Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

County board reorganizes, Zmyslony new board chair


January 11, 2018

Fourth District Commissioner Sue Zmyslony was elected chair of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at the reorganizational meeting January 2. Rotating the chair position among each of the five commissioner districts has traditionally been followed in the last few years.

Commissioner Dick Brenner was elected vice chair of the board and is also paired with being chair of the committee of the whole meetings. Commissioner Marv Bodie is the new vice chair of the committee of the whole.

The county board set the schedule for meetings for 2018: Regular meetings are at 8:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month and adjourned sessions are the fourth Monday of each month at 4 p.m. Exceptions to that schedule are: Adjourned meetings will be held on January 22 and May 29 at 4 p.m. and the December meetings will be regular December 11 at 5 p.m. and adjourned December 26 at 4 p.m. Committee of the whole meetings start February 6, the first Tuesday of the month, at 4 p.m.

Non-commissioner appointments for the Committee of the Whole meetings for 2018 are elected and appointed department heads for Carlton County government: Jim Newman, representative from the Carlton County Association of Township Officers, and Milt Hagen, assistant engineer from the Transportation Department.

Per diem rate for meetings attended was discussed but tabled until January 22 when rates for surrounding counties are known. Commissioner Gary Peterson noted there is no written policy for what meetings commissioners attend that are covered by per diem payments. Some meetings are attended by invitation from the particular concerned group. Some meetings are attended by commissioners as an interested party. Commissioner Bodie proposed and it was approved to have a proposed policy written by Auditor Paul Gassert and Carlton County Coordinator Dennis Genereau and presented at the next committee of the whole meeting for consideration.

Salaries for new commissioners, county attorney, county sheriff, and county auditor/treasurer, appointed or elected, will have a salary of at least the minimum of 80 percent of the current office holders. State law says the salaries have to be set at the beginning of the fiscal year to cover any changes, but a higher rate can be paid if approved by the county board.

Bids came in for advertising rates for legal publication as the official Carlton County newspaper as follows: Pine Journal, $5.00 per standard advertising unit (SAU), Duluth News-Tribune, $5.50, and Moose Lake Star-Gazette $5.85. The Pine Journal was selected as the official county newspaper for 2018. Transportation projects will also be advertised at

One of the fiscal officers for Public Health and Human Services is retiring within a few months. Director Dave Lee requested and it was approved to hire a replacement to handle a smooth transition. Lee noted some revenue funds have a six-month window and an overlap of duties in a training period will help transfer the needed knowledge for the new staff person.


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