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Minutes April 19, 2011

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of April 19, 2011

 

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, April 19, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Norman.

The following Commissioners were present: Norman, Hall, Roschen, Wobbe, Harms 

HALL - WOBBE

Motion to approve the agenda.

Adopted Unanimously

Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.

Administrator’s Update:

Jail demolition bid out last Friday

Open Meeting Law & Data Practices Monday, April 25, Lake City City Hall, 5:00 p.m.

Flood buyout information

Letter to Senators and Representatives to support SF1044 and HF1088, state pays last 12.5% for buyout; Hammond $75,000, Zumbro Falls, $402,000, County $224,000

Winona Controls,  geo-thermal

ROSCHEN - HARMS

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

  • Claims
  • Meal Vouchers
  • SSIS Claims
  • Minutes:  April 5, 2011

Adopted Unanimously

HALL – WOBBE

Resolution No.:  2011-078

Whereas, the Wabasha County Highway Department proposes to acquire land along the existing right of way of County State Aid Highway 8 for the purpose of reconstructing this road under S.P. 079-608-012; and 

Whereas, S.P. 079-608-012 is necessary in order to improve this segment of County State Aid Highway 8 to meet Minnesota State Aid standards and provide for public health, welfare, safety and convenience; and

Whereas, the lands necessary to be acquired for S.P. 079-608-012 are described as follows:

That part of the Northwest Quarter (NW1/4) of Section Sixteen (16), Township One Hundred Eight (108) North, Range Eleven (11) West described as follows: commencing at the Northeast corner of the Northwest Quarter, thence on a bearing of N 89º 34’ 40” W distant 940.50 along the north line of said section to the point of beginning, thence continue N 89º 34’ 40” W distant 852.58; thence S 00º00’00” distant 40.00; thence S 89º 39’ 40” E distant 852.58; thence N 00º 00’ 00” E distant 40.00  to the point of beginning and there terminating.

Said area contains 0.78 acres more or less of which 0.65 acres are encumbered by an existing right of way and 0.13 acres of new highway right of way.

Now therefore be it resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes the County Highway Engineer to proceed to acquire the necessary lands as described above in accordance with applicable laws and statutes.

Adopted Unanimously

ROSCHEN - HALL

Resolution No.:  2011-079

Now therefore be it resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes the County Highway Engineer to proceed to perform the work described below on County Roads 31, 75, and 82 in Oak Center and make necessary payment for such work:

  1. Reclaim (pulverize and blade mix) existing pavement and resurface with bituminous surfacing (except for area east of eastern most driveway).  Work would be contracted through supplemental agreement under a 2011 paving contract.  Option 1:  $57,002

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - HALL

Resolution No.: 2011-080

Whereas, Wabasha County presently has a full-time vacancy in the Auditor-Treasurer’s office, and this vacancy is resulting in the payment of overtime on a weekly basis, and;

Whereas, it is more cost effective to hire a part-time 25 hour per week than to make the present part-time position full-time.  The new 25 hour per week position can be filled for considerably less than what it would cost to make the current 25 hour per week position full time, with benefits.  This would give the County 25 hours of work for 2/3 the cost of making the present 25 hour per week position full-time (37.5 hours/week), and;

Whereas, this position is responsible for accounts payable and other functions in the A/T office and the question has been debated for several years as to where this accounts payable function best serves the County.  Many Counties have consolidated accounts payable in the finance department and some have not.  This is something that should be examined closely in the strategic planning process for all accounts payable functions in all departments.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that they approve the hiring of a 25 hour per week employee in the Auditor-Treasurer’s office with the stipulation that this position and the accounts payable function be examined in the strategic planning process.

Nay:  Harms

Adopted

HALL - ROSCHEN

Resolution No.: 2011-081

Whereas, Wabasha County has unused acreage at the CJC that has previously been rented out for cropping at a nominal rate, and;

Whereas, the CJC is located on the edge of what is known locally as “the prairie”, and;

Whereas, Native Prairie restoration is an environmentally friendly use of otherwise unused County owned land, and;

Whereas, there are grant funds available for Native Prairie restoration demo projects and Wabasha County is committed to protecting the environment.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that Wabasha County make use of the grant funds available for Native Prairie restoration demo projects at the CJC property.

Nay: Wobbe, Norman

Adopted

HARMS - WOBBE

Resolution No.  2011-082

Be It Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes payment of $73,800.00 for the barnyard and manure storage system on the Stelling Farms, Inc. cost share project using 2011 B.W.S.R. Clean Water Grant funds.

Adopted Unanimously

Resolution No.: 2011-083

Whereas, the present economic climate has County and City governments looking for all potential cost savings, and;

Whereas, Wabasha County is budgeted for limited step increases for 2011due to the refactoring of positions and new pay grids created in 2010 to enable Wabasha County to pass the State’s pay equity requirement, and;

Whereas, the savings from freezing non-union position salaries would be $7,309.86.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that non-union salaries be frozen for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 with the recognition that years of service are not affected and that when the salary freeze is lifted, affected employees will move to the appropriate year and salary on their pay grid.

Tabled

HARMS – ROSCHEN

Resolution No.: 2011-084

Whereas, many city and county governments have imposed hiring freezes in these trying economic times, as a cost savings measure, and;

Whereas, Wabasha County is concerned about controlling operating costs, and;

Whereas, it is recognized that some mandated and essential positions must be backfilled if vacated.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that institute a hiring freeze for an indefinite period of time with the recognition that some mandated and essential positions must be backfilled if vacated.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - HARMS

Resolution No.: 2011-085

Whereas, Wabasha and Goodhue Counties have both passed resolutions supporting multi-county collaboration, and;

Whereas, Goodhue County has appointed Commissioner’s Seifert and Samuelson to serve on their committee, and;

Whereas, Wabasha County needs to appoint two Commissioners to serve on Wabasha County’s Committee.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that they appoint Commissioner Roschen and Commissioner Harms along with the County Administrator to meet with the Goodhue County Commissioners and their County Administrator.

Nay:  Hall

Adopted

HARMS - HALL

Resolution No.: 2011-086

Whereas, the County Board has decided to proceed with the Strategic Planning process, and;

Whereas, it is in the best interest of the county to secure a professional facilitator to take the County through this process, and;

Whereas, three proposals were solicited to this end, and two proposals were received, and;

Whereas, after reviewing the presentation and information provided by both respondents it is believed that Rick Carlson (H.M. Counseling) is the best fit for the needs of Wabasha County.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that Rick Carlson (H.M. Counseling) proposal be accepted at the stated cost of $3,500.00 plus $400 per department selected.

Adopted Unanimously

HARMS - ROSCHEN

Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

 

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