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ADJOURNED REGULAR MEETING, RAMSEY COUNTY COMMISSION

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

4:00 P.M.

The meeting was called to order by Bill Mertens, Vice-Chairman.  Roll call was taken and the following members were present: Commissioners Brown, Diseth, Olson & Mertens.  Absent: Commissioner Belford.

The board & visitors present recited the pledge of allegiance.

Motion was made by Commissioner Brown, seconded by Commissioner Diseth to approve the minutes of the June 7, 2011 meeting.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Discussion on emergency grade raise guidelines with Pelican Township Officers: Stuart Gessner, Clark Steinhaus & Tammy Tollefson; FEMA Representatives: Ken Anderson & Tom Thompson; ND Department of Emergency Services: Tim Trautman & Cole Kroshus; Jeff Frith, Manager, DL Basin; Kristen Nelsen, Ramsey Co Emergency Manager; Blaine Johnson, Ramsey County Emergency Manager Intern and Marco Tollefson, Pelican Township farmer, Coulee Township Officers were not present.  Tammy Tollefson asked if they can go ahead with the emergency grade raise – FEMA stated that it was approved and ready to go, need to get right-of-way signed by landowners to access land then they can proceed if the townships agree to pay the cost share, which Tammy & Marco will be paying the match.

FEMA Representative Tom Thompson explained the difference between the permanent & emergency grade raises.

Commissioner Belford present at 4:40 p.m.

Kevin Fieldsend, Co Highway Superintendent, updated the board on the following projects: RC#2 Grade Raise Project – RC#6 & RC#10 inundated sites 2ft grade raise 100% covered by FEMA & Wood-Rutten Road qualifies 100% for riprap & the raise would be 80/20 cost share and RC#2 West graveling.

Motion was made by Commissioner Diseth, seconded by Commissioner Olson to approve Naastad Construction, Hatten ND bill in the amount of $142,065.50.  Roll call was taken and the following members voted “AYE”: Commissioners Brown, Diseth, Olson, Mertens & Belford.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Belford, seconded by Commissioner Brown to approve the low bids from the State of North Dakota for Fenster Slough grade raise Ames Construction $2,764,576.00; Rohrville grade raise Ames Construction $1,926,035.00 & Fox Lake road repair Rachel Contracting $548,924.50.  Roll call was taken and the following members voted “AYE”: Commissioners Diseth, Olson, Brown, Belford & Mertens.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Belford, seconded by Commissioner Brown to approve the vouchers for the 2 home buyouts as follows: Dan Erickstad $106,438.00 and Richard Anderson Sr $97,525.00.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Chairman Belford took over the meeting.

Motion was made by Commissioner Mertens, seconded by Commissioner Diseth to approve the following 2011 Liquor Licenses: Ed’s Bar, Bait & Convenience, The Flyway, Military Service Club Inc, DL Town & Country Club, The Cove, Buckhorn Saloon, Outlaws Bar & Grill, Vining Oil & Gas LLC and Checkered Flag Inc.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Diseth, seconded by Commissioner Olson to advertise for bids for demolition and disposal of the building, foundations & backfill site to existing grade of the Crary School, bid opening  to the held July 19, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. meeting. All members voted "AYE". Motion carried.

5:30 Hearing on Section Line Closing: C.J. Bloomquist, individually & as agent for Murphy-Rutten Farms & Michael Hilgers: section line of SE1/4 and E1/2SW1/4 of Section 35-153-63 – South Minnewaukan Township; and the North line of N1/2NE1/4 of Section 3-152-63 – Odessa Township.

Motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Brown to close the hearing on the section line closing: south line of SE1/4 and E1/2SW1/4 of Section 35-153-63 South Minnewaukan; and the north line of N1/2NE1/4 of Section 3-152-63 Odessa Township and table until the right of way and location of the new road is presented to the board at the July 5, 2011 meeting at 8:20 a.m.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

5:45 Hearing on Section Line Closing: Haybale Heights LLC & Mertens Farms.

Motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Diseth to close the hearing on the section line closing: west line of NW1/4 of Section 27-153-63; and east line of NE1/4 of Section 28-153-63 in South Minnewaukan Township and table until the right of way and location of the new road is presented to the board at the July 5, 2011 meeting at 8:30 a.m.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Brown, seconded by Commissioner Olson to approve the Special Permit for The Cove to sell alcoholic beverages at a designated premise (Peterson Arena) on July 1-2, 2011.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Mertens, seconded by Commissioner Olson to approve FEMA hours for Kevin Fielsend, in the amount of $1,480.47, to be paid on the July 1, 2011 payroll.  Roll call was taken and the following members voted “AYE”: Commissioners Diseth, Brown, Olson, Mertens & Belford.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Mertens, seconded by Commissioner Olson to approve the request from Safe Alternatives for Abused Families in the amount of $1,000.00.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Mertens to approve reappointment of Donna Skyberg to the Lake Region Public Library Board for a 3yr term ending 06-30-2014.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Brown, seconded by Commissioner Mertens to approve the Devils Lake Rural Fire Department to conduct games of chance at the following: The Cove, Buckhorn Saloon & Camp Grafton MSC.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Mertens, seconded by Commissioner Olson to approve the Chairman to sign the Forest Stewardship Tax Law Renewal for Bryn Adlolf, et al.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Diseth, seconded by Commissioner Olson to approve the Special Permit for Ed’s Bar, Bait & Convenience for Wednesday, June 22, 2011.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Brown, seconded by Commissioner Mertens to table the ND Public Service Commission information until Lonnie Olson, Ramsey County States Attorney can review.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Commissioner Diseth, seconded by Commissioner Olson to adjourn the meeting at 6:02 p.m.  All members voted “AYE”.  Motion carried.

/s/Joe Belford                                                             

Chairman, Ramsey County Commission

ATTEST:

/s/Elizabeth V Fischer                                                

Ramsey County Auditor

 

 

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