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COUNTY BOARD

September, 2015

Commissioner Proceedings

September 8, 2015

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, in the Commissioners’ Room at the Government Center.

Call to Order

Chairman Arnesen called the meeting to order at 7:40 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners Ed Arnesen, Buck Nordlof, Ken Moorman, Tom Hanson, and Patty Beckel. Also present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Janet Rudd, County Attorney, James Austad and Woody Fiala.

2016 Budget

County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson met with the board to review the 2016 Budget.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof’, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: NW MN Foundation and Co. Rd 17.

APPROVAL of Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to approve the consent agenda as follows: Sheri Stebakken to St. Paul on September 28-October 1, for MEC2 Case Worker; Karen Ose to St. Paul on September 24 -25 for Data Practices Policies & Procedures.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of August 25, 2015.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Social Service Director, Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the following claims against the county.

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 16,348.16

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 15,908.91

Office Furniture

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard requested approval for purchase of office equipment for Child Support Officer, due to the remodeling of office. Amy informed the board that the office equipment is reimbursed by 66% by the Federal Government.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of office equipment for Child Support Officer in the amount up to $5,000.

Amend Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to amend the agenda and add permission to hire Social Workers.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to authorize Social Service Director, Amy Ballard and Human Resource Director, Karen Ose to hire two Social Workers.

Recognition of Years of Service

Chairman Arnesen, on behalf of the board congratulated Cindy Kroeger on her retirement and offered the following resolution:

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to adopt the following:

Recognition of years of service

Cindy Kroeger

Resolution 2015 – 09– 01

Whereas:  Cindy Kroeger has served the residents of Lake of the Woods County since December 11, 1989  as Lake of the Woods Case Aid Worker and Santa Anonymous Program Coordinator;

Whereas:  Cindy Kroeger has retired from Lake of the Woods County service effective August 27, 2015 with twenty-five years of service;

Now Therefore, Be it Resolved:  That Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners extends its deepest appreciation to Cindy for her dedicated service and  offers best wishes  to her on her retirement;

HOFFMAN, PHILIPP & KNUTSON, PLLC

Colleen Hoffman, manager of Hoffman, Philipp & Knutson, PLLC met with the board and reviewed the 2014 audit and informed them that the auditing of the financial statements of the governmental activities, major funds and the aggregate remaining fund information for the county is in good standing.

BAUDETTE AREA ARENA INC.

Barry Westerlund, Vice President of Operation for the Baudette Area Arena Inc. met with the board requesting a resolution of support for Mighty Ducks Grant to help with the replacement of the R22 systems, including floor replacement in existing arena.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to adopt the following:

Resolution of LGU Mighty Ducks Grant Application

Resolution No. 15-09-02

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC), via the State General Fund, provides for general funds to assist political subdivision of the State of Minnesota for the development of sport facilities, and

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County on behalf of Baudette Area Arena Inc. desires to replace direct R22 Systems, including floor replacement in existing arena;

  1. Estimates that the total cost of developing said facility shall be $ 800,000 and Lake of the Woods County on behalf of Baudette Area Arena Inc. is requesting $400,000 from the Mighty Ducks Grant Fund and the Baudette Area Arena Inc. will assume responsibility for a match requirement of $400,000.
  2. Baudette Area Arena Inc. agrees to own, assume 100 percent operation costs for said facility, and will operate said facility for its intended purpose for the functional life of the facility which is estimated to be 30 years.
  3. Lake of the Woods County on behalf of Baudette Area Arena Inc. agrees to enter into necessary and required agreements with the MASC for the specific purpose of renovating a sports facility and long-term project direction.
  4. That a request for reimbursement be made to the MASC for the amount awarded after the completion of the project.
  5. That the Lake of the Woods County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson and Lake of the Woods County Commissioners are authorized and directed to execute said application and serve as the official liaison with the MASC.

