Meeting Agendas & Minutes

County Board 10/21/2010

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minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:30 p.m., Large Courtroom, Sawyer County Courthouse

 

County Board Chair Hal Helwig called the October meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors to order.  Roll call was as follows:

present

district

supervisor - T = Town, V = Village, C = City, W = Ward

x

01

Dale Schleeter – T of Lenroot W 1 and 2

x

02

Kathy McCoy – T of Lenroot W 3, T of Round Lake W 1, T of Spider Lake

x

03

Ken Maki – T of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

04

Walter Jaeger – T of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

05

Fred Zietlow – T of Hayward W 5 and 6

x

06

Dean Pearson – C of Hayward W 1 and 2

 

07

Thomas W. Duffy – C of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

08

Bruce Paulsen – T of Bass Lake W 1 and 2

x

09

Charles Gundersen – T of Bass Lake W 3 and 4

x

10

Hal Helwig – T of Couderay W 2, T of Sand Lake

x

11

James Bassett – T of Couderay W 1, T of Edgewater, T of Meteor, V of Couderay

x

12

Ron Kinsley – T of Hunter W 2, T of Ojibwa, T of Radisson W 1, V of Radisson

x

13

Melvin Olson – T of Draper, T of Hunter W 1, T of Round Lake W 2, T of Winter W 2

x

14

Dale Thompson – T of Meadowbrook, T of Radisson W 2, T of Weirgor, V of Exeland

x

15

Warren Johnson – T of Winter W 1, V of Winter

 

The agenda for the meeting was presented as follows:

01.  Call to order, roll call, Pledge of Allegiance, meeting agenda, audience recognition

02.   Minutes of the meeting of September 16, 2010

03.  Zoning and Conservation Committee report, including:

·         rezoning property in the Town of Ojibwa

·         resolution regarding Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wolf management plan

·         Round Lake - Osprey Lake - Osprey Creek watershed management

·         Round Lake Property Owners Association v. Sawyer County

04.  Economic Development and Planning Committee report, including:

·         work plan and budget for County participation in Hayward DNR Forest Nursery issue

·         proposal for incentives for business that would provide new jobs in move to Sawyer County

05.  Property and Airport Committee report, including:

·         winter of 2010/2011 - snow removal contracts – City locations and Sawyer County Airport

·         resolution, agency agreement, and performance note for loan to be used for purchase of land necessary for Airport improvement project

·         title insurance or letter report for purchase of land necessary for Airport improvement project

06.  Public Safety Committee report, including:

·         funds for replacement of Sheriff’s Department snowmobile

·         2011 Tribal Law Enforcement Grant resolution

·          solar power system start-up in Veterans Service Building and 5th St. Maintenance Garage

·         recommendation to fill Assistant Veterans Service Officer position

07.  Health and Human Services Board report, including recommendation to schedule committee meetings for specific day of the week

08.  Finance Committee report, including:

·         delivery of County mail to Courthouse instead of post office boxes

·         purchase of vehicle for motor pool in 2010

·         payment of bills before Finance Committee approval for early payment incentive

·         balance in Sawyer County Fair building fund

·         Maximus proposal for indirect cost allocation plan

·         2011 Sawyer County Budget

09.  Appointments, including Sawyer County Land Information Council

10.  Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including:

·         employee health insurance for 2011

·         labor negotiations

11.  Correspondence, reports from conferences and meetings, other matters for discussion only

12.  Closed session, pursuant to sections 19.85(1) (e) and (g) for discussion of labor negotiations and litigation involving Sawyer County (Round Lake Property Owners Association v. Sawyer County)

The Board may reconvene into open session following the closed session to announce or take action on matters discuss in closed session.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the meeting agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the September 16, 2010 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

Zoning and Conservation Department Director Dale Olson presented the Zoning Committee recommendation to approve the following request to rezone a parcel of real property:

 

