHACK                                            1195.96 NOBLE THRIFTY WHITE

          304.78 ELIZABETH PETERSON                                          2121.98 R & Q TRUCKING, INC

        1524.94 RODERICK RONE JR                                                1800.00 ROSEAU COUNTY AUDITOR

          735.22 ROSEAU COUNTY COOPERATIVE ASSN              1750.00 SJOBERG’S INC

          512.31 TONY DORN, INC.                                                     398.24 TRUE VALUE

          543.15 WALKER PIPE & SUPPLY                                         833.33 WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING&ASST INC

        5384.32 WOODY’S SERVICE

43 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,524.85

****                  FINAL TOTAL…….    $113,028.53  ****

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

                                                August 26, 2008         $    57,978.08

                                                August 29  2008         $   (1,200.00)

                                                August 29  2008         $    58,077.41

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

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board and requested approval for the 2009 proposed budget and tax levy.

RESOLUTION ADOPTING 2009 BUDGET AND TAX LEVY

Resolution No. 2008-09-02

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

WHEREAS, the certified county budget for the year 2009 has been reviewed by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following certified budget and tax levy is hereby adopted for the Lake of the Woods County for 2009:

                        Revenue Fund                       $1,247,446

                        Road & Bridge                      $   449,580

                        Welfare                                  $   558,437

                        Total                                       $2,255,463

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following amounts be levied against the unorganized townships of Lake of the Woods County for 2009:

                        Twp Road & Bridge             $  403,905*

                        Twp Fire – Baudette              $    19,000

                        Williams                                 $    26,400

                        NW Angle                              $      6,500

                        Total                                       $  455,805

*…$8,500 of which is specifically levied to NW Angle residents and designated as follows: Calcium Chloride ($7,500) and Lighting ($1,000).

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

The board discussed future budget dates and set September 19th and 22nd in the Commissioners’ Room in the Government Center starting at 7:00 a.m.

The board moved the October Fest Banner discussion, letter of support for the Plasma Gasification Plant and the Biomass Energy Workshop to the September 12, 2008 meeting.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board to discuss the parcels of tax-forfeited lands that were submitted to the State of Minnesota for approval of sale.  The consensus of the board was to cancel sale No. 39-09-01. 

Commissioner Todd Beckel excused himself from the meeting at 7:45 p.m. for other county obligations.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid met with the board to inform them that the Building Committee had met in regards to the storage of vehicles.  The committee recommend the following:   the Maxi Vans go to the school garage with a yearly rental of $480.00 per bus, the Landfill vehicles be removed from the Government Center North Garage and the Assessor’s vehicle and the Land and Water Planning vehicle move into the Government Center North Garage and recommending the south garage  be moved or torn down.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to advertise for quotes for the demolition of the south garage or for moving the garage in its entirety and to have this project completed by October 15, 2008.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board discussed the County T.V. and the possibility of placing a survey in the newspaper to see how many residents actually use the County T.V. services.  No action was taken.

The board reviewed the correspondence from the Northern Counties Land Use Coordinating Board for the counties portion of annual dues.  The consensus of the board was to continue their membership.

With no further business before the board, Vice Chairman Patty Beckel called the meeting to recess at 8:00 p.m.

Attest:                                                                         Approved:       September 23, 2008

____________________________                            _____________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                           Patty Beckel, Vice Chairman

Commissioner Proceedings

September 12, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in special session on Friday, September 12, 2008, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center with the following members present:  Commissioners Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Arnesen and Moorman. Commissioner Bredeson was absent.   Also present were: County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid; Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd; Baudette City Council Members: Joel Hanson and Jeff Hovde; City Clerk/Treasurer. Tina Rennemo; Baudette City Maintenance; Brad Levasseur; Lake of the Woods Economic Development Director, Wyatt Johnson; Northern Seed Excellence Manager, Brent Benike; Cenex Co-op Manager, Kent Hanson; Lake of the Woods Economic Development Committee member, Howard Mord and Cenex Service Representative, Matt Kumm. Vice Chairman Patty Beckel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Vice Chairman Patty Beckel welcomed Kevin Soucie, Senior Manager of Government Affairs from CN Railroad to the meeting. Kevin introduced himself to the board and gave a background history of the CN and the internal changes that have been made within the CN Company in the past couple of years.

