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October 21, 2017

9/14/2017 2:49:00 PM
Commissioner Walker participates in County Board meeting

Along with the Health and Human Services update (see   child care availability story) the Chisago county commissioners also welcomed Commissioner Lora Walker, who participated in the meeting Sept 6 via electronic two-way feed, from Regions in St Paul.  

Commissioner Walker was gravely injured in a two-vehicle crash on I-35 in March,  and has been recovering.  According to Mille Lacs County Attorney Joe Walsh, there’s nothing new in the case to release and the investigation continues. His office accepted responsibility to review the state patrol investigation of the crash, to avoid any conflict of interest involving local prosecutors. A man died when the vehicle being operated by Commissioner Walker struck his car in a head-on collision.

Walker thanked Chisago county administration and fellow commissioners for helping residents in her district with issues and questions over these last several months.

The County Board then delayed action on a request to approve an agreement allowing  sheriff  personnel to work the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.  

The agreement with the City of Minneapolis was ambiguous, the commissioners felt, and they asked the County Attorney to give the details a more thorough going over.

Commissioners didn’t have answers to concerns that the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust raised in a memo.  There were other concerns about pre-event training reimbursement and whethercosts to backfill hours when the sheriff would normally schedule the personnel here, are recoverable.

Law enforcement jurisdictions across the state are being invited to send licensed personnel to help during the week of Super Bowl.  
The agreement will come back to the Board Sept. 20.

~ A vacancy needs to be filled on the regional library board.  The at-large position is not from any particular commissioner district.  The county will advertise the opening and ask for applications to be submitted by October 4.

Call the clerk of the board at 213-8877 or see www.co,chisago.mn.us for a form to apply.

The Library Board meets at Cambridge the second Monday of each month at 10 a.m. Four libraries in this county are under the umbrella of the multi-county East Central Regional Library system: Rush City, North Branch, Chisago Lakes and Wyoming.

The county board approved proceeding on eviction of persons living on property that’s been through the tax forfeit system and who are refusing to vacate. Taxes are delinquent from 2011 to now.
The parcel is in Fish Lake Township.

“Typically,” the commissioners were told, tax forfeit property is vacant. The county has only used eviction one other time. The auditor-treasurer division was also received authority to be able to automatically move forward on eviction in the future “when deemed necessary due to lawful tax forfeiture under state.”

In Open Microphone:  real estate agent Tony Randall asked the county to reconsider the “one acre” minimum buildable standard, as the Comprehensive Land Use Plan revamp gets finalized  too.  Randall said it imposes a “harsh” restriction as far as individual  septic system requirements for seperation to mottled soils.

Septic system designer, soil tester Steve Peloquin also spoke briefly asking for the rationale requiring one-acre-buildable and mottled soils standard to be reviewed.

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