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            The Kittson County Board of Commissioners met, pursuant to adjournment on Tuesday, November 19, 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 Olson, seconded by Commissioner Younggren and unanimously carried to approve the minutes from the November 5, 2013 County Board meeting.

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

            Vendor

Amount

 

Agri Valley

4,736.72

 

Beltrami County Treasurer

2,752.00

 

Bernstrom Oil Co

2,451.72

 

Dept of Human Services

3,648.75

 

ESRI

2,534.38

 

Farmers Union Oil Company-LB

4,580.03

 

Shannon Finney

2,247.32

 

Johnson Oil Company

5,416.03

 

Johnson Standard

3,192.29

 

Gary and Paula Johnson

5,387.04

 

Kittson County DAC

11,590.34

 

Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center

2,317.43

 

Leo A Hoffman Center-Main

8,052.25

 

Markit

3,440.21

 

MCCC M & I Lockbox

24,790.70

 

Mesabi Academy

8,001.41

 

Mn Dept Of Corrections

15,790.54

 

State Farm Insurance

4,874.60

 

TAC 10

3197

 

Mn Commissioner Of Revenue

5,136.25

 

Nationwide Retirement Solutions

2,680.00

 

Select Account

6,721.95

 

United Valley Bank

29,212.78

 

Kittson Health Insurance

40,009.50

 

NW MN Service Coop-BCBS

46,911.50

 

PERA 0156-00

19,640.64

 

City Of Hallock

3,165.67

 

Seamus Duffy

2,025.00

 

Kittson County

14,064.00

 

Northern Construction

24,895.50

 

Ottertail Power Company

2,448.32

 

PERA 0156-00

19,140.92

 

Wynne Consulting

2,261.50

 

146 Payments less than $2000

53241.86

 

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:                        $140.65

 

            Meeting with the County Board was Kathy Johnson, Kittson County Social Services Director.  Johnson discussed the MFIP Drug Felon Policy requiring random drug testing of convicted felons as part of a regional agreement with Minnesota Dept. of Corrections.  She also presented the 2014 MFIP Diversionary Work Program contractas well as the 2014 Northwest 8 Adult Mental Health Initiative Budget and Crisis Grant Report as well as an update on the implementation of MnSURE.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Olson and unanimously carried to approve the 2014 MFIP Diversionary Work Program Contract.

            The Board of Commissioners had received a request from the Middle-Snake-Tamarac Water District requesting Kittson County’s participation in an attempt to reorganize the District.  Commissioner Spilde agreed to attend the next meeting and report back to the Board.

            Committee reports were given.

            County Administrator Christensen presented the Board with an update on the discussion to renew the office lease with the Soil and Water Conservation District.  The SWCD has offered another counter proposal which includes the District’s proposed increase for the first five (5) years and the Board’s requested increase for the second five (5) years including the request for new carpet and paint. 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Anderson and unanimously carried to accept the counter proposal for a ten (10) year lease with Kittson County Soil and Water at the annual rate of $15.63 per sq ft for the first five (5) years and $18.50 per sq ft for the second five (5) years and to repaint and provide new flooring in the office.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Younggren, seconded by Commissioner Spilde and unanimously carried to approve the appointment Don Blooflat to serve out the remaining two (2) years of the position previously held by Marilyn Gustafson and to reappoint Frank Thompson to another four (4) year term on the NW Service Coop’s Advisory Council.

            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 Department of Natural Resources plans to replace the rusted out control structure on the Joe River duck pond pending funding approval.  The Red River boat access project in Hill Township is currently under construction.  Start date for MnDOT’s replacement of the bridge on Highway 59 near Lancaster is set for July 1.  This may interfere with the County’s proposed project onCSAH 8 since it will be used as the detour for the MnDOT project.  The project may have to be moved to 2015. 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Spilde to approve three (3) utility permits applications from MPCA to install stream flow gauges on three (3) county-owned bridges

            A motion was made by Commissioner Younggren, seconded by Commissioner Olson to approve the purchase of three (3) new computers for the highway department.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Spilde to approve the final payment to Taggert Excavating for the project on CSAH 20 for $6,209.56.

            Finally, the County Board discussed the possibility of the Highway Department taking over the County’s Zoning Administration.  Bengtson explained that the believed that the job would best be done by the Soil and Water office since they are already zoning for feedlots, septic systems and shore land.  No action was taken.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Spilde to approve a change in the County’s cafeteria plan to adopt the recent IRS rule change allowing a $500 carryover in funds between years. 

            The County Board was notified of the pending retirement of Bev Swenson as Extension Director.  A search for her replacement will begin after the first of the year with an anticipated retirement date of April 2014.

            The County Administrator also informed the Board that the changeover date for the new Google Gmail email system was November 20 and that the migration would be ongoing for the next few days. 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Spilde, seconded by Commissioner Olson and unanimously carried to approve a request for an allocation of $23,279 in FY2013 NRBG funds to the Kittson Soil and Water Conservation District.

            The Board adjourned to Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

 JOSEPH E BOUVETTE, CHAIRMAN

ATTEST:   Eric Christensen, Kittson County Administrator


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