MIGHTY DUCKS GRANT APPLICATION, MINNESOTA AMATEUR SPORT COMMISSION

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to authorize County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson to sign the Mighty Ducks Grant application.

auditor/treasurer

Claims

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Moorman and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the county as follows:

                                           Revenue                      $   80,861.80

                                                Road & Bridge            $  17,260.53

                                                County Devel              $       231.40    

Solid Waste                 $  24,746.89

EDA                            $         44.56

       WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 9/8/2015 for Payment 9/11/2015

Vendor Name                                     Amount

Computer Professionals Unlimited Inc                                   3,466.50

Hoffman, Philipp & Knutson, PLLC                          8,963.00

Howard’s Oil Company                                            3,160.77

LOW Highway Dept                                                  4,163.63

LOW Soil & Water Cons. Dist.                               20,118.00

Mar-Kit Landfill                                                        12,362.40

Olson/George                                                         13,800.00

Pieper Cleaning & Services- dba/Kevin                                  2,194.00

Powerplan                                                                  5,979.75

R & Q Trucking, Inc                                                                  6,310.20

Tops All Roofing LLC                                             23,952.10

Woody’s Service                                                       4,395.95

43 Payment less than  2000                               14,260.88                                                                               Final Total:                                                123,127.18       

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

                                                  September 2, 2015                 $      (60.00)

                                                  September 2, 2015                 $137,929.84

September 4, 2015                  $   (783.44)

                                                  September 4, 2015                  $      846.07

September 4, 2015                  $519,771.30

                                                  September 4, 2015                  $       783.44

NW ANGLE POTENTIAL AIRPORT

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board and presented the Notice of Decision of the wetland delineation boundary for the potential NW Angle airport location. She explained that the delineation was part of the work scope for the preliminary engineering and requires official review and approval by the Technical Evaluation Panel consisting of the LGU, SWCD and BWSR. This approval allows us to determine mitigation efforts in conjunction with the construction, if the project advances to that point.

NW MN Foundation

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board informing them that they received a request for support from NW MN Foundation. They have served Lake of the Woods County with grants, business loans along with Leadership Development Training, Star Youth Leaderships and Nonprofit Management training. The board requested this to be placed with the 2016 con-con fund requests.

DEPUTY AUDITOR/ TREASURER/FINANCIAL OFFICER

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson met with the board requesting approval for grade and step for the newly Hired Deputy Auditor/Treasurer/Financial Officer. Humans Resource Director, Karen Ose and County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson requested step 2.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to set Deputy Auditor/Treasurer/Financial Officer at grade 12, step 2, $19.90 per hour, points 282, and effective start date September 14, 2015.

CORRESPONDENCE:     The following correspondence was acknowledged: Senior Boating and Charles Dawley letter regard to Paul Bunyan Transit service area.

SHERIFF

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting approval for the State of Minnesota ATV grant.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to authorize County Sheriff, Gary Fish to enter into the ATV grant with the State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources effective August 15, 2015 thru June 30, 2017, the county will get reimbursed up to $13,108 in State Fiscal year 2016 and up to $13,108 in State Fiscal year 2017, for expenses incurred between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, the grant will not exceed $26,216.

PUBLIC WORKS

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board and presented the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan for approval.

Resolution

The following resolution was proposed by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to adopt the following:

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE COMPREHENSIVE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN

RESOLUTION. 15-09-03

WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota requires Counties to develop and adopt a Solid Waste Plan in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 115A.46; 115A.47; 115A.551, subd. 6-7; 115A.552; 115A.557, subd. 2-3; 115A.63; 115A.84; 115A.914; 115A.96, subd. 6-7; 115A.917; 115A.97; Minnesota Rules 9215; and any other applicable Statutes and Rules; and;

WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota requires said Solid Waste Plans to be reviewed and/or modified periodically.  Said timeline for Solid Waste Plan update is every 10 calendar years;

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County recognizes the need and responsibility to plan for and practice environmentally sound methods for managing its solid waste streams; and;

WHEREAS, Lake of the Woods County recognizes the need to plan for and implement various strategies, programs, or facilities, to promote the proper management and disposal of solid waste generated within the County.  The County will encourage reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and/or advanced processing of solid waste with technologies available based upon the type of solid waste material generated and the capability of the integrated solid waste management system in place; and;

WHEREAS, the draft 2015 Lake of the Woods County Solid Waste Plan does describe the integrated solid waste management system currently in place to meet the needs of the County’s citizens and the requirements of the State of Minnesota; and;

WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota has placed on public notice that draft of the 2015 Lake of the Woods County Solid Waste Plan in accordance with the requirements for publication, notice and comment period; and;

WHEREAS, upon completion of the public comment period, no comments were received in objection to the adoption of the draft 2015 Lake of the Woods County Solid Waste Plan;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts the 2015 Lake of the Woods County Solid Waste Plan; and;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby submit the 2015 Lake of the Woods County Solid Waste Plan to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for final approval pursuant to applicable Minnesota Statutes and Rules.

COUNTY ROAD 17

Chairman Arnesen discussed concerns of a curve on County Road 17 where they took out gravel and the depth of the hole. The board requested that Public Works Director, Tim Erickson look into option on this and look into the cost of a guard rail.

