County Board Briefs: April 1, 2014 meeting

The Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners conducted the following business April 1. Written by Joel Stottrup.

Permit for auto repair business
The board approved a conditional use permit for Charles Cooper IV to have a home-based auto repair business in the Wild and Scenic District on Central Avenue south of the city of Milaca.
The permit has five conditions, as recommended by the county Planning Commission: Oil and other auto-related fluids and chemicals must be stored inside, outside storage of parts or partial or whole vehicles is not allowed, the hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., repair must take place inside the accessory structure, and the planned combining of parcels must be completed by Aug. 1.

VISTA host site
The board agreed to have Milaca be a host site for a Volunteers In Service to America member to work in the county for one year starting August 2014. It will require the county to pay $2,500 as a cost share with the Initiative Foundation.
The VISTA member will work full time and be compensated with a monthly living allowance, basic medical coverage, professional training, guidance and support, plus either a $1,500 cash stipend or a $5,550 education award.

Gravel bid award
The board awarded Hass Construction, of Ogilvie, with the contract to haul gravel to various county roads and county state aid highways in Hayland Township. Hass had the lowest bid, $71,411, of the eight bidders.

Mowing contract
The board awarded bids for a three-year contract to do high ditch mowing for the county twice per year for three years in an 8-foot swatch adjacent to the road. Thomas Lundeen won the contract to mow the county section north of CSAH 11 for $131,275 and to Hass Construction to mow the section to the south for $83,400.

Report from Masonic Lodge
The county accepted a written report from the Masonic Fraternal Lodge 92 in Princeton on what it does with the money it receives from being a partner with the county in collecting appliances, electronics and scrap metal to recycle. The report said the Masonic Lodge uses its fundraising money to help food shelves in Princeton, Milaca and Cambridge, puts on a kids’ ID program, provides scholarships, sponsors needy families at Christmas and hosts an annual breakfast with Santa event.

Reflectorizing, gravel crushing
The board received a written report from Public Works that it authorized advertising for bids in three projects. One is to reflectorize the countywide pavement parkings. The other two bids will be for gravel crushing and stockpiling – one at the Carpenter pit in Milo Township and the other at the Herges pit in Milaca Township.