Minutes July 16, 2015

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of July 16, 2015


The Board of County Commissioners of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the Wabasha County Fairgrounds, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.


The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Wobbe.

The following Commissioners were present: Hall, Key, Springer, Wobbe Absent: Goihl



Motion to approve the agenda after moving Item A after the Recess.

Adopted Unanimously


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Minutes: July 7, 2015


Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2015-149

Whereas, each county in the state is required to have a county assessor who is appointed by the county board of commissioners based on his or her knowledge and training in the field of property assessment and taxation; and

Whereas, on May 12, 2015 Wabasha County Assessor Loren Benz notified the County that he would retire from office effective June 30, 2015; and

Whereas; when a vacancy occurs, the county board of commissioners must fill the office for the remainder of the term, by appointment, within 90 days; and

Now Therefore Be It Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that they appoint Penny Schmit to serve the remainder of the vacant assessor's term which ends on December 31, 2016. Ms. Schmit will be placed on Step 2 of the appropriate pay grid, which reflects a salary of $59,884.

Adopted Unanimously

Auditor/Treasurer, Denise Anderson, administered the Oath of Office to Penny Schmit, newly appointed Assessor.


Resolution No.: 2015-150

This Memorandum of Understanding is entered into between the County of Wabasha (hereafter "County") and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 65, Local 3541 (hereafter "Union").

Whereas, the County and the Union are parties to a collective bargaining agreement in effect from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016.

Now, Therefore, the County and the Union agree as follows:

1. The position of Financial Worker has been studied through the job classification process.

2. The findings of the study indicate that the position of Financial Worker should be paid at a Grade

Level E in the collective bargaining agreement.

3. Effective March 13, 2015, incumbent Financial Workers shall be placed on the Grade Level E wage schedule at the same step as they are currently on in Grade Level D.

4. This represents the full and complete agreement of the County and Union regarding this reclassification of the Financial Worker position.

Adopted Unanimously


MCIT gave its annual update to the Board Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.



Motion to recess to the Rainfall Simulator and then to the closed session which was held at 625 Jefferson Avenue, Wabasha, MN 55981. The closed session was held in the Commissioners' Conference Room.

Adopted Unanimously


Motion to open meeting and go into closed session.

Resolution No.: 2015-151

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 Union Grievances that have been served on the County; 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 grievance 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


Motion to close the Closed Session and adjourn the meeting.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting


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