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

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Carlton Co. deed records to be digitized

New social worker position approved


April 19, 2018

"The deed records and some supporting documents now in bound books are going to be digitized, organized for computer access, and a safety back-up service installed to guard against a disaster," commented Kris Basilici Carlton County Recorder. "This continues to move us into an efficient system to locate documents needed by the public."

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on April 10 authorized funding a special service to preserve legacy records at a one time cost up to $99,910 with an annual fee of $8,710. The cost is generated by recording fees and there is no cost to the taxpayer. In time, the bound recording books will disappear after they are no longer needed to check accuracy.

The earliest entries in the recorder's books only were a hand-written entry of a property document with the legal information. Deeds other than Torrens Deeds created by judicial action were not recorded with original signatures. Not until about 60 years ago were deeds and supporting documents scanned and preserved with original legal work. This process will take about a month.

Carlton County Engineer JinYeene Neumann announced the lowest bid for six Carlton County Transportation projects was Northland Constructors out of Duluth with a successful bid of $2,399,232.76. This winning bid out of five submissions was 30 percent below the Engineer's Estimate. The 30 percent excess of available funding will be applied to other projects on the schedule in the near future.

Mark Linne, secretary for the Carlton County Airport Commission, confirmed in a phone interview that site preparation at the Cloquet Airport is scheduled to be done this summer on an area for a possible new hangar. Most of the funding comes from state sources and some is shared by the county. Linne stated there are several groups interested in the $1.6 million hangar project at the airport but no firm agreement has been made at this time.

The county board moved to hire a social worker for the county jail. The position will be known as a Community Based Coordinator. This new position will be funded for the rest of the current budget year through excess funding in the Health and Human Services budget. The role of this new position will call for screenings for mental and chemical issues for individuals being considered for incarceration or placement in the community. This staff member will work with crisis assessments and interventions and compile statistics for all these individuals needing incarceration or placement for treatment or community supervision.

Sheriff Kelly Lake reflected, "We want to see if there are ways for an early response to prevent repeat offenders. We hope to reduce the need for jail services and instead use early intervention to help people with chemical dependency and mental health issues. Our current jail study directs us to have a proactive approach — but we need statistics to let us know what actions help and which do not."

Several commissioners want regular reports on this effort and encouraged monthly updates.


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