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Minutes December 21, 2010
Wabasha County Board of Commissioners
Meeting of December 21, 2010
The Board of County Commissioners of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the Wabasha County Courthouse, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Dwelle. The following Commissioners were present: Windhorst, Dwelle, Riester, Norman and Hall.
HALL - NORMAN
Motion to approve the agenda.
Adopted Unanimously
Commissioners reported on meetings they attended. Board Concern: Corps of Engineers - Braun property Administrator’s Update: Met with Teamsters J/Ds. Meeting again in January. No meeting with deputies until same day in January. Meeting with State Legislators in January, like Winona? 2010 tax rebate: 143 parcels, 135 owners -- $80,998. There was no comment during the public forum.
RIESTER - WINDHORST
Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following: Claims Meal Vouchers SSIS Claims Minutes: December 7, 2010
Adopted Unanimously
Jerry Leisen, County Auditor-Treasurer, was presented with a retirement plaque.
HALL - WINDHORST
Resolution No.: 2010-251
Whereas, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners per Minnesota Statute 275.07 is required to adopt a final property tax levy for taxes payable year 2011 and certify that amount to the county auditor no later than December 28, 2010; and
Whereas, based upon the final budget the following amounts have been determined to be needed for the 2011 property tax levy.
Fund                                                                      Levy
General Revenue Fund                                       3,979,628
General Revenue-Local Water Management              5,351
Public Health Fund                                                  287,214
Road & Bridge Fund                                            1,335,692
Social Services Fund                                          1,529,697
Soil & Water Conservation District                         140,000
SELCO                                                                    157,027
Whitewater Watershed                                             4,517
Building Fund                                                         469,718
Criminal Justice Center-COP 2008B Service         626,716
Capital Equipment Fund                                            32,980
2011 Overall Levy                                              8,568,540
Special Levies:
Criminal Justice Center-GO Jail Bonds 2007A      772,564
Criminal Justice Center-GO Jail Bonds 2008A      165,593
Criminal Justice Center-GO Jail Bonds 2009A      157,534
Wabasha Clinic Tax Abatement                              20,000
Jail Operating & Maintenance Costs                     363,785
Wages & Benefits Sheriff                                 2,216,519
2011 Special Levies                                          3,695,995
2011 Certified Proposed Levy                         12,264,535
Now, Therefore, be it resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the County Auditor-Treasurer is to certify the 2011 final property tax levy to the Minnesota Department of Revenue as presented.
Adopted Unanimously
RIESTER – WINDHORST
Resolution No.: 2010-252
Whereas, the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority was created by action of the Boards of Commissioners of Dodge, Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona Counties pursuant to Minnesota Statutes; and
Whereas, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners has considered the Authority’s request to approve a special benefit tax to be levied upon all taxable market value of taxable property within the Authority’s area of operation within Wabasha County.
