There was only one obstacle in the way for a runway expansion at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport.
A parcel of land with a home on it.
However, the resident agreed to sell for $65,800, Steve Sievek, airport manager, told the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday. The county agreed to accept the offer. The county will split the purchase price with Brainerd. The Brainerd City Council has already approved the offer.
In other business, the commissioners approved several zoning changes. Paula Gerrety of Lake Edward Township and Lawrence Soule of Oak Lawn Township will change from agriculture to a residential district. David and Jeanne Hairgrove and Sharon Birchem of Birchem's Addition, both of the Unorganized Territory, have district changes from agricultural to rural residential. Daniel and Deborah Miller of Miller's Pine View in Fairfield Township have nine lots that will rezone from green space to rural residential. A final plat was also approved.
The Department of Human Services is giving the county the opportunity to apply for a children's mental health grant for $44,300. The funds need to be used to help or to reduce significant delays in access to children's mental health services. Some of the grant money will be used for mental health professional diagnostic assessments, child respite care for emotionally disturbed children and for child day treatment.
The board approved several service contracts, including Golden Heart Home Care, Crow Wing County Health Services and contracts with the Crosby-Ironton and Brainerd school districts.
Sue Beck, county welfare director, reported on out-of-home placements. Placement costs through July is at $1.508 million and there is $1.516 million in the budget to give the county a year-to-date savings of $8,080. This is an improvement over the deficit experienced in previous months, said Beck.
Beck also said the social service financial report for 2000 is $2.2 million, about $1.3 million less compared with 1999. Revenues are at 37 percent and expenditures are at 44.5 percent.
Commissioners approved an agreement with Baxter to be a co-recipient of an up to $500,000 grant to install infrastructure in phase three of the industrial park. The city has a contract for deed with the county for the 77.56 acres of land. As part of a requirement for Baxter to receive the grant it needs to have a clear title of the land.
"It would be in name only," said Larry Kruse, city administrator. "Baxter will have all the responsibilities."
The grant money will be used for public work assistance for construction of sanitary sewer, waterlines, storm sewer and roadways, including land acquisition for roads to expand the city's industrial park.
Commissioner James Hill said the request is simple, but it could bring in costs through liability issues for the county. So the board asked for the additional protection to make sure it would be held harmless, requardless of anything that could occur.
Kruse said the project should be done in a year and it should be successful. The cost of the project is about $2 million.
Commissioners agreed to continue to lease property owned by Herbert Thiesse for tower land space. The rent increased from a monthly base of $1,500 to $2,000 and an antenna systems' fee went from $10 to $15 per month.
As of June, a significant amount of the county's budget went to the building fund, due to extended renovation of the judge's chamber and the modular furniture for the planning and zoning office. Roy Luukkonen, county auditor, said the court administrator and law library budgets should be given consideration to an increased expenditure amount as it is currently over budget.
So far, the county has spent 46.4 percent of its budget or $21.2 million. In revenues, the county has $13.2 million and in the total budget for revenues is about $25.5 million.
Commissioners adopted the 2001 budget implementation schedule, where they set guidelines for each departments' budgets to lead to the adoption of the 2001 budget and tax levy. '
Two change orders for the Crow Wing County Detention Center, which is expected to open next week, were approved. The change order totals is about $27,000 and is for smoke detectors and duct, fixtures and exit signs.
The county highway department received an OK to proceed with the County State Aid Highway 19 project.
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