Minutes September 23, 2008
Wabasha County Board of Commissioners
Meeting of September 23, 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, September 23, 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 - McNALLAN
Motion to approve the agenda.
Adopted Unanimously
Commissioners reported on meetings they had attended. There was no public comment during the public forum.
SPRINGER – McNALLAN
Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following: Claims Meal Vouchers SSIS Claims Minutes: September 16, 2008 Accept Donations to Drug Court: $50 from Abbott Furniture & Funeral Home, Wabasha; $50 from Peoples State Bank of Plainview. Restorative Justice, $50 from Lanning’s Inc., Plainview
Adopted Unanimously
DWELLE - SPRINGER
The Union asked the County Board to sustain the Grievance. It was voted Unanimously NOT to uphold the grievance, which would grant using a floating holiday in the last two weeks of the year. The next step is for the Union to go into mediation.
Adopted Unanimously
Jim Roemer, from Roemer Construction and County Engineer Dietrich Flesch spoke about driveway access to County Road 30 from Country Sunshine Estates. Jim stated that he has “flipped” the house plans so that the drive way can be shared with the neighbor down the hill. It was approved in 2004 on the final plat that these two homes would share a driveway. This neighbor would not like to share his driveway. Dietrich suggested they work something out to correct the problem. Another issue at hand was the width of the driveway. It must be no less than twelve feet wide. Engineer Flesch stated that Mr. Roemer may use the shared driveway but he must meet driveway standards as to the width of the driveway. There was a motion made by Windhorst to allow for a sixteen-foot extension on the driveway, McNallan seconded the motion. Commissioner Riester abstained. Commissioners Dwelle and Springer voted no. Lisa Bayley stated that this is a decision for the Engineer. She feels the Board should set up a process to appeal. It was the suggestion of the Board to have Jim put what he wants in writing and go from there. There needs to be a meeting with Dietrich, Jim Roemer, and the third party in the mean time.
DWELLE – McNALLAN
Motion to hold a public hearing on the matter of the Lake Zumbro Ordianance. The commissioners will not vote at the same meeting as the public hearing.
Adopted Unanimously
DWELLE - WINDHORST
Resolution Number 2008-201
Whereas, the Wabasha County Sheriff Office is requesting the authorization to create a Transition Team from two existing full-time staff members
Whereas, the Wabasha County Sheriff Office is also requesting the authorization to fill two full-time Dispatch positions resulting from the vacancy due to the creation of the Transition Team
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: the Sheriff is authorized to create a Transition Team from two existing full-time staff members and also authorized to fill two full-time Dispatch positions resulting from this vacancy, effective immediately.
Adopted Unanimously
McNALLAN - DWELLE
Resolution No: 2008-208
Whereas, The Wabasha County Sheriff Office is requesting to approve the City of Elgin Police Services Contract commencing January 1, 2009 and ending December 31, 2011 (3 year contract) as per the contract document hereto attached.
Whereas, This is a 2.5% increase over the 2007-2008 contract.
Whereas, There has been no change in the language or conditions in the contract except for the 2.5% increase.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approve the City of Elgin Police Services Contract effective January 1, 2009.
Adopted Unanimously
Charlene Rickard, the Wabasha County Jail Administrator, gave the Board an Inmate Update for the month of August. The average daily jail population was 19, which has stayed consistent through the months. She stated that this number is low, but in talking with other jail administrators she found that many had lower inmate numbers. August medical bills were $2,797 for inmates. It costs the County $65 per day to house an inmate. It has recently been lowered to $60.
DWELLE - McNALLAN
Resolution No: 2008-213
Whereas, Federally imposed mandates require that Wabasha County upgrade to narrowband radio operations by 2013, and
Whereas, State grant funds are available for counties that commit to the Minnesota Statewide 800mhz Radio System (ARMER), and
Whereas, Wabasha County wishes to take advantage of those grant funds,
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: Wabasha County commits to the Minnesota Statewide 800mhz Radio System (ARMER), and to meeting the requirements of the FCC narrowband operation of existing VHF & UHF radio system, designing a Dispatch Radio Console, upgrading the County-wide Siren Activation system to two-way VHF, upgrading the County-wide VHF paging notification system, and any related equipment or items needed to meet requirements of said countywide radio plan for all the Public Safety Emergency services operating within Wabasha County.
