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Commissioner's Minutes - February 19, 2008

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Grand Marais, Minnesota

February 19, 2008

The Board met in regular session this 19

th day of February, 2008, at the Courthouse in Grand Marais,

Minnesota.

HUMAN SERVICES BOARD

MINUTES

MEMBERS PRESENT: STAFF PRESENT: MEMBERS ABSENT:

Jim Johnson Jan Parish, Financial Worker Robert Fenwick

Bruce Martinson

Jan Hall

Grace Bushard, Social Services

Supervisor

Fritz Sobanja

Beverly Green

Anna Jorgenson, Case Aide/Office

Support

Darrel Fisher Janet Simonen, Personnel

Harry Swift, Chemical Dependency

The Human Services Board met in regular session on the 19th of February 2008, in the commissioner’s

room of the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais, MN. Jim Johnson, Vice-Chair, called the meeting

to order at 8:31 A.M.

Darrell Fisher made a motion to approve the agenda, seconded by Bruce Martinson and approved all ayes.

Bev Green made a motion to approve the January 22, 2008 meeting minutes, seconded by Darrell Fisher

and approved all ayes.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

A. Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency: Jim Johnson reported on their last meeting. Jim

mentioned that AEOA would run out of funds for fuel assistance in early March. He reported the

concern for those that will not be able to get assistance through AEOA and asked if PHHS had a

program to help offset the costs when AEOA runs out of funds. Jan mentioned PHHS would be

asking the board to approve a Policy for Emergency Assistance later in the meeting that would

assist eligible individuals and/or families.

B. County Based Purchasing Planning: Jim Johnson reported on their last meeting. The agreement to

allow the share of risk and benefits is expected to go to Tim Scannell for his review. Their next

meeting will be with First Plan. They anticipate community groups to work with First Plan with

the focus on prevention. The next Development meeting will have a discussion of whether County

Commissioners should be present at these meetings as there have been some issues establishing a

Quorum.

C. Arrowhead Regional Corrections: Fritz Sobanja reported from the last meeting. Resolutions and

contracts were worked on. Cook County Juvenile rates are way down. There was discussion on

what Cook County was doing to inhibit this. Some explanations were the Charter School, athletic

programs, NorthShore Collaborative, Community Education etc. Bruce Martinson mentioned such

results prove the importance of budgeting for schools.

D. Community Health Board: The next meeting is on March 10th.

E. Public Health and Human Services Advisory Committee: The next meeting is on March 4

th.

F. Health Care Planning Committee: Bev reported on the last meeting as she is a representative of

the Senior Center on the Committee. Linda spoke on Health beat. They received a 3-year Mental

Health grant for school. Diane Pearson spoke on the Smoke Free Campus. January had a busy

month of ambulance runs and Daryl discussed getting chains to handle the icy conditions. There

are 4 Senior Mini Clinics coming up. The electronic computer system should be running April 29

th

at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Amy Lacina was hired for the PHHS RN position, replacing

Ginger Weisser.

G. Interagency Services Committee: The next meeting is on March 12

th.

H. North Shore Collaborative: Robert Fenwick was not present to report.

I. Kinship Mentoring Council: Bev Green reported that the Lunch Buddies program is going well,

but they are still in need of more Mentors.

WILDERNESS OUTPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAM, Harry Swift, Swift & Associates:

Harry passed out some statistics to the board and gave a report. Harry focused his report on Alcohol as it

his twice as large a problem as all other drugs combined. Even though many consider Prescription Drugs

and Marijuana to be at the top of the list, Alcohol far exceeds these addictions. Therefore, Harry reported

that percentages are deceptive, as Alcohol often is not grouped in the Drug category.

Harry reports a caseload ranging in sobriety of 6 months – 5 years. In this category there are five Felony

level offenders in which have been sober for 3-5 years. Harry says that behaviors are repeated despite

negative consequences, as the brain actually needs to change to overcome the addiction. Treatment works

for those who follow through. A critical piece to successfully overcome an addiction is follow up

programs such as AA. Everyone who did well went to AA. However, he has had two people choose jail

over AA due to not being ready to make the commitment to not drink. Most people Harry serves have

been court ordered, which means they have a choice of either probation or jail. AA is a choice, not a court

order which Harry wanted to emphasize. One big issue is the lack of communication from Treatment

Centers informing the County when discharging a client. This delays the re-entry follow up plan. Another

issue is the limited numbers of halfway houses and having no sober houses.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT (Jan Parish & Grace Bushard substituting in Sue’s absence):

A.

