Minutes September 24, 2013

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of September 24, 2013


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, September 24, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.


The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Hall.


The following Commissioners were present: Hall, Wobbe, Springer, Harms. Absent: Roschen



Motion to approve the agenda.

Adopted Unanimously


Public Forum Comments: Sheronne Mulry, Jerry Gelao



Motion to approve the consent agenda after noting there were no per diems.


Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

SSIS Claims

Minutes: September 16, 2013

Donation of $100 from Mayo Clinic Health System-Lake City to the Youth Link Mentorship Program

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2013-191

Whereas, the State of Minnesota is in need of a Radiological Emergency Preparedness Reception Center south of the City of Red Wing in the event an incident causing evacuation of residents of Red Wing occurs at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Red Wing, MN; and

Whereas, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) have selected, and FEMA has approved, the Wabasha-Kellogg School as the place that would suit the needs of a Reception Center; and

Whereas, the State of Minnesota Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program, through DHS, is interested in entering into a grant agreement with Wabasha County for the purpose of funding a Reception Center at the Wabasha-Kellogg School to be used for registration and possible decontamination efforts for the residents of the City of Red Wing.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approves and signs four (4) originals of the FY 2014-2015 Radiological Emergency Preparedness Grant Agreement with the State of Minnesota.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2013-192

Whereas, Wabasha County authorizes hearings for the background check ordinance; and,

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that,

The Hearing for the background check ordinance is hereby scheduled for October 22, 2013 at 9:15 a.m.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2013-185

Whereas, Wabasha County has important IT equipment located in the old courthouse; this equipment provides services to other county government offices, to other communities in the county, and to other counties by way of the state network which passes through the courthouse;

Whereas, the services supported by this equipment are important to the function of the county government, including public safety, and important to other communities in and out of the county;

Whereas, the IT Director has carefully considered several options for providing backup power to this equipment to ensure reliable operation and has concluded that a standby generator powered by natural gas is the most cost effective option; the IT Director has requested capital funds for a new generator to provide backup power to that equipment and has requested quotes for installation of a generator;

Now therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the IT Director is hereby authorized to purchase and install a generator, including all equipment and labor necessary for installation;

Further, be it resolved that the County Auditor/Treasurer is authorized to pay Thimmesch Electric LLC by issuing an Auditor's Warrant in the amount of $16931.00, and with a second Auditor's Warrant for an amount of up to $4900.00 when the IT Director advises her that the project has been completed.

Adopted Unanimously


Discussion was held on the proposed budgets for the Sheriff's Department and Highway Department.



Resolution No.: 2013-190

Whereas, Minn. Stat. ยง13D.05 subd. 3(b) permits closing a County Board meeting if such closure is permitted by the attorney-client privilege;

Whereas, the County Board desires to consult with its attorney regarding the litigation/threat of litigation.

Whereas, the County Attorney has advised the Board that it is not possible to fully discuss strategy and the options available to the County in a public meeting that may be attended by the plaintiff/party threatening litigation.

Whereas, without such a meeting the County will have to make decisions without the full benefit of consultation with counsel, and is concerned that in such a situation, it could make poor or uninformed decisions, exposing the County and its taxpayers to liabilities and costs that could be avoided by fully informed decision making available only in a closed session with counsel.

Whereas, in the closed session, the only subject to be discussed is the potential claim made against the County.

Whereas, certain phases of the litigation strategy may be impaired if every discussion is available for the benefit of opposing parties;

Whereas, the County Board wishes to meet with its attorney to discuss the pros and cons, and strategy regarding a response to the litigation, and finds that such a discussion cannot be had in public session.

Whereas, based upon the foregoing the Board finds there is an absolute need for confidentiality of this matter.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, a special closed meeting of the County Board addressing the threatened litigation made against the County will be held with the County Attorney. No subject matter other than the foregoing shall be discussed at said meeting.

Adopted Unanimously


Motion to re-open regular Board meeting.

Adopted Unanimously


Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.



Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

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