Lake of the Woods (Minn.) Commissioners Proceedings

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION JUNE 14, 2021 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 Appeal and Equalization met on Monday, June 14, 2021, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center. CALL TO ORDER-County Board Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following members present: Commissioners: Cody Hasbargen, Jon Waibel, Joe Grund, Buck Nordlof, Ed Arnesen and County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson. Also present were: County Assessor Mary Jo Otten, County Assessment Specialist Alisa Jacobson, and County Appraiser Tyler Swanson. County Recorder Sue Ney had sworn in the members of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Appeal and Equalization for 2021 on June 8, 2021. County Board Chair Joe Grund explained the purpose of the Board of Appeal and Equalization. He reminded the public that this meeting was only to hear appeals of the estimated market value (EMV) or classification, not for taxes or prior years’ assessments. He further explained that all appeals would be heard before any action would be taken. COUNTY ASSESSOR-County Assessor Mary Jo Otten explained that the valuation period is from sales during October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020, and discussed adjustments that had been made during the past year. PROPERTY OWNERS-Meeting with the County Board was Alan Magnusson property owner in Northwest Angle Township. Mr. Magnusson relayed his concern on the market value of his property. County Assessor Mary Jo Otten reviewed the property in question, recent sales and values. Presented by the Assessor’s Office, a value change was recommended for the Mark Judovsky property in Wabanica Township. County Assessor Mary Jo Otten reviewed the property and recommended to value the property at $381,200. Presented by the Assessor’s Office, a value change was recommended for the Sportsman’s Lodge Inc. property in Wabanica Township. County Assessor Mary Jo Otten reviewed the property and recommended to value the property at $622,500. Presented by the Assessor’s Office, a value change was recommended for the Tom and Lynn McGrath property in Zippel Township. County Assessor Mary Jo Otten reviewed the property and recommended to value the property at $42,800. Action-Motion-Motion was made by Commissioner Jon Waibel, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to accept the Lake of the Woods County Assessor’s recommendations on the Alan Magnusson Property and leave the value as is, with no changes. Motion-Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to accept the Lake of the Woods County Assessor’s recommendations for the following parcels, which were presented to the Board of Appeal and Equalization:23.56.01.010 – Property Owner: Mark Judovsky, value decrease from $478,600 to $381,200; 23.60.01.010 to 23.60.02.290 – Property Owner: Sportsmans Lodge Inc, adjusted lot values from $762,200 to $622,500; 18.15.22.040 – Property Owner: Tom & Lynn McGrath, building value lowered from $47,000 to $42,800. VALUE CHANGES-County Assessor Mary Jo Otten presented additional changes, see attached list, that were made after the submission of the prism file to the state. The Board reviewed and approved the value changes as presented. Motion-was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to accept the Lake of the Woods County Assessor’s recommendations for the following parcels on the attached list. OTHER BUSINESS-County Assessor Mary Jo Otten informed the Board that Wabanica, Baudette, Spooner and Gudrid townships will be reviewed this year. RECESS-Motion-was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen to recess the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for 2021. The motion was seconded by ¬Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same being put to a vote, was unanimously carried. County Board Chair Joe Grund recessed the Lake of the Woods County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for 2021 at 6:50 p.m. RECONVENE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION-Motion was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Jon Waibel and carried unanimously to close the regular meeting and open the 2021 Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting at 11:40 a.m. Motion-was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to adjourn the 2021 Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting. County Board Chair Joe Grund adjourned the Lake of the Woods Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for 2021 at 11:45 a.m. Attest: Lorene Hanson, County Auditor-Treasurer Approved: July 13, 2021 Joe Grund, County Commissioner Board Chair Publish June 30, 2021 COMMISSIONER PROCEEDINGS JUNE 22, 2021 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, June 22, 2021 at Lake of the Woods County Government Center in the Commissioners’ Room. CALL TO ORDER-Chair Joe Grund 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, Cody Hasbargen, Ed Arnesen and Buck Nordlof. Absent: Commissioner Jon Waibel. Also present: County Auditor-Treasurer