Minutes October 15, 2013

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of October 15, 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, October 15, 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, Roschen

 

SPRINGER - HARMS

Motion to approve the agenda.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - WOBBE

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Claims

Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

SSIS Claims

Minutes: October 1, 2013

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER – HARMS

Resolution No.: 2013-207

Whereas Wabasha Soil and Water Conservation District has been working on the Wabasha County Comprehensive Water Plan Priority Concerns Scoping Document; and

Whereas Wabasha County is to be involved every step of the way; and

Whereas, Wabasha County SWCD has completed the Wabasha County Comprehensive Water Plan Priority Concerns Scoping Document and would like the Wabasha County Commissioners to approve it prior to sending to Board Of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR); and

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Wabasha County SWCD hereby approves the Wabasha County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan Priority Concerns Scoping Document.

Be It Further Resolved that the Wabasha SWCD will send the approve document to Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) for approval.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - HARMS

Resolution No.: 2013-208

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Wabasha County Highway Department be authorized to purchase and have installed in the Lake City Maintenance Shop a heating system from Banks Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.

Be it Further Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Wabasha County Highway Department is authorized to remove and dispose of the existing twinned furnaces as necessary.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - WOBBE

Resolution No.: 2013-209

Whereas, Gerald and Ruth Klein have requested to rezone parcel R08.00152.06 and parcel R08.00152.00 located in Section 25, Township 111 North, Range 12 West from the Agricultural Protection District (A-1) to the Agriculture/Urban Fringe District (A-2); and

Whereas, The Wabasha County Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on September 16, 2013 to provide an opportunity for the public to present any testimony related to the request; and

Whereas, The Wabasha County Planning Commission discussed the matter after the public hearing and with a vote of 5-0 recommends to the Wabasha County Commissioners the request be approved, however, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners has final approval authority over such rezone requests and wishes to deny the request;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners denies the rezone request from Gerald and Ruth Klein to rezone parcel R08.00152.06 and parcel R08.00152.00 located in Section 25, Township 111 North, Range 12 West from the Agricultural Protection District (A-1) to the Agriculture/Urban Fringe District (A-2) for the following reasons:

1. The rezone would allow more homes to be built in area predominantly used for agriculture and does not provide for the preservation of agricultural lands as outlined in Article 1, Section 2, Subd. 2 of the Wabasha County Zoning Ordinance.

2. The rezone request does not lend itself towards orderly development of the County as outlined in Article 1, Section 2, Subd. 3 of the Wabasha County Zoning Ordinance.

3. The area to be rezoned is not within close proximity to an urban area and does not adhere to the general purpose of the Agriculture/Urban Fringe District (A-2).

Nay: Roschen

Adopted

SPRINGER - HALL

Resolution No.: 2013-210

Whereas, Wabasha County Emergency Management develops and maintains a County-wide All-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that must contain at least 19 SARA Title III items listed in the Local Emergency Operations Plan Crosswalk;

Whereas, said EOP is updated and reviewed yearly by a 4-year Plan review process developed by Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management;

Whereas, said EOP comes before the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners for review and approval as part of the 4-year Plan Review process.

Be It Resolved, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the Wabasha County-wide All-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan in its entirety by signing the Certification of Plan Approval page.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - WOBBE

Resolution No: 2013-211

Whereas, the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office is requesting authorization to expand the contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare to include nursing services for the Jail; and

Whereas, this contract needs to be approved and signed by the Wabasha County Board Chair and County Administrator;

Whereas, the Sheriff requests the approval and signing of the amendment to the Advanced Correctional Healthcare contract by the County Administrator and the County Board Chair.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office is authorized to utilize Nursing Staff provided by Advanced Correctional Healthcare and authorizes it's signing by the County Administrator and the County Board Chair.

Nay: Roschen

Adopted

HARMS - ROSCHEN

Resolution No.: 2013-212

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 cooling to this equipment to ensure reliable operation; the IT Director has requested capital funds for a new cooling unit for that equipment and has requested quotes for installation of an air conditioning system;

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

Further, be it resolved that the County Auditor/Treasurer is authorized to pay LaRocque Heating, Cooling & Plumbing LLC by issuing an Auditor's Warrant in the amount of $7500, and with a second Auditor's Warrant for an amount of up to $2500 when the IT Director advises her that the project has been completed.

Nay: Wobbe

Adopted

SPRINGER - WOBBE

Resolution No.: 2013-213

Whereas, On October 1, 2013 the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners determined by consensus that it would like to hold a Joint Public Hearing with Olmsted County regarding the Lake Improvement District (LID) on November 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Mazeppa, MN; and

Whereas, Olmsted County has agreed said hearing on the date and time listed above; and

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners sets the Joint Public Hearing with Olmsted County for November 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ponderosa Bar and Grill, 40240 County Rd 90, Mazeppa, Minnesota.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - HALL

Resolution No.: 2013-214

Whereas, the calendar year 2012 Flexible Spending Plan has a negative balance in the amount of $296.21; and

Whereas, the General Revenue fund absorbs all overages, shortages and administrative costs for the Flexible Spending Plans,

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the overage to be charged to the General Revenue Fund for the calendar year 2012 Flexible Spending Plan.

Adopted Unanimously

ROSCHEN - HARMS

Resolution No.: 2013-215

Whereas, Minn. Stat. §13D.01 subd. 1(a) permits closing a County Board meeting for the purposes of discussing labor negotiation strategy;

Whereas, the County Board desires to consult with its attorney regarding the best course of action to take during the upcoming labor negotiations.

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 opposing party

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 certain phases of the negotiation 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 the labor negotiations, 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 labor negotiation strategy will be held with the County Attorney. No subject matter other than the foregoing shall be discussed at said meeting.

Adopted Unanimously

 

Reconvene closed session at the November 5, 2013 Board meeting.

 

Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.

 

WOBBE - HARMS

Motion to recess to October 21, 2013 AMC District 9 meeting in Rochester.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

Video 1 of 2 (Direct)

Video 2 of 2 (Direct)

 

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