Aitkin County Board hears public comments on ATV Ordinance, guides next funding for CARES money, speaks with Legislators at November 10th meeting

Aitkin County Board hears public comments on ATV Ordinance, guides next funding for CARES money, speaks with Legislators at November 10th meeting

November 11, 2020 Uncategorized 0
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By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (11/11/20)

(Aitkin, MN) — The Aitkin County Board of Commissioners held their first meeting in the month of November on Tuesday to converse with Legislators on their Policies and continue discussion on CARES Funds.

The Board approved transfers of Food to the Aitkin County Jail and a Tractor to MNBID from the Long Lake Conservation Center. Approval was also given to the Land Department to purchase two properties using a CPL Grant, an application to repurchase tax-forfeited land, an application for Grant-in-Aid for ATV Trail Maintenance Funds, and a Temporary Energy Easement for Enbridge.

District 10 Senator Carrie Ruud and District 10B Representative Dale Lueck spoke before Commissioners about the 2021 Legislative Session. Senator Ruud discussed the State’s Budget and the upcoming Session.

Representative Lueck mentioned COVID-19’s impact on the Budget would play into when it would come to pass.

Both Legislators also talked about Broadband Access and Enbridge as part of their priorities going into Session, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 5th. County Assessor Mike Dangers presented to the Board a law change for Short-Term Rental Property Classifications and Training for County Board of Appeal and Equalization, which Auditor Kirk Peysar and CFO Kathleen Ryan are.

Economic Development and Forest Industry Coordinator Ross Wagner brought to the Board a proposed revision to the Aitkin County ATV Ordinance when public comments were received since the October 13th meeting.

The ATV Committee will review potential dates and venues to hold public input sessions on the ATV Ordinance. County Administrator Jessica Seibert reviewed with the Board regarding obligating CARES funds received by townships on November 15th.

Aitkin County would use remaining CARES Funds to purchase PPE to then disperse to local EMS organizations by request. The Aitkin County Board of Commissioners will next meet on Tuesday, November 24th at 9am from the Aitkin County Government Center Board Room, where they will also have their meeting with Health and Human Services.