The Kittson County Board of Commissioners met, pursuant to adjournment on November 15, 2022 at 9 a.m.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Younggren. The pledge to the flag was given.
A motion was made by Commissioner Gillie seconded by Commissioner Olson and unanimously carried to approve the agenda with the addition of bills and per diems.
A motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Kraulik and unanimously carried to approve the Board minutes from November 1, 2022.
Mark Wilwant Kittson County Sheriff requested approval to hire Kyle Dorion as full-time dispatcher/jailer. Recommendation is to start Dorion on B-23-4 Step 2 at $23.20/hr. A motion was made by Commissioner Olson and seconded by Commissioner Gillie and unanimously approved to hire the candidate.
Deputy Pat Klegstad presented an update on the dispatch radio system. Working with Motorola, updating not only the dispatch area in the sheriff’s department but also the microwave services and adding fiber optics at the radio tower. Anticipated expenses are approximately $400,000.00. Further updates will be provided to the Board soon.
Kathy Johnson, Social Services, presented two (2) contracts for approval-one with Tri-Valley In County Transportation Bus Services and the second with Medica. A motion was made by Commissioner Gillie and seconded by Commissioner Johnson and unanimously approving the contract to provide in county transportation on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month with the costs starting at $3.00 for pickup/$3.00 to return for the first 0-5 miles. Costs increase $1 in five-mile block for pickup/return. Social Service clients are billed to the waivers (Federal and State dollars). A motion was made by Commissioner Gillie and seconded by Commissioner Johnson and unanimously approving the contract with Medica to provide Special Needs Basic Care (SNBC) Care Coordination Management for Medica clients that qualify for the service. Medica will reimburse the county $115/member per month.
Johnson shared with the Board her recent appointment by the Minnesota Association of County Social Services Administrators (MACSSA) to serve on the Human Services Leadership Forum. This forum is looking at tribal and county relations as concerned with Indian Children Welfare in Out of Home Placements. Forum will also be following the case before the U.S. Supreme Court which is challenging the constitutionality of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and what that might mean for our placement practices going forward.
Andrea Weleski-Highway Engineer presented to the Commissioners Resolution #22-31 Right of Way Purchase for State Aid Project (SAP) #35-610-016. Approximately 60 acres +/- working with 22 landowners. A motion was made by Commissioner Gillie, seconded by Commissioner Johnson and was approved unanimously.
Administrator Buhmann presented a brief update on the completion of the 2022 General Election. Thanking and praising the work completed by staff and the election judges. The County Canvassing Board met on November 14, 2022 to certify the election results. Drawing for the Post Election Review the Township of Peatland and the City of Karlstad were chosen. The Post-Election Review is scheduled to take place for November 22, 2022 at the courthouse.
Administrator Buhmann presented the dates for two future Commissioner workshops, November 22nd and 29th both starting at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until 10:30 a.m.
Administrator Buhmann reminded the Board that the first meeting in December originally scheduled for December 6, 2022, has been moved to December 8, 2022 with a starting time of 5 p.m. Scheduled for 6 p.m. is the 2023 Truth and Taxation Presentation.
Through a motion by Commissioner Gillie and seconded by Commissioner Olson the following agenda items were added-bills, meal reimbursements and per diems was unanimously approved.
A motion was made by Commissioner Kraulik, seconded by Commissioner Johnson and unanimously carried to approve bills and meal reimbursements pending answers on two questions regarding two payments.
Auditor’s Warrants: $1,846,226.54
Meal Reimbursements $41.26
A motion was made by Commissioner Gillie, seconded by Commissioner Kraulik and approved unanimously to approve the per diems.
Per Diems: $330.00
Committee reports- Commissioner Johnson shared an update on the Ready To Launch Grant and that he’s being actively recruited to become a volunteer driver. Commissioner Kraulik participated in the Canvassing Board activities on the 14th. Commissioner Younggren attended MarKit and the new waterline/hydrate has been installed, tested and has been drained for the winter. The new scale is also installed and working. He mentioned that the 4-H Extension meeting was scheduled for November 16, 2022 at 4 p.m. Commissioner Olson discussed attending the Minnesota Rural Counties Committee that has chosen Capitol Hill Associates as their new lobbying group. Commissioner Gillie mentioned the Commissioner workshops where the Board has been working on the 2023 budget and levy.
A motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Gillie to adjourn the meeting at 10 a.m.
Kittson County Board Chair
ATTEST: Brian E. Buhmann,
Kittson County Administrator
(December 14, 2022)