Vice Chairman Patty Beckel opened the meeting to the floor for comments and requests from local business managers/owners.

Kent Hanson, Manager of Cenex Co-op discussed the concerns and needs of rail service for the local Co-operative in Lake of the Woods County.  He explained that he has been working on restoring or getting rail services in Lake of the Woods County for the last couple of years and really has not gotten anywhere.  He stressed that what he needs first is a site before he can really go any further with the possibilities of rail service. Kent requested that the CN be straight forward with a yes or no if they can or cannot help him with the rail service request.  Kevin concurred that deserves an answer.

Brent Benike, Manager of the Northern Excellence Seed discussed his concerns and how they could utilize the rail services for fertilize and grain transportation, which could result in being a regional hub, but the need for a siding is paramount before he can proceed any further.

Economic Development Director, Wyatt Johnson discussed the loggers’ request of rail services with the need of loggers’ cars and a log landing site.

Commissioner Arnesen asked Kevin how many cars they need for this project to work.  Kevin was not sure on the amount at this time.

Commissioner Todd Beckel and County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid discussed the rail assessment for CN and stated that they were still waiting  for the CN and the Department of Revenue on the formula that they use for tax assessment.

Vice Chairman, Patty Beckel asked Kevin if he needed a letter of support from the County and City of Baudette for the rail service request from CN. Kevin stated that the verbal support was fine. Patty requested Kevin to keep the County Board and Baudette City Council up to date on the progress and thanked him for meeting with them.

The meeting was called to recess at 10:10 a.m. and reconvened at 10:25 a.m. as follows:

Vice-Chairman, Patty Beckel requested that County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid send a letter to Kevin thanking him for coming to the meeting and that the board looks forward to  working with him on this opportunity of establishing rail services within Lake of the Woods County.

The board discussed the letter of support request from Koochiching Development Authority on the Renewable Energy Clean Air (RECAP) Project for the plasma gasification waste-to-energy facility.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize Vice Chairman Patty Beckel to sign the letter of support for Koochiching Development Authority on the RECAP project.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The board discussed the request from the October Fest Committee for placing a banner in the tent promoting Lake of the Woods County.  The consensus of the board was to have the Lake of the Woods Economic Development place their sign up for the October Fest promoting Lake of the Woods County.

The board discussed the Biomass Energy Workshop committee appointment.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to appoint Commissioner Moorman to the Bio Mass Energy Workshop committee.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Commissioner Todd Beckel discussed the Wetland meeting he attended and the possibility of changes regarding the management of lands.

With no further business before the board, Vice Chairman Patty Beckel called the meeting to recess at 10:58 a.m.

Attest:                                                                                     Approved:       September 23, 2008

______________________________                                    ________________________________

John W. Hoscheid, County Auditor                                       Vice Chairman, Patty Beckel

Special County Board Meeting

September 19, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Friday, September 19, 2008, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, with the following members present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Bredeson and Moorman.   Also present were: County Auditor John W Hoscheid, Land & Water Planning Director Josh Stromlund, MIS Director Brent Birkeland, Social Services Director Nancy Wendler, Public Works Director Bruce Hasbargen, Highway Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Pelland, Human Resource Director Wade Johannesen and George Swentik.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 7:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda for the special meeting today.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The Board reviewed the following 2009 preliminary budgets:  capital expenses, other misc depts., building fund, 2009 health insurance, 2009 salaries, county levy and township levy.  They reviewed the financials from the previous budget meetings and discussed possible options.

The board had discussion with Public Works Director Bruce Hasbargen and Social Services Nancy Wendler with their departmental budgets and options within them.

There being no further business before the Board, Chair Bredeson declared the meeting in recess at 11:50 a.m.

