Mille Lacs County Board Briefs: March 21, 2017 meeting

Below are summaries of actions from the March 21 meeting of the Mille Lacs County Board. They were compiled by Debbie Griffin.
Tribal request opposition
The Mille Lacs County Board agreed to having the county’s tribal attorney, Randy Johnson, make a statement at a public hearing March 31 in St. Paul to oppose a petition filed in November 2016 by the Minnesota Tribal Court/State Court Forum to Amend Rule 10. The rule was adopted in 2003 and pertains to specifics of the state’s recognition of tribal court orders and judgments. Generally the requested amendments would accomplish broader acceptance of tribal court orders and judgments, but Thompson’s memo advised that he would attend the hearing and oppose the change on the county’s behalf.

Kennel license public hearing scheduled
The County Board set a public hearing for about 9 a.m. April 4 to take comments on a proposed kennel license submitted by Brandon Blaine to keep up to 13 husky/malamute dogs on 33 acres located at 6157 Highway 23 in Borgholm Township.

County picks local buffer enforcement
The Mille Lacs County Board confirmed its intent to opt for local enforcement of new buffer laws that were enacted in 2015 and take effect this year. Its choices were to either manage enforcement activities at a local level – the county Soil and Water Conservation District – or to defer the duties to the state Board of Water and Soil Resources.
Wellness grants mean bikes to come
Property and Records Clerk Karly Fetters told the County Board that Mille Lacs County had applied for and been awarded two wellness grants that together totaled about $5,000 and would be used to acquire 16 bicycles – eight for the justice center and eight for the courthouse – which people could then ride on breaks and for short trips in town.
Ditch inspection results reviewed
Environmental resources technician Dillon Hayes showed the board snippets of the video taken as part of an inspection of ill-performing county drainage ditch 14, part of which was hidden from view underneath Highway 169. The video inspection showed some minor obstructions and cracking, with one section of slight collapse, all of which can be fixed. The inspection, at an estimated cost of about $22,500, illuminated 3,500 feet of ditchway and did not reveal any big, major problems that some suspected might be under the highway.