Minutes November 28, 2017

 Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of November 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, November 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

GOIHL-WOBBE

Motion to approve the agenda

Adopted Unanimously

Staff Updates:

Administrator Updates:

Public Forum: Cheryl Key – Lake City

SPRINGER-GOIHL

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Minutes: November 21, 2017

Claims

Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

Donations: Approve and Accept $100 Donation from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 546 on Behalf of the Veteran’s Service Office

Resolution No.:  2017-232

Whereas, Wabasha County has designated First State Bank of Wabasha as a depository of its public funds pursuant to Minnesota Statues, Chapter 118A; and

Whereas, the Finance Director was authorized to open an account to manage the jail inmate funds; and

Whereas, it has become necessary to update the signatures on the account.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, Michael Timm and Janet Sandwick are to be removed as authorized signers on the Jail Inmate Account at First State Bank of Wabasha.

Be it Further Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that,

Michael Peterson and Amanda Putzier are to be added as authorized signers on the Jail Inmate account at First State Bank of Wabasha.

Resolution No.:  2017-233

Deposit account authority for First State Bank of Wabasha

Whereas, the County of Wabasha has designated First State Bank of Wabasha as a depository of its public funds pursuant to Minnesota Statues, Chapter 118A; and

Whereas, a list of authorities to transact business is provided to First State Bank annually or when changes are necessary; and

Whereas, it has become necessary to update authorized signers due to personnel changes.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that,  Gwen Resech is approved as an authorized signer on the Social Welfare Fund Account at First State Bank of Wabasha.

Resolution No.: 2017-234

Whereas, the Wabasha County Maternal Child Health Program is looking for creative ways to increase number of residents receiving services,

Whereas, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) offers a Prevention Grant  and  is committed to preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In support of this work, MOFAS seeks applications from eligible organizations in Minnesota that are interested in engaging their community through public events focused on FASD prevention. The events will increase awareness about the danger of drinking alcohol while pregnant, educate women of childbearing age on the importance of planned, alcohol-free pregnancies, and share the 049 – zero alcohol for nine months of pregnancy – prevention message; and

Whereas, the Director of Public Health recommends approval of this application;

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, the Director of Public Health be authorized to apply for the MOFAS Prevention Grant.    

Resolution No.: 2017-235

Whereas,   Wabasha County Public Health will enter into a award agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health, for Local Public Health Grant during the period from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. The dollar amount is $91,417.00.

Whereas, the State general funds (i.e., State tax dollars) and match provide a base of stable, non-categorical grant funding to CHBs.  The funding is used to support local public health infrastructure activities and develop action plans to address the local public health priorities and issues as identified by the community health assessment.

Whereas, the Public Health Director is hereby authorized to execute such agreements and amendments as are necessary to implement the project on behalf of Wabasha County Public Health and to be the fiscal agent and administer the award.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, Wabasha County Public Health will enter into a award agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health, for Local Public Health Grant during the period from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER-WOBBE

Resolution No.:  2017-236

Whereas, the Wabasha County Fee schedule is reviewed on an annual basis by department heads; and

Whereas, the fee schedule includes both fees set by the County and outside agencies; and

Whereas, the proposed fee schedule for 2018 has been attached.

Now therefore be it resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, the following changes to the fee schedule are approved:

Auditor-Treasurer

  •  Special or Requested Election Training -$100 per hour -includes staff and supplies (new )
  •  Delinquent Tax Publication Fee-$40 ($15 increase)

Planning and Zoning-

  •  Variance -$500 ($200 increase) after-the-fact -$1,000 (new)
  •  Conditional Use Permit-$400 ($100 increase) after-the-fact $800 (new)
  •  Land Use Permit-$0 ($75 decrease) after-the-fact $100 (new)
  •  Appeal-$500 ($400 increase)

Recorder-Research Fee $25 per hour  ($5 per hour increase)

Highway-

  •  Pneumatic Tire Roller-$10.00 per hour($20 per hour decrease)
  •  Lime Spreader $7.00 per hour-deleted
  •  Tractor with mower-$40 per hour-deleted

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE-GOIHL

Resolution No.: 2017-237

Whereas, the County advertised for sealed bids for the sale of the following property:

That part of the South Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 22, Township 109, Range 13, Wabasha County Minnesota, lying southwesterly, southerly, and southeasterly of the Zumbro River; Excepting the following described parcel:

Beginning at the Southwest corner of the Southeast Quarter (SE ¼) of Section Twenty-two (22), Township One Hundred Nine (109) Range Thirteen (13), thence running East along the South line of said Southeast Quarter (SE ¼) a distance of Fifty-two (52) rods; thence at right angles North a distance of Ten (10) rods; thence Northwesterly to a point on the west line of said Southeast Quarter (SE ¼) Twenty-one (21) rods North of the Southwest corner of said Southeast Quarter (SE ¼); thence south to the place of beginning.

