Crow Wing County commissioners approved spending for computer software to track methamphetamine cases and incidents in the county.
Commissioner Terry Sluss, meth prevention coordinator, requested $956 in spending for software licensing. Sluss purchased a laptop computer with his own funds.
An online survey on the county Web site -- www.co.crow-wing.mn.us -- generated 86 responses. The site remains active to gain public input on meth through July 30.
After the meeting Tuesday, Sluss said the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension tracked 475 labs in 2003 with 75 percent of them in rural Minnesota. In Crow Wing County, law enforcement tracked 12 conspiracy cases (where meth supplies are involved) in 2002 and eight meth labs. In 2003 there were eight conspiracy cases and six meth labs. As of May 30, there were three conspiracy cases and five meth labs.
The Crow Wing County Board will meet in a special session at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the courthouse in Brainerd and also will conduct a ground-breaking ceremony for the government center, which begins with the judicial center/jail buildings.
Sluss said the trend is an increase in labs as conspiracy cases appear to be declining.
Heard appeals to the board of equalization before going forward and accepting the recommendations of Martin Schmidt, county assessor. Sluss noted small resorts, and how they are valued, are among the biggest problems that can force owners to seek rezoning to residential.
Authorized participation in an off-highway vehicle enforcement grant of $5,508.
Set a July 27 public hearing date for an ordinance amendment regarding tracts of lesser size and setting a baseline of a 10-acre minimum for agricultural zoning as the county is doing away with conditional use permits to divide property.
Approved hiring a full-time property appraiser to replace two part-time positions.
Pushed back a discussion on the bike path proposed for Riverside Drive to the July 13 county board meeting.
Heard an update on a Roosevelt Township clandestine methamphetamine lab site cleanup by Landmark Environmental. The removal includes demolition of a trailer, removal of household appliances, removal of six vehicles and junk and garbage not to exceed $9,256.
Awarded low bid for phase one of the county site utilities and parking lot to Anderson Brothers for $217,500.
Approved revisions to the Crow Wing County management plan for tax-forfeited lands.
Agreed with Land Commissioner Tom Cowell's recommendation to designate 1,374 acres as memorial forest and rededicate 2,706 acres of existing memorial forest. Memorial forests are managed for best uses including forestry, wildlife, wetland protection, water quality, habitat and cultural resources. The land is within the Army Compatible Use Buffer by Camp Ripley and was seen as a way to further preserve the current land use.
The county board has designated 55,851 acres of tax-forfeited property as memorial forest.
Approved a partnership with the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center to provide TeleCare services. The program keeps daily phone contact with senior citizens to check on their safety and well-being.
Heard the Social Services out-of-home placement is $160,000 below budget and the department's financial status remains strong. The department has not had to dip into the general fund for a number of years.
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