NORTH COUNTRY FOOD BANK INC.

Susie Novak, Executive Director from North Country Food Bank met with the board requesting a resolution of support for bonding for construction for a new Food Bank building. She explained that they service 21 counties in their territory and their space is very limited and in need of a new building along with refrigeration space.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Moorman, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to adopt the following resolution;

       North Country Food Bank Inc.

Resolution No. 2015-09-04

WHEREAS; North Country Food Bank, Inc. (North Country) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in the City of Crookston, County of Polk, State of Minnesota.  North Country has a profound regional impact on hunger issues – serving 21 counties in northwest and west central Minnesota; and

WHEREAS; North Country provides over 7 million pounds of surplus, quality food and nonfood products to 220 charitable organizations for distribution to people in need.  The charitable food programs served by North Country include soup kitchens, food shelves, homeless shelters, low-income individuals in need of supplemental assistance, senior community centers, after-school programs, domestic abuse programs, and addiction treatment centers; and

WHEREAS; North Country provides an important service that impacts the lives of many in northwest and west central Minnesota; and 

WHEREAS; North Country’s current facility provides space, storage, access and compliance challenges.  North Country must move its operations to a new facility to better and more efficiently serve the population in northwest and west central Minnesota, and to comply with the contractual obligations and safety requirements of Feeding America, state and federal regulations, and the requirements of other governing agencies; and

WHEREAS; North Country is in a position to pursue a new facility building construction project and capital fundraising campaign, including a proposition to partner with Polk County to pursue a $3 million State of Minnesota Bonding Request in the 2015 and 2016 Bonding Bill.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT; the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby support North Country in its efforts to secure capital funding from the State legislature, so it may continue to provide this very important community service to northwest and west central Minnesota.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 11:26 a.m. and reconvened at 11:34 a.m. as follows:

2016 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy and Truth N Taxation Meeting Date

Chairman Arnesen reviewed the proposed budget and tax levy with the board.

Resolution

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to adopt the following:

Resolution Adopting

Proposed 2016 Budget and Tax Levy

Resolution   2015-09-05

WHEREAS, the Proposed County Budget for the year 2016 has been reviewed by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following Proposed Budget and Tax Levy is hereby adopted for the Lake of the Woods County for 2016:

Revenue Fund                                               $ 1,433,715

Road & Bridge Fund                                    $    449,580

Social Services Fund                                     $    603,935

Economic Development Authority Fund    $      60,000

2015 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy         $ 2,547,230

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following amounts be levied against the unorganized townships of Lake of the Woods County for 2016:

                        Twp Road & Bridge                                     $   437,555*

                        Twp Fire – Baudette                                      $     25,000

                        Twp Fire – Williams                                      $     31,226

                        Twp Fire – NW Angle                                   $       6,500

                        Total                                                               $   500,281

2016                

$437,555 for Township Road & Bridge includes $12,000 which is specifically levied to Northwest Angle residents for Calcium Chloride.  (425,555+12,000=437,555)

A public meeting to discuss the 2016 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lake of the Woods County Commissioners’ Room.

Old/New Business

Commissioner Hanson discussed the meeting he attended for the International Bridge replacement meeting, construction to begin in 2018.

Recess

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

SCHRANDT CARTWAY HEARING

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and  carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 1:01 p.m. and open the continuance public hearing for Schrandt Cartway. The following were in attendance: Commissioners Hanson, Nordlof, Moorman, Arnesen and Beckel. County Attorney James Austad, County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Janet Rudd, Woody Fiala, Mary and David Schrandt, Attorney Nora Crumpton, Land and Water Planning Director, Josh Stromlund and Paul Pedersen.

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

Resolution Establishing a Cartway for Petitioners David and Mary Schrandt

Bifurcating Cartway Hearing to determine Award of Damages

Requiring Petitioners to Post Bond or other Security

Resolution No. 15-09-06

WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners has received a cartway petition pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 164.08, from David and Mary Schrandt  “petitioner” in which the petitioner asks the County Board to establish a cartway to their property across the lands of others; and

WHEREAS; petitioner has been represented by Nora Crumpton, Attorney at Law; and

WHEREAS, the petitioner’s property is described as follows:  SW¼, Sec. 2, Twp. 160 N., Range 33 W; and

WHEREAS; the petitioner asks that a cartway be established as follows:

ROUTE 1:  The West two (2) rods of the Northeast Quarter (NE¼) of Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West; and the West two (2) rods of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NW¼ SE¼) of said Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-three (33) West.

