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Wednesday, January 20, 2010  FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota -Page 8 I Community radio shows interest in.Bagley, Council offered pubhc survey servxce By Tricia Mathison First to address the City Council at their Jan. 12 meeting was KAXE Radio Development Director John Bauer and Maggie Montgomery. KAXE Radio has received approval for a license to build a new radio station in the Bemidji area. John was there for informational purposes only, not to request any type of funding. Currently their station out of Grand Rapids has been operating for more than 33 years. They are a National Public Radio Affiliate run by an elected board of directors. You can listen to a broad spectrum of shows that range from politics to nature. They depend on volunteers and the community support for their programming. John felt there is a great opportunity for the Bagley area to build community and get involved. Maggie Montgomery gave the council a rundown of how they receive thnding for operational costs. They have businesses sponsor programming, advertising, memberships from citizens in the cormnunity, and grants. Maggie asked the council to write a letter of support that is a requirement needed in applying for a grant. This grant will help cover costs for equipment. The goal for the new station is to have it up and running in the spring of 2012 and have community involvement from the Bagley area. Councilman David G. Anderson made a motion to write a letter of support, seconded by Councihnan Mark Edevold. All were in favor. Dan Sauv6, Clearwater County Engineer, brought a resolution to allow the county to take over small areas of city roads. The county is allowed to receive gas tax on a certain amount of roads. The city does not receive any gas tax for their roads. The areas are as follows in the City of Bagley: 0.13 miles on Getchell Ave., 0.06 of a mile on I ' St. NE, 0.13 miles on yd StNW, 0.91 miles onthe Water Plant/Schilling Rd, 0.25 miles on 350 'h Street. Motion to approve the resolution was made by Edevold, seconded by Anderson. All voted in favor. Mayor John Sutherland appointed Anderson as vice mayor. Next was the :appointment of City Attorney, who is now Ed Rasmussen. checked with E, willing to accept Wendy LaRoque to give any othe the area a chan the appointment interest. The cou No one had t if he was another term. would like r attorney in :e to accept f there is any cil tabled the appointment of City Attorney. Mayor Suther]and brought the appointments for the Library Board approval. Memb Knutson, Ann Melanie Nelson, I and Sarah Schw to accept the appc made by Edevold Councilman Sid carried. for council rs are Terri a tarson, /Iia Reynolds 'gel. Motion intments was seconded by Michel and The mayor made appointments for thd following board chairs: Public Safety, John Sutherland: Bridges, Mark E and Recreation, Transportation, Anderson; Liquor LaRoque. Appo Zoning Board Roads and [evold; Parks Sid Michel; David G. Store,Wendy ntments for are Howard i. Anderson, Moore, David ( Richard Olson, Richard Davis, 1 and Kraig Fontaine. Motion to accept the appointments was made by Michel, seconded by Edevold. Motion carried. Mike Frisch, director of the Tri Valley Bus Transportation, brought information on a new grant program they are working on. Most of the funding comes from county and state funding. Tri Valley Bus service is up 1,200 rides from last year. The new program helps disabled citizens receive transportation. Cathy Jo Gunvalson lives in the rural Gonvick area and has assisted in getting the grant money needed for the program by heading up a committee to represent families with disabilities. These individuals need job training, but without a driver's license opportunities had been limited. Working on this grant has made this possible to give them this opportunity. The bus service is for everyone. The Council had budgeted $598 in 2010 to aid in bus transportation. Art Nash, community vitality and economics educator from Crookston, asked the council to consider doing a market Chevalier named new area profile. It would give data on those who shop in and visit our community, their demographics, purchasing power, lifestyles, information sources and values. Extension organizes this data into reports that can stimulate a plan for business and the community. The service would cost approximately $375 at a discount rate. Council member Wendy LaRoque asked if they had contacted the Chamber of Commerce or any other groups. Nash was scheduled to meet with the Industrial Conunission on Jan. 13. No action was taken by the council at this time. Chris Arnold bad submitted a letter to the Council about work he had completed on the City Web Page and requested payment. LaRoque commented that the web page has not been current and is so outdated that events from 2006 are still listed on the page. She had received complaints from others trying to add community events to the web page with no response. She therefore would like to lind a new monitor ['or the web page. Edevold thought that Arnold uses his down time at the Liquor Store to do updates but was unsure if a log had been kept to show hours spent doing the updates. Michel would like to hold off until Arnold is present before the Council makes any decision. County B chief By Tricia Mathison At their Jan. 5 meeting, all county commissioners were present. First on the agenda was to appoint a new chairman of the board. Commissioner John Nelson made a motion to appoint John Chevalier as the new chairman, seconded by Commissioner Tom Anderson, all were in favor. The next motion was to appoint Anderson as vice chairman. All voted in favor. County Treasurer Charlene Olson gave an update over the new tax software program, Manatron, that is being implemented in our county. On Jan. 22 Olson, along with County Assessor Cheryl Grover will attend a meeting in St. Cloud to discuss with counties that have pulled back from the program what their expectations are and if they will choose Manatron for their counties. The program has gone from 28 counties down to 18. Olson stated she is moving forward loading fixes to the system to take care of issues. Commissioner Dean Newland asked, if all