 

Chemical Dependency Consolidated Treatment Funding Maintenance of Effort Report: Jan Parish

passed out the Consolidated Chemical Dependency Treatment Fund report. She reported that in

the 1980’s the County received MA dollars to manage for funding CD Treatment. These dollars

have asset, residency and income requirements. The County is mandated to provide CD services to

eligible clients. The 2008 State Fiscal Year County Allocation is $68,264 in which it is already

projected that PHHS will exceed this amount even with the carryover of $7,921. As of Feb 5

th,

$70,617 had been spent and Jan anticipates going into the Maintenance of Effort which is $44,758

and Reserve Fund. This would mean 15%, or $13,038 is the County cost. This increase in the

2008 budget could not be predicted and Jan noted the importance of having the fund balance to

cover unforeseen budget expenses such as this. Even with the increase in costs, local treatment is

less expensive than having to send people out of the County.

B.

 

MN Department of Human Services CSSD Grant Project for People 65 Years and Older: Grace

reported on a Grant entitled Northshore Initiative Caring for Elders (NICE) that she has been

working on with several community partners. This replaces the ECHHO grant and it has a

different focus. It will enable the In Home Support Program, Mini Clinics, ITV capability in

Grand Portage with the goal of maintaining independent living and offer more coordination with

services to keep people in their homes longer. The grant application is due on 2/29. PHHS will be

the fiscal agent and has requested $100,000 which requires a dollar for dollar match. We have

more match dollars than needed.

C.

 

Update on Medicaid Targeted Case Management Reimbursement: Jan referenced Attachment 2 in

the board packets in regards to an appeal in process to the current rules for Case Management

reimbursement. Due to this, staff will continue to do time reporting in SSIS in the event the appeal

goes through. Jan mentioned this is good for the 2008 budget.

D.

 

GA/MSA Emergency Assistance Funds Policy: Jan reported that currently PHHS does not have an

approved Policy in place in the event Emergency Assistance is needed. The Policy that was

included in the packets is what PHHS has been using when faced with EA requests. There was a

lengthy discussion whether this Policy addresses the needs of the public. The board would like

further discussion and investigation to determine the gaps.

ITEMS FOR BOARD ACTION:

Jan Hall made a motion to approve the Purchase of Service Agreement Between Cook County and Center

for Alcohol and Drug Treatment for the period of January 1, 2008-December 31, 2008, seconded by

Bruce Martinson, approved with all ayes. The agreement is for Detoxification Services and has the same

cost and services as 2007.

Bruce Martinson made a motion to approve the Purchase of Service Agreement Between Cook County

and Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency for the period of January 1, 2008-December 31, 2008,

seconded by Darrel Fisher, approved with all ayes. This agreement is to provide Services for clients

eligible for Minnesota Family Investment Plan, Diversionary Work Plan or Family Stabilization Services.

Bruce Martinson made a motion to approve the Amendment to the FSET Purchase of Service Agreement

Between Cook County and Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency(AEOA) for the period of October

1, 2007-September 30, 2008, seconded by Jan Hall, approved with all ayes

. Allocation amount increased

from $650 to $1239.

Bruce Martinson made a motion to approve the Appointment of Bev Green to represent Cook County for

a three-year term to the Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis County Community Health Board for the

Period of January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2010, seconded by Fritz Sobanja, approved with all ayes.

Bev Green made a motion to Approve the GA/MSA Emergency Assistance Funds Policy with the

understanding that the agreement will be looked into further for possible amendments, seconded by

Darrel Fisher, approved all ayes. There was discussion as to whether or not this agreement covered those

who might not be able to receive Fuel Assistance from AEOA due to funding shortages and other possible

gaps in the Policy.

Bruce Martinson made a motion to approve the abstracts and bills, seconded by Jan Hall and approved

with all ayes.

Beverly Green made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 a.m., seconded by Jan Hall and approved

with all ayes.

The next Human Services Board meeting will be on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, commencing at 8:30 a.m.

At 10:00 a.m. the regular meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners was called to order.

County Board Chair Martinson led the Commissioners in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Motion

was made by Johnson, seconded by Hall, and carried to amend the agenda for the meeting as presented.

Correspondence-Memos

A. Letter from MN Dept of Human Services, 2/7/08, re: Human Services Performance Report.

Information.

B. Letter from MN Counties Insurance Trust, 2/8/08, re: On-Line Defensive Driver Training.

Information.

