County utilizes local software business

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

After a change was made in its operating system (Windows XP to Windows 7) the County Planning and Zoning office software stopped working well.

“We lost reporting and printing capability with the change,” said Planning and Zoning Administrator Amy Kowalzek. “Also, our current permitting software has not ‘talked’ to our tax system since 2008 when we changed to Manatron (now called Ammentum).”

Tuesday, the County Board authorized Kowalzek to enter into an agreement with Little Falls company RtVision for permitting software. The agreement includes allowing the county to be a development partner with RtVision for a sketcher/septic system inventory module.

“The total cost for the agreement is $31,090, with $21,090 paid at the time the contract is signed,” Kowalzek said. “The remaining $10,000 will be paid after delivery and installation of the module.”

Funds for the project will come out of the County Recorder’s Compliancy Fund.

The County began using software from RtVision about eight years ago, when the Public Works Department installed OneOffice.

“Public Works then set up RtVision’s timecard software, which is now used county-wide,” Kowalzek said. “RtVision is now working on a culvert inventory software that Public Works will use.”

“Not only will we be housing the data in-house, but we’ll be using a local business too,” said County Commissioner Kevin Maurer.

Morrison County Board briefs

Other business that came before the Morrison County Board Tuesday, included:

• Proclaiming the week of April 6-12 to be National Crime Victims’ Rights Week;

• Approving a contract with Jon Lovdahl to provide septic system inspections for Fish Trap Lake. “We are the project administrator for this Legacy grant,” said Planning and Zoning Administrator Amy Kowalzek. “There will be no cost to property owners and the inspection certificates will be valid for three years;”

• Approving a large-assembly permit for Mud Fest’s annual Memorial Day event with the applicable variances and conditions;

• Approving a 2014 annual license change of establishment owner for Diamond Willow Assisted Living from Five Star Living of Little Falls, Duluth to DW Little Falls, LLC, Hickory, N.C.;

• Approving 2014 annual licenses with additional license services to Domino’s Pizza for seasonal temporary food license at $276 and Nouis Home Care for five additional lodging units at $42;

• Approving an exempt permit for a raffle at the Falls Ballroom Sept. 12, sponsored by Morrison County Pheasants Forever;

• Approving a bingo permit for two events by Scandia Valley First Response, April 6 and Nov. 24; and

• Approving an engineering agreement between the county and the Little Falls Township Board for repairs and resurfacing of Red Oak Ridge Drive, south of the landfill. Funding will come from the township.

The County Board will hold a planning session Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the County Government Center.