Now, Therefore, be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners instructs the County Auditor-Treasurer to certify a 2011 final special benefit property tax levy in the amount of $63,461 for Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing Redevelopment to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
Adopted Unanimously
WINDHORST - RIESTER
Resolution No.: 2010-253
Whereas, The Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approved a Special Benefit Tax agreement dated July 1, 2005 with Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority for the purpose of paying, in part the debt service on the Authority’s Tax Increment Revenue notes, Series 2005; and Whereas, pursuant to this agreement, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners does hereby certify the special benefit property tax levy in the amount of $50,000.00 for the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing Redevelopment Authority, a Special Taxing district. Now, Therefore, be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners instructs the County Auditor-Treasurer to certify the above 2011 special benefit property tax levy for Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing Redevelopment Authority to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
Adopted Unanimously
RIESTER - HALL
Resolution No.: 2010-254
Whereas, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners is required by Minnesota Statute 275.07 to adopt a final budget for 2011; and Whereas, The Wabasha County Board of Commissioners have reviewed the fiscal year 2011 final budget as shown below;
Original               Final
Budget             Budget
2010               2011
Revenues:
County Portion Property Taxes                                          12,205,524          12,486,435
State Paid Property Tax Aids                                                  861,885               943,047
Other Taxes                                                                              11,000                10,000
Licenses and Permits                                                              198,286              200,202
Intergovernmental Revenues- -Federals                             1,510,932            2,856,862
-State                                                                                   6,729,613            9,595,890
-Other                                                                                       30,500               142,500
Charges for Services                                                         1,617,122             1,559,877
Fines and Forfeits                                                                      8,000                    8,000
Interest on Investments                                                          225,000                125,000
Miscellaneous Income/Receipts                                             395,836                 320,687
Gifts and Contributions                                                              5,300                     3,424
Transfer from General Fund                                                                                    2,500
Total Revenues                                                               $23,798,998         $28,254,424
Expenditures:
General Government                                                         $3,713,952              4,042,401
Public Safety                                                                       4,874,573              5,132,334
Sanitation                                                                               272,907                  212,851
Conservation of Natural Resources                                      326,870                  329,868
Culture and Recreation                                                          247,433                  253,771
Economic Development                                                              2,922                     2,922
Other                                                                                      383,519                  381,081
Highways and Streets                                                        6,391,430             10,444,614
Human Services/Welfare                                                    4,328,788               4,179,278
Public Health                                                                        1,499,925               1,496,045
Debit Service                                                                       1,648,034               1,666,348
Transfer to Regional Railroad                                                                                    2,500
Total Expenditures                                                           $23,690,353           $28,144,013
Whereas, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners has considered the duties of each and every office, department and agency and the experience, qualifications and performance of employees, elected officials and appointed employees in the development of this budget; and
Whereas, capital expenditures included in the 2011 budget shall be made only after approval of the Board of Commissioners per the County Purchasing Policy.
Now, Therefore, be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the 2011 Wabasha County Final Budget is adopted as presented.
Adopted Unanimously
Resolution No.: 2010-255
Whereas, Following the September 2010 flood event, while in the process of repairing adjacent roads, the County removed fill material from the right-of –way adjacent to the Atkinson property, and;
Whereas, Mr. Atkinson wants the County to replace the fill material removed from our right-of-way in order to facilitate entry to the pit and parking for a once a year gun safety course, and;
Whereas, it is of no benefit to the County to replace this fill material at tax payer expense and it was beneficial to the County to utilize this material for adjacent road repair.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the property in question be left in its present state.
Tabled
RIESTER - WINDHORST
Resolution No.: 2010-256
Whereas, Craig Beck knocked over and damaged the fuel pump at the Millville County Highway Garage with a combine, rendering the pump unusable, and;
Whereas, the County would have replaced the pump eventually, this incident made replace immediately necessary, causing the County to expend funds in 2010 that otherwise would not have been expended until 2011, and;
Whereas, Mr. Beck believes that he should be responsible for no more than $100 in damages, it is the County Engineer’s opinion that the amount should be $1,900.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that Mr. Beck should pay the amount of $950 for damages done to the County’s fuel pump.
Adopted Unanimously
HALL - WINDHORST
Resolution No.: 2010-257
Whereas, Project S.A.P. 079-605-012 – replace Bridge No. 92422 (new Bridge No. 79547) on C.S.A.H. No. 5, 4.0 miles west of TH 63 in Lake City, in Wabasha County, MN with any and/or all Supplemental Agreements, Change Orders and/or Work Orders, has been completed.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer be authorized to issue a warrant for final payment to Duininck, Inc. in the amount of $17,811.66.
Adopted Unanimously
RIESTER - HALL
Resolution No.: 2010-258
Whereas, The Board has previously approved preparation of an RFP for the demolition of the old County Jail/Sheriff’s Office, and; Whereas, It is the County’s responsibility to determine the presence of any asbestos in the structure prior to demolition and disposal of the debris, and;
Whereas, Wabasha County is responsible for the content of any building debris that is disposed of, and;
Whereas, It is in the best interest of the County from a future liability standpoint, to ensure that asbestos is abated prior to demolition.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that a contract with Kane and Johnson Architects, Inc. for an asbestos site survey for the structure prior to demolition at the quoted cost of $5,833. This is the same firm that did the asbestos survey for the old Courthouse.
