Minutes September 16, 2013

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of September 16, 2013

 

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 Monday, September 16, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

 

The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Hall.

 

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

 

WOBBE - HARMS

Motion to approve the agenda after removing Items D and K.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - HALL

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Claims

Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

SSIS Claims

Minutes: September 3, 2013

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - HARMS

Resolution No.: 2013-182

Whereas, Wabasha County Public Health has been awarded a grant from MDH- WIC program to upgrade their WIC waiting area and WIC office furniture, and

Whereas, that grant in the amount of $1,700 will cover the cost of 9 waiting area chairs and 2 office chairs for WIC staff,

Now Therefore be it Resolved, by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that; Public Health accept the grant in the amount of $1,700 and order the above state furniture for the WIC program.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - WOBBE

Resolution No.: 2013-183

Whereas, Wabasha County Public Health has had 2 staff nurses retire, and

Whereas, neither of these positions was filled at the time of retirement, and

Whereas, current case loads are such that nursing staff are no longer able to meet the needs of our growing caseload in the waiver programs to the same level we have previously been able to, and

Whereas, the addition of a full time staff nurse would not only improve our services to residents in the county, but also improve the Public Health budget by bringing in more revenue from these services than what their employment expense would be;

Now Therefore be it Resolved, by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that; Public Health advertises for and hires one full time staff nurse at a step no higher than step 4 of the pay scale.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - HARMS

Resolution No.: 2013-184

Whereas, Wabasha County is authorized to accept and maintain donations of real and personal property pursuant to Minnesota statutes Section 465.03 and maintain said property for the benefits of its citizens; and

Whereas, John and Karla Jans have offered to donate the parcel of land described on attached Exhibit 1, described as "Parcel A," to the County on the condition that the land be used for county road purposes; and

Whereas, the County Board finds that it is appropriate to accept the donation offered for the benefit of its citizens; and

Now Therefore Be It Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the donation described above is accepted and shall be used in accordance with the noted terms or conditions. The Board Clerk is hereby directed to acknowledge the donor of the County's acceptance.

Adopted Unanimously

Resolution No.: 2013-185

Whereas, Wabasha County has important IT equipment located in the old courthouse; this equipment provides services to other county government offices, to other communities in the county, and to other counties by way of the state network which passes through the courthouse;

Whereas, the services supported by this equipment are important to the function of the county government, including public safety, and important to other communities in and out of the county;

Whereas, the IT Director has carefully considered several options for providing backup power to this equipment to ensure reliable operation and has concluded that a standby generator powered by natural gas is the most cost effective option; the IT Director has requested capital funds for a new generator to provide backup power to that equipment and has requested quotes for installation of a generator;

Now therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the IT Director is hereby authorized to purchase and install a generator, including all equipment and labor necessary for installation;

Further, be it resolved that the County Auditor/Treasurer is authorized to pay ____________ by issuing an Auditor's Warrant in the amount of ____________, and with a second Auditor's Warrant in the amount of ____________ when the IT Director advises her that the project has been completed.

Removed from the Agenda

 

Consensus of the Board that IT should proceed with getting quotes for the Board Room projector screen and return to future Board meeting.

 

Consensus of the Board to continue to work on Criminal Justice Center lease with the Wabasha Police Department.

 

SPRINGER โ€“

Motion died for lack of a second for Res 2013-186 that originally proposed an increase of $506 for 2014, or a total of $60,000.

 

HARMS โ€“ WOBBE

Resolution No.: 2013-186

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, Section 469.004; and

Whereas, Minnesota Statute Section 469.033, subs. 6, permits the Authority to levy and collect a special benefits tax not to exceed 0.0185 percent of taxable market value; 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 2014 proposed special benefit property tax levy in the amount of $59,494 for Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing Redevelopment to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Nay: Springer

Adopted

SPRINGER - WOBBE

Resolution No.: 2013-187

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 proposed 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 2014 proposed special benefit property tax levy for Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing Redevelopment Authority to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Adopted Unanimously

Recess 15 minutes.

 

WOBBE - HALL

Resolution No.: 2013-188

Whereas, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners per Minnesota Statute 275.065 is required to adopt a proposed property tax levy for taxes payable year 2014 and certify that amount to the county auditor on or before September 15; and

Whereas, based upon the proposed budget the following amounts have been determined to be needed for the 2014 proposed property tax levy.