WHEREAS; the requested cartway would pass over the land of the following persons, Gary G. Pulkrabek, whose property is described as follows:  Government Lot Two (2), Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW¼NE¼) and the West half of the Southeast Quarter (W½SE¼), Section Two (2); Township one hundred sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-Three west of the Fifth Principal Meridian;

WHEREAS; on July 28, 2015, after proper posting and notice, a hearing on the cartway petition was heard by the Lake of the Woods County Board; and

WHEREAS; the County Board finds that, pursuant to Minn. Stat. §164.08, subd. 2 (a), the petitioner owns a tract of land containing at least five acres and has no access from it to a public road except over the lands of others; and

WHEREAS; the petitioner is therefore entitled to the establishment of a cartway pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 164.08. subd. 2 (a);

WHEREAS; the County Board, after hearing evidence and arguments from the petitioner and the affected landowner, requested that the hearing be deferred to September 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. and instructed Attorney Crumpton to personally serve Paul Pedersen, whose property is described as follows: South Half Northwest Quarter (S2NW4) and Government Lots 3 & 4, Section 2, Township 160 North, Range 33 West.

WHEREAS; on September 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. the Lake of the Woods County Board reconvened the public hearing on the cartway petition, after proper posting and notice.

WHEREAS; the County Board had heard evidence on previous submission by the Petitioner and decided that an alternate route should be established.

WHEREAS; the requested cartway would pass over the land of one person, and the alternate cartway would pass over the land of the following persons, Gary G. Pulkrabek, whose property is described as follows:  Government Lot Two (2), Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW¼NE¼) and the West half of the Southeast Quarter (W½SE¼), Section Two (2); Township one hundred sixty (160) North, Range Thirty-Three west of the Fifth Principal Meridian; and Paul Pedersen, whose property is described as follows: South Half Northwest Quarter (S2NW4) and Government Lots 3 & 4, Section 2, Township 160 North, Range 33 West.

WHEREAS; the County Board heard evidence and arguments from the petitioner, the affected landowners and members of the public regarding the question of what damages, if any, should be paid to the owners and occupants across whose land(s) the cartway will be established, and regarding what damages the county has incurred as costs and expenses related to these proceedings;

WHEREAS, the petitioner is responsible for any and all cost of wetland mitigation;

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED AND ORDERED;

  1. A cartway pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 164.08, subd. 2 (a) is established, subject to the terms and conditions that follow, the terms and conditions in the award of damages, and the payment of all damages.
  2. The Lake of the Woods County Board finds that the following location and width of the cartway is the least disruptive and least damaging for neighboring landowners and in the public’s best interest;
  3. The East 16.5 feet of the NW¼ Sec 2, Twp 160, Range 33 and the West 16.5 feet of the NE¼ of Sec. 2, Twp 160, Range 33, Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota.
  4. Prior to opening or constructing the cartway, the petitioner shall pay to the county all items described below as damages for the establishment of the cartway.
    • Survey                                     $ 3,000
  5. Town road and bridge funds shall not be expended for this cartway.

The resolution was seconded by Commissioner Arnesen and the vote carried as follows:

Voting For:     Commissioners Arnesen, Beckel, Nordlof, Moorman and Hanson

Voting Against: None

Abstaining:         None

The David and Mary Schrandt cartway petition is stayed until the security is deposited with Lake of the Woods County Auditor/Treasurer.

Lake of the Woods County

Dated: ___________________                      __________________________________________

                                                                        Edward Arnesen, Chairman of the Board

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Chairman Arnesen called the meeting to recess at 2:48 p.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved: September 22, 2015

______________________                                                                ______________________________

Lorene Hanson                                                                                    Edward Arnesen

Auditor/Treasurer                                                                                Chairman of the Board

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Commissioner Proceedings

September 22, 2015

The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, in the Commissioners’ Room at the Government Center.

Call to Order

Vice -Chairman Moorman called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners Buck Nordlof, Ken Moorman, Tom Hanson, and Patty Beckel. Absent- Commissioner Ed Arnesen. Also present were:  Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Janet Rudd, County Attorney, James Austad and Woody Fiala.

Approval of Agenda

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Mid State Co-op Appointment.

APPROVAL of Consent Agenda

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to approve the consent agenda as follows: – Mary Jo Otten to Brainerd on October 4-7 for MAAO Conference; Craig Severs to St. Cloud on October 4-7 for MFSRC Fall Conference.