Lorene Hanson. APPROVAL OF AGENDA-Motion-was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the agenda. APPROVAL OF MINUTES-Motion-was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Ed Arnesen and carried unanimously to approve the official and summarized minutes of June 8, 2021 and June 15, 2021. SOCIAL SERVICES-Claims-Motion-was made by Commissioner Buck Nordlof, seconded by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen and carried unanimously to approve the following claims: Commissioners Warrants $7,697.64; Commissioners Warrants $1,915.56; Commissioners Warrants $18,483.01; Commissioners Warrants $197.80. Daycare Center Project Update-Social Services Supervisor Jodi Ferrier provided an update to the Board on a project to create a daycare center in the former line worker school building. The project committee is a collaboration of representatives from the County, Economic Development Authority and Lake of the Woods School. First Children’s Finance is researching the feasibility of the daycare center. Ferrier will continue to update the Board on the project. AUDITOR/TREASURER-Claims-Motion-was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the claims against the County as follows: Revenue $45,044.59; Road & Bridge $64,498.84; County Development $200; Joint Ditch $144; Solid Waste $107,450.02; EDA $788.57. WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION Warrants Approved On 6/22/2021 For Payment 6/25/2021 Vendor Name Amount Cenex Co-Op Services, Inc. 14,121.07 Compudyne, Inc 5,029.80 Contech Engineered Solutions LLC 12,260.00 Element Materials Technology 10,580.00 M-R Sign Co, Inc 5,742.93 Mn Counties Computer Co-Op 17,413.32 Nutrien Ag Solutions Inc 25,366.18 R & Q Trucking, Inc 2,575.00 Swanston Equipment Corp 4,769.50 U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 6,268.50 University Of Mn 9,407.00 Wilkens Industries 85,511.93 32 Payments less than 2000 19,080.79 Final Total: 218,126.02 Further moved to authorize the payment of the following auditor warrants: June 9, 2021 for $10,957.64; June 15, 2021 for $25,339.43. RECORDER-Approve Final Plat of Hooper Creek-County Recorder Sue Ney met with the Board requesting final approval for the plat of HOOPER CREEK. The Plat consists of 16 lots and Hooper Creek Loop road. After careful consideration from the County Surveyor, Land & Water Planning Office, and the Recorder’s Office, final approval was recommended. Motion-by Commissioner Ed Arnesen to approve the plat of HOOPER CREEK for subdivision pursuant to MN Statute 505.03, Subd. 2, and authorize the Chairman and Auditor/Treasurer to sign the same. Seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and the same put to a vote was duly carried. PUBLIC WORKS-Highway -SAP 039-631-006 Final Pay Request-Motion-was made by Commissioner Cody Hasbargen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve the final payment for SAP 039-631-006 to Gladen Construction, Inc. of Laporte, MN in the amount of $6,063.80. The total project cost was $121,276.00. Solid Waste-A meeting with the MPCA to discuss the demolition landfill will be held on July 13, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Lake of the Woods County Government Center. LAKE OF THE WOODS ARENA BOARD UPDATE-Arena Director Samantha Lyon and Arena Board Member Mike Schulz provided an update to the Board on the Lake of the Woods International Arena. Since its grand opening on July 6, 2019, the Lake of the Woods International Arena was host to several district and regional youth hockey tournaments; became home to two new programs – Learn to Skate USA and an in-house hockey club; and accommodated two seasons of varsity and youth hockey programs, special events, open skating and physical education classes. Lyon plans to continue to grow the offerings at the Lake of the Woods International Arena and is excited to host a Bantam AA State Tournament in March of 2022. In closing, Lyon and Schulz thanked the County for their continued support of the ice arenas. FOLLOW-UP ITEMS FROM NWA MEETING-COVID-19 Vaccinations-CHI LakeWood Health representatives, Jeffry Stampohar and Kay M. Schell, joined the meeting to discuss the possibility of hosting a vaccine clinic at the Northwest Angle for Canadian Citizens. Commissioner Ed Arnesen will gather more information regarding the need of such an event. NWA Property Values-The Board discussed the Northwest Angle property values with Assessor Mary Jo Otten. RECESS-The Board took a 10-minute recess at 10:12 a.m. Tourism-Motion-was made by Commissioner Ed Arnesen, seconded by Commissioner Buck Nordlof and carried unanimously to approve Attorney James Austad to draft and send a letter to the City of Baudette requesting an update regarding the Baudette City Council’s position on the joint powers agreement for lodging tax and for Chair Joe Grund to sign the same. RECESS-With no further business before the Board, Chair Joe Grund called the meeting to recess at 10:30 a.m. Attest: Lorene Hanson, County Auditor-Treasurer Approved: July 13, 2021 Joe Grund, County Commissioner Board Chair Publish June 30, 2021

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