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

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Brenner new chair of county board


January 17, 2019

A year goes by and it is now time again for the Carlton County Board of Commissioners to reorganize and elect new chairs and vice-chairs for the Board and the Committee of the Whole and assign Commissioner committee assignments. Following a tradition of rotating the County Board Chair among the five commissioners, Dick Brenner of Cloquet was elected unanimously Chair for 2019.

Commissioner Brenner was elected 26 years ago and is the longest serving commissioner now serving on the Board. He spent most of his working career first at Northwest Paper and then later at Potlatch. He continues to be an active force on the Arrowhead Regional Corrections Board, local economic development, the County Building/Facilities Committee, and County finance issues.

Esko Commissioner Marv Bodie took his turn to be the new Vice-Chair of the County Board and the Chair of the Committee of the Whole. Commissioner Tom Proulx was elected Vice-Chair of the Committee of the Whole.

This was the first meeting for newly elected 4th District Commissioner Mark Thell. Thell has been on the Soil and Water Conservation District for many years. He now has become the County Board’s liaison for the SWCD, will be the Board’s representative, along with Commissioner Gary Peterson, for Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Project, is a representative on the County Fair Board, and is on the County Extension Committee.

The Moose Lake Star-Gazette, the only legal newspaper published in Carlton County, continues as the Carlton County official newspaper to publish Board Meeting minutes at a rate of $6.03 per standard rate of advertising, other official notices at $7.50. and the Delinquent Tax List at $6.03. The rate to publish Board Meeting minutes was increased from $5.82 last year according to County Auditor/Treasurer Paul Gassert.

Meetings continue to be held at the Transportation Building with Regular meetings at 8:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and Adjourned meetings at 4 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. Exceptions to this schedule are an Adjourned meeting on January 28 at 4 p.m., an Adjourned meeting on May 28 at 4 p.m., and the Regular meeting on December 10 be at 4 p.m.

Committee of the Whole meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. starting in February.

Approval was given for the County to enter into a reconstruction agreement with Cloquet and Scanlon for Washington Avenue (CSAH 16) in Cloquet from Trunk Highway 33 to CSAH 45 for bituminous paving, paved shared use path, storm sewer rehabilitation, ADA improvements, and paving of municipal facilities for Scanlon between 22nd Street and 26th Street.

A Safe Routes to School project for the Cromwell-Wright School District is supported by the County Board and Carlton County will be the fiscal agent for the project. 2,000 feet on the west side of Highway 73 from Highway 210 to the entrance of Villa Court Senior Living will be paved for a Safe Routes to School.

Commissioner Gary Peterson addressed the crowd during the Commissioner Comments section. Peterson said he continued to be concerned that the latest statistics show that vaping use, a supposed non-tobacco product, is dramatically increasing. He said he was deeply concerned but felt changes in the law must be spearheaded by the staff of Public Health, the physicians, health care providers, educators and concerned parents to make an impact on the issue.

Peterson continued saying that the Veteran’s Exclusion for property tax reduction is impacting the local available property tax base. “This needs to be compensated by the State of Minnesota to relieve a burden on our other property tax payers,” he observed.

Peterson represents the County Board on the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, the AEOA. 25 of their employees work in the Carlton County Workforce Center. Under their auspices, about 41,000 meals were served this last year. Arrowhead Transport gave over 72,000 rides for County residents with about 4,600 rides given in the rural areas.


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