Class/comp angst: CVSO Hugh Quinn gives notice

Itasca County logoby Barbara Cameron

No one saw it coming. It seemed an ordinary enough county board meeting on March 22, what with a public hearing and several reports from department heads. But there was also that undercurrent of angst about the new Fox Lawson classification and compensation study the administration wanted the commissioners to adopt. Near the end of the board meeting, when County Veterans Services Officer Hugh Quinn had completed his quarterly report and heard verbal praise and appreciation for his work from both board members and the county administrator, he stepped away from the lectern to deposit his resignation letter on the table between the board chair and the administrator. They appeared stunned. There was still one more scheduled item on the agenda to get through, so everyone carried on.

The board meeting unfolded as follows:

Consent agenda. Chair Rusty Eichorn (Dist. 4) had called the room to order with the usual flag pledge, agenda approval, and work session minutes approval from last week. The consent agenda was amended by removing a budget policy item, to be saved for the next work session. Among the remaining 11 consent items that had been prepared at last week’s work session were: a letter of support for Hope House’s grant application to the Department of Human Services; acceptance of a grant agreement for Bowstring Airport’s maintenance and operation; several wine and set-up licenses; and a $55 administrative fee to set up confessions of judgments.

Also on consent were: for the assessor’s office, an $8,800 printer/copier/scanner/fax machine will be paid for out of the recorder’s compliance fund; approval of the 2016 Firewise grant agreement, pending attorney review; approval of the Schwartz & Sons earthen materials bid from March 17; adoption of a resolution to accept a grant award for the Alvwood-Squaw Lake ATV Club Local Trail Connections Program; a joint powers agreement with the state on behalf of the county’s probation department for access to criminal history data; and a 50/50 grant match with the state for the Gunn Park Pavilion and Playground Rehabilitation Project.

Gunn Park. Roger Clark gave the background on the management plan after the board went into public hearing mode. The goal is a 10-year plan for this premier park of the county, which includes a pavilion built in 1959 by Blandin, with the park being divided into several different management areas. Little League has a contract to maintain the grounds, and the pavilion and large parking lot are used every weekend when the park is open. Most of the recommendations concern regular maintenance and making improvements to the existing facilities. The park is also connected to the Itasca bike trail.

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