The Mille Lacs County Board held the regular board of commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
The board approved payment to Kelley, Wolter and Scott P.A. for legal services relating to the federal lawsuit between the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs County former sheriff Brent Lindgren in the amount of $21,005.20.
The Mille Lacs Drift Skippers are seeking a grant to construct a bridge over the Thains River as part of the Soo Line Trail extension project providing trail access from the Soo Line to businesses on the east side of Mille Lacs Lake and the North Woods ATV Trail project. This is a reimbursement matching grant. The Drift Skippers have already secured the matching funding; however, to apply for the grant a local unit of government must agree to be the fiscal agent of the funding. The board voted unanimously to be that fiscal agent, with commissioner Dave Oslin abstaining.
The board voted to move forward with the leasing of fleet vehicles through Enterprise Fleet Management pending consideration of two new vehicles added. County administrator Pat Oman added two vehicles to the original bid, a Chevy half-ton pick up for public works and a Jeep Compass 4X4 for a county vehicle. Oman said the Compass is less expensive than the Chevy Equinox vehicles currently in the fleet. “We like the look of it,” Oman said. “We want safe, dependable vehicles for our employees.”
Law enforcement will not be part of the initial phase of the leasing program as there are not as many benefits for law enforcement as there are for fleet vehicles, Oman said.
During the work session portion the board agreed to move forward with providing funding of $55,917 to pay the unfunded portion of the Family Ties program for social workers in schools in Princeton, Milaca and Onamia.
“We either invest some now or pay more later,” commissioner Tim Wilhelm said.
The board also approved an addendum to the existing MOA for the Family Ties workers in the schools to be considered a school employee. This move will allow for the social worker to sit in at certain meetings as a school official.