Commissioners had plenty of questions at their meeting Tuesday regarding a jail transport vehicle and auction items.
With few answers readily available, the topics were tabled until the Sheriff's Department could respond. At issue was a $35,712.22 purchase for a 2004 Ford cargo van and passenger module insert. The van is to be used primarily as a jail transport vehicle.
Commissioner John Ferrari wanted to know why such a big vehicle was needed, how many miles were on the old van and whether spending for a new one was within the budget.
"I think we need answers," he said.
Another question regarded why a 1998 Princecraft boat, motor and trailer was going on the upcoming sealed bid auction of surplus county vehicles. Cars, trucks, boats and a motorhome, amounting to nine vehicles, will be on the auction list. The 1998 boat was withheld from the auction pending more information from the Sheriff's Department.
Commissioners Terry Sluss and Ed Larsen were absent Tuesday. Commissioner Gary Walters, vice chairman, was acting chairman for the meeting.
Heard billboard information will be updated. The planning and zoning office intends to go out this week and get a more comprehensive database on off-site signs, or billboards, particularly along Highway 371. The sign ordinance required no-net gain in off-site signs, meaning a sign could not be put up unless an older one was taken down. It was discovered the original county database was not as current as staff would have liked.
Tabled discussion on a proposed change to the way wetland replacement is handled in the county. Wetlands are replaced on a one-to-one ratio unless the replacement ratio is increased because of the wetland's importance or because of a violation, which are replaced at a minimum of two-to-one.
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District is proposing replacements beyond the one-to-one ratio be handled by accepting payment into a water quality fund for use on projects in the county. The issue is expected to reappear at the April 13 board meeting. When buying wetland credits costs about $6,000 per acre.
Approved an increase in fees for reviewing annual ice ridge permits as proposed by the Crow Wing SWCD Board of Supervisors. The fee will be $30 for the first property and $15 for each additional adjacent property.
Approved a bid request for closure of phase one of the demolition landfill and approved seeking quotations for the noxious weed control program.
Awarded low bidders: Newman Signs Inc., North Dakota, at $8,673.01, for traffic signs; annual supply of culverts to Johnston Fargo Culvert, Fargo, N.D., $24,256.
Set a public hearing on the intention to issue general obligation capital improvement bonds for the building plan for the April 27 board meeting. A specific time will be designated at a later date.
Authorized eminent domain proceedings on several properties on County State Aid Highway 19. This part of the road construction is part of the natural preservation route. Duane Blanck, highway engineer, reported out of 62 parcels and 48 property owners he expects to have six unsigned parcels dealing with three different owners.
Heard sewer project work was expected to restart April 5 on CSAH 20 (Riverside Drive).
Approved a 1 percent increase for 2004 salaries with the assistant Crow Wing County attorney agreement. With the salary schedule an assistant attorney three at the highest step level would make $75,737.
Heard a request to move up the time table on work for County Road 133 in view of road deterioration.
Agreed to hire to replace an appraiser and part-time appraiser with the hope to have the two vacant positions filled by early May.
Approved sending Jim Eder, information systems director, to a technical education conference in San Diego and noted the expenditure (with registration fee of $1,695) is within the information systems budget.
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