Mille Lacs County Board Briefs: Week of June 26

The Mille Lacs County Board conducted the following business at its June 17 meeting with Commissioners Phil Peterson (chair), Tim Wilhelm, Dave Oslin, Roger Tellinghuisen and Genny Reynolds present. This report was written by Joel Stottrup.

Money left over from dissolution
The board approved transferring its $1,819 share of the money remaining from the dissolution of the Onanegozie Resource Conservation and Development Council. The $1,819 will go into Mille Lacs County projects that are not yet determined.
According to Larry Nelson, former Onanegozie executive director, the nonprofit formed in 1968 and was funded by the federal government until April three years ago. Once the money stopped, the council did not have enough funds for operating properly, Nelson said. He said that Onanegozie did many projects that helped the counties it represented – Mille Lacs, Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec and Pine. Among its projects was helping set up the methane digester at the Haubenschild dairy farm in rural Princeton, water quality studies on Mille Lacs Lake, starting a foster home and doing erosion control in Kanabec County’s Knife Lake area.

Contracts with Sterling Pointe, Belle Haven
The board approved a purchase-of-service agreement for Sterling Pointe Senior Living for 2014-16 and a group residential housing agreement for RS Eden-Belle Haven starting in 2014. Both Sterling Pointe assisted living apartments and Belle Haven are in Princeton. Belle Haven is a townhome complex for adults to live while working to maintain a new life of sobriety after chemical dependency treatment.

Housing state inmates
The board approved a contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections to house the department’s inmates in the Mille Lacs County Jail at a cost of $55 per day.

Modifying emergency services contract
The board approved a resolution modifying its joint powers agreement forming the Central Minnesota Emergency Services Board. The political subdivisions involved are the city of St. Cloud and Mille Lacs and 18 other counties in Central Minnesota. A couple of the modifications are to establish a plan for implementing a next generation 911 service in the region and to implement and operate a public safety broadband data service in the region.

Awarding bids
The board awarded North Valley Inc. as the lowest responsible bidder for shoulder paving and milled rumble strip projects on county roads 117 and 122 in the amount of $268,681. It also awarded the Anderson Brothers Construction Co. for similar work on county roads 155 and 152 for $119,954.

Modifying fee schedule
The board conducted a short public hearing on its proposed fee schedule with changes, for possible passage at a future meeting. Among the proposed changes are a 2.35 percent charge for paying through a credit card with a minimum fee of $1.95 and also a fee of $1.50 for electronic check payments. Also in the drafted changes is a new $175 annual fee for renewing vacation rental home interim use permits.