Containing 51 acres, more or less.

Subject to all easements and restrictions of record.

Whereas, bids received are considered lower than the value of the property.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, all bids received for the bid opening date of November 17, 2017 for the above property are hereby rejected.

Be it Further Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, the County Engineer seek to obtain an easement for access to the above property from a surrounding property or otherwise petition Zumbro Township for establishment of a cartway under Minnesota Statute 164.08.

Be it Further Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that upon obtaining access, the County Engineer is authorized to advertise to sell, and if determined necessary, to utilize the services of a broker for the sale of the above property in accordance with Minnesota Statute 373.01.

Adopted Unanimously

GOIHL-HALL

Resolution No.: 2017-238

Whereas, the Wabasha County Highway Department proposes to acquire right of way in addition to the  existing right of way of County State Aid Highway 10; and 

Whereas, the right of way to be acquired for County State Aid Highway 10 is included in the description as follows:

That part of the East Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 22, Township 111 North, Range 11 West, Wabasha County, Minnesota, described as follows:

Commencing at the Southeast corner of the Southwest Quarter of said Section 22; thence North 00 degrees, 00 minutes, 17 seconds East, oriented with the Wabasha County Coordinate System, NAD 1983, 1996 adjustment, (HARN), along the east line of said of the Southwest Quarter a distance of 1043.24 feet to the northerly right of way line of County Road 77 and the point of beginning; thence South 64 degrees, 43 minutes, 00 seconds West, a distance of 72.98 feet along the northerly right of way line of said County Road 77; thence South 00 degrees, 00 minutes ,17 seconds West, a distance of 36.50 feet; to the center line of said County Road 77, thence southwesterly, along the center line of said County Road 77 to the center line of County Road 10, thence southeasterly and southerly, along the center line of said County Road 10, to the east line of the East Half of the West Half of said Section 22, thence North 00 degrees, 00 minutes, 17 seconds East along the east line of the East Half of the West Half of said Section 22 to the point of beginning.

Containing a total of 2.70 acres more or less.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, the County Highway Engineer is hereby authorized to proceed to acquire the right of way as described above at the agreed to amount of $750.

Adopted Unanimously

Public Meeting for County Highway 4 Project

SPINGER-GOIHL

Resolution Number: 2017-239

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid

Whereas, Chapter 308 of the 2014 Minnesota Session Laws establishes a County Program Aid grant for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) prevention with an amount designated for each county based on the number of watercraft trailer launches as well as the number of watercraft trailer parking spaces within each county; and

Whereas, Wabasha County will receive $105,214 in 2018 and a similar amount each year thereafter provided the County adopts by December 31st each year a resolution or a plan that establishes how the funds will be used to prevent the introduction or limit the spread of AIS; and

Whereas, Wabasha County’s Water Plan has identified the need for an ongoing effort to inform the public of resource needs, resource impairments, and resource protection matters with the fight against AIS being included in this educational effort.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, the Board of Commissioners of Wabasha County, Minnesota agrees to accept the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevent Aid for 2018 from the State of Minnesota and designates oversight of Wabasha County’s AIS prevention efforts to the Wabasha County Environmental Services Department in accordance with the above legislation.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER-HALL to set County Attorney salary at $100,500

Motion Failed 2-3 Nay: Wobbe, Key, Goihl

WOBBE-GOIHL to set County Attorney salary at $101,430

Resolution No.: 2017-240

Resolution Setting

County Attorney 2018 Salary

Whereas, Karrie Kelly is the Wabasha County Attorney, whose 2017 salary is $96,600; and

Whereas, the County Board has the duty and responsibility to set the salary of the County Attorney by resolution on an annual basis after consideration of responsibilities and duties of the office, and the county attorney's experience, qualifications, and performance;

Now, Therefore, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners makes the following information part of the record: 

1. The County Attorney has provided information regarding her duties and responsibilities, experience, salary comparison data from certain counties, and some workload data for her office. All of the information provided by the County Attorney has been reviewed and considered by the Board and is part of the record in this matter.

2. The County Board has reviewed and considered the statutory duties of the County Attorney and a summary of those duties from the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. Additionally, The County invited each of the elected officials to attend a meeting to further discuss the duties and responsibilities of those officials, to discuss any changes in duties and/or volume of work from the prior year, to discuss their experience and qualifications for the position, and to discuss any other information that those officials deem pertinent.

3. The County Board considered that the County Attorney’s Office provides services to the Cities of Plainview and Lake City.

4. The County Board considered salary comparison data provided by County Administrator Michael Plante.

5. The County Board knows of the changes to child protection laws which may impact the workload in the County Attorney’s office both last year and in to the future.

