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            The Kittson County Board of Commissioners met, pursuant to adjournment on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.  All members were present.

            The meeting was called to order by Chairman Bouvette.  The pledge to the flag was given.  The agenda was approved as amended.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Spilde, seconded by Commissioner Anderson and unanimously carried to approve the minutes from the September 3, 2013 County Board meeting.

            Meeting with the County Board was Marc Bloomquist with the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Bloomquist presented the Board with information about the standards for the various offender supervision programs offered by the Department of Corrections.

              A motion was made by Commissioner Younggren, seconded by Commissioner Olson and unanimously carried to approve the payment of Commissioner Warrants and Auditor Warrants as follows:

Vendor

Amount

 

Mn Commissioner Of Revenue

5,186.24

 

Nationwide Retirement Solutions

2,595.00

 

United Valley Bank

29,593.27

 

Mn Dept Of Revenue

2,133.00

 

Mn Dept Of Revenue

7,337.51

 

Voyager Fleet Systems Inc

3,249.49

 

Mn Dept Of Finance - Treasury Division

2,076.50

 

NW MN Service Coop-BCBS

47,169.50

 

Wynne Consulting

2,050.00

 

19 Payments less than $2000

          10,343.19

 

This list does not include salaries paid to county employees,

nor does it include individuals who received federal county

 

or human service aid.

 

 

 

 

 

            Meal Reimbursements:                        $8.00

 

            Meeting with the County Board was Kathy Johnson, Kittson County Social Services Director.  She informed the Board that both revenues and expenditures were running ahead of expectations for 2013 and that the increase in out-of-home placements that has been the trend over recent years appears to be declining.  Ms. Johnson also updated the Board on various changes in state programs including a decision by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to limit counties not in a metropolitan area to just one medical insurance provider for the department to use.  The problem is that U-Care, the provider chosen by DHS, is not the provider that Johnson would like to have kept in a one-provider situation.

A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Younggren and unanimously carried to appeal the Department of Human Services decision on limiting Kittson County’s Social Services Department to one insurance provider.

Meeting with the County Board was Pat Klegstad of the Kittson County Sheriff’s Department.  Deputy Klegstad presented the County Board with an application for the 2013 Operation Stonegarden grant.

A motion was made by Commissioner Spilde, seconded by Commissioner Anderson and unanimously carried to approve the 2013 Operation Stonegarden grant application.

            Meeting with the County Board was Colleen Hoffman of Hoffman, Dale & Swenson & Shirley Swenson, Financial Clerk.  Ms Hoffman presented the audit report for fiscal year 2012 and commented on how well Kittson County was performing.  She made a recommendation that the County Board establish a change fund for the Sheriff’s Department so that the department can make change when people wish to make payments.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Younggren, seconded by Commissioner Anderson and unanimously carried to approve establishing a $100 change fund for the Sheriff’s Department.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Spilde and unanimously carried to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Law Enforcement Labor Services agreeing to Pat Klegstad as a deputy for hours worked as a deputy and as a dispatcher for hours worked as a dispatcher effective September17, 2013.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Younggren, seconded by Commissioner Anderson and unanimously carried to approve the final version of the Kittson County Employee Handbook.

            Meeting with the County Board was Kelly Bengtson, Highway Engineer to update the Board on maintenance issues and the status of various projects around the County.  Bengtson informed the Board that the legal ditch inspections were almost complete but that the land elevation survey work for FEMA had yet to be started. Bengtson also provided an update on a recent meeting where the impact of new “Super Single” tires

 

was discussed.  These wider tires are intended to replace dual tire configurations on trucks and recent tests show an increase in damage to thin paved roads.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Younggren and unanimously carried to approve the low bid of $89,546.00 from Taggart Excavation for project SAP35-620-06.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Spilde, seconded by Commissioner Olson and unanimously carried to approve the final payment to RJ Zavoral & Sons for work done on CSAH 20.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Younggren, seconded by Commissioner Olson and unanimously carried to change the first board meeting in December to 4:00 PM on Tuesday, December 3 and to set the time for the Truth in Taxation meeting to follow at 6:00 PM.

            A discussion was held on renewing the lease agreement with the Kittson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).  County Administrator Christensen presented a summary of the previous rental agreements.  The County Board instructed Christensen to discuss the matter with the SWCD director. 

            County Administrator Christensen presented a request to the Board for approval to offer the current AFLAC insurance plans pre-tax instead of post-tax.  According to AFLAC we are the only area county to offer their plans post-tax and the County and the employees would save money by offering them pre-tax. 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Younggren, seconded by Commissioner Olson and unanimously carried to offer those AFLAC insurances which are eligible for pre-tax treatment to the employees as a pre-tax deduction.

            The NW Service Coop Quarterly Claims Report was received for information.

            Correspondence was read.

            The Board adjourned to Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

JOSEPH E BOUVETTE, CHAIRMAN

ATTEST:          Eric Christensen, Kittson County Administrator


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