C. Materials for 2/15/08 meeting of Cook County Hospital District. Information.

D. Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District meeting minutes for Jan. 3 & 14, 2008.

Information.

E. Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority meeting minutes for 1/8/08.

Information.

F. Johnson Heritage Post Director’s Report for February 2008. Information.

G. Materials for 2/26/08 meeting of Cook County Higher Education Board. Information.

H. Letter from Attorney Richard Swanson, 2/6/08, re: OURS rezoning. Information.

I. Cook County Board of Commissioner meeting minutes for Jan. 22-29, 2008. Motion was

made by Johnson, seconded by Sobanja, and carried to approve the County Board minutes as

presented with several corrections.

J. Materials re: MN Rural Counties Caucus. Commissioner Sobanja noted that the MRCC

members discussed the proposal for the Minnesota DNR to buy additional land, using state

sales tax money. Sobanja agreed to serve on a special MRCC Subcommittee to review this

issue and will report back to the County Board at a future meeting.

Shae Kosmalski, County Highway Engineer, appeared before the Board with several issues. Kosmalski

presented a Master Partnership Contract Agreement between Cook County and the State of Minnesota

DOT. This agreement allows Cook County and MN DOT to cooperate and coordinate the delivery of

transportation services. The agreement was an extension of a similar agreement that has been in existence

for many years. Commissioner Johnson moved the adoption of the following resolution and upon

seconding by Commissioner Sobanja was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present:

RESOLUTION NO. 2008-15

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN/DOT) wishes to cooperate closely

with local units of government to coordinate the delivery of transportation services and maximize

the efficient delivery of such services at all levels of government; and

WHEREAS, MN/DOT and local government are authorized by Minnesota Statutes sections

471.59, 174.02, and 161.20, to undertake collaborative efforts for the design, construction,

maintenance and operation of state and local roads; and

WHEREAS, the parties wish to able to respond quickly and efficiently to such opportunities for

collaboration, and have determined that having the ability to write “work orders” against a master

contract would provide the greatest speed and flexibility in responding to identified needs.

THEREFORE, be it resolved:

1. That the County of Cook enter into a Master Partnership Contract with the Minnesota

Department of Transportation, a copy of which was before the Board.

2. That the proper County officers are authorized to execute such contract, and any

amendments thereto.

3. That the County Engineer is authorized to negotiate work order contracts pursuant to

the Master Contract, which work order contracts may provide for payment to or from

MN/DOT and that the County Engineer may execute such work order contracts on

behalf of the County without further approval by this Board.

Kosmalski presented a resolution to support the current State Transportation Funding Bill. Kosmalski

noted key items of the bill as proposed. Commissioner Sobanja moved the adoption of the following

resolution and upon seconding by Commissioner Hall was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members

present:

RESOLUTION NO. 2008-16

A RESOLUTION REQUESTING

COMPREHENSIVE ROAD AND TRANSIT FUNDING

WHEREAS, all Minnesota communities benefit from a sound, efficient and adequately funded

transportation system that offers diverse modes of travel; and

WHEREAS, the integrity of Minnesota’s transportation infrastructure is dependent upon long-term

planning and ongoing maintenance, both of which require dedicated and sustainable revenue sources;

and

WHEREAS, Minnesota leaders have not increased dedicated funding levels for roads, bridges and

transit systems to keep pace with growing costs and changing needs; and

WHEREAS, transportation analysts in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation

(MnDOT) estimate Minnesota will have to invest an additional $1.5 billion per year in transportation

infrastructure for the next ten years in order to meet identified needs on Minnesota’s state highways

and bridges, county roads, city streets, metro and rural transit systems and local bridges; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota’s transportation system is failing to meet the capacity needs necessary to

sustain population growth and promote economic development; and

WHEREAS, congestion, inefficient transportation systems and lack of transportation choices lead to

greater dependence on foreign oil, increased environmental degradation, and economic disadvantages

for Minnesota’s businesses and residents; and

WHEREAS, many rural roads are not built to modern safety standards and are not meeting the needs

of industries that depend on the ability to transport heavy loads; and

WHEREAS, local cost participation requirements for trunk highways are contributing to strains on

county budgets; and

WHEREAS, transportation infrastructure maintenance and improvement costs significantly contribute

to rising property taxes; and

WHEREAS, insufficient state funding has delayed regionally significant road construction and

reconstruction projects across Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, current funding for roads, bridges and transit systems across all government levels in

