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Commission tables estimate to evaluate generator

By Anna Jauhola
The Kittson County Commissioners tabled a large estimate to troubleshoot issues with the courthouse’s generator during their regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Earlier this year, the generator began causing issues with the computer systems when it did a self-check the first part of the month. The internet would go down and cause a major delay in operations. In September, Cummins Sales and Service visited to diagnose the issue and said it could be solved by a manual restart at the beginning of the month.
“They said the problem would be fixed when we did the manual override,” said CFO Shirley Swenson. “It was working for a few months, but now Victor did it the last time and it didn’t work.”
Swenson told Cummins when Custodian Victor Camacho completed the manual override recently, it shut down all equipment and it took three hours to restore the internet connection.
The estimate the commission received from Cummins was to diagnose the problem only, which includes labor, mileage and travel time, for a total of $1,228.
“They looked at it several times. If they’ve looked at it, they should be able to diagnose the problem,” said Commission Chair Loren Younggren.
The board decided to table the estimate and look further into the issue.
In other business, the board:
• Approved two grant agreements for the sheriff’s office with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The first is a two-year ATV grant for $3,830 per year. This will help with staff training and provide local youth training for ATVs. The second is a two-year snowmobile training grant for $3,011 for each year to cover costs of staff training and local youth training.
• Approved the county’s involvement in the Clean Water Funding Cooperative Agreement regarding the Two Rivers Plus Joint Powers Board.
• Approved a request from the assessor’s office to purchase a four-wheel drive pickup from the highway department using 2023 funding. Deputy Assessor Jenny Koskela asked to move $15,000 from the assessor’s service line to the capital outlay to pay for the truck, which is needed for assessing in the more rural areas of the county.
• Approved two resolutions for local bridge replacement plans – a box culvert on County Road 55, and two box culverts on CSAH 7 east of Kennedy.
• Approved an annual service agreement with the Violence Intervention Project in Thief River Falls for safe visitation and exchange for families. “This service is really important to make sure our kids are safe and protected,” said Kathy Johnson, social services director.
The commission will hold its annual year-end meeting on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 9 a.m.
During this meeting, the board will set the county’s final budget and levy numbers, and take care of any year-end business.

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