Minutes November 18, 2014

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of November 18, 2014

 

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, November 18, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

 

The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Springer.

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

 

HARMS - SPRINGER

Motion to approve the agenda.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - HALL

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Claims

Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

SSIS Claims

Minutes: October 28, 2014

Donation of $1000 from the Lake City Rotary Club to the Substance Abuse Court. Donation of $100 from Maxine Rickard to the Jail Programs. Donation of $150 from the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit of Louis McCahill Post 110 to the Youth Link Mentorship Program.

Adopted Unanimously

 

Nate Pelz gave a short presentation about the work done by the Veterans Service Office.

 

WOBBE - HALL

Resolution No.: 2014-232

Whereas, Josh Kellner submitted an application for a Conditional Use Permit to operate an automotive repair shop on parcel R17.00002.00 located in Sec. 6, T 109 North, R 13 West, Zumbro Township (61850 Hwy. 63, Zumbro Falls); and

Whereas, The Wabasha County Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on October 27, 2014 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 and with a vote of 5-0 recommends to the Wabasha County Commissioners the request be approved with the condition as follows:

1. A Conditional Use Permit for an automotive repair shop on the respective property is only valid for Josh Kellner as owner of the business.

2. Automotive repair and/or the storage of hazardous chemicals is prohibited in any building that is located below the Base Flood Elevation identified as 838 feet (1929 Datum) AMSL.

3. When a bathroom facility is constructed in the automotive shop, it shall only be connected to a compliant septic system.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approves the Conditional Use Permit for Josh Kellner with the conditions as recommended.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - SPRINGER

Resolution No.: 2014-233

Whereas, the Wabasha County Public Health Director has accepted the resignation of Tera Binner, RN, on behalf of the Wabasha County Board, effective November 14, 2014; and

Whereas, the Director recommends maintaining the current level of staffing to provide necessary services in Wabasha County; and

Whereas, the Director of Public Health recommends this vacancy be filled;

Now therefore be it resolved by the Wabasha County Board, that the resignation of Tera Binner is accepted, with reluctance, and the Director of Public Health hereby be authorized to fill the nursing vacancy to maintain normal operations of the Public Health Department. Director may offer up to and including step 4 of the RN or PHN pay scale, dependant on experience of the candidate.

Adopted Unanimously

HALL - HARMS

Resolution No.: 2014-234

Whereas, the purpose of the Local Road Improvement Program is to provide funding for improvement of local transportation infrastructure that is regionally significant, eliminates a transportation system deficiency, positively impacts persons, and contributes to economic development , and

Whereas, many businesses and residents in Wabasha County and greater region are dependent on agriculture and the movement of crops from farm to market, and

Whereas, Wabasha County State Aid Highway No. 25 (CSAH 25) is a farm to market route that is part of a 10-ton route system, and

Whereas, CSAH 25 also serves as a heavily used connection for the region to the City of Rochester between Minnesota TH 42 and US Hwy 63, and

Whereas, planned improvements on CSAH 25 include identified strategies in the Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan which will provide for greater safety to road users.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: the CSAH 25 proposed project and an application to the Local Road Improvement Program is supported by Wabasha County.

Adopted Unanimously

HARMS - SPRINGER

Resolution No.: 2014-235

Whereas, the purpose of the Local Road Improvement Program is to provide funding for improvement of local transportation infrastructure that is regionally significant, eliminates a transportation system deficiency, positively impacts persons, and contributes to economic development , and

Whereas, many businesses and residents in Wabasha County and greater region are dependent on agriculture and the movement of crops from farm to market, and

Whereas, Wabasha County State Aid Highway No. 2 (CSAH 2) is a farm to market route that is part of a 10-ton route system, and

Whereas, CSAH 2 has experienced increased heavy commercial truck impacts with the recent expansion of a grain terminal in Elgin and additional planned phases of expansion of the grain terminal are expected to continue to increase heavy commercial truck impacts, and

Whereas, CSAH 2 serves as a connection to Elgin's recreational areas such as Hoenk Park, Great River Ridge Trail, and Plainview-Elgin School athletic field, and

Whereas, planned improvements on CSAH 2 include identified strategies in the Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan which will provide for greater safety to road users, and

Whereas, improvements on CSAH 2 will assist in the sustaining and creation of jobs pursuant to the region's agricultural economy.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: the CSAH 2 proposed project and application to the Local Road Improvement Program is supported by Wabasha County.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - HALL

Resolution No.: 2014-236

Whereas, rural address signs and Private Drive signs that were installed under the initial rural addressing project have experienced fading, and

Whereas, the above signs are covered under warranty which provides for the sign sheeting costs and sign costs other than sign sheeting are not covered under warranty, and

Whereas, purchasing replacement signs that are under the initial warranty is the most cost effective means to provide for replacement of these signs.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, the Wabasha County Highway Department is authorized to order all replacement address and Private Drive signs that are covered under the initial rural addressing project warranty.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - WOBBE

Resolution No.: 2014-237

Whereas, the Wabasha County Fee schedule is reviewed on an annual basis by department heads; and

Whereas, the fee schedule includes both fees set by the County and outside agencies; and

Whereas, the updated fee schedule for 2015 has been attached.

Now therefore be it resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approves the 2015 fee schedule submitted with the following County set fee changes:

• Truth in Taxation mailings-actual costs prorated (matches statute language)

• Forfeited Tax Sales Fee-$300 per parcel (adding to schedule)

• Individual Sewage Treatment System (ISTS)-$390.00 ($30 increase)

• ISTS permit-tank only-$160 ($15 increase)

• ISTS permit 12 month renewal (one time only)-$75 ($35 increase)

• Privy permit-$150 ($5 increase)

• Water test fee (various) -$10 above lab fee ($5 per test increase)

• Trip run for certified water sample-$75 ($20 increase)

• Well construction (includes State Surcharge)-$300 ($30 increase)

• Annual well maintenance permit-$125 ($20 increase)

• Well permit 12 month renewal(one time only)-$75 ($35 increase)

• Public Health foot care-$130 per visit ($120 increase)

• Influenza Vaccine-$40 (changed to flat fee)

• Nurse/Case management/Care Coordinator-$130 per hour ($10 increase)

• Day Care consultation-$130 per hour ($10 increase)

• Blood Pressure checks (in-house)-$10 ($5 increase)

• Para Professional-$40 per hour (adding to schedule)

• Storage of firearm(s) court ordered-up to10 items $5 per day, 11 to 20 items $10 per day, 21 to 30 items $20 per day, 30+ items $30 per day (adding/modifying schedule)

Adopted Unanimously

 

Finance Director, Deb Koenig, presented the Quarterly Financial Report: budget, investments, cash flow.

Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.

 

HALL - HARMS

Motion to close open meeting and go into closed session.

Resolution No.: 2014-238

Whereas, Minn. Stat. §13D.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 a settlement discussions that have been had with the Board of Water and Soil Resources; and

Whereas, it is not possible to fully discuss strategy and the options available to the County in a public meeting; and

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; and

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

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

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, a closed meeting of the County Board addressing the above referenced concerns will be held with the County's counsel. No subject matter other than the foregoing shall be discussed at said meeting.

Adopted Unanimously

HALL - HARMS

Motion to close BWSR session.

Adopted Unanimously

HARMS - WOBBE

Motion to open regular Board meeting.

Adopted Unanimously

WOBBE - HALL

Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

Video 1 of 3 (Direct)

Video 2 of 3 (Direct)

Video 3 of 3 (Direct)

 

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