Attest:                                                             Approved:  October 14, 2008

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                          Kim Bredeson

County Auditor                                             Chair of the County Board

Special County Board Meeting

September 22, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Monday, September 22, 2008, in the Commissioners’ room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center, with the following members present:  Commissioners Arnesen, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Bredeson and Moorman.   Also present was County Auditor John W Hoscheid.  Chair Bredeson called the meeting to order at 7:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to approve the agenda for the special meeting today.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The Board reviewed and finalized the capital expenses and misc department budgets for 2009. The consensus of the board was to reduce the county tv budget, eliminate the purchase of a trailer in the Highway department, eliminate the purchase of a vehicle in the Land & Water department, reduce the office equipment in the Social Service department, add the purchase of LIDAR and add an additional amount in the airport contribution.  The potential use of Social Services reserves to balance the budget was discussed.

Discussion was continued on salaries and health insurance and will be finalized at a later regular board meeting.  It was the consensus to discuss the elected and appointed salaries in November at a regular board meeting, with no date set at this time. The Board was going to meet with the Union to negotiate contract settlements.

Con Con requests were reviewed and discussed with the final decision to be made at a later regular board meeting.

There being no further business before the Board, Chair Bredeson declared the meeting in recess at 11:40 a.m.

Attest:                                                             Approved:  October 14, 2008

______________________________            ___________________________________

John W Hoscheid                                          Kim Bredeson

County Auditor                                             Chair of the County Board

Commissioner Proceedings

September 23, 2008

The Lake of the Woods County Board met in regular session on Tuesday, September 23, 2008, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Lake of the Woods County Government Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance with the following members present:  Commissioners Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel, Arnesen, Bredeson and Moorman. Also present were: Deputy Auditor, Janet Rudd; Human Resources Director Wade Johannesen and Social Service Director, Nancy Wendler.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the agenda with the following additions:  Timber Mill Community Park, Permission to hire a part-time dispatcher, County Assessor two (2) year plan, County Assessor to hire a Assistant Assessor, Fire Alarm Panel, Closed Session for Union Negotiations and remove the following from the agenda: FAR North Transit Contract and Sjoberg’s Cable Contract. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

CONSENT AGENDA

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the consent agenda as follows: Bruce Hasbargen to Detroit Lakes on October 8-9 for District 2&4 Fall Prescreening Board and on October 22 & 23 to Brainerd for Fall Screening board; Bob Peterson, Todd Fadness, Mike Anderson, Doug Arnold, Bruce Erickson and Tim Aery to St. Cloud on October 1-2 for MN Fall Maintenance Expo and “Roadeo”.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

LAKEWOOD HEALTH CENTER, SHARRAY FEICKERT, CEO

CEO, SharRay Fieckert met with the board to review the LakeWood Care Center census trends and to discuss the shortage of funds from the State of Minnesota.

TIMBER MILL COMMUNITY PARK, CITY OF BAUDETTE, MAYOR RICK RONE AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JEFF HOVDE

Mayor Rick Rone and City Council Member Jeff Hovde met with the board requesting $40,000 for the construction project of showers and rest room facility at the Timber Mill Community Park. The board stated that they will look into this with the budget process.

SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR, NANCY WENDLER

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

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

Commissioners’ Warrants       $ 43,185.39

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

COUNTY SHERIFF, DALLAS BLOCK

County Sheriff, Dallas Block met with the board and reviewed the 2008 Annual Facility Inspection Report issued by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.  He stated that they had three areas that needed improvement and that it has been completed. Sheriff Block also requested permission to hire and advertise for a part-time dispatcher position.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize County Sheriff, Dallas Block and Human Resources Director, Wade Johannesen to advertise and hire a part-time dispatcher.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

MIS/GIS DIRECTOR, BRENT BIRKELAND

MIS/GIS Director, Brent Birkeland met with the board requesting approval to purchase an upgrade Unitrends Data Protection Unit for data retention.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to approve the purchase of a storage upgrade to the Unitrends Data Protection Unit 200 GBT TSC/14 Day Retention in the amount of $3,900 with the funds being taken from the Technology Fund.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, BRUCE HASBARGEN

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board requesting approval for a purchase of a snowplow.

