Minutes February 26, 2008
Wabasha County Board of Commissioners
Meeting of February 26, 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, February 26, 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

No commissioners report.

There was no public comment during the public forum.

SPRINGER – DWELLE

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following: Claims Meal Vouchers SSIS Claims Minutes: February 19, 2008 Utility Permits: #985

Adopted Unanimously

WINDHORST - SPRINGER

Resolution No.: 2008-059

Whereas, the Wabasha County Highway Department finds it beneficial for the County to purchase Base One Aggregate Base Stabilizer. Now Therefore

Be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Wabasha County Highway Department be authorized to purchase Base One Aggregate Base Stabilizer from Team Laboratory Chemical Corp. in an amount not to exceed $19,800.00 plus sales tax and shipping.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - DWELLE

Resolution No.: 2008-060

Whereas, the Wabasha County Highway Department finds it beneficial for the County to purchase Crack Sealing Material. Now Therefore

Be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Wabasha County Highway Department be authorized to purchase Specification 3723, Hot Poured, Elastic Type Crack Sealer from Deery American Corp. at $0.362 per pound plus sales tax.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - McNALLAN

Resolution Number: 2008-061

Whereas, the County Administrator would like to adjust the salary grid of the position of Finance Director to more accurately reflect the grid it was originally assigned in 2002. This grid was subsequently lowered, and the County Administrator would like to bring it more in line with Finance Director positions in other similar sized Minnesota Counties.

Whereas, adjustment to the salary of the Finance Director to $67,720 would reflect where it should have been in the originally assigned salary grid and more accurately reflect the market value of similar positions in other counties. This will rectify an error that occurred six years ago. Now Therefore

Be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the pay grid for the Finance Director be adjusted to $67,720 annually. Moved to table until March 4 meeting when more data will be available. Jail Administrator Charlene Rickard updated the Board on Inmates and Boarding costs. During the month of January Wabasha County had 48 inmates serving a total of 559 days at a cost of $32,840, this figure does not include medical expenses. Charlene explained that not all of the medical bills for inmates have been paid for the month of January so she doesn’t have an accurate number, but $1700 had been paid so far. The average daily inmate population for January was 27, which is down considerably from December. Charlene informed the Board that most of the work release inmates are housed in Olmsted County. The majority of non-work release inmates are in Goodhue County and there is one inmate in Nobles County.

DWELLE - McNALLAN

Resolution Number: 2008-062

Whereas, Wabasha County, and KKE Architects, Inc. have entered into a contract for design and development of the new Wabasha County Criminal Justice Center, and

Whereas, KKE and the Wabasha County Attorney’s office have conferred and agreed on a specific formula to compute KKE’s total fee for the project, Now, Therefore,

Be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: Wabasha County’s total fee due KKE under the existing contract shall be, to date: $603,556,and the balance for the remaining work on Bidding and Construction Administration shall be based on the approved bid values for each of the three bid packages.

Adopted Unanimously

County Attorney Nordstrom updated the Board on a possible contract with the City of Plainview to prosecute their misdemeanors. The Plainview City Council voted to allow the Mayor and Chief of Police to go forward with negotiating a contract with the City of Plainview and the Wabasha County Attorney’s office. It was a consensus of the Board to allow the negotiations of the contract to begin on the County end also. County Administrator Johnson brought to the Board discussion on CPO vs. DOC based probation systems. In researching and looking into both systems, Mr. Johnson found no advantage for the County to switch from its current system (CPO) to the DOC based probation system. Choosing the DOC based system would cause the County to lose control of the system- it would be all on the State level. By switching, there would be no cost savings and the State would be under no obligation to continue our Restorative Justice or Drug Court programs, just to name of few of the many “cons” that Administrator Johnson mentioned. Court Services director Traci Green said she mentioned the idea of a switch from CPO to DOC to the County Attorney, Sheriff and Judge Walters and all were opposed to a change. Assistant County Attorney Lisa Bayley spoke on personnel policies. She said MCIT has looked over the Policies that they have finished so far and found no red flags. Attorney Bayley presented a Resolution to the Board on the Cafeteria Plan. This resolution will be brought back to the Board for signatures on the next meeting. Also being brought back the next meeting is discussion on County take home cars so that Sheriff Bartsh can be present.

SPRINGER - DWELLE

Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously

 

 

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