1) Town of Ojibwa – Shawn Dennis. Lot 32 Assessor’s Plat #1, S9, T 38N, R 8W; Parcel 3200.  6.85 acres. Change from district Commercial One to district Residential/Recreational Two. Purpose of request is to construct a single family dwelling replacing an existing dwelling and to bring the zone district into conformity with the existing use. No decision received from the Town Board. Olson reads the application into the record and presents the maps. Seven (7) opinion letters were sent out. Of those 6 were returned with no objection, 3 with additional comments. Shawn Dennis is present and states his intension is to build a residential home on the property and that no commercial business would be located there. He attended the Town Board meeting and the Town Board was in favor of the rezone.  Bart Vitcenda states he is in favor of the request.  Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values; it would be compatible with the surrounding uses and the area.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Zoning and Conservation Department Director Dale Olson presented the Zoning and Conservation Committee recommendation to approve the following resolution:

Resolution #13-2010

Regarding the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wolf Management Plan

     WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources established a wolf population goal of 350 animals in 1999, based on prey availability and human population densities (carrying capacity), and nothing has happened to increase prey availability or decrease human population densities (carrying capacity) in the intervening years; and

     WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has not been able to provide meaningful wolf population control in its management efforts; and

     WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has not written any statutory language to address wolf population management once the wolf is Federally delisted and management control returns to the State; and

     WHEREAS, Sawyer County residents have experienced wolf depredation, threatening incidents and economic and emotional losses; and

     WHEREAS, the high predator populations has contributed to reduced hunting opportunities, impacted livestock, effected hound hunting and bear hunters, subjected pets and people to negative interactions with wolves and has negatively impacted the economic effect hunting has for Sawyer County.

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors does hereby request the WI DNR to keep the wolf population goal, for the State of Wisconsin, at 350 animals or less in the next Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors does further hereby request the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to draft statutory language for wolf management once the wolves are Federally delisted and to implement meaningful population controls in the next Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan to bring the wolf population down to management goal; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the Sawyer County Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Matthew Frank, Governor Jim Doyle, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wolf Biologist Adrian Wydeven, Senator Robert Jauch, Senator Russ Decker, Assembly Representative Gary Sherman, and Assembly Representative Mary Williams.

 

Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Zietlow, to deny approval of the resolution.  The motion failed on a voice vote.

 

Motion by Thompson, 2nd by Johnson, to approve Resolution #13-2010.  The motion carried.  Ms. McCoy and Mr. Maki voted no.  Mr. Zietlow and Mr. Paulsen abstained from voting.

 

County Board member Bruce Paulsen reviewed issues relating to Sawyer County’s involvement in management of the Round Lake, Osprey Lake, and Osprey Creek watershed and advised that discussions are being held with representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Round Lake Property Owners Association, and the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe to address and resolve those issues.  The Board determined to refer discussion of litigation and potential litigation involving those issues to the closed session at the end of the meeting.  

 

Economic Development and Planning Committee Chair Ken Maki presented the Committee recommendation to approve a work plan and budget not to exceed $4,550 (developed by Forester Joe Timmerman) to develop and present information relevant to the study of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Nurseries and the DNR proposal to close the Hayward nursery.  The Finance Committee recommends approval of the Economic Development and Planning Committee recommendation subject to an effort being made to raise part of the $4,550 from private sources and with the balance to come from the Sawyer County Resource Development Fund.  Motion by Maki, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the Finance Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Economic Development and Planning Committee Chair Ken Maki presented information about a request for the County to provide $10,000 as an incentive for a business to relocate to Sawyer County.  The $10,000 would pay to relocate a septic system that is located where the business’ trucks would load and unload.  The Finance Committee approved the concept of the County providing financial incentives for economic development and employment opportunities in Sawyer County, providing any proposed business provides a sufficient business plan which includes the number of jobs that would be created and provided an appropriate mechanism is determined for the incentive to be provided.  Motion by Maki, 2nd by Johnson, to authorize the Finance Committee to review and approve the request (with the funds to come from the contingency fund) providing a business plan for the business is submitted and acceptable to the Finance Committee and providing that a minimum of 4 new jobs would be created.  The motion failed on a voice vote.