Motion was made by Commissioner Arnesen to authorize the Public Works Director to purchase a snowplow which is in the 2009 capital expenditure budget for the solid waste department in the amount of $4,500.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Bruce Hasbargen requested approval to accept roads within Morris Point Estate Plat.

Motion was made by Commissioner Patty Beckel to accept Dillon Road, Logan Road, Sadie Drive and Tonja Lane within Morris Point Estates Plat in Section 20, T-162-N, R-32-W, as Unorganized Township Road No. 269, and acknowledge that said road has been constructed to minimum unorganized township road standards.  The road is approximately 1.2 miles in length and shall be classified at maintenance level “C”.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Bruce Hasbargen requested approval of the Solid Waste Special Assessment fee schedules as proposed.  The board referred it back to the committee to discuss the special assessment on seasonal recreational properties and small farms.

Bruce Hasbargen discussed with the board his appointment to the Minnesota Local Road Research Board and informed them that meeting costs would be covered by the LRRB.

PUBLIC HEARING—VACATION OF CHANDLER ROAD WITHIN HANSON ESTATES FIRST ADDITION

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular meeting at 10:33 a.m. and open the Public Hearing as advertised.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen met with the board to discuss the vacation of Chandler Road which lies within Hanson Estates First Addition.  He explained that the road has not been constructed, but is still within the approved plat.  The road was petitioned to be vacated and is not wanted in the new Marina Drive Estates plat.

The board left the building at 10:48 a.m. to view the road.  The board returned at 11:34 a.m. as follows:

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the public hearing at 11:35 a.m. and reconvene the regular meeting.

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

RESOLUTION NO.             08-09-03

WHEREAS, The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners, under M.S. 164.07, intends to vacate Chandler Road within Hanson Estates First Addition in Wheeler Township;

WHEREAS, Said Chandler Road of Hanson Estates First Addition, Section 36, T-162-N,

R-32-W lying between Block 2 and Block 3 of said Hanson Estates First Addition is more fully described as follows:

Commencing at the Northwest Corner of said Section 36, T-162-N, R-32-W thence in a Southerly direction on and along the West line of said Section 36 on an assumed bearing of S00º26’15”E a distance of 1323.78’ to a point; Thence in an Easterly direction along the South line of Block 1 and Block 2 a distance of 591’ to a point on the Southeast corner of Lot 7, Block 2 to the point of beginning; Thence in a Northerly direction on and along the East line of Block 2 an assumed bearing of N00º33’10”W a distance of 1230.79’ to a point on the Northeast corner of Lot 12, Block 2; Thence in an Easterly direction a distance of 66’ to a point on the Northwest corner of Lot 1, Block 3; Thence in a Southerly direction along the East line of said Block 3 on an assumed bearing of S00º33’10”E a distance of 1230.79’ to a point on the Southwest corner of Lot 6, Block 3; Thence in a Westerly direction a distance of 66’ more or less back to the point of beginning.

WHEREAS, Said parcel lies wholly within NW1/4NW1/4, Section 36, T-162-N, R-32-W and contains 1.86 acres more or less.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, To hereby vacate the aforementioned Chandler Road according to MN Statutes 164.07.

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

Public Works Director, Bruce Hasbargen presented the release on Chandler Road, from Wayne Bendickson to the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners acting as the town board supervisors for the unorganized township of Wheeler from any and all claims, damages, awards or any other costs which could be assessed following the vacation of the road.

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to authorize Chairman Bredeson to sign the release for Chandler Road, from Wayne Bendickson to the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners acting as the town board supervisors for the unorganized township of Wheeler from any and all claims, damages, awards or any other costs which could be assessed following the vacation of the road. Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, BRUCE HASBARGEN

Bruce Hasbargen presented the 2008 Capital Outlay to the board as they requested from the previous budget meeting.  The Commissioners requested that Bruce bring in previous years Capital Outlay for them to review.

