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

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

County sends request for disaster relief


December 5, 2019

Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved a formal request to the State of Minnesota for losses suffered in the September 30, 2019 flood waters; $165,950 of impact is claimed by the County and five townships. Preliminary estimates are that 75% of the loss will be covered by State Disaster Assistance.

The County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in the Sheriff’s Office guided the application process and helped fill out the necessary forms. New electronic filing, enabling a GPS lock on damage sites, smoothed the information processing.

Northland Construction was the successful bidder for a bridge construction project on CSAH 1 approximately 0.3 miles north of the junction with CSAH 61 at Esko The bid came in 4.44% over the engineer’s estimate, with an amount of $1,095,028.48.

Carlton County and the City of Moose Lake, negotiated by County Attorney Ketola, have come to an Agreement for Prosecutorial Services commencing January 1, 2020. For prosecuting cases for the City of Moose Lake, the County Attorney’s Office will have a yearly revenue stream of about $16,000, depending on the amount of cases handled.

The County Board approved putting farm equipment up for sale that was previously used for the Soil Improvement program. The equipment had been purchased through funds from the Minnesota Extension program. The Board came on record to approve any carryover of the sale of the equipment to go into the 2020 Soil Improvement Program budget.

Commissioner Mark Thell commented, “I am hoping a private party will invest in this equipment to provide rentals for farmers who are spreading bio-solids or lime ash on their fields. This service is needed for our farming community.”

The shift to electronic time sheets and electronic payroll banking continues for the County. Board approval was given to open a separate account at US Bank for the purpose of funding payroll transfers, including electronic transfers.

The last privately owned parcel on Kettle Lake in the Corona bog area southeast of Cromwell will be purchased by Pheasants Forever from the Mowers family and gifted to the DNR for inclusion in the Kettle Lake Wildlife Management Area.

The County Board also gave approval for the purchase of a one acre site known as the old site for the Mansikka School in Kalevala Township and will be added to the Firebird Wildlife Management Area. County Board approval is needed when any land with wetlands for Wildlife purposes are purchased. PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) payments are shared between the County and the affected township.

BKV has given its final report for the Justice/Jail Implementation Study. Sheriff Kelly Lake commented that this is not the approved final report and it will be released at a later time. Use of treatment plans for both men and women, on and off site, are being discussed as a future approach.

The staff of BKV remarked, “We have seen the local County staff really dig into the issues and we commend them for helping make a plan to implement in the local justice area.”

The scheduled County Board meeting on December 23 at 4 p.m. will also include a hearing on the proposed Tobacco ordinance at 4:30 p.m. and the Capital Bonding program for the Barnum garage at 5:00 p.m. Public input is encouraged.


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