 

Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Johnson, to send the issue back to the Economic Development and Planning Committee and to the Finance Committee for further consideration.  Motion carried.

 

Property and Airport Committee member Dale Thompson presented the Committee recommendation to approve:

·         The only bid received for the removal of snow from parking areas at the Ambulance and Emergency Government Department, the Law Enforcement Center, the Veterans Service Department, and the Courthouse for the winter of 2010/2011:  J-R Mowing - One ton truck - $75 per hour; Loader with bucket and plow - $90 per hour; Skidsteer with 10 foot snow pusher and bucket - $75 per hour; Dump truck - $85 per hour; Salt/sand  per minute upon request - $8 per minute.  A certificate of general liability, automobile liability, and workers compensation and employers liability insurance was provided.  J-R mowing provided the service during the winter of 2009/2010.

·         The only bid received for the snowplow contract (from Jim Miller Excavating) for removal of snow from the Airport runway, taxiways, and aprons with a rate of $96 per hour.  Jim Miller Excavating provided the service during the winter of 2009/2010.

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Property and Airport Committee recommendation to approve the following resolution, agency agreement, and performance note for a loan from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to be used for the purchase of the land and easements necessary for the Airport improvement project.  Sawyer County would need to submit 20% ($200,000) of the loan amount to initiate the loan process.  The $200,000 would come from Sawyer County Airport Improvement Project Fund 425 which has a current balance of $273,337.  It is anticipated that Sawyer County will be reimbursed with state and federal funds for most of the Airport improvement project expenses, including the expenses for land and easement purchases.  Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics Airport Development Engineer Matthew Malicki presented information and answered questions about the Airport improvement project and the purpose of the advance land acquisition loan for the project.

RESOLUTION #14-2010

ADVANCE LAND ACQUISITION LOAN SAP-56

     RESOLVED, By the Sawyer County Board that, whereas, it is deemed to be in the best interest of the County of Sawyer County to apply for a State loan to acquire land or interests in land for improvement of the Sawyer County Airport:

     THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the County Board  of said County that the Chairman is hereby authorized to execute all necessary loan agreement documents and associated agency agreement on behalf of the County, and to file with the Secretary of Transportation an application for such loan; that said application in the following form is hereby approved, to wit:

"APPLICATION FOR LAND ACQUISITION LOAN"

By Sawyer County, Wisconsin,

     TO THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION:  (In care of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics.)

     THE APPLICANT, ALSO KNOWN AS SPONSOR, DESIRING TO ACQUIRE LAND OR INTERESTS IN LAND, RESPECTFULLY REPRESENTS AND STATES:

1.         The land to be acquired in fee simple or encumbered by easement is within the recommended minimum property limits shown in a Department approved Airport Layout Plan.

2.         The land is needed for planned airport improvements and/or approach clearance, or protection from encroachment, for the safety of aircraft using the airport.

3.         The descriptions of the land and property interests are as follows: approximately 18 parcels in fee simple (~60 acres) and avigation easements (~70 acres) as required for ILS system installation, road relocation, and airspace obstruction clearance.

4.         The requested loan is to cover up to 80% of the total cost of the acquisition, including necessary project plans, environmental studies, land surveys, relocation costs, and all other costs incidental to the land acquisition process and cost documentation.

5.         Land Loan funding breakdown:

Sponsor share (20%)

$200,000

Loan amount (80%)

$800,000

Total Land Loan project

$1,000,000

6.         The Sponsor will forward 20% of the project funding, $200,000, to the Bureau of Aeronautics, to be used in full before loan funds will be disbursed.

