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Public Notice MINUTE SUMMARY REGULAR MEETING OF THE KOOCHICHING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Held on Tuesday April 25, 2017; 9:30 a.m. MEMBERS PRESENT: Commissioners Adee, Norby, Skoe, McBride, Pavleck MEMBERS ABSENT: None 000 The County Board approved the agenda for the April 25, 2017 meeting with three additions; Notice the Hire of two part time E911/Correction Officers; Notice the Separation of a part time E911 Correction Officer; Review the ARDC Comprehensive Trails Plan Funding Request and deleted the MCIT Yearly Report by Risk Management Consultant; approved the minutes from the April 18, 2017 regular meeting, approved the Highway Claims with the exception of Vendor #25220 and Vendor #78468 in the amount of $44,288.85, approved Courthouse claims with the exception of Vendor #65647 in the amount of $54,016.38, approved Public Health and Human Services Claims as presented and further approve payment of Burial Case #1569459 in the amount of $238.14. Motion carried unanimously. 000 Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Administrator provided the Board with their annual report and reviewed 2017 projects. SWCD Administrator has been very active in the International Rainy-Namakan Lakes Rule Curve Review in which they did a two year study and developed a draft report which will be out for public comment next week. SWCD Administrator is going to Washington next week to meet with the rule curve board. SWCD has taken the lead on rewriting the Water Plan with input from the Environmental Services Department and they will have a first draft by June 30, 2017. SWCD Administrator informed the board the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program has kicked off, inspectors are hired, will be located at five stations including landings at Voyageurs National Park, Bohman, Tilson, Dove Island and Ranier are ready for the fishing opener. The decontamination unit will be parked by the Roadhouse. Board member commented they are hearing AIS control efforts are just delaying the invasion and SWCD Administrator agreed it would be near impossible to prevent an invasion, however they are working very hard to delay that event. SWCD's main message is not to enforce but to educate the public about AIS. The SWCD continues to work on water monitoring and civic engagement and are exploring a partnership with the DNR, Land and Forest, Tribes and other agencies to do a pilot project in Koochiching County to address terrestrial invasive species. A forester was added last summer who is writing forest stewardship plans for private woodland owners and designing forest management/education programs and actively participating in the Northern Landscape Committee including the NIPF2 project. SWCD Administrator informed the board they have programs scheduled for youth education including environmental education days with the Environmental Services Department and are also helping out with the Household Hazardous Waste Collection. An area tour is scheduled for September 21st to promote local projects and tour Koochiching County. 000 The Board received a notice of hire of part time E911/Correction Officers Lisa Mortenson effective 4/17/2017 and Douglas Silvers effective 4/13/2017 and noticed the separation of part time E911/Correction Officer Andy Jespersen effective 4/7/17. 2017/04-26 Motion by Pavleck, seconded by Skoe approving the renewal of MN DHS Contract for Local Collaborative Time Study. Motion carried unanimously. 000 The Public Health and Human Services Director informed the Board of a new On-Call and Call-Out policy for Child Protection as required by the 2016 Administrative Rule. 2017/04-27 Motion by Pavleck, seconded by Norby to award Wherley Motors the truck bid for the purchase of a 2017 Dodge 1/2 Ton 4x4 Quad Pickup Truck in the amount of $24,562 and transferring the 2004 F-150 to the Highway Department for the trade in value of $1,862. Motion carried unanimously. 2017/04-28 Motion by McBride, seconded by Pavleck to request Andy Hubley of ARDC to present to the Board their request for funding to allow for the creation and development of a comprehensive trails plan for Northern St. Louis County and Northeastern Koochiching County in the amount of $4,000. Motion carried unanimously. 000 The County Engineer presented a five year construction plan which included the CSAH24 project in which there will be approximately 32 wetland credits needed at an estimated cost of $800,000. County Engineer presented options for developing a new wetland bank, however he indicated the process will take more than three to five years. Board Member inquired on any legislature updates with BSWR and County Engineer informed the board the road project is not eligible for road bank credits. Board Member asked if he could appeal that decision as the new road is for safety purposes. County Engineer informed the board he would like to advance encumber 2019 funds for 2018 to complete the CSAH103 project in South Jackfish, 2019 would be a catch up year and then in 2020 they would advance encumber to start the CSAH24 project and again in 2023 for the CSAH bridge over the railroad tracks. County Engineer informed the board the County is classified as a minimum county so there is additional scrutiny to spend down construction balances each year. County Engineer proposed an alternate strategy to set aside funds so not to advance encumber, but indicated that is risky because we are a minimum county and a risk by not using all of the funding and further informed the board there is no penalty or interest by using advance encumbering. There was further discussion on wetland credits and the County Engineer will get additional information on wetland credit options for CSAH24. 2017/04-29 Motion by Pavleck, seconded by McBride to adopt a resolution for the DEED Innovative Business Development Public Infrastructure grant application for partial funding of a new cold cell. Motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m. A full copy of the minutes is available on the County website at and for public inspection at the County Administration Office during regular business hours. The Journal May 6th, 2017