counties are not going forward, will we be paying more for the cooperative? Olson said it is very possible, but no negotiations have begun at this time. She also cautioned that the software is a national product and if one chooses to walk away the software does not belong to the county, and funding spent on the system would be lost. County Engineer Dan Sauv6 updated the board on the final payment to North West Sealing. The company finished the job and did a good job; however, they haven't paid their supplier. The supplier is Brock White who has requested the county withhold final payment. Sauve said that the county cannot reassign any payment, that the matter should go to the bond company. The board agreed to allow Sauve to send out a letter requesting North West Sealing pay their supplier Brock White before final payment. Chairman Chevalier gave satisfactory reviews to the following department heads: Bonnie Engen, Nursing Service; Dan Sauv& Engineer; Steve Faldet, Maintenance; Bruce Cox, Land Department; Dan Hecht, Environmental Services; and Harry Hutchens, Veterans Service Officer. Motion was made by Newland, seconded by Commissioner Duane Hayes and carried, to establish the following dates as regular board meetings: Jan. 5 & 19; Feb. 9 & 16; March 9, 16 & 30; April 13 & 20; May 11 & 18; June 8, 15 & 29; July 13 & 20; Aug. 10, i7 & 31; Sept. 14 & 21; Oct. 12 & 19; Nov. 9, 16 & 30; Dec. 14 & 21, to begin at 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, and that each of the scheduled meetings will be recessed until 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month to allow the board additional time to conduct county business. Additional meetings are scheduled at 9 a.m. when the month contains five Tuesdays, as noted. Anderson made the motion to approve the following general agenda for the first board meeting of each month: Call to order/Pledge of Allegiance/minutes & agenda approval. Land Department, Environmental Services, break, Sheriff, MIS/GIS or Treasurer (as requested). Assessor, Engineer, open, noon break, Veterans Service Officer, Auditor, County Surveyor, open, the Soil and Water Conservation District and any other department head may meet with the county board at any scheduled monthly meeting by arranging an appointment time with the county board coordinator. All other citizens wishing to meet with the board to discuss business shall contact the commissioner of their district, obtain approval to meet with the board, and then the commissioner will contact the coordinator for an appointment time. The motion carried. Nelson made the motion to authorize the coordinator to publish a snnnnary of county board minutes with approval of the County Board. All resolutions, policies, and ordinances are available at the Auditor's Office for review. Seconded by Duane Hayes and all voted in favor. , Duane Hayes made a motion to re-adopt Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure as a guideline for facilitating County Board meetings. All were in favor. Motion for the Clearwater County Board of Commissioners approved the following dates for the 2010 Department Head Meetings. Department [lead Meetings are held at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Room on the second floor of the Clearwater County Courthouse. Three or more commissioners may be in attendance at any one of these meetings. Dates are as follows: Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 5, April 9, May 7, June 4, July 9, Ang. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 5, and Dec. 10. The motion was made by Tom Anderson and all were in favor. Motion to re-adopt the three- day notice requirement rule. No motion or resolution can be acted on by the County Board unless all of the Board members have ]received the written motion of resolution of the subject matter at least three days prior to the board meeting. The notice requirement can be waived by gener d consent by all board members in the best interest of the cou aty. If general consent is not ,)btained, the motion or resolution shall be tabled until the n ,'xt scheduled board meeting. All were in favor. Next the board approved appointment of 59 board or committee mem[ ers made up of commissioner:',, department heads, and citi:ens of the community. All ppointments can be revie'ed in the Anditor's Office. A bid opening was held for publication of the financial statement, legal notices, and delinquent taxes. Motion made to award the printing bid to Leader Record and designate the Leader Record as the legal paper for 2010. Second publication for the financial statement will be published in the Farmers Independent. The County Engineer is authorized to advertise for County Highway Projects on the County Website as stated in Minnesota Statutes 33 la. 12. The motion was made by Tom Anderson, seconded by Duane Hayes. All voted in favor. Show us the fiber .... The sign on the Clearwater County recycling bin clearly states, "Fiber Products Only." Rubber and steel reinforcement are not fiber. They can only be properly recycled by trading them in (usually for a small fee) at the place where you buy new tires or by bringing them to the Clearwater County Landfill, where there is a small fee for disposing of tires (somewhere around $1.50). The laziness in leaving the improper items at the recycling bins means the county must .spend extra money to clean up someone else's mess. Too bad there is so little consideration for fellow citizens by some in Clearwater County! We have a good recycling and solid waste program that costs less than many other counties. Abuse simply drives up the cost. Bagley Elementary School Presents STUDENTS OF THE MONTH "Academics & Altitude" Each month we recognize students who work extremely hard and have a positive attitude about learning. (L to R), Kapri Thompson, Marissa Olson, Heidi Caskey, Autumn Teigland, Walker Cage; (Middle Row), Eleina Erofeeff, Zachary Anderson, Elliot Stai, Hunter Highberg; Hannah Agnes. Front Row, L to R: Monania Erofeeff, Synnova Hextell Skylar Boe, Gary Lindberg. CONGRATULATIONS, BES Students of the Month.: Mmm LENDER Always investing in our children's future... . Bagley, Fosston, Wilton *** First National Bank Communities to Invest In BAGLEY. FOSSTON WILTON