Approval of Minutes

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of September 8, 2015.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Social Service Director, Amy Ballard met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following claims against the county.

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 19,047.43

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $ 22,934.72

                                                Commissioners’ Warrants          $   1,200.00

Social Workers

Social Services Director, Amy Ballard requested approval to hire two new Social Workers, Joanna Onstad and Alison Hauger.

Motion  

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to approve the hiring of Social Worker, Trainee, Joanna Onstad, effective date September 28, 2015 at grade 12, step 1, $19.45, points 282 and Child Protection Social Worker, Alison Hauger, effective date October 12, 2015 at grade 12, step 1, $19.45, points 282,( reliant  upon continuance of funding from the State of Minnesota,  which was passed by the 2015  Minnesota Legislature for child protection staffing and services.) 

auditor/treasurer

Claims

Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, Janet Rudd met with the board requesting approval of claims.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the county as follows:

                                           Revenue                      $   14,278.24

                                                Road & Bridge           $   74,969.94

                                                Natl Resc Enhanc       $     3,113.53    

Solid Waste                 $    5,514.49

EDA                            $    2,570.00

                                       100,446.20

WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION

Warrants Approved On 9/22/2015 For Payment 9/25/2015

Vendor Name                                                          Amount

Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.                                          9,851.84

Farmers Union Oil Co.                                                   3,624.30

Hasler                                                                               2,000.00

Northwest Community Action, Inc                                 2,570.00

Rinke-Noonan                                                                 3,113.53

Titan Energy Systems, Inc                                             2,060.00

Wikstrom Telephone Co.,Inc                                       56,702.20

Ziegler, Inc                                                                      4,201.46

45 Payments less than 2000   16,322.87

Final Total:  100,446.20

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

                                                  September 11, 2015               $   253,560.02

                                                  September 16, 2015               $1,349,879.80

NW MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8

Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, Janet Rudd met with the board and presented an application for a temporary gaming permit for the NW MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the application for exempt permit for NW MN Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8 to conduct lawful gambling for raffles on February 22, 2016 at Sportsman’s Lodge.

MID STATE COMPUTER COOPERATIVE

Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, Janet Rudd met with the board requesting appointment of delegates to the Mid State Computer Cooperative.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to appoint MIS/GIS Director, Peder Hovland as delegate #1, and County Assessor, Mary Jo Otten, as delegate #2 to the Mid State Computer Cooperative as representatives for Lake of the Woods County

COUNTY ATTORNEY

County Attorney, James Austad met with the board and gave the following updates: Leader Ship Forum

Drug Sentencing, Court Room- Cameras, Felon Voting Rights, MPCA, Drug Free Community Grant.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resource Director, Karen Ose met with the board requesting authorization to hire Part-time Dispatcher.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to authorize Human Resource Director, Karen Ose and County Sheriff, Gary Fish to hire a part-time dispatcher at grade 10, step 1 $17.34 , points 237.

SHERIFF

County Sheriff, Gary Fish met with the board requesting approval for the I Mobile Contract.

Resolution

COUNTY OF LAKE OF THE WOODS

RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT WITH THE

 STATE OF MINNESOTA

FOR I/MOBILE SYSTEM

Resolution No. 15-06- 07

The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Hanson and carried unanimously the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Sheriff Gary Fish has met with Lake of the  Woods County Board to discuss mobile data computing between the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Department and the State of Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of this agreement is for the State to provide Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Department with access to the State’s I/Mobile System; thru software purchased and installed by the county on county laptop computers mounted in the patrol vehicles; and

WHEREAS, the term of this agreement shall be from January 1, 2015(or the date the State obtains all required signatures) thru December 31, 2016;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts this joint powers agreement and authorizes Chairman Arnesen and County Sheriff, Gary Fish to sign.

RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 9:55 a.m. and reconvened at 10:08 a.m. as follows:

LAND AND WATER PLANNING

Land and Water Planning Assistant Zoning Inspector, Steve Sindelir met with the board and presented an application for a Zone Change from Residential/Natural Environment to Commercial -Recreation for Dale and Connie Peterson to allow the applicant to conduct a commercial business consisting of a Commercial- Recreational Area. Steve informed the board that the Planning Commissions did approve the application with conditions. Steve reviewed the Finding and Facts with the board:

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to approve the Zone Change from Residential/Natural Environment to Commercial-Recreation for Dale and Connie Peterson to allow the applicants to conduct a commercial business consisting of a Commercial-Recreational Area with the following conditions: Follow State guidelines and County guidelines.