RESOLUTION OF THE “WATERS OF THE DANCING SKY”, DESIGNATION OF HIGHWAY 11

The board discussed the designation of the “Waters of the Dancing Sky”.  Commissioner Patty Beckel will talk with Lake of the Woods Tourism Director, Denelle Cauble and request that she come to the board and discuss this with them.

The meeting was called to recess at 11:55 a.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. as follows:

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES LANDS AND MINERALS SALE

Meeting with the board from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were: Lands and Minerals Regional Supervisor, Cindy Buttleman; Lands and Minerals Assistant Director, John Engessel and Minerals Leasing Section Attorney, Vicki Hubred to discuss the State Metallic Mineral Lease Sale for Lake of the Woods County, which is scheduled for January of 2009.    Notification of the sale will be sent to the County Auditor thirty (30) days in advance of the sale.

INTERIM COUNTY ATTORNEY, MICHELLE MOREN

Interim County Attorney, Michelle Moren discussed the Williams Community Center.  She stated that the only way the county could be involved with the destruction of the Center was to have a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the City of Williams and along with the JPA comes a huge financial responsibility and liabilities.  She recommends not moving forward with this.

Michelle discussed the Dangerous Dog Ordinance that she has been working on with the League of Minnesota Cities and has received quite a bit of information; however the dangerous dog law just changed and therefore the ordinance that she was working on will have to be redone.  The league will likely have a sample ordinance available in early of 2009.  She stated that with the changes, she may wait until the league provides proposed ordinance guidelines. The consensus of the board was to wait until the proposed ordinance guideline was available.

LAND AND WATER PLANNING OFFICE

Assistant Zoning Administrator, Steve Sindelir and Marina Estates Developer, Wayne Bendickson met with the board to discuss the conditions that were placed on the approval of the Initial Plat of Marina Estates  from the September 10, 2008 Planning Commission.

The meeting was called to recess at 1:52 p.m. and reconvened at 1:56 p.m. as follows:

COUNTY ASSESSOR

County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the board and discussed the two (2) year plan for his office that they requested from the September 10, 2008 meeting.

The board discussed the re-appointment of County Assessor for another four (4) year term.

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

Resolution No. 08-09-04

WHEREAS, M.S. 273.061 provides that the term of office for the County Assessor is four years; and,

WHEREAS, the current term of the County Assessor began on January 1, 2004 and ends December 31, 2008; and,

WHEREAS, the Commissioner of Revenue must approve all County Assessor re-appointments, as well as any new appointments, before they become effective.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Wayne Bendickson is hereby re-appointed to the position of County Assessor of Lake of the Woods County for a four-year term, beginning January 1, 2009.

Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the vote carried as follows:  Voting For:  Commissioners Patty Beckel, Bredeson, Moorman and Arnesen.  Voting Against: Commissioner Todd Beckel.

HUMAN RESORUCES DIRECTOR, WADE JOHANNESEN

Human Resources Director, Wade Johnannesn and County Assessor, Wayne Bendickson met with the board to request approval to advertise for and hire an Assistant Assessor.  The consensus of the board was to send back the Assistant Assessor job description to the personnel committee for grade and approval of description.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to write and advertise for a Request for Proposal for the Assistant Assessor.  Seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

COUNTY RECORDER, SUE NEY

County Recorder Sue Ney, Passport Acceptance Agent updated the board on the acceptance of Passport/Passcard applications and informed them that her office will be open on November 1, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to accept  Passport/Passcard applications.

FAR NORTH TRANSIT, CAPTIAL GENERAL EXPENDITURE POLICY, STATE WIDE ZONING AND LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY OFFICE FEES

The board discussed the FAR North Transit Vehicle Disposition/Transfer.  The consensus of the board was to proceed with the procedure from the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Transit on retaining the vehicle for use within Lake of the Woods County.

