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OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNTY BOARD LAKE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Lake County Board of Commissioners’ regularly sched­uled meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Lake County Board Chairperson Rich Sve. Chair Sve led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Unless otherwise stated, all actions have been approved by a unanimous vote. Lake County Board members present in the Lake County Service Center, Split Rock River Room (SRRR), 616 Third Avenue, Two Harbors, Minnesota: District 1 Commissioner Joe Baltich, District 2 Commissioner Derrick “Rick” L. Goutermont, District 3 Com­missioner Richard “Rick” C. Hogenson, District 4 Commissioner Jeremy M. Hurd, and District 5 Commissioner Rich Sve. Board members absent: None. Also pres­ent: County Auditor Linda Libal, County Sheriff Nathan Stadler, Health and Hu­man Services Director Lisa B. Hanson, Environmental Services Director Christine McCarthy and Clerk of the Board Laurel D. Buchanan. Also absent: County Adminis­trator Matthew Huddleston.

MOTION GOUTERMONT, SECOND HO­GENSON: 01 – Approval of the agenda, as amended. Absent: None

Lake County Board Chairperson Rich Sve opened the floor for public comments. No public comments were made. Board Chair Rich Sve expressed gratitude for commu­nity support in the recent passing of his father and appreciation for the excellent hospice care provided at the hospital in Two Harbors. County Commissioners also requested and observed a moment of si­lence for the recent passing of former Lake County Commissioner Brad Jones.

Lake County Health and Human Services Director Lisa Hanson discussed her de­partment requests for board action. Ms. Hanson discussed the collaborative effort between Lake County Health and Human Services, Lake View Hospital and the Lake Superior School District to address mental health, substance abuse, and homeless­ness and sources of funding. She also dis­cussed the plans, timeline, and associated costs with respect to changing electronic data management systems.

Board Chair Rich Sve provided updates on behalf of the County Administrator. Environmental Services Director, County Auditor, and County Sheriff also provided updates.

MOTION HOGENSON, SECOND BAL­TICH: 02 – Approve Consent Agenda as presented:

1. Approve Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting minutes of Febru­ary 13, 2024.

2. Approve Health and Human Ser­vices claims payments in the fol­lowing amounts:

a. Special Payments $ 56,616.77

3. Authorize payment not to exceed the amount of $15,620.00 to In­tegris (Invoice dated January 31, 2024) for Windows DataCenter Licenses and user CALS.

4. Authorize the Lake County Record­er/Registrar of Titles and the Lake County Examiner of Titles to imple­ment the possessory title method of registering property as provided for in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 508A.

5. Approve closeout of project SAP 038-626-007, CSAH 26 Resurfac­ing and final payment of $29,203.91 for the work completed to Ulland Brothers, Inc. for a total contract work value of $1,200,334.98.

6. Authorize Highway Department purchase two Western Star 47-X tandem axle cab and chassis trucks from Boyer Trucks under State Cooperative Purchasing Venture (CPV) contract number 242593 at a cost not to exceed $152,742.00 for each truck plus any additional deliv­ery, tax, title, or registration fees.

7. Approve the Resolution approving Application for Highway Easement Across State Land and authorize payment of the application fee to the Minnesota Department of Nat­ural Resources for project CP 102-024-001 (Bridge 38538, Hawk Hill Road over Knife River).

8. Adopt findings and conditions by the Planning Commission for Inter­im Use Application I-24-001r, sub­mitted by Tom and Brenda Ringold for 2932 East Castle Ranger Rd, Two Harbors, MN.

9. Adopt findings and conditions by the Planning Commission for Inter­im Use Application I-24-022i, sub­mitted by Virginia Jensen for 683 Point Drive, Ely MN. Absent: None

MOTION GOUTERMONT, SECOND HURD: 03 – Approve the purchase of NCT CaseWorks electronic data management system and authorize the County Board Chair to sign all necessary contracts and any subsequent amendments to those contracts, including: a five-year contract with Next Chapter Technology, Inc., for one-time costs and ongoing support; a contract with Content Services Consulting for data extraction; and a five-year con­tract with Kandiyohi County for hosting services. The total gross cost of implemen­tation and 2024 support will not exceed $350,000. The estimated total net cost to Lake County (after federal reimbursement, state allocation and multi-county discount) for implementation and 2024 support is $131,759. The total gross ongoing cost in 2025-2028 will range from $51,535 to $58,747 per year. The estimated total net ongoing cost to Lake County in 2025-2028 (after federal reimbursement) will range from 28,819 to $32,846 per year. Absent: None

MOTION HOGENSON, SECOND GOUTERMONT: 04 – Approve financial support for a collaborative effort between Lake County Health and Human Services, Lake View Hospital and the Lake Superior School District to address mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness in the following amounts:

2024: $10,000 COVID Recovery Funds and $20,000 Local Homeless Preven­tion Aid

2025: $10,000 Opioid Settlement Funds and $10,000 Local Homeless Prevention Aid

2026: $10,000 Opioid Settlement Funds and $10,000 Local Homeless Prevention Aid

Absent: None

MOTION HOGENSON, SECOND BAL­TICH: 05 – Appoint Commissioner Rick Goutermont as member on the Northeast Minnesota HOME Consortium Advisory Committee and Commissioner Jeremy M. Hurd as alternate. Absent: None

MOTION GOUTERMONT, SECOND BAL­TICH: 06 – Appoint Matthew Johnson, Executive Director of the Lake County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Director as member on the North­east Minnesota HOME Consortium Advi­sory Committee and HRA Board member Susie Rosette for the at-large housing pro­fessional alternate. Absent: None

MOTION BALTICH, SECOND HURD: 07 – Approve the change in employment status of Patricia Liimatta, Accountant, effective February 28, 2024. Absent: None

MOTION HURD, SECOND BALTICH: 08 – Approve the probationary appointment of Blake Ross to Environmental Services Specialist at the Step 2 rate of $23.59 per hour effective February 28, 2024. Absent: None

MOTION GOUTERMONT, SECOND BAL­TICH: 09 – Approve the change in em­ployment status of Alex McGrath, Deputy Sheriff, effective March 1, 2024. Absent: None

MOTION HURD, SECOND BALTICH: 10 – Adjourn Board meeting of the Lake County Board of Commissioners at 3:05 p.m. Absent: None

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will convene for the following meetings in the Lake County Service Center, Split Rock River Room, 616 Third Avenue, Two Harbors, Minnesota:

– Agenda meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

– Regular meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

ATTEST:

Laurel D. Buchanan Clerk of the Board

Rich Sve, Board Chairperson

Lake County Board of Commissioners

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