Minutes March 27, 2012

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of March 27, 2012


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 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.


The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Harms.


The following Commissioners were present: Hall, Wobbe, Harms, Roschen, Norman,



Motion to approve the agenda.

Adopted Unanimously


Public Forum Comment: zoning/quarries



Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:


Meal Vouchers

SSIS Claims

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2012-061

Whereas, in April of 2010, the County Board approved the transfer of a squad #57 (fixed asset #10851), a 2004 Dodge Intrepid, to the Probation Department for a department vehicle, and,

Whereas, the vehicle now has 145,289 miles and is in need of repairs, and,

Whereas, the Sheriff's Department has another vehicle they are willing to transfer to the Probation Department, squad #88 (fixed asset #10388), a 2007 Dodge Charger (VIN #8757).

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the 2004 Dodge Intrepid (fixed asset item #10851) as excess property and allowed to be sold by the Sheriff's Department on Ebay, with revenue deposited in the Squad Replacement Fund and,

Be It Further Resolved, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes the transfer of squad #88 (fixed asset #10388), a 2007 Dodge Charger (VIN #8757), to the Probation Department.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2012-062

Whereas, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103B.301, Comprehensive Local Water Management Act, authorizes Minnesota Counties to develop and implement a local water management plan, and

Whereas, the Act requires that a county update and revise their local water management plan on a periodic basis, and

Whereas, the Act encourages that a county coordinate its planning with contiguous counties, and solicit input from local governmental units and state review agencies, and

Whereas, the Act requires that plans and official controls of other local governmental units be consistent with the local water management plan, and

Whereas, Wabasha County has determined that the revision and continued implementation of a local water management plan will help promote the health and welfare of the citizens of Wabasha County, and

Now Therefore Be it Resolved, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners resolve to revise and update its current local water management plan.

Be It Further Resolved that Wabasha County will coordinate its efforts in the revision and update of its plan with all local units of government within the county, and the state review agencies; and will incorporate, where appropriate, any existing plans and rules which have been developed and adopted by watershed districts having jurisdiction wholly or partly within Wabasha County into its local water management plan.

Be It Further Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners authorizes the establishment of a Water Management advisory committee with the responsibility of revising and updating the plan and who shall report to the County Board on a periodic basis.

Be It Further Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners delegates the Wabasha SWCD the responsibility of coordinating, assembling, writing and implementing the revised local water management plan pursuant to M.S. 103B.301.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2012-063

Whereas, the Wabasha County Human Services Board has a current vacancy in the position of Social Worker, due to the incumbent (Ms. Leanne Kruger) taking on a new career away from County government; and

Whereas, Ms. Kruger has been an employee of Social Services since January 1, 2007, and was previously an employee in the Wabasha County Attorney's Office, is in good standing with the Department; and

Whereas, the filling of this vacancy is anticipated to result in a 2012 budget savings of approximately $6,900 as a new hire will likely be hired at a salary less than the incumbent; and

Whereas, the delivery of adult services are essential to the families and children of Wabasha County and are the primary duties of the positions currently being vacated; and

Whereas, the Director of Social Services recommends this vacancy be filled;

Now therefore be it resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners, hereby accepts the resignation of Leanne Kruger with reluctance and thanks for her services to Wabasha County, effective April 13, 2012. Further, the Director of Social Services is authorized to fill the Social Worker vacancy to maintain normal operations of the Social Services Department.

Adopted Unanimously

Wabasha County Public Forum Policy

The Public Forum provides an opportunity for the public to address the Commissioners. Questions from the Commissioners will be for clarification only. Commissioners will NOT enter into dialogue with citizens at the forum. Public Forum will not be used as a time for problem solving or reacting to the comments made, but rather for the purpose of allowing citizens to address the County Commissioners on a topic of their choice. The following procedures will be used at the Wabasha County Commissioner meetings in order to control the flow of the meetings.

1. Those persons wishing to speak must identify themselves for the record and must sign in at the table in the back of the board room.

2. At the beginning of the Public Forum it will be determined how many speakers there will be.

3. Public speakers or presenters will be required to use the table at the front to speak from. Speakers must speak to the microphone to be heard clearly .

4. Those persons wishing to speak must wait for their turn to speak so as to eliminate many conversations going on at one time.

5. Individuals should limit their comments to no more than 3 minutes.

6. If a speaker has handouts, the Chairman or Vice Chairman in the absence of the Chairman will decide whether or not the handouts will be allowed to be distributed in the board room. All handouts go to the Clerk for distribution.

7. The Public Forum will be limited to 15 minutes and it may not be used to make personal attacks, to air personality grievances, to make political endorsements, or for political campaign purposes. Time at the lectern will be immediately halted if that occurs. And the person violating may be prevented from future speaking at the public forum.

8. The commissioners may by a majority waive any provision therein.

Adopted by Consensus March 27, 2012.


Frac Sand Committee

The Board appointed a Frac Sand Committee made up of the following: two members from the Planning and Zoning Committee (John Mortenson, John Adams), two County Commissioners (Hall, Wobbe), one member from the County Attorney's Office, one member from the County Engineer's Office, one member from Environmental Services.


OSHA Citation

The Board agreed to accept the terms of the OSHA Citation and sign the Expedited Informal Settlement agreement which amended the amount from $600 to $420.

Adopted by Consensus March 27, 2012


Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.



Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting


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