County Board Briefs: March 17 meeting

Kennel license
The board approved a kennel license for William and Annis Prince, of 14134 110th St., Foreston, with five conditions. They are that the license is for 11 dogs over six months of age; the license is valid until Dec. 31, 2015; the license holder must provide a $1,100 letter of credit for license period and allow county staff or animal control officer to inspect facility at any time; and the license would be revoked and all but three dogs would be immediately removed if any violations of the conditions are not resolved within 14 days of written notice from the county’s land service office. The board conducted a public hearing on the license application on March 3, 2015.
More research on generator maintenance
The board tabled acting on a recommendation by county facilities operations manager Joe Ahner to enter into a contract with Generator Power Systems to maintain the county’s two generators at an annual cost of $4,867.50.
It was the most expensive of the three quotes received, but Ahner had recommended it, stating it was the most comprehensive of the three quotes. Commissioner Tim Wilhelm suggested that before the board decide on who to choose, Ahner should speak with Ziegler CAT Power Systems to see if it could match the services offered by Generator Power Systems at the $4,867.50 price. The county’s two generators are the CAT brand.
Culvert, bridge replacement
The board approved a request by public works to advertise for bids to replace a culvert on County Road 7, located 7 miles west of Princeton, and to replace County Road 103 bridge, located 3 miles south of Onamia. The bid deadline is April 20, 2015.
Trail grant request
The board approved county engineer Bruce Cochran’s request to apply for a $250,000 grant through the Department of Natural Resource’s regional trail grant program, which would cover 74 percent of the costs of planned Soo Line Trail work project that would total $336,000. The county would come up with the remaining $86,000. The work will be on 5 miles of the trail going from Wahkon and southwest. There is a paved trail running parallel to a gravel trail. The paved part will be ground up and retamped and 2-inches of new bituminous surface applied. The gravel would be redressed.
February jail report
The board accepted the jail report showing the jail boarded inmates from the counties of Benton, Carlton, Stearns and St. Louis as well as the Department of Corrections to take in $41,280. There were also $2,125 in booking fees and $482 in pay-to-stay fees. The jail had 87-116 inmates per day during February.
Third payment for legal fees
The board approved paying the third invoice from the law firm Ruvelson & Kautzer, LTD for legal services pertaining to former County Attorney Jan Jude and Assistant County Attorney Heather VanZee. The invoice was for $203.95.
Social hosting ordinance
The board removed from the agenda the topic of a possible social hosting ordinance for the county. The board decided to instead discuss the topic at a future workshop. The purpose of such an ordinance would be to discourage underage possession and consumption of alcohol, even if in the confines of a private residence. Such an ordinance would hold persons criminally responsible for hosting events or gatherings where persons under 21 years possess or consume alcohol regardless of whether the person hosting the event or gathering supplied the alcohol.