6. Ms. Kelly has over 25 years of experience as a prosecutor, 10 years in Iowa prosecuting felonies, 14 ½ years as an Assistant Wabasha County Attorney and three years as the Wabasha County Attorney. 

7. The County Board is aware of the advice and guidance that the County Attorney’s office provides to it and the particular advice provided to it by Ms. Kelly.

8. In reviewing the salary comparisons, the County Board considered the county population, tax capacity, and years of experience both as a prosecutor and as county attorney of the comparators into account.

9. The County Board offered Ms. Kelly the opportunity to provide information in writing and offered to meet with her to discuss all of the information from all sources, respond to its question and provide any additional information she wanted the Board to consider.

10. All of the data contained in the binder provided by Mr. Plante are incorporated into the record and have been reviewed and considered by the Board.

Now, Therefore, based upon review and consideration of the duties and responsibilities of the position of Wabasha County Attorney; her experience, qualifications, and performance; the materials gathered and considered by the Board; the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners resolves as follows:

1. The Wabasha County Attorney’s salary for 2017 shall be increased from $96,600 to $101,430.

2. The Finance Office is authorized and directed to make the changes to the County Attorney’s salary, effective January 1, 2018, consistent with his standard operating procedures for Wabasha County.

Passed 4-1 Nay: Springer

SPRINGER-GOIHL to set Auditor/Treasurer salary at $76,200

Resolution No.: 2017-241

Resolution Setting

Auditor/Treasurer’s 2018 Salary

Whereas, Denise Anderson is the Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer, whose 2016 salary is $73,200; and

Whereas, the County Board has the duty and responsibility to set the salary of the County Auditor/Treasurer by resolution on an annual basis after consideration of responsibilities and duties of the office, and the County Auditor/Treasurer's experience, qualifications, and performance;

Now, Therefore, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners makes following information part of the record: 

1. County Auditor/Treasurer has provided information regarding the duties and responsibilities of her position and her office, her accomplishments for the past year, and an overview of her experience. All of the information provided by the County Auditor/Treasurer has been reviewed and considered by the Board and is part of the record in this matter. 

2. The County invited each of the elected officials to attend a meeting to further discuss the duties and responsibilities of those officials, to discuss any changes in duties and/or volume of work from the prior year, to discuss their experience and qualifications for the position, and to discuss any other information that those officials deem pertinent.

3. The County Board considered the information regarding the salaries of other County Auditor/Treasurers provided by County Administrator Plante.

4. The Board considered the performance of Ms. Anderson and her office, how she and her office interact with the Board and other Departments and the services that she and her office provide to the public. .

5. Ms. Anderson has worked in the Auditor/Treasurer’s office for over 20 years. She began as a payroll clerk in November 1995. Ms. Anderson became an Account Deputy Auditor in 1998, Chief Deputy in 1999 and Chief Deputy Supervisor in 2002. Ms. Anderson’s first term began in January 2011.  

6. The County Board offered Ms. Anderson the opportunity to provide information in writing and offered to meet with her to discuss all of the information from all sources, and provide any additional information she wanted the Board to consider.

7. All of the data contained in the binder provided by Mr. Plante are incorporated into the record and have been reviewed and considered by the Board. 

Now, Therefore, based upon review and consideration of the duties and responsibilities of the position of Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer; her experience, qualifications, and performance; the materials gathered and considered by the Board; the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners resolves as follows:

1. The Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer’s salary for 2017 shall be increased from $73,200 to $76,200.

2. The Finance Office is authorized and directed to make the changes to the County Auditor/Treasurer’s salary, effective January 1, 2018, consistent with his standard operating procedures for Wabasha County.

Passed 3-2 Nay: Wobbe/Key

 

SPRINGER-GOIHL to set Recorder salary at $72,150

 

Resolution No.: 2017-242

Resolution Setting

Recorder’s 2018 Salary

Whereas, Jeffrey Aitken is the Wabasha County Recorder, whose 2017 salary is $70,750; and

Whereas, the County Board has the duty and responsibility to set the salary of the County Recorder by resolution on an annual basis after consideration of responsibilities and duties of the office, and the county Recorder's experience, qualifications, and performance;

Now, Therefore, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners makes following information part of the record: 

1. The County Board has reviewed and considered the statutory duties of the County Recorder and the summary of duties.

2. Mr. Aitken provided a brief departmental overview in the materials he provided to the Board.

3. The County Board considered the comparison salary data provided by Michael Plante. Mr. Aitken did not provide any comparison data.

4. The County offered Mr. Aitken the opportunity to provide information in writing, and to meet with him to discuss all of the information from all sources, respond to its question and provide any additional information he wanted the Board to consider.

5. All of the data contained in the binder provided by Mr. Plante are incorporated   into the record and have been reviewed and considered by the Board. 

Now, Therefore, based upon review and consideration of the duties and responsibilities of the position of Wabasha County Recorder; his experience, qualifications, and performance; the materials gathered and considered by the Board; the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners resolves as follows:

1. The Wabasha County Recorder’s salary for 2017 shall be increased from $70,750 to $72,150.

2. The Finance Office is authorized and directed to make the changes to the County Recorder’s salary, effective January 1, 2018, consistent with his standard operating procedures for Wabasha County.

Passed 5-0

GOIHL-WOBBE to set Sheriff salary at $99,818

Resolution No.: 2017-243

Resolution Setting

Sheriff’s 2018 Salary

Whereas, Rodney Bartsh is the Wabasha County Sheriff, whose 2017 salary is $95,065; and

Whereas, the County Board has the duty and responsibility to set the salary of the County Sheriff by resolution on an annual basis after consideration of responsibilities and duties of the office, and the county Sheriff's experience, qualifications, and performance;

Now, Therefore, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners makes following information part of the record: 

1. The County Board has reviewed and considered the statutory duties of the County Sheriff.  In addition to the statutory duties, the Sheriff’s office provides law enforcement services for the Cities of Elgin and Mazeppa.

2. Sheriff Bartsh has over 70 full and part-time employees. His employees include deputies, jailers, dispatchers, clerks and administrative assistants. 

3. Sheriff Bartsh is the most senior Sheriff in SE Minnesota, with 27 years experience in law enforcement. He is in his 4th term as Sheriff.

4. Sheriff Bartsh has associates degree in law enforcement and has a P.O.S.T. license, which is required to work as a peace officer. 

5. The County Board considered the comparison salary data provided by Michael Plante.

6. The Board considered the performance of Sheriff Bartsh and his office, including how they have interacted with other departments.  

7. The County Board offered Sheriff Bartsh the opportunity to provide information in writing and to meet with him to discuss all of the information from all sources, respond to its question and provide any additional information he wanted the Board to consider.

8. All of the data contained in the binder provided by Mr. Plante are incorporated   into the record and have been reviewed and considered by the Board. 

9. The County Board considered that Sheriff Bartsh has made a request for a salary increase.

Now, Therefore, based upon review and consideration of the duties and responsibilities of the position of Wabasha County Sheriff; his experience, qualifications, and performance; the materials gathered and considered by the Board; the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners resolves as follows:

1. The Wabasha County Sheriff’s salary for 2018 shall be increased from $95,065 to $99,818.

2. The Finance Office is authorized and directed to make the changes to the County Sheriff’s salary, effective January 1, 2018, consistent with his standard operating procedures for Wabasha County.

Passed 4-1 Nay: Springer

GOIHL-HALL to set Commissioner salary at $17,757 with per diems of $50 for meetings lasting less than 4 hours and $100 for meetings lasting over 4 hours. Board Chair to receive an additional $500.

Failed 0-5. Nay: All commissioners

GOIHL-HALL to set Commissioner salary at $18,110 with per diems of $50 for meetings lasting less than 4 hours and $100 for meetings lasting over 4 hours. Board Chair to receive an additional $500.

Failed 2-3 Nay: Springer, Wobbe, Key

WOBBE-KEY to set Commissioner salary at $17,670 with per diems of $50 for meetings lasting less than 4 hours and $100 for meetings lasting over 4 hours. Board Chair to receive an additional $500.

Failed 2-3 Nay: Goihl, Key, Springer

SPRINGER-KEY to set Commissioner salary at $17,670 with per diems of $50 for meetings lasting less than 4 hours and $90 for meetings lasting over 4 hours. Board Chair to receive an additional $500.

Resolution No.: 2017-244

Resolution Setting

Commissioner Salary And Per Diems 2018

Whereas, Minnesota Statutes 375.055 provides for the establishment of compensation for services rendered by County Commissioners in Minnesota; and

Whereas, Minnesota Statutes 375.055 provides that a change in County Commissioner’s salary or per diems shall not be effective until January 1st of the next year; and

Whereas, Minnesota Statutes 375.055 provides that a change in County Commissioner’s salary or per diems shall not change except in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 375.055; and

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that for the year of 2018 the salary and per diems for the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners be established at:

                $17,670  Annual Salary (plus $500 for the Board Chair)

                $50 under 4 hours Per Diem Payments

                ­­­$90 over 4 hours

Passed 3-2 Nay: Goihl, Hall

HALL-SPRINGER

Motion to Recess to Association of Minnesota Counties Annual Conference being held December 3-5 in St. Cloud at the Kelly Inn

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

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