County Board News

The following news items are from the Tuesday, Feb.
19, meeting of the Mille Lacs County Board. They were compiled by
reporter Stacey Wiedewitsch.

Monthly jail reports
•The
monthly jail reports for January were presented to the board. The
reported booking fees and recovered fees totaled $1,054, the 2008
budget is set at $10,000. The out of county boarding fees totaled
$70,500 and the budget is set at $850,000. The jail population started
the month with 57 inmates but jumped to 101 inmates by Jan. 19. The end
of the month saw a population of 82 in the jail.

Extended warranties purchased
•Michael
Virnig, Mille Lacs County Information Services Director, received
permission from the commissioners to purchase the extended warranties
for the computer systems for the highway department, auditor/treasurer
department and the sheriff’s office. The bid for all 14 computers in
the three departments was $1,801.

Repair of air handlers
due to hail damage
•Building
maintenance director Joe Ahner requested to begin the process of
repairing the air handling units on the courthouse that were damaged
last year from a hail storm. The county’s insurance company has agreed
to pay for the repairs minus a $500 deductible. The commissioners
agreed.

Nutrition education presentation
•University of
Minnesota Extension Service Nutrition Education Assistant Mary Wint
gave a presentation to the county board explaining the job she performs
in Mille Lacs County. Wint serves at risk people, young and old, in
school systems and at local food shelves providing nutrition education
and sanitary measures in the kitchen. She helps the people at the food
shelves prepare healthy meals with the food available to them. “If it’s
not pizza or Pop-Tarts people don’t know what to do with it,” said
Wint. Mille Lacs County provides $300 in funding for the program and
the office space in the extension office.

Noxious weed spraying contract
•Mille
Lacs County Highway Engineer Bruce Cochran asked the commissioners to
give their approval on the 2008 schedule for noxious weed spraying and
control. The board gave its approval of the schedule.

CSAH 13 right of way
land purchase final
•Cochran
told the board the last homeowner on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 13
came in and signed the easement. The last homeowner received more money
for the land than did the owners who signed early on in the process.
Cochran asked the board for its approval to pay the difference in price
to all the previous landowners. The commissioners agreed. The grand
total is $4,200. The money will come out of the state aid construction
right-of-way fund.

Engineering software upgrade
•Cochran asked
the commissioners to purchase a new work flow manager software program
to streamline the design process. He said he would like to try the
program and if he liked it he would be back to purchase more programs.
The commissioners agreed. The price of the software was $1,161.10.

2008 ditch levies set
•Cochran
asked the commissioners to leave the ditch levies at the current rate
of tax for 2008. “I’d just as soon keep them the same and set up some
perpetual maintenance,” said Cochran. The commissioners agreed.

Committee reports
•Commissioner
Dave Tellinghuisen said the planning commission had delayed the
starting of the fish house committee due to some information that
needed to be gathered.
•Commissioner Roger Tellinghuisen said that a
real effort is being headed up in the Onamia area for a library branch.
The committee in Onamia is looking at five different areas in which to
place the proposed library.
•Commissioner Phil Peterson said that
the East Central Solid Waste Commission sold equipment in one of the
sheds for about $430,000 and he thought some of that money was going to
come back to the counties involved in the commission.
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The
Mille Lacs County Board meets the first and third Tuesday of the month
at 9 a.m. and the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the
commissioner’s room at the courthouse.

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