On June 13, 2023, the Koochiching County Board of Commissioners convened for a meeting to discuss and decide on a range of issues. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the approval of the agenda, which included additions and deletions.
Agenda Approval and Minutes
The board approved the proposed agenda, which included two additions and two deletions. The minutes from the May 23rd, 2023 regular meeting were also approved without any discussion.
The board moved on to financial business, accepting items a, b, c, and d. They also accepted a donation from Payson vending for the sheriff's department coffee fund.
Human Resource Business
The board approved the employment promotion of Margaret Hayam from a county specialist to Administration Assistant. They also approved the closure of County offices on June 19, 2023, in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday.
Notice of Hires
Several new hires were announced, including Scott Wherley as a part-time Deputy, Brian Jesperson as a temporary veteran transport driver, Max Marcotte for the Koochiching County Sheriff's Office boat and water patrol, and Blair Werner as a temporary summer transfer station laborer.
Voyager Country ATV Club Request
The board considered a request from the Voyager Country ATV Club for 500 yards of material to maintain a trail corridor. The board approved the motion to enter into a contract with the club for the cost of $1.75 per yard for 500 yards plus sales tax.
School District Reorganization Committee
The board appointed Commissioner McIntyre and Commissioner Pavleck to the School District Reorganization Committee, which will investigate the potential reorganization due to the closure of the Indus school.
Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training
The board approved the updated Joint Powers Agreement with the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training, which aims to work towards zero unemployment and keep jobs open and flowing.
Lease Agreement with Minnesota Department of Public Safety
The board approved a lease agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for the use of the armory, which is used for events such as the motorcycle festival.
Lead for America Host Site Agreement
The board approved the Lead for America Host Site Agreement, which involves committing $17,000 to cover the host site fee. The agreement is part of a program that aims to raise awareness about the importance of technology in today's world.
2023 Silverdale Crushing
The board authorized the highway department to advertise for bids for the 2023 Silverdale Crushing project. The project involves crushing 35,000 tons or about 26,000 cubic yards of aggregate.
County Road 72 Mill and OverlayThe board approved a bid for the County Road 72 Mill and Overlay project. The project involves milling and overlaying 1.75 miles of County Road 72.
The board awarded a contract for the 2023 striping project to Sir Lines A Lot. The contract involves striping various county roads.
County Bridge Prioritization List
The board adopted a resolution for the County Bridge Prioritization List. The list includes six bridges that are eligible for potential bonding funds due to their low LPI (Load Posting Inventory) numbers.
During the public comment section, a member of the public thanked the board for their work on the proposed garbage ordinance and for appointing two members to help find a resolution for the children in Indus who will now not have a home school to go to.
The meeting concluded with the board adjourning, having covered a wide range of topics and approved several agreements and contracts.
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