Minutes October 28, 2008
Wabasha County Board of Commissioners
Meeting of October 28, 2008
The Board of County Commissioners of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the Wabasha County Services Building, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Riester. The following Commissioners were present: Windhorst, Dwelle, McNallan, Riester and Springer.
SPRINGER - WINDHORST
Motion to approve the agenda. Adopted Unanimously Commissioners reported on meetings they had attended. There was no public comment during the public forum.
DWELLE - SPRINGER
Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following: Claims Meal Vouchers SSIS Claims Minutes: October 21, 2008
Adopted Unanimously
SPRINGER – DWELLE
Resolution Number: 2008-234
Whereas, the Wabasha County Substance Abuse Court is a program that is important to Wabasha County because not only is it proven to help individuals lead a productive drug free life it also provides a significant savings to the county in out of home placement costs, prison cost, and county jail costs. The Wabasha County Substance Abuse court has a budget shortfall of $5,537 for budget year 2009. Whereas, even with donations and state funding for $60,180 we have not met our budget goal of $65,717 for the time period of January 1, 2009 to June 30th, 2009.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that $5,537 shall be added to the Wabasha County Substance Abuse Court Budget for 2009 to cover the difference. Nays: Windhorst & McNallan
Motion Passed
SPRINGER - DWELLE
Resolution No.: 2008-228
Whereas, Douglas J. Oyen has submitted an application as provided in M.S. 282.241 to the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners requesting to repurchase a parcel of land, which forfeited due to delinquent taxes, in 2008 and described as lot 13 block 3 Jewel Third Addition in the city of Lake City, and Whereas, The Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer has determined that Mr. Oyen does have sufficient ownership in the above described property as an owner, heir, assignee or mortgagee, and
Whereas, The Wabasha County Commissioners has determined that this repurchase will best serve the interest of the Public by placing it back onto the tax roll. Now therefore be it resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the application of Douglas Oyen for the repurchase of the above-mentioned tax forfeited land.
Be it further resolved, that upon approval of the Wabasha County Commissioners, said applicant is to pay the sum of $1,348.72 for the delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, cost, fees and the current 2008 real estate taxes on or before October 31, 2008.
Adopted Unanimously
SPRINGER - DWELLE
Resolution No.: 2008-230
Whereas, Wabasha County has applied to the Commissioner of Transportation for a grant from the Minnesota State Transportation Fund for construction of Bridge No. 79546, and
Whereas, the Commissioner of Transportation has given notice that funding for this bridge is available, and
Whereas, the amount of the grant has been determined to be $1,816,852 by reason of the lowest responsible bid.
Now Therefore Be It Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that Wabasha County does hereby agree to the terms and conditions of the grant consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 174.50, subdivision 5, clause (3), and will pay any additional amount by which the cost exceeds the estimate, and will return to the Minnesota State Transportation Fund any amount appropriated for the bridge but not required.
Adopted Unanimously
SPRINGER - DWELLE
Resolution No.: 2008-231
Whereas, Minnowa Construction, Inc. had the lowest bid for Project S.A.P. 079-602-035.
Now Therefore be it Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby accepts the bid of Minnowa Construction, Inc. on Contract No. 08010 for Project S.A.P. 079-602-035 – Construct Bridge No. 79546 and Approach Grading on Wabasha C.S.A.H. 2, between 725 feet south of the Jct. of CSAH 11 and 310 feet north of the Jct. of CSAH 11 in the City of Millville – in the amount of $2,055,331.80 and that the Chairman of the County Board and the County Administrator are hereby authorized to execute a Contract with Minnowa Construction, Inc. for this work.
Adopted Unanimously
Jail Administrator Charlene Rickard gave the Board an update on the September Jail Costs. The Inmate Count for September was 42, but the average daily population was only about 13. Boarding costs were down significantly from $37,010.00 in August to $24,325 in September. The jail costs for the month of September have been the most inexpensive this year.
WINDHORST - DWELLE
Motion to Table until the November 4th Meeting Resolution Number: 2008-232 Whereas, Wabasha County owns a parcel of land in the county which is only accessible by crossing over the property of David and Laurie Balow; and
Whereas, another landowner, Mark Pritzl, owns a parcel of land adjacent to the County land which is also only accessible by crossing over the property of David and Laurie Balow; and Whereas, continuous access to this property by the County is necessary to maintain critical emergency communications equipment; and
Whereas, the parties wish to enter into an agreement concerning the easement over the Balow property and the upkeep of the road thereon; and Whereas, the negotiated terms of the agreement, attached hereto, have been agreed upon by all parties and appear to equitably spread the costs and responsibilities of maintenance of the easement,
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: The Chairperson of the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners is hereby authorized to sign the attached Roadway Easement and Agreement between David E. Balow, Laurie J. Balow, Mark M. Pritzl, Shelly J. Pritzl and Wabasha County.
Adopted Unanimously
DWELLE - WINDHORST
Resolution 2008-233
Whereas, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners recognizes the importance of maintaining aggregate resources for the general economy of the county; and
Whereas, the County Board recognizes that property taxes are an important consideration as to the viability of the aggregate industries located in the county; and
Whereas, the State of Minnesota has an ad valorem property tax system based on the full market value of real estate or personal property; and
Whereas, the provisions of Minn. Stat. §. 273.1115, Aggregate Resource Preservation Property Tax Law, grants special and unique treatment to owners of land containing aggregate deposits, in comparison with other property in the county, therefore shifting the tax burden on these properties to other taxpayers; and
Whereas, the provisions of Minn. Stat. § 273.1115, Aggregate Resource Preservation Property Tax Law, allow a county to terminate application of this law; and
Whereas, a county may reauthorize application of this law by a resolution of the County Board revoking the termination; and
Whereas, the County Board is required to hold a public hearing as part of the process to terminate application of this law; and
Whereas, said public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 2008.
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, That the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby elects to begin the process of terminating participation in the Aggregate Resource Preservation Property Tax Law in Wabasha County.
Adopted Unanimously
DWELLE - SPRINGER
Motion to adjourn.
Adopted Unanimously
 

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