County Board Briefs, July 16, Part 1


The Mille Lacs Board of Commissioners took the following action at its July 16 regular meeting in the county courthouse in Milaca. Written by Joel Stottrup.

New fee schedule
The board approved a new fee schedule covering service fees in every department. The county attorney’s office, for example, will charge $115 per hour for attorney work and $55 per hour for work by legal secretaries and paralegals. A marriage license costs $115, while pregnancy testing by community health service is $15, and the first copy of a birth certificate is $26, with additional copies at $19 each.
An on/off-sale intoxicating liquor license is $2,000, while an on-sale intoxicating liquor license is $1,500. If the county has to hold a special board of adjustment meeting regarding your property assessment, the charge will be $650. An adult-use license is $2,200 and if you’re convicted of violating the license, you will have to pay triple that amount. The annual adult probation fee is $250.
You can get a mailbox support from the county for $57 (customer picks it up), or pay $125 if installed. A copy of a squad car or jail video tape/CD is $50.
Building permit fees with surcharge and plan review range from about $76 to nearly $180 when the project valuation reaches $25,000. Anything over that has a multiplication factor.

Broadening broadband
The board authorized Administrator Roxy Traxler to execute agreements to receive broadband grants from the Blandin Foundation.
The county will be receiving four grants – $6,840 for business and organizational tech training, $10,750 to create and maintain a county-based community portal website, $14,930 to increase the number of Internet access locations in the county, and $4,500 for developing marketing materials to raise awareness of the importance of broadband.

Trainee position eliminated
The board approved eliminating an appraiser trainee position in the county assessor’s office effective Dec. 2, 2013.

Jail report
The board received the jail report for June, which shows the county jail receiving revenue of $37,830 during the month, making a total of $312,220 year to date. That is $12,220 more than the budgeted revenue for the year. The county that contributed the most revenue for Mille Lacs boarding its prisoners is Stearns. Stearns paid $23,600 to Mille Lacs in June and has paid $155,150 to Mille Lacs for the year to date. St. Louis County provided $12,000 during June, and is not far behind Stearns for year to date at $130,360.
Sheriff Brent Lindgren’s report also noted that the county collected more than $11,210 in booking fees and about $200 in miscellaneous fees to date this year, plus some other revenue for a grand total in revenue to the jail of $335,547 so far this year.
The most prisoners in the Mille Lacs Jail in June was 100 and that was on June 22, with the next highest number being 97 on June 2. The lowest number any one day in June was 71 and that was on June 30.