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Minutes January 20, 2009
Wabasha County Board of Commissioners
Meeting of January 20, 2009

 

The Board of County Commissioners of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the Wabasha County Services Building, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Windhorst. The following Commissioners were present: Windhorst, Dwelle, Riester, Norman and Hall.

DWELLE - RIESTER

Motion to approve the agenda. Adopted Unanimously Commissioners reported on meetings they had attended. Brian Keller from Mt. Pleasant Township spoke during the public forum regarding the Feedlot Ordinance.

RIESTER - HALL

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following: Claims Meal Vouchers SSIS Claims Minutes: January 6, 2009

Adopted Unanimously

DWELLE – NORMAN

Resolution Number: 2009-011

Whereas, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioner from their respective Districts selected members to be seated on the Wabasha County Planning Commission and the Wabasha County Board of Adjustments, Whereas, the selection of the Planning Commission members and the Board of Adjustment members was not on the January 6th Agenda, Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that they appoint the Planning Commission members and the Board of Adjustment members as recommended by the Wabasha County Zoning Ordinance Article 15, Section 4 and 5. Adopted Unanimously Jay Sanborn will replace John Adams on the Planning Commission and Deb Roschen will be an at Large Member on the Board of Adjustments.

RIESTER - DWELLE

Resolution Number: 2009-003

Whereas, the Feedlot Review Committee has done extensive review of the proposed Feedlot Ordinance and made recommendations to the Wabasha County Planning Commission, Whereas, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on November 24, 2008 and reviewed the committees recommendations and approved a revised Feedlot Ordinance document to be sent to the county board for adoption. Now therefore be it Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners adopts the recommendations of the planning commission of the new and revised Article 5, Confined Feedlot Ordinance of the Wabasha County Zoning Ordinance. Nay: Norman

Adopted

RIESTER - HALL

Resolution Number: 2009-012

Whereas, Wabasha County is in the process of building a new Criminal Justice Center that includes a new Wabasha County Jail; and Whereas, it is necessary to provide food services for the new jail; and Whereas, it is necessary for the Board to approve the terms of an RFP for food services; Now, Therefore, be it Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners accepts the attached RFP for food services and authorizes the County Administrator to distribute this RFP for those food services for response by qualified vendors.

Adopted Unanimously

DWELLE - RIESTER

Resolution No: 2009-013

Whereas, the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office is requesting to purchase two (2) 2009 Ford Crown Victoria’s at a cost of $43,000.00; and Whereas, the money for the purchase of these vehicles will come out of the Safe Driving Class funds. Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: the Sheriff is authorized to purchase two (2) 2009 Ford Crown Victoria’s from Elk River Ford at a cost not to exceed $43,000.00. Be it Further Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that funding of the purchase for the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria’s will come out of the Safe Driving Class fund. Nay: Windhorst

Adopted

RIESTER - DWELLE

Resolution Number: 2009-014

Whereas, Wabasha County must upgrade its radio communications system to narrow band as per Federal mandate; and Whereas, Wabasha County is investigating the potential savings from outsourcing its dispatch operations to an adjoining county; and Whereas, Wabasha County prepared and distributed for response an RFP for radio system consulting services; and Whereas, the Board directed the County Administrator and Assistant County Attorney to negotiate a contract with PSC Alliance, Inc. for those radio consulting services. Now, Therefore, be it Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approves award of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of this radio consulting contract to PSC Alliance, Inc. for a not to exceed amount of $86,255.00, with Phase 3 to be negotiated and approved by the Board based upon the findings of Phase 1 and Phase 2

Adopted Unanimously

RIESTER – DWELLE

The date was set for the Wabasha County Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting – June 16, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the County Board Room.

Adopted Unanimously

Emergency Management Director Brenda Wodele updated the Commissioners on Training she attended in Anniston, Alabama. It was paid for by the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The course she attended was the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Course. It was a three-day course. She also handed out Emergency Management Handbooks to each of the Commissioners. She pointed out that there are responsibilities of elected officials during some emergency situations and that they should read the Handout.

RIESTER - NORMAN

Resolution Number: 2009-015

Whereas, the State of Minnesota established a public/private deputy registrar system to provide citizens convenient locations to conduct title registration services for motor vehicles and DNR recreational vehicles; and,

Whereas, the State of Minnesota in 1949 established a user service fee on motor vehicle transactions to be retained by the deputy registrar to defray the cost of providing the local service; and,

Whereas, the State of Minnesota has shifted increased costs and responsibilities onto the deputy registrar such as regular replacement schedules of computers and associated electronic equipment, printing of previously supplied state forms, and expanded auditing tasks with additional risks and potential liability that was previously the responsibility of the State; and,

Whereas, the State of Minnesota now competes with deputy registrar offices for the retention of some user fees that were traditionally retained primarily by deputy registrars; and,

Whereas, collectively the deputy registrar system handles over one billion dollars of state funds for the State of Minnesota annually on a cash basis only with considerable risk whereby dishonored checks are the responsibility of the deputy registrar in the full amount tendered after remitting the bulk of those funds to the State; and,

Whereas, the user service fee that should fully support the cost for providing motor vehicle transactions no longer covers the operational costs to maintain most deputy registrar offices. Public deputy registrars must use property tax levy proceeds to subsidize this service. Rural areas with lower volumes are in jeopardy of losing service.

Now, Therefore Be it Resolved that Wabasha County supports the State Legislature authorizing the acceptance of more secure alternative payments at deputy registrar offices; and to achieve a greater retention of existing fees or a user service fee increase in the year 2009 to maintain local title and registration service to the citizens of Minnesota.

Adopted Unanimously

RIESTER - HALL

Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously


 

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