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County Board to set proposed levy, make allocations from Red Lake Game Fund for northern projects

Beltrami County commissioners plan to set a proposed 2011 property tax levy on Tuesday, as well as make allocations from the Red Lake Game Fund for northern county projects.

The County Board will decide on a levy that is 0.43 percent less than this year's levy, or $73,513 lower than the 2010 levy.

The levy will fuel the proposed 2011 budget, of which a preliminary draft was given to commissioners last month. Once the proposed levy is set, it cannot be increased but may be further lowered.

Concerned over the loss of state aid in recent years, commissioners have adopted a two-year budget policy, so while the 2011 budget is being prepared, so also is a 2012 budget outline. The budgets are being prepared under the county's new Strategy-Aligned Management system.

The total 2011 proposed levy of $16.9 million includes $15.16 million in regular levies for county operations and $1.74 million in special levies.

Commissioners will also be asked to set 6 p.m. Nov. 30 for a public hearing on the budget.

The matter is part of the board's 5 p.m. regular meeting at the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave.

Commissioners will also set allocations for the Red Lake Game Fund, derived from resource income from Consolidated Conservation Lands in northern Beltrami County.

A committee met in Redby to go over applications for funds and make funding recommendations. Of $269,700 in requests, the panel recommended $186,200 be funded.

Some of the largest recommendations include $25,000 for a northwest Beltrami affordable housing project, $24,000 for a sewer/water replacement project in Kelliher and $20,000 for a Grygle Fire & Rescue building addition.

Other regular business items include reviewing a pre-design phase proposal for relocating the Natural Resource Management Department, and consideration to fill two Sheriff's Department positions.

During its 3 p.m. work session, the board will review a proposal for prescriptive easements in conjunction with the state Department of Natural Resources. The project would allow permanent easements across former timber company lands to public lands as the private lands are sold.

Commissioners will also consider a Balm Lake application for release of a parcel of land to the DNR for a public access that has already been developed.

The DNR has also noticed the county of its intent to purchase 153 acres of private land in Alaska Township. Commissioners will talk about the notice Tuesday as they have a "no net gain" of public land resolution. The property sale to the DNR would remove a market value of $394,200 from the tax rolls.

Property taxes amounted to $4,036 for 2010 for the parcel. The DNR would incorporate the parcel into its aquatic management area.

Commissioners will also discuss the process of setting speed limits in Minnesota, in anticipation of speed limit requests to be given to the County Board in the near future.

Board consent agenda items include county bills and warrant payment listing, approval to purchase trail grooming equipment, approval of final pay vouchers on two highway projects, award the lowest bidder on another highway project, and approval of a Beltrami County Housing and Redevelopment Authority home mortgage subordination request.

Commissioners will be asked to approve law library fees, a Sunset Cove Resort wetland replacement plan, consumer scale agreements between the county and Laurentian Energy Authority and Don Wille, resolution to accept a DNR capital improvement project grant for Three Island Park South Trail Head, and of a highway easement.

Health and Human Services is seeking approval of a BSU student nurse practicum memorandum of agreement, of host county contracts and of a host county contract with the Beltrami Area Service Collaborative for clinical supervision.