Lake of the Woods County (MN) Commissioner Proceedings

COMMISSIONER PROCEEDINGS
SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
PURSUANT TO MN. STATUTE 331A.01, SUBD. 10 THE PUBLISHED MATERIAL IS ONLY A SUMMARY AND THE FULL TEXT IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY AUDITOR/TREASURERS’ OFFICE OR BY STANDARD MAIL OR ELECTRONIC MAIL OR LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY WEBSITE -www.lake-of-the-woods.mn.us
The Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room.
CALL TO ORDER-Vice-Chairman Jon Waibel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the following members present: Commissioners: Joe Grund, Jon Waibel, Ed Arnesen and Buck Nordlof. Absent: Commissioner Cody Hasbargen. Also, present were: County Auditor/Treasurer Lorene Hanson, Attorney Jim Austad, Jaime Boretski-LaValla and Woody Fiala.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA-Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: Add Gary Grove property to the County Highway Update, resolution to declare emergency, and Bollig Inc. Engineering and Environmental to add task order needing action.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES-Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of September 10, 2019.
SOCIAL SERVICES-Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrant’s $15,881.23, Commissioners Warrant’s $1,583.18, Commissioners Warrant’s $20,471.85.
BOLLIG INC. ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL-Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve Task Order No. 1 – Amended with Bollig Inc. at the requested fee of $60,000 (95% is to be reimbursed to the County upon acceptance of the planning grant from MnDOT Aeronautics) and to have Vice-Chairman Jon Waibel sign the same.
NORTHWEST COMMUNITY ACTION-Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve a $10,000 donation to the Little Brother/Little Sister program from county development funds.  The County Board requested that the program coordinator return in May to provide an update and comparison of cost for the program in the two other counties.
COUNTY WEBSITE-The County Board asked Peder Hovland, MIS Director, about adding a link to the Arrowhead Library System on the County’s website.  The link will be added to the “area links” page.
DITCH AUTHORITY-Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting at 10:10 a.m. and open the Ditch Authority.
Update on Ditch 28 and 23- Boyd Johnson, Interim County Engineer, provided an update on Ditch 23.  The recent rain event caused water to overflow onto the road south of Williams off of Co Rd 60.  The survey of the area is about 75% complete.  It is too late in the year for construction.  The Ditch Authority will make a decision on the petition for Ditch 23 after the survey is completed, Johnson will communicate with the petitioner.  Johnson had nothing new to report on Ditch 28, but hopes to be able to start work on Co Rd 6 as weather permits. Motion-was made by Commissioner Joe Grund, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to close the Ditch Authority meeting at 10:20 a.m. and reconvene the regular meeting.
HIGHWAY-Gary Grove contacted the County Board regarding his property.  The property flooded years ago and at that time, a dike was built around the house.  With the recent rain, the property flooded again, making it necessary to revisit the property and look at remedy options.
Update-Interim County Engineer, Boyd Johnson, mentioned that paving could be done as early as next week.  The rain has brought attention to a few problem areas, but a lot of things did work well.  There were some issues with a couple of culverts on Co Rd 65 and on Co Rd 8 north of the curves. One area to address is Co Rd 80, it is well surveyed and could be a future grant project to work on in partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation District.  The County Board requested an update on these items the end of October.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT- Resolution Motion-The following was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the following:
RESOLUTION OF LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY
Declaring a State of Emergency Resolution, No 19-09-04
WHEREAS the flood event impacted the population of Lake of the Woods County and its cities; and WHEREAS the flood event has caused a significant amount of public property damage; and WHEREAS the Lake of the Woods County Department of Emergency Management requests the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners to declare Lake of the Woods County in a STATE OF EMERGENCY for the rain event of 2019; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners declares Lake of the Woods County in a State of Emergency for conditions resulting from the rain event of September 20th, 2019. ADOPTED by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners this 24th day of September 2019.
LAND AND WATER PLANNING-Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve participation in the County Geologic Atlas Program and for Vice-Chairman Jon Waibel to sign the letter of intent from the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Geological Survey.
SHERIFF-2020/2021 ATV Grant Agreement The 2020/2021 OHV/ATV Grant through the State of MN Department of Natural Resources provides up to $9,375 per fiscal year for OHV/ATV enforcement activities, equipment, labor, maintenance, training of local staff and holding ATV safety classes. Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the 2020/2021 OHV/ATV Grant Agreement with the State of MN Department of Natural Resources, for Vice-Chairman Jon Waibel to sign the grant agreement and for Lake of the Woods County Sgt. Ben Duick to act as the grantee’s authorized representative.
Permission to advertise and hire part-time dispatch jailers-Motion was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the request to advertise and hire two part-time dispatch jailers at Grade 10, Step 1, Points 237 at $18.86 per hour.
AUDITOR/TREASURER-Claims Motion was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund, and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $36,021.22, Road & Bridge $61,583.55, County Development $87,150.00, Solid Waste $6,523.20 and EDA $25,800.32.
WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION
Warrants Approved On 9/24/2019 For Payment 9/27/2019
Vendor Name                 Amount
Baudette Area Arena Inc                                         20,000.00
Blue Steel Targets LLC             4,737.43
Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc.             9,321.72
Counties Providing Technology         3,690.00
Depot Preservation Alliance             6,000.00
Friends Against Abuse             2,500.00
Headwaters Regional Development Commiss            25,000.00
Hoffman, Philipp & Knutson, PLLC         8,530.00
Howard’s Oil Company             2,871.61
John Deere Financial             3,768.74
LOW Historical Society                          12,500.00
LOW Humane Society             7,500.00
LOW Rod & Gun Club             2,000.00
LOW Soil & Water Cons. Dist.             2,500.00
Midway Ford Company                         28,857.84
R & Q Trucking, Inc             3,605.00
TOTALFUNDS                 2,000.00
Widseth Smith Nolting&Asst Inc                      12,123.37
Williams Arena Association             7,000.00
Williams Senior Citizens             4,000.00
Williams Youth Recreation Association         8,000.00
Willie Walleye Fund                          10,000.00
60 Payments less than 2000:                         30,572.58
Final Total:                            217,078.29

Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: September 11, 2019 for $129,703.78, September 16, 2019 for $202,287.56, September 16, 2019 for ($404.05), September 18, 2019 for $753,669.22.
Gambling Permit-Resolution-Motion The following resolution was offered by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the following:
RESOLUTION APPROVING A LEASE FOR LAWFUL GAMBLING ACTIVITY AND PREMISES PERMIT APPLICATION, RESOLUTION NO. 19-09-02
WHEREAS; the Lake of the Woods Drifters has submitted a lease for lawful gambling activity and a premises permit application for Minnesota Lawful Gambling to be conducted at the following establishment, which is located in Lake of the Woods County: Wheeler’s Point Resort, 2605 River Ln NW, Baudette, MN  56623. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners hereby approves said application for submission to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.
Tobacco License County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson, presented a license application to sell cigarettes at retail at Dick’s Headshop in the City of Williams.  The board postponed a decision on the license until the next meeting, pending more information.
Operational Enhancement Grant Program Resolution-Motion The following Resolution was offered by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Joe Grund and carried unanimously to approve the following:
RESOLUTION OF LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY
Operational Enhancement Grant Program, Resolution No 19-09-03
BE IT RESOLVED; by Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners that the County enter into the attached Grant Contract with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) to conduct the following Program: County Veterans Service Office Operational Enhancement Grant Program.  The grant must be used to provide outreach to the county’s veterans; to assist in the reintegration of combat veterans into society; to collaborate with other social service agencies, educational institutions, and other community organizations for the purposes of enhancing services offered to veterans; to reduce homelessness among veterans; and to enhance the operations of the county veterans service office, as specified in Minnesota Statutes 197.608 and Minnesota Laws 2019 Chapter 10, Article 1, Section 37, Subdivision 2.  This Grant should not be used to supplant or replace other funding. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED; by the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners that Rick Rone, the Veterans Service Officer, be authorized to execute the attached Grant Contract for the above-mentioned Program on behalf of the County.
WHEREUPON; the above resolution was adopted at the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners Board meeting this 24th day of September, 2019.
RECESS-With no further business before the board, Vice-Chairman Jon Waibel called the meeting to recess at 12:01 p.m.
Attest: September 24, 2019

County Auditor/Treasurer, Lorene Hanson
Vice-Chairman, Jon Waibel

Publish October 16, 2019

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