Mille Lacs County Board Briefs: Dec. 2 meeting

The Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners conducted the following business during its Dec. 3 meeting.
Resort OK’d to conduct weddings
The board approved a renewal of an interim use permit (IUP) for Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort at 45401 Mille Lacs Pkwy., Isle to have outdoor weddings May 1 to Oct. 31 each year. The original IUP expired Oct. 31, 2012 and the new IUP would be good until Oct. 31, 2018. The county received written correspondence indicating noise issues within the event center, and not from the outdoor ceremonies. Two calls originated from there to the sheriff’s office, neither related to the outdoor events.
The planning commission’s conditions in recommending renewal of the permit include in part: wedding ceremonies to not exceed one hour, specified event hours, no amplification equipment or sound projecting devices may be directed to the south, and that the number of attendees may not exceed 186 (to meet fire marshal rules).
Land Services Director Michele McPherson told the county board during discussion that one of the complaints to the sheriff’s office involved an altercation involving a married couple. One person spoke at the public hearing on the permit renewal request and said the issue was the music volume.
Pole shed approved
The board approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for Erick and Karen Jacobson to have an accessory structure (40×60-foot pole shed) to be constructed on a lot without a dwelling at Port Mille Lacs in Kathio Township. The conditions include not allowing the building to be used for commercial or residential purposes and that the lighting must be downcast.
Antique business
The board approved a CUP for Thomas Briscoe to have a home-based business at his property at 33171 Highway 169, Onamia, which is in a Wild and Scenic River District. It will be seasonal antique store and the conditions include hours and dates of operation, as well as limiting sales to the existing 24×36-foot shed.
The board in other business:
• approved purchasing two Toshiba color copiers for $16,499. One will be a Toshiba 5540 c for the county attorney’s office and the other will be an off-lease eStudio 5520c for the auditor/treasurer’s office. Technology services manager Michael Virnig reported that the copiers being replaced have reached their age and copy-count limits and should be replaced, and that the high productivity of the offices require copier upgrades.
• approved an agreement between Mille Lacs and Morrison Counties to collaborate on storing electronic documents at each others locations. Virnig reported that the counties can take advantage of fiber optics by continuously updating data at each location and the agreement will provide disaster recovery for the image documenting system.
• adopted a resolution to approve an exempt permit for Prevent 7 to have a raffle at Niti’s Hunters Point on Feb. 1 in conjunction with an ice fishing contest. Prevent 7 works with schools, churches and other organizations to educate kids on bullying prevention, suicide prevention and more.
• adopted resolution accepting work and authorizing final payment to Helmin Construction, Inc. for a culvert replacement project in the Milaca area. The original contract cost was just over $213,322, and the final cost was slightly more than $233,883.
• adopted resolution accepting work and authorizing final payment to Knife River Corporation – North Central for bituminous overlay and aggregate shouldering work on CSAH no. 4. The original contract cost was close to $298,403, and the final was close to $290,404.
• authorized public works to prepare a three-year contract for contract mowing which will be an eight-foot-wide single pass adjacent to the shoulder on all county roads and county state aid (CSAH) highways. The work is to be done once in June and once in August. and the works is to be reviewed at the end of three years.
• authorized public works to prepare a contract by seeking price proposals to load, haul, place and spread maintenance gravel during a one-year period.
• authorized purchasing three pickup trucks for public works at a cost not to exceed $85,000. Two of the trucks will be 2014 GMC Sierras WT 4WD, double cab and the third will be a 2014 GMS Sierra WT 4WD double cab with 5.3 L engine. Total cost with excise tax, estimated registration and fees will be nearly $84,722. The vehicles will be bought through the state bidding system. The board also authorized the disposal of three of the department’s pickup trucks.
• authorized public works to purchase a Brush Bandit 12-inch drum chipper at a cost not to exceed $38,000 and to dispose of unit no. 60. Commissioner Dave Oslin asked Public Works Director Bruce Cochran in the audience if the county might be better off waiting until next year to make the purchase since that’s when the sales tax exemption kicks in for the county. Cochran answered that he wants to make the purchase this year because he doesn’t know what the state contract bid price will be next year to get the chipper.
After adjourning the meeting, the board went into a closed session to hear a proposal from public works to make an easement purchase from Kevin and Shirley Lee and Walter and Mildred Schimming as part of preparing for a reconstruction of part of CSAH 4 next year. After the closed meeting, the board opened the Dec. 3 meeting again and approved the make the purchase as proposed by Public Works Director Bruce Cochran.
The same action took place during the county board’s Nov. 15 meeting this year. It adjourned the regular business meeting, went into a short, closed session, and then opened it and approved a purchase of land from Greg and Carissa Kuntz for the same CSAH 4 project.
The purchasing of easements is done through negotiation.

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