Adopted Unanimously
WINDHORST - HALL
Resolution No. 2010-259
Be It Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes payment from the Feedlot V Low Cost Share Fix 319 Grant for Chuck Siems in the amount of $2557.85
Adopted Unanimously
RIESTER - WINDHORST
Resolution No. 2010-260
Be It Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes payment from the Feedlot V Low Cost Share Fix 319 Grant for James Wobbe in the amount of $4722.36
Adopted Unanimously
HALL - RIESTER
Resolution No. 2010-261
Be It Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes payment from the Feedlot V Low Cost Share Fix 319 Grant for Jack Stamschror in the amount of $ 12,000.00
Adopted Unanimously
WINDHORST - RIESTER
Resolution No.: 2010-262
Whereas, the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority has been designated by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners as the administrative entity for the Minnesota Investment Funds to businesses for flood relief, and
Whereas, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development requires guidelines to be set for the Minnesota Investment Funds, and
Now, Therefore Be It Resolved that the Board of Commissioners of Wabasha County adopts the Minnesota Investment Fund guidelines.
Adopted Unanimously
WINDHORST - NORMAN
Resolution No. 2010-263
Whereas, Wabasha County is offering the buyout and elevation programs to property affected by the September 2010 flooding; and Whereas, Wabasha County wants to set an application period for the buyout and elevation programs; and
Therefore Be It Resolved By the Board of Commissioners of Wabasha County that the County sets the start date for applying for the buyout and elevation programs as December 21, 2010, and the end date for the buyout and elevation programs as 4:30 PM on January 21, 2011.
Adopted Unanimously
Recessed to Public Hearing on Minnesota Investment Fund Flood Relief.
HALL – NORMAN
Opened Hearing at 10:16 a.m.
Adopted Unanimously
WINDHORST – HALL
Closed Hearing at 10:17 a.m.
Adopted Unanimously
RIESTER - WINDHORST
Resolution No.: 2010-264
Whereas, the Wabasha County Department of Social Services has employed Ms. Amy Judy since October 30, 2000 in the position of Social Worker; and
Whereas, Ms. Judy has submitted a letter of resignation, received by the Director of Social Services, with an effective resignation date of January 7, 2011; and
Whereas, Ms. Judy is an employee in good standing with the Department; and
Whereas, the Director of Social Services accepted, on behalf of the Wabasha County Human Services Board, this letter of resignation; Now therefore be it resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby accepts the letter of resignation, with regrets, from Ms. Amy Judy, effective January 7, 2011. Further, the Commissioners acknowledge Ms. Judy’s 10 years of dedicated service to residents of Wabasha County and offer best wishes to Ms. Judy with her new employment.
Adopted Unanimously
RIESTER - WINDHORST
Resolution No.: 2010-265
Whereas, the Wabasha County Department of Social Services will have a vacancy for the position of Account Technician with the promotion of Cassey Clausen to the position of Financial Worker; and
Whereas, the filling of this position is necessary for the continued, normal operation of the Department; and
Whereas, the Account Technician position is included under the 2010 AFSCME Union contract at a starting salary of $12.69 per hour ($24,745 annually); and
Whereas, the Director of Social Services has recommended the position be filled;
Now therefore be it resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby accepts the recommendation to fill the position of Account Technician in the Department of Social Services.
Adopted Unanimously
WINDHORST - HALL
Resolution No: 2010-266
Whereas, the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office has committed to the Statewide ARMER radio system; and
Whereas, the 2008 HSEM Grant Contract #00326 will be utilized to purchase this portable radio.
Whereas, this grant expires March 31, 2011 and all requirements (Exhibit A) must be met on this date February 28th, 2011 in order to receive reimbursement (no exceptions!).
