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<br />Commission Minutes--August 13, 2004 2772 <br /> <br />DEPARTMENT HEADS--PLEASE POST IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE FOR STAFF TO READ <br /> <br />RECESSED MEETING OF CASS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br />MEETING IN BUDGET SESSION <br />AUGUST 13, 2004 <br /> <br />1. MEETING TO ORDER <br />Chairwoman Robyn Sorum reconvened the budget meeting at 8:15 AM on August 13, <br />2004, in the Commission Room, Cass County Courthouse, with members present as <br />follows: John Meyer, Vern Bennett, Darrell Vanyo, Scott Wagner and Robyn Sorum. Also <br />present were County Auditor Michael Montplaisir, County Coordinator Bonnie Johnson <br />and Accountants Mary Matheson and Deb Ness. <br /> <br />2. BUDGET REVIEW <br />Road Department <br />Keith Berndt, County Engineer, was present. He provided graphs on the history of the <br />highway distribution and 10 mill revenues and expenditures. He said the revenues are flat <br />and costs continue to increase due to inflation. Mr. Berndt said the 10 mill levy was <br />approved by voters in 1984 and was to continue for 20 years. The levy expires this year <br />and the Commission has the authority to levy for roads. He hopes the Commission <br />continues to levy 10 mills. The county will be required to distribute 20% to cities. Mr. <br />Bennett and Mr. Vanyo feel now is the appropriate time to discuss the possibility of the <br />Cities of Fargo and West Fargo taking over parts of county roads when annexations are <br />complete. <br /> <br />Mr. Berndt said his budget includes a line item for new employees; however, he wants to <br />hire two seasonal employees as permanent part-time staff. He said the employees in <br />question work more than six months a year and by making them permanent staff, this will <br />save on administrative paperwork and costs in the long run. The only added cost would <br />be for pro-rated benefits and 5% differential in pay. Seasonal employees are paid 95% of <br />a full-time salary. <br /> <br />Planninq <br />Mike Zimney, County Planner, was present. Mr. Berndt said the main changes to the <br />budget are an additional $10,000 for consulting/GIS fees and additional funds for travel <br />and per diem to allow adequate educational opportunities for the planner. The budget <br />increased by about $15,000 from last year. <br /> <br />Vector Control <br />Angela Balint, Vector Control Director, was present. Mr. Berndt said chemical costs <br />continue to increase, partly due to use of more environmentally friendly chemicals. He <br />said $20,000 is budgeted for aerial spraying; each application costs approximately <br />$6,000. The budget includes $42,000 for two trucks, three ULV back pack sprayers, two <br />trailers and two all-terrain vehicles. <br /> <br />The board took a.break at 9:10 AM, and reconvened at 9:30 AM with all members <br />present. <br />