County Board Briefs: Feb. 4, 2014 meeting

The Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners conducted the following business at its Feb. 4 meeting in the historic courthouse in Milaca. Written by Joel Stottrup.


Consent agenda

The board approved about a dozen items through approving the consent agenda and they include:

• Approved an exempt permit for the Rum River Longbeards to conduct a raffle as part of its annual meeting and banquet March 29 at the Northern Lights Ballroom and Banquet Center in Pease. The Longbeards group is a chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

• Authorized purchasing Inernet web filtering and e-mail filtering services. The current contract for these services will expire on April 4 and the county administrator’s office recommended a change to a Barracuda network protection appliance-based system. The total cost will be $21,482.

• Approved changing the title of solid waste intern to environmental education and outreach intern. This is a summer internship that the county has used before. The job duties include developing and presenting a solid waste and recycling curriculum to the public, surveying recycling activities, needs and education, recommending website changes, organizing tire collections, helping with household hazardous collection, and more.

• Approved gifts/donations of $500 from Pheasants Forever to a Hooked on Fishing program, and $17.50 from the county’s Community and Veterans Services department for blood pressure donations.

• Approved a plan from the Minnesota Department of Human Services requiring for all counties to have a random drug testing policy for all cash-assistance programs. This will be effective for two years retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014 and the random testing is to be done on convicted drug felons who are on a cash-assistance program.

• Approved supporting proposed chemical dependency treatment programs. Sobriety First LLC is proposing to open an outpatient chemical dependency (CD) program for adult men and women in Milaca. Transformation House is proposing to open an inpatient CD program for adult men at 3079 90th Ave., Princeton. Neither of these programs currently exist in Mille Lacs County.

• Received notice of the planned annual subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS) contractor training Feb. 26, 8-10 a.m. in the board room. The county’s soil and water conservation district office will offer training on drainage design the same day at 10:15-12:30 a.m. in same location. A University of Minnesota speaker will provide basic knowledge on drainage system designs, which are geared mainly for agricultural producers.

• Approved county drainage ditch levies for payable 2014. These are levies on property owners benefiting from county ditches and the formula will remain the same as in 2013. The formula states that the landowners levied for ditch no. 2 will pay an amount that is 40 percent of the original levy, and the property owners levied for ditches no. 3, 4, 5, and 14, will pay a levy that is 20 percent of the original levy.

• Approved purchase-of-service agreement renewals for 23 providers for 2014-15 in the county. Most of the 23 providers provide adult foster care, while a small fraction provide either personal care, assisted living or professional home care services.

• Adult mental health initiative (AMHI)

Approved an agreement between Isanti County acting as fiscal host for Region 7E that allows the Aitkin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority to be part of the AMHI.

In other county board news…

• The board approved an updated letter of agreement between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Mille Lacs County for the establishment and operation of a fixed radiological emergency reception site. The site is Princeton High School and the purpose would be to receive evacuees in the event of a nuclear power plant emergency at the nuclear-powered electrical generation plant in Monticello.