Minnesota is inadequate, and this under-investment diminishes quality of life for Minnesota residents

and hinders Minnesota’s progress as a national business, economic and civic leader.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF COOK COUNTY that

the Minnesota Legislature pass a comprehensive and balanced transportation funding package that

permanently increases dedicated funding for transportation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF COOK COUNTY that Governor

Tim Pawlenty allow a comprehensive and balanced transportation funding package that permanently

increases dedicated funding for transportation that is passed by the Legislature to become law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF COOK COUNTY that a

comprehensive and balanced transportation funding package be based upon multiple revenue sources,

which may include but not be limited to the following:

An increase in the gas tax;

Indexing of the gas tax to the Consumer Price Index

Increases in vehicle registration taxes (a.k.a. license tab fees);

Trunk highway bonding

General obligation bonding for local roads and bridges

½ percent increase in the state sales tax for the metropolitan area

½ percent local option sales tax for transportation in Greater Minnesota

A county option wheelage tax

A change in the county state aid highway formula for new revenue to the Highway User Tax

Distribution Fund based 60% on need and 40 % on motor vehicle registration

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF COOK COUNTY that this

BOARD defines a comprehensive and balanced transportation funding package as an initiative that

permanently increases dedicated funding for state and local road and transit systems.

Kosmalski presented the following capital purchase requests and recommended approval: a Coates

Model 875 wheel balancer in the amount of $3,904.29, an Ingersol Land Model SS3J5.5GHWB

portable air compressor in the amount of $944.12, and a Panasonic Toughbook 52 Core 2 Due

T73002GHZ laptop computer in the amount of $2,543.63 plus tax. Following discussion, motion was

made by Johnson, seconded by Sobanja, and carried to approve all three capital purchase requests as

presented.

Ted Mershon, Assessor/Land Commissioner, appeared before the Board. Mershon reported that Cook

County owned a .26-acre tax forfeit, non-buildable parcel in Lutsen Township that he would like to sell

by bid or auction. Mershon further reported that the Minnesota DNR and the Lutsen Town Board both

gave their approval for the sale. The parcel would be offered for sale only to the two adjacent property

owners. Motion was made by Sobanja, seconded by Johnson, and carried to approve the sale of the

parcel as presented, by either bid or public auction.

Danna MacKenzie-Asche, Information Systems Director, appeared before the Board with several

items. MacKenzie-Asche presented a capital purchase request for 16-desk top and laptop personal

computers as part of the County’s annual equipment maintenance replacement and rotation schedule.

Costs would be $22,500.00, which was included in the IS budget for 2008. MacKenzie-Asche noted

that the computers being replaced will be used in various less-demanding county locations, and the

computers in those locations will be given to the Cook County School District. Motion was made by

Johnson, seconded by Hall, and carried authorize the IS Department to proceed with the capital

purchase request under replacement plan as presented.

MacKenzie-Asche reported that the Minnesota Counties Information System has been conducting a

space needs study, as the organization has experienced considerable growth since it was created in

1989. The MCIS Board of Directors voted unanimously to propose construction of a new facility.

MacKenzie-Asche presented three different scenarios for allocated the cost among the twelve MCIS

numbers, with payment spread over 15 years. If the construction project was approved, Cook County

would have to start budgeting for its share of costs in 2009. MacKenzie-Asche asked for a letter of

support for the proposed building project, if Cook County was interested in participating. Motion was

made by Johnson, seconded by Sobanja, and carried to submit a letter of support for MCIS to proceed

in its proposal to construct a new building.

Commissioner Sobanja moved the adoption of the following resolution and upon seconding by

Commissioner Hall was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present:

RESOLUTION NO. 2008-17

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following claims totaling $ 14,559.59 having been audited and

found to be true and correct claims against Cook County, are approved and the Auditor-

Treasurer is hereby authorized to draw warrants in payment of said claims:

Road & Bridge Fund

Anderson Lubricants 1,377.35

Boyer Trucks 75.24

Bucks Hardware Hank 136.46

Bucks Radio Shack 20.21

Datco Parts Service 95.32

Dultmeier Sales 371.45

First Lab 273.00

Forestry Suppliers Inc 76.84

Gillund Enterprises Inc 164.00

Grand Marais Auto Parts 296.26

Isak Hansen True Value 8.06

Jays Superior Automotive 269.96

Leef Services 53.12

MN Dept of Transportation 53.53

North American Salt Co 1,316.02

North Shore Oil Co 7,090.10

Northern States Supply Inc 329.33

Pomps Tire Service Inc 125.38

Snap on Tools 28.06

Steves Sports & Auto 34.90

Superior Lumber 52.14

Utility Energy Systems Inc 27.48

V & H Inc 721.81

Zep Sales & Services 238.58

Ziegler Inc 1,325.99

Braidy Powers, Auditor-Treasurer, appeared before the Board with several issues. Powers reported that

the North Superior Ski and Run Club has asked Cook County to serve as sponsor for a DNR Capital

