January 30, 2012 Special Meeting Minutes
Minutes of the Board of Ward County Commissioners
January 30, 2012
The special meeting of the Ward County Commission was called to order by Chairman Fjeldahl at 10:00 a.m. with Comms. Gruenberg, Christianson, Erickson, and Nybakken present. Also present were Highway Engineer Dana Larsen, States Attorney Roza Larson, and Auditor/Treasurer Devra Smestad.
Highway Engineer Dana Larsen appeared to update the Board on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Ryan Ackerman and Mike Mueller of Ackerman/Estvold Engineering appeared for comment. Out of the 43 Ward County residents contacted regarding voluntary acquisition, 9 residents stated interest, only 6 are currently eligible. Future decisions will have to be made regarding the local share funding of home acquisitions.
Smestad then presented bills from Swanson and Warcup relating to the 2011 Flood and Ward County Mitigation. Moved by Comm. Nybakken, seconded by Comm. Erickson to approve payment of 1/3 of the total December General bill (Ward County’s portion) from Swanson & Warcup in the amount of $8,278.46 to First District Health Unit with funds to come from the Emergency Fund. Roll call: all voted yes; motion carried.
Moved by Comm. Nybakken, seconded by Comm. Erickson to approved payment of the December Ward County Mitigation bill from Swanson & Warcup in the amount of $8,420.45 with funds to come from the Emergency Fund. Roll call: all voted yes; motion carried.
Emergency Manager Amanda Schooling appeared. Moved by Comm. Christianson, seconded by Comm. Gruenberg to approve a letter of support for the Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant application and authorize the Chairman to sign. Roll call: all voted yes; motion carried.
Jason Westbrock and Scott Sobiech of Barr Engineering appeared, along with Ryan Ackerman to present the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project. This presentation included the process to determine the flood protection plan, maps that indicated potential levy and protection placement from Burlington to Velva, and the comparison of 2011 Flood levels to the proposed protection levels.
At 11:30 a.m, with no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
ACCEPTED AND APPROVED THIS 7th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2012.
s/ John Fjeldahl, Chairman, Ward County Board of Commissioners
s/ Devra Smestad, Auditor/Treasurer, Ward County
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