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Minutes February 25, 2014

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of February 25, 2014

 

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, February 25 , 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

 

The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Springer.

 

The following Commissioners were present:  Springer, Wobbe, Hall, Harms.  Absent:  Roschen

 

HARMS - HALL

Motion to approve the agenda.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - HALL

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Claims

Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

SSIS Claims

Minutes:  February 18, 2014

Adopted Unanimously

 

Lynda Boudreau, Constituent Services, gave the Board an update of Congressman John Kline's District activities.

 

HALL - SPRINGER

Resolution No.:  2014-079

Be It Resolved that Wabasha County is willing to participate in the Rental Rehabilitation Deferred Loan Program through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; and

Be It Resolved that the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority be the administrative entity for the Rental Rehabilitation Deferred Loan Program.

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved that Wabasha County agrees to participate and partner in the Rental Rehabilitation Deferred Loan program through the Minnesota.

Nay:  Harms

Adopted

WOBBE - SPRINGER

Resolution No: 2014-080

Whereas, the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office previously requested and was approved (Resolution #2014-049) to purchase three (3) MDT (Mobile Data Terminals) units, related equipment, software, licensing, and services; and

Whereas, the money for the purchase of these units, related equipment, software, licensing, and services will come out of Capital Fund designated for Mobile Data Terminals per 2014 budget approval.

Whereas, the remainder of the designated funds ($24,000) are needed to achieve the completion of the MDT project, involving resolutions #2013-130 and #2014-049, which will bring a total to 8 completed units.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: the remaining Capital Funds designated for mobile data terminals in the amount of $24,000 is hereby approved to be used toward expenses to complete the MDT units (Mobile Data Terminals), related equipment, software and licensing, and services.

Adopted Unanimously

HARMS – SPRINGER

Resolution No.: 2014-055

Whereas, Wabasha County uses Vmware software for managing server virtualization;

Whereas, the County IT Department has decided that it is time to expand beyond our initial licensed Vmware capacity and has selected appropriate licensing options;

Now therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the IT Director is hereby authorized to purchase Vmware Licenses, up to $17,000 total;

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - HALL

Resolution No.:  2014-081

Whereas, Atkinson Construction of Oak Center is the lowest responding proposer for the CR 70 bridge removal and box culvert installation project.

Now Therefore be it Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby accepts the proposal of Atkinson Construction of Oak Center for the CR 70 bridge removal and box culvert installation project and that the County Engineer is authorized to proceed with the work as proposed.

Abstain:  Springer

Adopted Unanimously

HALL – HARMS

Resolution No.:  2014-082

Whereas, the Wabasha County Highway Department has received proposals for herbicide application contract services; and

Whereas, the proposal from DeAngelo Brothers, Inc. was the lowest proposal received per unit price at $25.00 per acre.

Now Therefore be it Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes the County Engineer to purchase herbicide application contract services from DeAngelo Brothers, Inc.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - HARMS

Resolution No.:  2014-083

Whereas, the Public Health Director and Social Services Director have identified workforce planning needs for their departments; and

Whereas, creating a joint supervisory position that provides oversight of community & home based services from both departments would better coordinate county services and benefit the public; and

Whereas, filling such a position externally would prove to be both challenging and cost prohibitive;

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board to authorize the internal recruitment of a Community & Home Based Supervisor to oversee staff from both the Public Health and Social Services departments.  The position will be a temporary appointment not to exceed 2 years.

Adopted Unanimously

 

By consensus, the Board assigned funds pursuant to the Fund Balance Policy as presented by Deb Koenig, Finance Director.

 

HARMS –HALL

Motion to close the regular Board meeting.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE – HALL

Motion to open Labor Negotiations Strategy closed session.

Adopted Unanimously

Resolution:  2014-084

Whereas, Minn. Stat. §13D.01 subd. 1(a) permits closing a County Board meeting for the purposes of discussing labor negotiation strategy;

Whereas, the County Board desires to consult with its attorney regarding the best course of action to take during the upcoming labor negotiations.

Whereas, the County Attorney has advised the Board that it is not possible to fully discuss strategy and the options available to the County in a public meeting that may be attended by the opposing party

Whereas, without such a meeting the County will have to make decisions without the full benefit of consultation with counsel, and is concerned that in such a situation, it could make poor or uninformed decisions, exposing the County and its taxpayers to liabilities and costs that could be avoided by fully informed decision making available only in a closed session with counsel.

Whereas, certain phases of the negotiation strategy may be impaired if every discussion is available for the benefit of opposing parties;

Whereas, the County Board wishes to meet with its attorney to discuss the pros and cons, and strategy regarding the labor negotiations, and finds that such a discussion cannot be had in public session.

Whereas, based upon the foregoing the Board finds there is an absolute need for confidentiality of this matter.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, a closed meeting of the County Board addressing the labor negotiation strategy will be held with the County Attorney and other County staff. No subject matter other than the foregoing shall be discussed at said meeting.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE – HALL

Motion to close Labor Negotiations closed session.

Adopted Unanimously

HARMS – HALL

Motion to re-open the regular Board meeting.

Adopted Unanimously

 

Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.

 

WOBBE - HALL

Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

Video 1 of 2 (Direct)

Video 2 of 2 (Direct)

 

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