|The meeting was called to order by Chair Jim Sanborn at 7:32 PM.Members present: Managers Jim Sanborn, Mike White, and Deena Congdon.
Members absent: Managers Darrell Scott and David Dill.
Also present: John Jamnick of RLK-Kuusisto Ltd., Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman and 7 members of the community.
Motion by M. White, supported by D. Congdon to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of October 3, 2001. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by M. White, supported by D. Congdon to approve the August Treasurer’s Report and payment of $147.50 to Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, $25.05 to Citizens Communications and $571.05 to David Dill. Motion carried. Treasurer M. White recommended that the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance and $4,700.00 to RLK-Kuusisto be paid upon receipt of the County tax monies that should be received soon. He also requested a payment schedule as related to the Project from J. Jamnick, RLK-Kuusisto, for the amounts due their firm.
· Motion by M. White, supported by D. Congdon to file the correspondence with the exception of that which will be acted upon later in the Agenda. Motion carried.
· The correspondence was presented to the Board and acted upon as required.
· D. Congdon reported that the basic items are on the website and work is progressing.
· J. Jamnick suggested that the updated Facility Plan be placed on the web site.
· J. Jamnick reported that he and D. Dill attended the October 23rd hearing. Barbara Conti of the MPCA made a presentation and recommended to approve the EAW without an EIS. There were three comments by the public. The MPCA Board unanimously approved the EAW stating that the environmental issues had been addressed. The discharge site is acceptable and none of the proposed Treatment Site options should present any significant environmental impact.
Treatment Site Meeting Report
· J. Jamnick reported that he, D. Dill, and Connie Chaney of the USFS met at Orr to discuss a land swap with the Forest Service for the Treatment Site. The District would need to acquire land and then swap that land with the Forest Service parcel near the Fire Hall. They would require an Environmental Impact Study that would cost the District between $100,000 and $150,000 and the process would take about one year, making this option expensive and time consuming.
· A timely Treatment Site choice is crucial; therefore, J. Jamnick researched the other site options prior to this meeting.
Treatment Site Meeting Report (cont.)
· The Eggen site is not currently an option as the owners are not now interested in selling their property.
· The Original Site on Potlatch land for which we have an option to buy and a permit to cross Forest Service lands is the most timely choice.
· The Potlatch Site west of the Gold Coast is considered quite costly because of the rocky terrain.
· Motion by M. White, supported by D. Congdon that we accept the updated Facility Plan, proceed with naming the Original Site as our Treatment Site with the Discharge Site being between the County Dock and the MHS property, and authorizing J. Jamnick to complete the Finding of no Significant Impact (FONSI) to be published in the next issue of the District newspaper, the Cook News Herald; thus meeting the Rural Development timeline for the FONSI. Motion carried.
Rural Development Funding
· J. Jamnick presented an operating budget and rate schedule for approval as these are Phase II requirements for Rural Development funding.
· The Rural Development Operating Budget form was signed by Chair J. Sanborn and Treasurer M. White.
· Motion by M. White, supported by D. Congdon to submit the Operating Budget form and Rate Schedule to Rural Development with the understanding that further analysis will be required later.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Funding
· They have initiated the Environmental Review and the funding process is continuing on schedule.
· J. Pohlman reported that she spoke to Nancy Larson at St. Louis County regarding a time extension for the grant.
· A letter will be sent to the District next week. The District must respond to the letter stating why the extension is needed and our intended timeline.
· The County has received notification from the MPCA regarding our progress.
· M. White prepared the initial response to the questions raised by the Ordinance Committee.
· The questions with responses were presented to the Board by M. White with the request for Board approval to submit his comments to the Ordinance Committee, J. Jamnick, and Mary Frances Skala of Freyberger.
· The Board approved M. Whites request.
· M. White stated that much work needed to be done on the ordinance before its enactment.
Next Meeting Date
· A Special Meeting may be needed if further decisions are required for the Rural Development funding.
· A decision will be made on November 20th if a November 27th Special Meeting will be called.
· M. White submitted Newsletter #3 to be mailed sometime next week after D. Dill reviews the letter.
Other Business – None
Public Comments – None
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:32 PM.
Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk