Minutes March 28, 2017

 Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of March 28, 2017

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, March 28, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting was called to order by Board Chairperson Key.

The following Commissioners were present:  Goihl, Hall, Key, Springer, Wobbe


Motion to approve the agenda

Adopted Unanimously

Staff Updates

Administrator Updates

Public Forum Comments:


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Minutes: March  21st, 2017


Meal Vouchers

Per Diems


Utility Permit

Resolution Number: 2017-062

Resolution in Support of Southeast Minnesota Regional Economic Development Study

Whereas, southeast Minnesota faces unprecedented economic growth in the coming years from a variety of sources and projects.

Whereas, the Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities (SEMLM) is working with legislators in our region on behalf of 61 SEMLM cities to provide our communities with needed economic development information as they plan to address the changes coming to our region.

Whereas, without a Regional Development Commission, our part of the state lacks the same level of regional economic development support as seen in the rest of the state.

Whereas, the SEMLM has put this proposal forward to create a forecasting tool for communities.

Whereas, while geared for cities in our region, it will produce useful information for our counties and townships, too.

Whereas, the SEMLM seeks county support of the Southeast Minnesota Regional Economic Study Bill for the planning data it will generate for entities throughout the eight county area.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved By The County Of Wabasha, Minnesota, As Follows: The Wabasha County Board of Commissioners asks the Minnesota State Legislature to fund the Southeast Minnesota Regional Economic Study.

Resolution No: 2017-063

Appoint Extension Committee Member - Sharleen Klennert

Whereas, Wabasha County delivers Extension programming throughout the County. One of the goals of the statewide Extension program is to create a stronger Minnesota through education and research.; and

Whereas, To oversee the goals of the programming and the performance of the Coordinator, the County has established an Extension Committee. The County Extension Committee consists of nine members, including two members of the County Board, the County Auditor and six county residents.; and

Whereas, Currently there is a vacancy on the committee.  An appointment is being sought to fill that vacancy.  The applications were received to fill the vacancy.  The term of the appointment will be for three years.; and

Now Therefore Be It Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners appoints Sharleen Klennert to the Wabasha County Extension Committee for a three year term which would expire on December 31, 2019.

Adopted Unanimously

Presentation: Bear Valley Watershed


Resolution Number: 2017-064

Authorization to maintain access to electronically filed court documents

Whereas, the Wabasha County Attorney’s Office utilizes eCharging to file criminal charges and the Minnesota Government Access website to view and print court filings across the state of Minnesota.

Whereas, the Wabasha County Attorney’s Office is required to use this system.

Whereas, in order to maintain access to this system, the Board must execute the Subscriber Agreement and Joint Powers Agreement  with the State of Minnesota via the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes execution of the Subscriber Agreement and Joint Powers Agreement with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No: 2017-065

Authorization for Assessor’s Office Appraisers to Temporarily Work up to 40 Hours

Whereas, The Assessor’s Office has expressed the need to have staff work up to 40 hours due to staff turnover and to catch up with quintile work; and

Whereas, Under the terms of our collective bargaining agreement the County and staff have the ability to agree to a flexible schedule of hours other than what is defined as a “normal workweek” under our contract.; and,

Whereas, This agreement would allow interested appraisers to work up to 40 hours per week and be paid at straight time;

Now Therefore be it Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners: that the Board Chair and County Administrator is authorized to execute written “Memorandums of Agreement” with interested Appraiser personnel in the Assessor’s Office to work up to 40 hours per week and to be paid at straight time for the referenced work.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution Number: 2017-066

Enforcement of Agricultural Buffer Provisions

Whereas, Chapter 103F.48, Subd. 3 Minn. Stats. and Minnesota Administrative Rules Chapter 6120.3300, Subp. 7 establish an agricultural buffer requirement for areas adjacent to certain bodies of water in the state; and

Whereas, In June of 2015, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a new buffer initiative aimed at enhancing protection of Minnesota’s waters through the enforcement of the agricultural buffer provisions; and

Whereas, Wabasha County must provide notification to the Board of Soil and Water Resources by March 31, 2017 if they wish to implement enforcement of the agricultural buffer provisions at the local level.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners confirms that they do not wish to enforce the agricultural buffer provisions and defers such enforcement to the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources.

Adopted Unanimously

Springer / Hall to go into closed session pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.05 Subd. 3 (B).  Elected official salary appeals.

Resolution No.: 2017-067

A Resolution Setting Forth Findings In Support of a Closed Meeting –

Pending Litigation – Salary Appeal of the County Auditor / Treasurer and County Attorney

Whereas, The Wabasha County Board is statutorily required to annually set the salary of the Wabasha County Attorney, Auditor-Treasurer, Recorder and Sheriff.  That process was completed on November 22, 2016 for 2017. 

Whereas, On December 1, 2016 the County was notified via e-filing that the County Auditor-Treasurer and County Attorney were appealing those determinations.

Whereas, since that time the County has retained the law firm of Ratwik, Roszak, and Maloney to defend the County in that litigation .

Whereas, Minn. Stat. §13D.05 subd. 3(b) permits closing a meeting if such closure is permitted by the attorney-client privilege;

Whereas, the County Board desires to consult with its attorney regarding a the referenced litigation;

Whereas, it is not possible to fully discuss strategy and the options available to the county in a public meeting;

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

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that,

a closed meeting of the Wabasha County Board addressing the above referenced appeals will be held with the Board’s counsel, Ann Goering. No subject matter other than the foregoing shall be discussed at said meeting.

Adopted Unanimously


Motion to adjourn

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

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