Lake of the Woods County

Rezoning

Findings of Fact and Decision

INFOINFOINFOINFO
Name of Applicant:Dale and Connie Peterson – ApplicantRichard Babler – OwnerDate:September 9, 2015
 
Location/Legal Description:A 4 acre tract in the NE corner of Govt. Lot 3 of Section 5 and a 210’ x 448’ tract in the NW4NE4 of Section 8, T-163N, R-34W, (Lakewood Township)
 
Current Zoning Classification:Residential/Natural EnvironmentProposed:Commercial-Recreation
 
Parcel Number(s):14.05.31.010 & 14.0812.010Application Number:15-07ZC

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

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

 _X_ Yes __No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Other commercial property in the area.
 
  1. Are the existing surrounding land uses consistent with the proposed zoning classification?

_Yes  ___No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Other commercial property in the area.
 
  1. Will the zone change alter the characteristics of the neighborhood?

__­_Yes _X_No

  1. Is there a potential for public health, safety or traffic generation impacts based on the proposed zone change and how will they be addressed?

_X­_Yes ___No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Possible increased traffic. Parking areas are planned.
 
  1. What additional public services would be necessitated and would existing utilities be sufficient to accommodate the proposal?

_X_Yes___No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Electrical – services only.
 
  1. Will the zone change impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of surrounding property for uses permitted in the zoning district?

__­_Yes_X_No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Consistent with adjacent use.
 
  1. Has there been a change in the development in the general area of the property in questions?

_X_Yes___No

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments:Increase in resort area.
 

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

__­_Yes_X_No           

COMMENTS:COMMENTS:
Comments: 
 
CONDITIONS:CONDITIONS:
Conditions:Follow State guidelines and County guidelines.
 

The Lake of the Woods County Planning Commission hereby recommends to the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners adopt the above findings and DENY / APPROVE the application for a zone change be WITH / WITHOUT conditions.

_____________________________________                                                   September 9, 2015

                        Tom Mio                                                                                             Date

Chair, Planning Commission

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

_________________________________________                 __________________        

Ed Arnesen Chair, County Board of Commissioners

PUBLIC WORKS

County Road 17

Public Works Director, Tim Erickson met with the board and informed the board that he contacted the MN Department of Safety with assistance on the concern of the corner on County Road 17, the corner is safe; the perception is that it is not. Tim will continue working with the MN Department of Safety on this matter. Tim also informed the board that they had a set back with Class 5 gravel, and are now continuing with the construction project.

 RECESS

The meeting was called to recess at 10.54 a.m. and reconvened at 11:00 a.m. as follows:

PUBLIC HEARING, EXCLUSIVE OFF SALE

Motion was made by Commissioner Beckel, seconded by Commissioner Nordlof and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 11:00 a.m. and open the Public Hearing as advertised pursuant to MN Statue §340A.405, Intoxicating Liquor; Off-Sale Licenses, subd. (d).

Present were:  Commissioners Moorman, Beckel, Hanson and Nordlof. Also present were Deputy Auditor/Treasure, Janet Rudd, and County Attorney, James Austad. Other Public in attendance was Nels Holte, Attorney Eric Nerland and Woody Fiala.

Vice-Chairman Moorman commented that the Public Notice of hearing was advertised for consideration of an Off-Sale Exclusive Liquor License to hear testimony by all parties present,  that this potential exclusive off sale premises will not be within the three mile boundary of any statutory or home rule city that has established a municipal liquor store before August 1, 1991 and is not located within the one mile of any boundary of a statutory or home rule city that had established a municipal liquor store before August 1, 1991. Commissioner Beckel commented that the location of the property Lot 7 & 8, Morris Point Estates is zoned commercial and that is where the potential exclusive off sale building is proposed to be located.  Vice-Chairman Moorman noted that no correspondence had been received for this public hearing.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 11:05 a.m. and open the regular session.

Motion

Motion was made by Commissioner Hanson, seconded by Commissioner Beckel and carried unanimously to allow a potential exclusive off sale license to Nels Holte, contingent upon applying for and Exclusive Off-Sale Liquor License,  that all requirements are met for the approval of the license.

RECESS

With no further business before the board, Vice-Chairman Moorman called the meeting to recess at 11:06 a.m.

Attest:                                                                                                 Approved: October 13, 2015

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Janet E. Rudd                                                                                     Ken MoormanDeputy Auditor/Treasurer                                                                   Vice-Chairman of the Board