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Crow Wing County Board: Retiring county employees recognized

Four Crow Wing County employees are retiring after a combined 115 years of service. The county board recognized Auditor/Treasurer Laureen Borden and Recorder Kathy Ludenia, who both chose not to run for re-election in 2014. Borden began working f...

Four Crow Wing County employees are retiring after a combined 115 years of service.

The county board recognized Auditor/Treasurer Laureen Borden and Recorder Kathy Ludenia, who both chose not to run for re-election in 2014. Borden began working for the county in 1986, while Ludenia followed shortly after in 1987.

Two other longtime employees received recognition: Judy Miller, a financial worker for 25 years in community services; and Denise Schlapkohl, a financial assistance specialist for 35 years in community services.

All four women were presented with certificates and thanked for their service.

In other business, the county board:

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Accepted a plaque presented by the Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trail Association. The plaque was in recognition of the county's 2014 selection as WCCO-TV's Best Snowmobiling in Minnesota.

Accepted a $200 donation from the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce to the Crow Wing County Mounted Patrol.

Approved a $46,856 contract with Sample Tech, an environmental monitoring company, to collect samples from the county landfill and conduct lab analysis in 2015, per mandated permit requirements.

Approved a 10-year operating agreement for the county landfill with Marvin W. Stroschein.

Adopted a resolution agreeing to act as the sponsor for the cities of Crosby and Ironton as they seek funding for Safe Routes to School through the Transportation Alternatives Program.

Adopted a resolution to authorize the highway department to acquire right-of-way as needed for projects in the following areas: CSAH 17 at the intersection with Highway 371; CSAH 11 seven miles east of Highway 6; CR 111 just north of CSAH 10; and CR 122 over the Little Nokasippi River.

Approved a request from organizers of the $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza for service from the sheriff's department. The contract outlines payment as $70 per hour per deputy.

Authorized a change to the medical services agreement between the county jail and MEnD Correctional Care. The change provides for an additional eight hours of mental health coverage and the supervision of those hours for $2,500 per month. Compensation is set to increase by 2 percent annually beginning June 2015.

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Approved an amendment to a contract with North Country Janitorial and Supply for cleaning services. The amendment updated the responsibilities of the contractor with no increase in cost. The contract is set for review prior to January 2016.

Authorized the sale of the Dean Lake Town Hall property via the quit claim deed process.

Approved a revision to the guest quarter standards in articles 12, 14 and 16 of the land use ordinance. The change increased the allowed height of a building from 24 feet to 30 feet and added "guest quarter" to provisions previously listing only "guest cottage."

Approved 2015 tobacco licenses for Crosby Bar in Crosby and Moonlite Bay in Crosslake.

Approved replacement staffing for an administrative associate in the sheriff's office and a human resource generalist.

Approved the hiring of Erin Butler, correctional officer in the jail, and Karen Mohler, technical/administrative specialist in community services.

Approved the promotion of Elizabeth Biley, technical/administrative specialist in the sheriff's office.

CHELSEY PERKINS may be reached at 855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DispatchChelsey .

Chelsey Perkins is the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. A lakes area native, Perkins joined the Dispatch staff in 2014. She is the Crow Wing County government beat reporter and the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute" podcast.
Reach her at chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or at 218-855-5874 and find @DispatchChelsey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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