Improvement Program Grant. If received, the grant would be used to proceed with expanding and

lighting portions of the East Overlook loop. Commissioner Johnson moved the adoption of the following

resolution and upon seconding by Commissioner Sobanja, was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all

members present:

RESOLUTION NO. 2008 - 18

Minnesota Trail Assistance Program FY 09 Capital Improvement Grant Agreement

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Cook County Board of Commissioners approves the FY

09 Capital Improvement Grant Agreement with the State of Minnesota Department of Natural

Resources and the North Superior Ski and Run Club for a capital improvement project for the

Pincushion Mountain Ski Trail System in the amount of $8,940.

Powers reported that the Cook County Amateur Hockey Association is requesting to hold a bingo fundraising

event on March 14, 2008 at the Howl’n Wolf Saloon and Grill. This activity requires County

Board approval. Motion was made by Sobanja, seconded by Johnson, and carried to approve the Cook

County Amateur Hockey Association Minnesota Lawful Gambling LG240B application to conduct bingo

as presented.

Powers reported that Lisa Messenbring has applied for three separate licenses with the State of Minnesota

for the new Chicago Bay Market Place business in Hovland: a new on-sale wine, on-sale beer, off-sale

beer, and cigarette license. Approval by the County Board is required in order for those licenses to be

processed. Motion was made by Hall, seconded by Johnson, and carried to approve the liquor and

cigarette licenses for Chicago Bay Market Place, LLC as presented.

Powers and the Board reviewed a Federal FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant that was submitted by the

County. If received, the money would be used for portable sprinkler systems in the area. No action was

needed regarding this grant application at this time.

Powers reported that he conducted some research and confirmed that the Cook County Board of

Commissioners needed to make appointments to the various fire relief associations in the unincorporated

areas of the County on an annual basis. The following names had been recommended for appointment:

John Bottger and Fred Smith (Gunflint Trail), Orvis and Donna Lunke (Colville), Dick Parker and Steve

Ortmann (Maple Hill), and Shawn Perich and Chuck Erhamer (Hovland). Motion was made by Johnson,

seconded by Sobanja, and carried to approve the appointments to the various fire relief associations as

presented.

Jim Wiinanen, Emergency Management Director, and Dick Parker, Firewise Committee member,

appeared before the Board. Wiinanen reviewed the three grant requests that are being considered which,

if received, would provide additional money for Firewise activities in Cook County. The Congressional

Grant being proposed by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar would provide an appropriation for a tricounty,

Northeast Minnesota Wildfire Mitigation Collaborative. Wiinanen reported that Emergency

Managers from Lake, St. Louis, and Cook County met to work on the proposal. The revised proposal

would provide money to each individual county so that it could work to its own best interests to achieve

Firewise activities. Cook County could use private contractors rather than hire temporary, one-year

employees, as the grant would be for only one year. Following considerable discussion, motion was

made by Johnson, seconded by Sobanja, and carried to support the Grant Application for the

Congressional Appropriation regarding the Northeast Minnesota Wildfire Mitigation Collaborative as

presented.

Wiinanen reported that there may be grant money available through the Minnesota Citizens Corporation,

the Homeland Security and Emergency Management office that is responsible for oversight of several

volunteer partner programs. The Hovland Fire Department is interested in obtaining funds through this

agency to conduct a traffic safety project, as they often respond to accidents on Highway 61. In order to

be eligible for said funds, the County Emergency Preparedness Committee has agreed to serve as the local

Citizen Corporation council for purposes of this grant. Wiinanen would like to request $10,000 through

the Minnesota Citizens Corporation. Motion was made by Hall, seconded by Sobanja, and carried to

approve this grant application as presented.

Wiinanen reported that the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission was given a $450,000.00

Federal Grant to administer a program to help with household sprinkler systems in St. Louis, Lake, and

Cook Counties. Wiinanen reported, however, that the grant was very unwieldy and that the Gunflint Trail

was the only area in Cook County that was currently eligible to receive assistance. Wiinanen will obtain

additional information regarding the ARDC grant for sprinkler systems and will report back at the March

11, 2008 County Board meeting.

