County board briefs

The Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners conducted the following business at its July 15 business meeting. This report was written by Joel Stottrup.

Undoing motion on gravel request

The board passed a motion that reversed the effect of the motion it passed at its July 1 meeting. The original motion went against the county Planning Commission’s recommendation that an interim use permit not be required for Dave Herbert in his request to mine gravel on property in Milo Township.

The July 1 motion, which passed in a split vote, in effect said Herbert would need a permit to mine gravel at the site. Commissioners Tim Wilhelm, Roger Tellinghuisen and Genny Reynolds voted yes on the July 1 motion, and Commissioners Phil Peterson and Dave Oslin opposed the motion.

Wilhelm, at the July 15 meeting, asked if the board couldn’t revisit the matter because he felt he hadn’t had enough information at the time of the July 1 meeting when he voted on the matter.

The July 15 discussion centered on a landowner being “grandfathered in,” meaning in this case that Herbert wouldn’t have to get a permit if there had been mining on the property before. Oslin stated that it didn’t matter if there were periods of no mining activity interspersed with years of mining. Oslin said that Herbert should still be grandfathered in.

The board on July 15 passed a motion to act on the matter again. It then passed a second motion, with Tellinghuisen casting the lone no vote on the motion to go along with the Planning Commission’s recommendation to not require the permit.

Tellinghuisen explained later that he voted no only because he wanted to check the records first on the mining activity so he would feel comfortable if the grandfather clause fit this case.

Sale for tax forfeit properties

The board authorized the county to have a public sale Sept. 24 of 91 tax forfeit properties. Forty-one of the parcels are in Kathio Township (most of which are at Port Mille Lacs Golf Acres), one is in Princeton Township, two in South Harbor Township, one in Foreston, one in Isle, 21 in the city of Milaca (most of them Fieldstone Greene lots), two in the city of Onamia, 21 in the city of Princeton (most at Pondview Estates and some at Meadow View Estates first addition), and one in the city of Wahkon.

Crisis line

The board approved extending a contract with Canvas Health for a 24-hour crisis line. The extension is needed until a long-term provider is selected through a request for proposals. The crisis line is a mandated service required by  the Minnesota Comprehensive Adult Mental Health Act.

Disaster declaration urged for farmers

The board passed a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, and Gov. Mark Dayton to take appropriate action to prevent further economic injury to Mille Lacs County farmers due to the unprecedented rainfall in the spring of 2014, preventing a large number of area farmers from planting many acres.