7.         If actual costs incurred exceed the estimate and the established maximum is inadequate, the loan amount may be adjusted up to 80% of a revised project cost by an amended agreement between the Secretary of Transportation and the County when duly authorized by resolution of the County Board

8.         Simple interest at the rate of four percent per annum will be paid annually by the County on the unpaid balance of the loan.

9.         The amount of the loan, plus interest, will be repaid to the State, in full, within five years.  Repayment may be made by annual budget appropriations, or project appropriations of the County, State and FAA, or a combination of both methods acceptable to the Secretary of Transportation and the applicant.

     WHEREAS, the Sponsor is required by State Statute and Wis. Administrative Code (Trans 54.05) to designate the Secretary as its agent to accept, receive, receipt for and disburse any funds loaned by the State of Wisconsin under the Advance Land Acquisition Loan Program.

     THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Sponsor that the Secretary is hereby designated as its agent and is requested to agree to act as such in matters relating to the land loan project described above, and is hereby authorized as its agent to make all arrangements for the development and final acceptance of the completed work whether by contract, agreement, force account or otherwise; and particularly, to accept, receive, receipt for and disburse monies, either public or private, for planning and land acquisition, for the airport; and, to acquire property or interests in property by purchase, gift, lease, or eminent domain under chapter 32 of the Wisconsin Statutes; and, to supervise the work of any engineer, appraiser, negotiator, subagent or other person employed by the Secretary; and, to execute any assurances or other documents required or requested by any agency of the state or federal government and to comply with all federal and state laws, rules, and regulations relating to airport development projects.

     And be it further resolved that Sawyer County Clerk Kris Mayberry be authorized to sign and execute the Agency Agreement and the Land Loan Documents authorized by this Resolution.

     Therefore, the Sponsor hereby requests that the Secretary order as provided in section 114.33 (8)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes, that the Sponsor may acquire the required land or interests in land that the Secretary shall find necessary.

     THEREFORE, you are requested to take such action as may be deemed necessary by the facts presented.

Land Loan SAP-56

AGENCY AGREEMENT

Designating the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics

As Agent for Sawyer County, Wisconsin, Airport Owner

     WHEREAS, the Airport Owner, in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, hereinafter referred to as the Sponsor, desires to sponsor an airport project to be funded by the Advance Land Acquisition Loan Program for Airports specifically, the Sawyer County Airport project to acquire land for the installation of an Instrument Land System (ILS) on the Runway 20 approach, relocate Airport Road, and clearance of airspace obstructions, and,

     WHEREAS, the Sponsor adopted a resolution on October 21, 2010, a copy of which is attached and the prescribed terms and conditions of which are hereby fully incorporated into this agreement, designating the Secretary as its agent and requesting him to act as such as set forth in the resolution; and

     WHEREAS, upon such request, the Secretary is authorized by law to act as agent for the Sponsor;

     NOW THEREFORE, the Sponsor and the Secretary do mutually agree that the Secretary shall act as the Sponsor's agent in the matter of the airport land loan project described above as provided by law and as set forth in the attached resolution; provided, however, that the Secretary is not required to provide legal services to the Sponsor.

     This agreement shall terminate upon final financial closing of the project.

 

RESPONSIBILITY AND PERFORMANCE NOTE - Installment Payment

1. BORROWER’S PROMISE TO PAY

     In return for a loan received, the promisor, (the sponsor) promises and agrees to pay to the order of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Transportation, the promisee, its successors and assigns, at its offices in Madison, Wisconsin, the principal sum of Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars U.S., $800,000.00 (this amount is called “principal”).

2. INTEREST

     Interest will be charged on the unpaid principal balance until the full amount has been paid.  Interest will be calculated at the yearly rate of four percent (4%).  

3.   PAYMENTS

     Annual interest payments plus $200,000 will be due beginning February 1st of the calendar year immediately following the first disbursement of loan funds.  A final payment of principal and interest is due on February 1, 2015.