Fund

 

 

Levy

 

 

 

 

General Revenue Fund

 

 

6,521,179

General Revenue-Local Water Management

 

 

5,917

SELCO

 

 

141,500

Public Health Fund

 

 

286,247

Road & Bridge Fund

 

 

1,546,504

Social Services Fund

 

 

1,278,960

Soil & Water Conservation District

 

 

133,000

Whitewater Watershed

 

 

4,982

Building Fund

 

 

49,611

Capital Equipment Fund

 

 

218,115

Criminal Justice Center-COP 2008B

 

 

603,037

2014 Base Levy Total

 

 

10,789,052

Special Levies:

 

 

 

Criminal Justice Center-GO Jail Bonds 2007A

 

 

775,714

Criminal Justice Center-GO Jail Bonds 2008A

 

 

162,096

Criminal Justice Center-GO Jail Bonds 2009A

 

 

155,500

2014 Special Levy Total

 

 

1,093,310

 

 

 

 

2014 Certified Proposed Levy

 

 

11,882,362

 

Now, Therefore, be it resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the County Auditor-Treasurer is to certify the 2014 proposed property tax levy to the Minnesota Department of Revenue as presented.

Nay: Harms

Adopted

HARMS - HALL

Resolution No.: 2013-189

Whereas, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners is required by Minnesota Statute 275.07 to adopt a proposed budget for 2014 and

Whereas, The Wabasha County Board of Commissioners have reviewed the fiscal year 2014 proposed budget as shown below; and

 

 

 

       Final Budget

 

Proposed Budget

 

 

     2013

 

2014

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

County Portion Property Taxes

$

11,576,535

$

12,145,862

State Aid Property Tax Aids

 

717,499

 

842,772

Other Taxes

 

14,000

 

14,500

Licenses and Permits

 

212,105

 

219,052

  Intergovernmental Revenues-

 

 

 

 

   Federal

 

1,783,779

 

2,685,438

   State

 

7,937,350

 

9,045,736

   Other

 

25,000

 

26,500

Charges for Services

 

1,556,996

 

1,413,393

Fines and Forfeits

 

7,474

 

6,000

Interest on Investments

 

125,000

 

125,000

  Miscellaneous Income/Receipts

 

394,634

 

453,536

Gifts and Contributions

 

8,480

 

5,520

     Total Revenues

$

24,358,852

$

26,983,309

 

 

 

 

 

Expenditures:

 

 

 

 

   General Government

$

3,829,858

$

3,858,958

   Public Safety

 

5,098,536

 

5,406,912

   Sanitation

 

207,799

 

203,491

    Conservation of Natural Resources

 

332,415

 

334,868

   Culture and Recreation

 

239,552

 

239,421

   Economic Development

 

2,186

 

2,686

   Other

 

284,770

 

290,678

   Highways and Streets

 

8,443,923

 

9,561,257

   Human Services/Welfare

 

4,072,464

 

4,288,084

   Public Health

 

1,189,028

 

1,151,441

   Debt Service

 

1,656,719

 

1,640,397

     Total Expenditures

 

$25,357,250

 

$26,978,193

 

 

 

 

 

Other Financing Sources (Uses):

 

 

 

 

   Proceeds from Sale of Assets

$

5,000

$

5,500

   Transfer in from Other Funds

 

652,625

 

2,625

   Transfer out from Other Funds

 

(652,625)

 

(2,625)

Total Other Financing Sources (Uses)

$

5,000

$

5,500

 

 

 

 

 

Net Change in Fund Balance

$

(993,398)

 

10,616

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2014 proposed 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 2014 Wabasha County proposed Budget is adopted as presented.

Adopted Unanimously

 

The Truth in Taxation meeting will be held December 3, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m., courthouse, Wabasha.

 

Resolution No.: 2013-190

Whereas, Minn. Stat. ยง13D.05 subd. 3(b) permits closing a County Board meeting if such closure is permitted by the attorney-client privilege;

Whereas, the County Board desires to consult with its attorney regarding the litigation/threat of litigation.

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 plaintiff/party threatening litigation.

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, in the closed session, the only subject to be discussed is the potential claim made against the County.

Whereas, certain phases of the litigation 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 a response to the litigation, 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 special closed meeting of the County Board addressing the threatened litigation made against the County will be held with the County Attorney. No subject matter other than the foregoing shall be discussed at said meeting.

Removed from the Agenda

 

Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.

 

WOBBE โ€“ HARMS

Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

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