Timothy Nelson, Planning Director/Solid Waste Officer, appeared before the Board. Nelson reported that

members of the Cook County Planning Commission would like to attend the Land Use Training Seminar

on March 3, 2008 in Carlton, Minnesota. Nelson inquired whether the County Board would be willing to

cover the costs for them to attend this training event. Motion was made by Johnson, seconded by

Sobanja, and carried to pay the usual Planning Commission meeting per diem, as well as mileage and

registration costs for Commission members to attend the March 3, 2008 training session.

Nelson provided an update of the efforts to rezone Tofte Township. The Town Board was proceeding

through a Town Planning process which will involve rezoning of the Town Center. Nelson reported that a

problem has developed regarding Wildwood Acres, an existing plat of substandard lots, as small as .9

acres, in an area that is designated as FAR 3 (five acres). Initial thought was to request a blanket type of

variance for Wildwood Acres, but the Cook County Board of Adjustment was not comfortable with such

a variance. The Planning Commission is also not comfortable with a spot rezoning of the Wildwood Acre

area. Nelson spoke with Land Use Attorney Jay Squires, who suggested an overlay district, which would

allow for flexibility of some provisions in an area that would be different from the general underlying

district. If implemented, this would allow Wildwood Acres to have different lot size and set back

requirements from the remaining district. Following discussion, motion was made by Hall, seconded by

Sobanja, and carried to ask the Cook County Planning Commission to conduct a Public Hearing to

consider establishing a Wildwood Acre overlay district in Tofte Township. Final decision regarding the

overlay district would come back to the County Board at a later date.

Nelson presented a contract between Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and Cook County for the

operation of a Household Hazardous Waste Management Program. This contract would renew the current

Household Hazardous Waste Operations through 2012. The contract provides for two household

hazardous collections each year and one small commercial collection. Motion was made by Johnson,

seconded by Hall, and carried to approve the Household Hazardous Waste Management Program

Contract as presented.

Commissioner Martinson noted he would be unable to attend the February 21, 2008 Joint

City/County/School/Tribal Council meeting. County Board Vice-chair Sobanja agreed to chair the

meeting, which will take place in the Cook County Courthouse. Commissioner Hall agreed to attend the

March 4, 2008 Council on Aging meeting on behalf of Commissioner Johnson. Commissioner Sobanja

agreed to attend the March 4, 2008 Public Health/Human Services Advisory Committee meeting on

behalf of Commissioner Johnson. Johnson noted that he is unable to attend the February 22 Local Water

Plan Advisory Committee. Commissioner Martinson will check to see if Commissioner Fenwick can

attend that meeting, or may attend himself. The Commissioners noted that Commissioners Johnson,

Martinson, and Sobanja were all attending the March 3, 2008 Land Use Workshop in Carlton. County

Board Secretary Simonen will send out a meeting notice regarding that workshop, as three

Commissioners will be in attendance.

Commissioner Johnson reported that he has submitted his name to serve on the NACo Public Land

Steering Committee. If approved, it would need formal approval by the County Board, as it would

involve out-of-state travel that would have to be paid by Cook County.

Commissioner Johnson reported that the Gunflint Trail is experiencing numerous phone outages, and

Centurytel has not been able to solve all of the problems. Johnson reported that businesses were unable to

conduct businesses or take reservations, and that additional Emergency Management and Homeland

Security concerns develop when the telephones don’t work. Johnson will see whether the Minnesota

Public Service Commission can do anything about this problem. Auditor-Treasurer Powers will research

statutes regarding E 911 services. No formal action was taken.

Janet Simonen, Personnel Director, appeared before the Board. Simonen reported that the Local 49

Operating Engineers voted to approve the 2008-2009 County contract proposal. Said contract would

provide a 2.9% cost of living increase in 2008 and 2009, would increase the County’s deferred

compensation match by .5% in 2008 and an additional .5% in 2009, would increasing the Maintenance

Worker I base pay by $1 per hour, and would fold the County .54 Flex contribution into the base pay

schedule. All changes would be retroactive to 1/1/08. Following discussion, motion was made by

Sobanja, seconded by Johnson, and carried to approve the 2008-2009 Local 49 Operating Engineers

contract as presented.

There being no further business, motion was made and carried that the meeting be adjourned

______________________________

BRUCE MARTINSON,

Chair

Cook County Board of Commissioners

_____________________________

ATTEST:

 

BRAIDY POWERS

Auditor-Treasurer

 

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