Flood warning

“Sounds like we will be in for a pretty good flood threat,” Mille Lacs County Environmental Resources Manager Dillon Hayes said during the county board work session on Tuesday, March 5.

Hayes presented the board with information from FEMA regarding a Community Rating System for the National Flood Insurance Program. The CRS encourages communities to improve floodplain management. Should Mille Lacs County choose to join the program, flood insurance premium rates are discounted.

“I heard on the news if you are going to get flood insurance, you have to have it for 30 days,” commissioner Genny Reynolds said.

With the amount of snow the area has received this winter, with March traditionally the snowiest month 

of the season, meteorologists are anticipating a major flood threat as the snow melts.

Hayes said there are a lot of factors to consider and computer models are not always accurate.

Hayes posted some information about flooding and flood insurance on the county website at https://tinyurl.com/y2ftf3sl.

Congressman to visit

Congressman Pete Stauber will visit Mille Lacs County Board Commissioners during a special meeting to be held on Monday March 18 from 12:30 to1:30 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

Public hearings

A new county fee schedule and the solid waste ordinance will be discussed at public hearings on Tuesday, April 2 during the regular board meeting.

Legal fees

The board approved payment to Nolan, Thompson and Leighton, PLC for legal services on behalf of the county for matters relating to the Mille Lacs County federal lawsuit (file no. 17-cv-5155) with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in the amount of $45,618.47. It appears this is the first payment to this law firm in 2019.

The board approved payment to Briggs and Morgan, PA for legal services on behalf of Joe Walsh for matters relating to the Mille Lacs County federal lawsuit (file no. 17-cv-5155) with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in the amount of $3,325.

With the addition of these approved bills, the total spent on outside legal fees regarding the federal lawsuit with the Mille Lacs Band is $837,068.62. This does not include the mediation fees or lobbyist fees.

The county has spent $22,668.78 in outside legal fees also to Nolan, Thompson and Leighton, PLC for matters regarding the lawsuit filed by the county against the federal government regarding the alleged violations of data practices and the Freedom of Information Act (file no. 17-cv-4863).

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