Adopted Unanimously
DWELLE – McNALLAN
Resolution No: 2008-214
Whereas, Federal mandates require that Wabasha County upgrades to narrowband radio operations by 2013, and
Whereas, Wabasha County has resolved to meet these mandates by implementing the Minnesota Statewide 800 mhz Radio System (ARMER), and
Whereas, Wabasha County is also in the process of building a new county jail, and
Whereas, Wabasha County needs to determine the costs of implementation, coordination, installation, and related costs of said countywide radio system, and
Whereas, Wabasha County can determine those things with a radio engineering plan of a countywide radio system which will provide the County with the following information in preparation for implementation of the countywide radio system: how to meet the requirements of the FCC narrowband of existing VHF & UHF radio system, how to interface with the Minnesota Statewide 800mhz Radio System (ARMER), suggested design of a Dispatch Radio Console which meets local needs, necessary steps to upgrade the County-wide Siren Activation system to two-way VHF, upgrade the County-wide VHF paging notification system, and any related equipment or items needed to meet requirements of the federal mandates, and
Whereas, Wabasha County needs to determine a plan of action based on recommendations of said Radio Engineering Plan.
Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: The 911 Administrator is directed to prepare and send a Request for Proposals for Radio Engineering Plan which will be used for planning and implementation of the federally mandated countywide radio upgrade for all the Public Safety Emergency services operating within Wabasha County.
Adopted Unanimously
DWELLE – WINDHORST
Resolution No. 2008-215
Whereas, that the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office has received a gift or donation,
Whereas, that the gift was for the 2008 National Police Dog I Field Trials on September 14 through September 19, 2008.
Now therefore be it resolved that the Wabasha County board of Commissioners accepts the gift or donation for the 2008 National Police Dog I Field Trials on September 14 through September 19, 2008. Name of the Donors and address of the Donors (optional): Date: Receipt # Name Amount Code 09/05/08 9507 William Sims (K-9 Donation) $300.00 01-201-195-5760 09/08/08 9511 Lannings Inc (K-9 Donation) $100.00 01-201-195-5760 09/08/08 9512 Plainview Firefighters (K-9 Donation) $1,000.00 01-201-195-5760 09/18/08 9540 Lyons Oil Company (K-9 Donation) $100.00 01-201-195-5760 09/18/08 9541 Schumacher Construction (K-9 Donation) $100.00 01-201-195-5760 Describe Gift or Donation: $1,600.00 total Cash Donations to help offset costs toward the 2008 National Police Dog I Field Trials on September 14 through September 19, 2008. Deputy Jason Bade and K-9 Ringo attended this event. These donations have been deposited under account 01-201-195-5760. Conditions of donation N/A Wabasha County may accept gifts for the benefit of its citizens in accordance with terms prescribed by the donor. See Minn. Stat. 465.03. However, the statute required that each gift be accepted by a resolution approved by a two-thirds majority of the governing board. Any conditions placed on the use of the gift should be fully described in the resolution.
Adopted Unanimously
County Attorney Jim Nordstrom came before the Board to tell them there was an omission from the Sheriff’s Department Union Contract. The Union would like to consider Christmas Eve as a holiday. Commissioner Dwelle made the motion to table this discussion until the next board meeting so all Commissioners are present. The Office of the State Auditor came before the Board to give an Audit Report. The County received the best opinion you can get. The net assets for the current year rose to $1.6 million. Taxes comprise about 38% of the total revenue for the county.
DWELLE – McNALLAN
Motion to set a Special Meeting for Social Services to be held Tuesday, October 14th at 9:00am.
Adopted Unanimously
DWELLE - McNALLAN
Motion to adjourn.
Adopted Unanimously
 

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