Whereas, the Sheriff requests approval for the purchase of portable radio under the state pricing contract with Motorola based on the following quote: ? Quote QU0000129867 from Whitewater Wireless, Inc. not to exceed the amount of $6,600.00 (APX7000 Motorola Portable Radio with optional features).
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: purchase of portable radio is hereby authorized to use 911 fund (290 account) for purchase reimbursed by HSEM Grant #00326.
Adopted Unanimously
HALL – WINDHORST
Closed session at 10:43 a.m. for Union Contract Negotiations.
Adopted Unanimously
WINDHORST – NORMAN
Opened session at 11:05 a.m.
Adopted Unanimously
RIESTER - WINDHORST
Resolution No.: 2010-267
Whereas, Wabasha County has a contract with AFSCME representing employees from the Highway Department, Social Services and the Courthouse, this contract expires December 31, 2010, and;
Whereas, AFSCME and the County have been in negotiations to agree on new contract terms, with agreement being reached by the negotiating teams in our last session, and;
Whereas, all three Locals (Highway, Social Services and Courthouse) have ratified these proposed contracts and are waiting upon approval of the County Board, and;
Whereas, It was agreed by both negotiating teams that the language of all three contracts would remain the same with the exception of required housekeeping items that would be updated. The term of the contract is to be three years, with a .5% increase in 2011, a 1% increase in 2012 and a 2% increase in 2013, and;
Whereas, The advantage of a three year contract is that the County knows its labor costs for a three year period rather than one or two, allowing for longer term budgetary planning.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the proposed three year contract be approved with the above stated terms and formally prepared for signature by the Board Chair.
Nay: Norman, Hall
Adopted
Motion made by Norman to change Resolution 2010-268 stating that salaries of the Recorder, Attorney and Sheriff remain the same as 2010; and new Auditor-Treasurer salary be set at $61,276.32.
Nay: Riester, Dwelle, Windhorst
Motion Failed
RIESTER - WINDHORST
Resolution No.: 2010-268
Whereas, State Statute requires that the County Board set the annual salary for elected officials prior to the end of the current year for the following year, and;
Whereas, the County, at the instigation of a previous County Administrator, had placed elected officials on a pay grid rather than brining the salaries before the Board on an annual basis, and;
Whereas, the County Recorder and County Attorney have topped out on their respective grids, and;
Whereas, the Sheriff would go from Step 7 to Step 8 of his grid ($81,020.33 to $83,450.92) and;
Whereas, the Board must determine a salary for the newly elected Auditor/Treasurer.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the salary for the Recorder remain at $65,008.07, plus any COLA approved by the Board for 2011, that the salary for the County Attorney remain at $89,213.45, plus any COLA approved by the Board for 2011, that the salary for the Sheriff go from $81,020.33 to $83,450.92, plus any COLA approved by the Board for 2011 and that the salary for the Auditor/Treasurer be set at $61,276.32, plus any COLA approved by the Board for 2011.
Nay: Norman, Hall
Adopted
RIESTER - WINDHORST
Resolution Number: 2010-269
Whereas, the Board has been asked to approve three contracts with AFSCME that would grant covered employees a .5% COLA effective January 1, 2011, and;
Whereas, a .5% increase for non-union employees would preserve the pay differentials required to maintain Pay Equity required by State Statute, and;
Whereas, the current Consumer Price Index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the inflation rate for 2010 is 1.2% through the end of October, the most current data available.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Non-Union Employees be granted the same .5% COLA as the AFSCME Union employees.
Nay: Norman, Hall
Adopted
NORMAN - RIESTER
Resolution No.: 2010-270
Whereas, the County has budgeted cost of living increases for elected officials, non-union and union employees, and;
Whereas, the County Board of Commissioners did not accept a cost of living increase in 2009 and 2010, and;
Whereas, State Statute requires that changes in County Commissioner salaries be approved prior to the end of the current calendar year for the upcoming year.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that they approve a 0% cost of living increase on the present salary of $17,324.67 (plus $500 for the Board Chair).
Adopted Unanimously
RIESTER - WINDHORST
Motion to adjourn.
Adopted Unanimously
 

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