A person in the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department was fired Tuesday.
The Crow Wing County Board met in closed session to discuss a personnel issue about a disciplinary action against an employee. After about 15-20 minutes the board reconvened to an open session and unanimously approved the termination of a sheriff's department employee.
No other information was released by the county relating to the employee.
Scott Anderson, the county's labor attorney, said the information would not become public data until there is a final disposition or there is a conclusion with the collective bargaining unit. According to the law, a final disposition occurs at the conclusion of arbitration proceedings or upon the failure of the employee to elect arbitration.
In other county business, the commissioners:
Agreed to allow compensatory time for the sheriff's department for the second year in a row. Last year the county board reinstated comp time as long as it was monitored closely.
Heard that five of the nine goals set by the county were accomplished last year. The county implemented the transportation plan, updated the zoning ordinance on feedlots, developed a Parks Advisory Commission, redrew the county boundary lines for redistricting and passed a dog ordinance.
Two goals the county initiated last year and plan to complete this year are the comprehensive plan and the Joint Powers Agreement with the Thirty Lakes Watershed District. The goals of organizing county policies and reviewing county ordinances were not addressed.
Heard the 2003 goals for the county administrator. Goals include facility improvements for parking; health insurance option designs; labor contract negotiations; comprehensive planning; 2004 budget; and the health department director position.
Approved a special use deed for 150 acres of county tax-forfeited land to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. The airport wants the land for airport use. The county will continue to manage the timber resources in cooperation with the airport.
Agreed to support a legislative initiative put forth by the Minnesota Association of County Land Commissioners, which provides a county the option of selling timber at public auctions instead of alternative sales. The initiative will allow the county to place restrictions on the auctions.
Cowell said this initiative will allow companies with 20 or less employees to bid for the timber.
Canceled a 33-foot roadway easement granted to Duane and Gwen Nesburg of Fairfax that is no longer needed.
Accepted the resignation of Chief Deputy Auditor Doug Johanson. Johanson's last day with the county is May 23.
Tabled an action to approve the second printing publication for the county to receive input from the county attorney.
Rezoned two acres in Lake Edward Township from rural residential to commercial. Roger Heidelberger requested the rezone. Heidelberger also received approval for a conditional use permit to establish an auto/truck/equipment sales business. There are 14 conditions that Heidelberger must follow to keep the permit. Two conditions are that no more than 15 cars or trucks and no more than five other type of vehicles or goods can be displayed outside and employee and customer parking spaces must be limited to five spaces.
Rezoned 55 acres in the Unorganized Territory from agricultural to rural residential. The request was from Austin's Little Dude Excavating Inc. for a plat called Whispering Oaks that will have 14 lots.
Rezoned 40 acres in Nokay Lake Township from green space to agricultural. The request was from Jon and Sandra Hartin.
Heard an update on the county comprehensive land use plan. County Planner Bonnie Finnerty said they are in the process of talking with township boards and pulling data together. She said community meetings will be held in spring.
Agreed to allow the sheriff's department to sponsor a Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue School in the county on May 29 through June 1. The school trains divers and tenders to rapidly and safely respond in water, submerged victim scenarios. It also provides proper methods of searching underwater and in utilization of available equipment.
Neal Gaalswyk, sheriff's department boat and water safety supervisor, said the department has used many of the techniques learned at the school in subsequent operations, including the search for Erika Dalquist.
Approved a resolution relating to planning and zoning within the Garrison Kathio West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary Sewer District. The county will continue to be responsible for the planning and zoning of the area and will have a procedure that will incorporate sewer use ordinance requirements for hook-ups to the sanitary sewer.
Proclaimed April 6-12 as National County Government Week.
Approved the agreement for implementation of the Enhanced-911 Telephone System between the county, state and the Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Co.
Agreed to refund $23,375 from the county transit fund to Brainerd and Baxter.
Agreed to meet with the health and social services department once a month to discuss possible cuts due to the state deficit.
Made committee appointments.
Read in correspondence, the county's Sentence to Serve quarterly report. From October through December, 74 clients were served. The STS crew worked off 1,071 jail days that has a value of $55,692 in savings. The crew worked off $33,018 in fines.
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