The board discussed the Lake of the Woods County Capital General Expenditure Policy.  The consensus of the board was to have a $1,000 limit and anything above that would need board approval.  Commissioner Moorman was appointed to form a committee to update the policy.

Commissioner Arnesen discussed the State Wide Zoning/Lake Shoreland Rules with the board and the possible effects this would have in Lake of the Woods County.

The board reviewed with no action the Lake of the Woods County Office fees.

COUNTY AUDITOR, JOHN W. HOSCHEID

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

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

                                                Revenue              $ 40,779.07

                                                Road & Bridge   $ 12,092.88

                                                Solid Waste         $      919.44

                                                                            $  53,791.39

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

WARRANTS APPROVED ON  9/23/2008 FOR PAYMENT  9/26/2008

      AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME                                                   AMOUNT   VENDOR NAME

          420.00 BRIAN ACHEN                                                           429.94 BAUDETTE REGION

        6719.00 BULLBERRY SYSTEMS, INC                                    309.52 CDW GOVERNMENT, INC

          619.03 GRAND VIEW LODGE                                             1400.00 LEE HANCOCK

        6000.00 HEADWATER REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT          5709.50 LOW HIGHWAY DEPT

        2552.81 MESABI BITUMINOUS, INC.                                    380.27 MID SPEC INC

        1477.50 MN COUNTIES INFORMATION SYSTEM                375.00 MN OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNO

          313.79 JEROME MOLINE                                                    8352.00 MSOP-MN SEX OFFENDER PRGRM-462

          377.70 SUSAN NEY                                                               400.00 NORTH EAST TECHNICAL SERVICE,I

        3829.08 NORTH STAR ELECTRIC                                          809.77 NORTHERN SAFETY CO INC

          304.79 ELIZABETH PETERSON                                            798.62 PITNEY BOWES INC.

        4000.00 RESERVE ACCOUNT                                                 713.75 RODERICK RONE JR

          322.70 SOFTWARE HOUSE INTERNATIONAL,                   479.96 T R JOBBING

        2090.40 UAP DISTRIBUTION INC

48 PAYMENTS LESS THAN  $300       4,606.26

****                  FINAL TOTAL…….     $53,791.39  ****

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

                                                September 12, 2008    $91,258.27

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

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid discussed the 2008 legislature changes made to the Aggregate Material Production Tax which allows the County Auditor to retain an annual administrative fee of up to five percent (5%) of the total taxes collected in any year pursuant MS§298.75, Sub. 7 (b).

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to retain the five percent (5%) of the Aggregate Material Production  taxes collected in any year pursuant MN §298.75, Sub. 7 (b).  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid presented a quote from Bauers Communication and Security for a replacement fire alarm panel to be installed in the Sheriff’s office.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to authorize County Auditor, John W. Hoscheid to purchase the fire alarm panel, installation and testing installation materials from Bauers Communication and Security Company in the amount of $1,896.77.  Seconded by Commissioner Moorman and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

OLD/NEW BUSINESS

The board discussed the Lake of the Woods County Reverse Phone System and requested that County Sheriff, Dallas Block give them an update on the refund at the next meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE

The following correspondence was acknowledged with no action:  letter from Northwest Angle Residents, Sex Offender Expenditure update and Arrowhead Library.

CLOSED SESSION- PURSUANT TO MN § 13D.03 LABOR NEGOTIATIONS

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the regular session at 3:55 p.m. pursuant MN § 13d.03 for union negotiations.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

The following were present in closed session:  Commissioners Arnesen, Bredeson, Todd Beckel, Patty Beckel and Moorman.  Also present was Human Resource Director, Wade Johannesen.

Motion was made by Commissioner Todd Beckel to close the closed session at 4:44 p.m. and open the regular session.  Seconded by Commissioner Patty Beckel and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried.

With no further business before the board, Chairman Bredeson called the meeting to recess at 4:45 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved:       October  14, 2008

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Janet E. Rudd, Deputy Auditor                                                         Kim Bredeson, Chairman