The Koochiching County Board of Commissioners meeting on June 20th, 2023, began with the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda was approved without any additions or deletions, and the minutes from the June 13th, 2023 regular meeting were also approved.
Jail Project Approval Matrix
The board considered the approval of the Jail Project Approval Matrix. This document outlines the order of operations and financial considerations for the jail project. The board approved the matrix, which includes a provision for change orders up to $30,000 within the budget.
American Rescue Plan Expenditure
The board approved an expenditure from the American Rescue Plan for the Rochelle Fire Department. The funds will be used to purchase a 2005 International tanker diesel from the city of Indianapolis, upgrading their fleet from an 1873 gas engine.
State Capital Budget Bond Request
The board adopted a resolution for a state capital budget bond request. The bond request, totaling $1.794 million, will be used to fund various projects, including constructing a new jail facility, improving the existing campus, and demolishing the old highway department building. The state will provide half of the requested amount, with the county committing funds for the other half.
2023 Koochiching County Farm Family
The board recognized the 2023 Koochiching County Farm Family of the Year, awarded by the University of Minnesota. The award went to Lori and Brad Lucan, who manage a herd of approximately 50 at the MLJ Ranch. The family's cow-calf operation consists of registered Black Angus and Hereford Bulls. The family also produces their own hay and sells the extra.
The meeting concluded with a call for public comments, after which a motion to adjourn was approved.
The Koochiching County Board of Commissioners continues to work diligently to improve the county's infrastructure and recognize the contributions of its residents. The next meeting will undoubtedly bring more important discussions and decisions.
Ted Saxton and TedBot
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