     Upon receipt of the Federal Project aid, Promisee agrees to pay any amount outstanding to State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation and to repay Sawyer County for the monies paid in excess of its required contribution to the project.

4.  BORROWER’S RIGHT TO PREPAY

     Borrower has the right to make prepayments or partial prepayment of principal at any time without prepayment charge.

5. BORROWER’S FAILURE TO PAY AS REQUIRED

     If payments are not received payment, in the full amount on the due date, the loan will be in default.  The borrower has (90) days from the due date to pay overdue payments or the entire principal and accrued interest shall become due and payable.  Failure to exercise this option shall not constitute a waiver of the right to exercise it at any other time.

6. ADVANCED LAND ACQUISITION LOAN SAP-56

     That a duly adopted resolution, dated October 21, 2010, authorizes promisor's participation in the Advance Land Acquisition Loan program, that said resolution is incorporated herein by reference to evidence that this instrument is a legal obligation of the promisor, its successors and assigns, and that Bureau of Aeronautics is authorized to execute this note on behalf of the promisor.

7. WAIVER

     All remedies provided in this instrument are distinct and cumulative to any other rights or remedies afforded by law or equity, and may be exercised concurrently, independently, or successively.  If any clause or clauses herein are hereafter declared unconstitutional or in violation of Wisconsin Statutes, it shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this instrument.

 

Motion by Zietlow, 2nd by Maki, to approve the resolution, agency agreement, and performance note.  The motion carried on a voice vote.  Mr. Paulsen, Mr. Schleeter, Mr. Johnson, and Ms. McCoy asked that their no votes be recorded.

 

The Board discussed whether to require and pay an additional amount to purchase title insurance for the acquisition of the interests in the parcels of real estate necessary for the Airport improvement project.  The alternative and less expensive option to title insurance is a letter report which investigates but does not insure title to parcels of real estate.  The State of Wisconsin would pay half of the cost for the title insurance option.  Motion by Jaeger, 2nd by Pearson, to select the title insurance option.  Motion carried.  Mr. Maki voted no.

 

The Board reviewed the Public Safety Committee recommendation to approve the transfer and expenditure of an amount not to exceed $10,000 for the purchase of a new snowmobile for the Sheriff’s Department to replace a 14 year old snowmobile that would require extensive repairs.  The Finance Committee recommends that the funds for the purchase come from Contingency Fund Account of the General Fund of the 2010 Sawyer County Budget.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Schleeter, to approve the recommendations.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #15-2010

TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANT

     Be it resolved that the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors approves of entering into an agreement with the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of the Lake Superior Indians for the year 2011 for the purpose of obtaining State financial support for improving law enforcement of tribal areas.  [See Wisconsin County-Tribal Law Enforcement Plan for details.]

 

Motion by Paulsen, 2nd by Maki, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board noted that the solar energy system was installed and is operational in the Veterans Service Building and 5th St. Maintenance Garage.

 

The Board discussed the Public Safety Committee recommendation to approve filling the Assistant Veterans Service Officer position upon the retirement of the incumbent in that position.  The Personnel and Administrative Committee concurs with the recommendation.  Motion by Maki, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed the Health and Human Services Board request that the issue of setting a specific day of the week for each committee meeting be considered by the County Board.

 

