Minutes March 21, 2017

 Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of March 21, 2017

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, March 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting was called to order by Board Chairperson Key.

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


Motion to approve the agenda

Adopted Unanimously

Staff Updates

Denise Anderson, A/T and Penny Schmidt, Assessor: 2016 Property Tax Status Report Update

Administrator Updates

Public Forum Comments:

Duane Schulz, Ditch drainage and property easement


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Minutes: March 7, 2017


Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

Donations: Approve and Accept $250 donation on behalf of the Veterans Services Office

·         Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Squires

Resolution No: 2017-057

Purchase 2017 Ford Fusion and Dispose of 2007 Ford Taurus

Whereas, currently the County has budgeted $25,000 to replace a pool car for the upcoming year; and

Whereas, in reviewing bid prices it is recommended that the County purchase a Ford Fusion from Tom Heffernan Ford for $17,257.72; and,

Whereas, with the purchase of the above referenced vehicle the County would no longer need the pool car described as a 2007 Ford Taurus;

Now Therefore be it Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners: that the County Administrator is authorized to purchase a Ford Fusion from Tom Heffernan ford in the amount of $17,257.72 plus any other incidental costs associated with acquiring the vehicle.  Additionally, the County Administrator is authorized to dispose of the 2007 Ford Taurus (VIN: IFAFP53U27A187480).   Any remaining funds in the pool car allowance, and any proceeds from the disposition of the 2007 Ford Taurus, shall be carried over to the next budget year in the same pool car fund.

Adopted Unanimously

Presentation: Life Saving Award presented to Greg Schneider


Resolution No.: 2017-058

Resolution authorizing Alma Tower Radio Equipment Upgrade

and authorization for Auditor’s Warrant

Whereas, the 800 MHz radio equipment on the Alma Tower needs to be upgraded; and

Whereas, numerous attempts at placing this upgrade in the budget has previously failed; and

Whereas, the county receives grant funding from Xcel Energy for the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Reception Center in Wabasha, through the State of Minnesota; and

Whereas, since the Reception Center in Wabasha is highly dependent on reliable 800 MHz radio communications equipment, the State of Minnesota has authorized Wabasha County to use the Reception Center grant funds to upgrade the radio equipment on the Alma Tower; and

Whereas, the project will be billed in two separate invoices, the Sheriff requests approval for the Auditor’s Office to draft separate Auditor’s Warrants not to exceed the full amount of $77,000.00 once the invoices are received.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the invoices for the radio equipment upgrade be paid from Reception Center grant funds.

Be it further Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that: the Auditor’s Office is hereby authorized to cut Auditor’s Warrants not to exceed the amount of $77,000.00 to the respective vendors once the invoices are received.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No: 2017-059

Impound Lot Funds

Whereas, on April 21, 2009, the County Board authorized Resolution #2009-069 regarding the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office request to set up a fund for an Impound Lot at the Criminal Justice Center; and,

Whereas, the fund was set up to help offset costs for upkeep and maintenance of the lot; and,

Whereas, any remaining funds would be used toward a future storage building on this same lot.

Whereas, it is now requested that this fund also be utilized to for any vehicle expenses that the sheriff’s office may incur;

Now Therefore be it Resolved that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby: approves revising Resolution #2009-069 to include authorizing this fund to be used for sheriff’s office vehicle expenses in addition to the upkeep and maintenance of the lot. 

Nay: Goihl, Hall



Resolution No.: 2017-060

Purchase of Interactive Board for EOC

Whereas, Wabasha County is in the 50 mile ingestion pathway of the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Red Wing, MN; and

Whereas, the State of Minnesota has provided Wabasha County with a $6,000, non-matching, Radiological Emergency Preparedness Grant to purchase equipment to enhance response to an incident; and

Whereas, Emergency Management is interested in purchasing an Interactive Board for the Emergency Operations Center; since the EOC is also the Training Room, that equipment could be used for training or meetings.

Now, Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners to approve the purchase of an Interactive Board with the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Grant.

Adopted Unanimously

Hall/Springer to go into a closed session.

Resolution No.: 2017-061

Labor Negotiation Strategy

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, 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 by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that a closed meeting of the County Board addressing the labor negotiation strategy will be held with the County Attorney and other County staff. No subject matter other than the foregoing shall be discussed at said meeting.

Adopted Unanimously


Motion to recess to the Honeywell Facilities Walkthrough

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

Video 1 of 2 (Direct)

Video 2 of 2 (Direct)


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