Minutes April 10, 2012

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of April 10, 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, April 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.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


Recessed to Regional Rail Authority Meeting.

Adopted Unanimously



Adopted Unanimously


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:


Meal Vouchers

SSIS Claims

Minutes: March 20 and March 27, 2012; Government Study Commission Minutes March 1 and March 8, 2012

Abstained: Roschen



Resolution No.: 2012-064

Whereas, Leanne Kruger (68936 209th Avenue, Wabasha, MN) has applied for a Conditional Use Permit to operate an in-home photography business on property described as parcel 13.00177.09 located in the NW ¼ NW ¼, Section 35, Township 111 North, Range 11 West, Town of Pepin; and

Whereas, The Wabasha County Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on March 26, 2012 to provide an opportunity for the public to present any testimony related to the request; and

Whereas, The Wabasha County Planning Commission voted on the matter and with a vote of 5-0 recommends to the Wabasha County Commissioners the request be approved without conditions:

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approves the Conditional Use Permit for Leanne Kruger.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2012-065

Be It Resolved, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes payment in the amount of $8,886.00 to Ray Keller from the 319 Feedlot Cost-Share Assistance Grant.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2012-066

Whereas, the changing Health Care Systems, the changing reimbursements, and the ever changing rules and regulations developed by the Federal and State Government have altered the provision of and the need for Home Care Services in Wabasha County and;

Whereas, Wabasha County Public Health Services has seen a significant decline in the number of clients they serve, down to 22 clients and;

Whereas, this number is too low to continue to operate a viable business that can provide quality Home Care Services.

Now Therefore be it Resolved, by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: Wabasha County Public Health discontinues providing Home Care Services no later than June 29, 2012. That Wabasha County Public Health takes no new Home Care clients effective with the passage of this resolution. Public Health staff is to assist clients with a transition to another home care agency, of the client's choice, as soon as it is possible to make such arrangements.

Be it Further Resolved, that Home Health Aide staff will be able to maintain their Health Insurance benefit as their hours decline below 30 hours per week, until such time as each individual Home Health Aide no longer has any clients left with the agency. At that time the Home Health Aides Health Insurance benefit will end at the end of the month in which they last provided client cares.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2012-067

Whereas, Horizon Milling Cargill Cares Council has approved awarding a $750 grant for the Public Health Oral Health Program, and;

Whereas, Public Health wishes to purchase basic oral hygiene products with this grant to utilize with their Oral Hygiene educational program;

Now Therefore be it Resolved, by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: Wabasha County Public Health accept the $750 Horizon Milling Cargill Cares grant to be utilized as stated above.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2012-068

Whereas, Effective Jan.1, 2012 DHS has begun requiring medical assistance recipients to pay a flat monthly $2.55 co-pay/month if they receive any medical assistance services in a month, and;

Whereas, both Social Service and Public Health provide services which may be subject to this co-pay, and;

Whereas, it has been determined by the Directors of each service that to collect this small amount of co-pay would be more costly than to waive the co-pay;

Now Therefore be it Resolved, by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that; the county will waive the collection of this co-pay for services provided by Public Health or Social Services when it is deducted from their reimbursements by DHS, effective with February 1, 2012 reimbursements.

Adopted Unanimously

Resolution No.: 2012-069

Whereas, Wabasha County is offering an early retirement incentive program, and;

Whereas, whereas Kathy Martin does not meet the requirement of 5 consecutive years of employment, but does have over 5 years of total employment, and;

Whereas, the cost of any unemployment benefits that may be paid out is unknown, however, the cost of the early retirement incentive is a known;

Now Therefore be it Resolved, by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that; Kathy Martin be allowed to participate in the Wabasha County Early Retirement Incentive program by adding her previous years of employment to her current years of employment to meet the requirement of 5 years of continuous employment with Wabasha county.

Tabled to April 24 Board Meeting


Resolution No.: 2012-070

Whereas, Wabasha County is the local liquor licensing authority,

Whereas, on January 17, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Revenue provided notice to Wabasha County that the Piper Hills Golf Course Inc's liquor license must be revoked within 30 days of the receipt of said notice,

Whereas, as Minnesota Statue 270C.72 subd 3 requires that a "license shall be revoked by the licensing authority within 30 days after receiving" said notice.

Whereas, Wabasha County Board of Commissioners revoked the liquor license on 02/07/12 Resolution # 2012-022.

Whereas, Wabasha County received a Clearance Certificate from the Minnesota Department of Revenue on 03/23/12,

Now Therefore Be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: the liquor license for Piper Hills Golf Course Inc be re-instated.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2012-071

Whereas, the Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer's Office has a current vacancy in the position of Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, due to the incumbent (Kathy Jeffery) taking on a new career path;

Whereas, Ms Jeffery has been an employee in the Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer Office since September 17, 2008, and is in g