The Board discussed the proposal to install department mailboxes in the Courthouse as an option to departments renting mailboxes at the post office.  A report indicated that the total of annual post office box rent paid by County departments is $1,144.  Hayward Postmaster Kathy Mohs was present at the June meeting of the Finance Committee and indicated that the post office is willing to deliver the mail to the Courthouse and to sort the mail, providing that each office is individually identified by a suite number.  Certified mail would be delivered to each office.  Ms. Mohs estimated that mail delivery to the Courthouse would be by 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. and indicated that Sawyer County would need to install the mailbox units purchased from a private vendor.  Maintenance Department Supervisor Dennis Erickson developed options for the location and installation of mailboxes at the Courthouse and at the Sawyer County Law Enforcement Center and provided the Finance Committee with a revised estimate of the cost of the installations.  Mr. Erickson also suggested using the department door number as the numbering system for identifying department suites.  County Treasurer Dianne Ince had requested and the Finance Committee approved for at least the 1st year that the Treasurer’s Office continue renting a mailbox at the Post Office to allow for the collection of mail at a time each day earlier than delivery would be to the Courthouse.  The Finance Committee recommends proceeding with the option of having mail delivered to the Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center, and the transfer and expenditure of an amount not to exceed $3,200 from Contingency Fund Account of the General Fund of the 2010 Sawyer County Budget for the installation of the mailboxes.  Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the Finance Committee recommendation.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

The Board discussed whether to provide an appropriation in the 2011 Sawyer County Budget for the purchase of a vehicle to replace an older vehicle in the Sawyer County department motor pool or whether to purchase the vehicle in 2010.  Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson presented the Finance Committee recommendation for County Board approval to purchase the vehicle in 2010 with funds from the W-2 Program Special Revenue Fund balance.  Motion by Johnson, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the transfer of an amount not to exceed $22,000 from the W-2 Program Fund 226 balance to the Carpool of County Vehicles Fund 223 towards the purchase of vehicle(s) for the County department motor pool.  Motion carried.

 

Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson presented the Committee recommendation to authorize the payment of bills by departments in advance of Finance Committee approval to take advantage of early payment incentives.  Motion by Schleeter, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson presented the Committee recommendation for disposing of the $830 balance in the Sawyer County Fairgrounds Development Capital Projects Fund 405.  The Committee recommends sending a check for that amount to the Sawyer County Fair Association.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson presented the Committee recommendation to approve a proposed agreement with Maximus Consulting Services, Inc. for Maximus to provide Sawyer County with professional consulting services for the development of a central services cost allocation plan and for any negotiations or instruction relating thereto.  Compensation for the services would be $3,500 each year for 3 years.  Motion by Schleeter, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the summary of the proposed 2011 Sawyer County Budget included in the notice of the public hearing on the budget scheduled for November 9, 2010, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The proposed budget would establish a 2011 proposed County tax levy of $9,897,564, a .58% increase over the 2010 levy of $9,840,064.  County Board members and the public will have the opportunity to provide input and propose changes to the budget prior to approval of the budget at the November 9th public hearing.  Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson indicated that the Finance Committee will meet on Friday, October 22nd with Mike Hager of Certified Public Accountants Anderson, Hager & Moe to review the 2009 County financial statement and audit; to review the County’s fund balances and reserves; to review the County’s financial management; and to discuss potential modifications to the budget.  Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Schleeter, to approve the proposed 2011 Sawyer County Budget for publication purposes.  Motion carried.

 

County Board Chair Hal Helwig presented his recommendation for the appointment of Ben Niemann and Fred Goold as the citizen members to the Sawyer County Land Information Council.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the appointments.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed a September 14, 2010 letter from the WCA Group Health Trust which states that the premiums for Sawyer County employee health insurance coverage for 2011 will reflect an increase of 13 percent over the rates for 2010.  Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the Personnel and Administrative Committee recommendation for approval of renewal of the coverage with the WCA Group Health Trust for 2011, but to continue to attempt to achieve a reduction in the premium.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Kinsley, to convene into closed session, pursuant to sections 19.85(1) (e) and (g) for discussion of labor negotiations and litigation involving Sawyer County (Round Lake Property Owners Association v. Sawyer County).  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

[Minutes of closed sessions are kept in a confidential file in the County Clerk’s Office.]

Motion by Zietlow, 2nd by Thompson, to reconvene into open session.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Zietlow, to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried.

 

 

Minutes prepared by Sawyer County Clerk Kris Mayberry