Minutes August 22, 2017

 Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of August 22, 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, August 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting was called to order by Board Chairperson Key.

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


Motion to approve the agenda

Adopted Unanimously

Staff Updates:

Administrator Updates:


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Minutes: August 15th, 2017


Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No.: 2017-166

Whereas, the following parcels have forfeited to the State of MN for unpaid property taxes:

R22.01042.00 in City of Lake City, property address: 204 N 7th St

R27.00852.00 in City of Wabasha, property address: 318 Main St E

Whereas, the above parcels have houses and garages on the parcels and an inspection is needed to find out if the houses are able to be fixed or should they be demolished.

Whereas, Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer and Wabasha County Administrator recommend Industrial Hygiene Services Corporation to perform the following on each parcel:

Option 3 – Includes mold evaluation and pre-demolition survey/sampling

•    Suspect asbestos containing materials (ACM) will be identified and quantified at each residence.  Representative samples of materials will be collected for analysis.  Building materials may be damaged as necessary to collect samples; walls or ceilings may be penetrated to inspect for hidden materials.  Materials considered suspect ACM that IHSC anticipates being identified and subsequently sampled include roofing, ceiling systems, flooring, adhesives, plaster, gypsum board, texturing, tile grout, caulking and thermal insulation (i.e., boiler, piping or duct).  IHSC estimates that up to 120 samples may be collected.  In addition, surfaces with mold growth will be evaluated and up to three surface samples collected and analyzed from each residence.  IHSC will also inventory regulated materials that need to be removed and properly disposed of as part of demolition projects.  A separate written report will be provided for each property to include summary of survey activities, findings related to the mold evaluation, methods, results and inventory of regulated materials. 

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that hereby approving the expense of $7250.00 for the inspection of the above tax forfeited parcels.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution Number: 2017-167

ZumbroSun, LLC/SunShare, LLC Conditional Use Permit

Whereas, ZumbroSun, LLC on behalf of SunShare, LLC applied for a Conditional Use Permit to construct and operate a commercial solar energy system on parcel 07.00022.00 located in Section 4, Township 109 North, Range 13 West, Town of Hyde Park.; and

Whereas, The Wabasha County Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on January 25, 2016  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 recommended to the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the request be approved with nine conditions; and

Whereas, The Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approved the Conditional Use Permit for ZumbroSun/SunShare on February 2, 2016 with nine conditions; and

Whereas, ZumbroSun/SunShare failed to utilize the property for the purpose intended in the CUP application within one year after the County Board approved the CUP; and

Whereas, ZumbroSun/SunShare is asking for the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners to extend the deadline for utilization of the CUP until January 1, 2018.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approves an extension of the Conditional Use Permit for ZumbroSun, LLC on behalf of SunShare, LLC until January 1, 2018 with the conditions as follows:

1.    The project shall be undertaken only in accordance with the plans and specifications as submitted in the application or as outlined in these conditions.

2.    The County may enter onto the premises at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to ensure the permit holder is in compliance with the conditions and all other applicable ordinances.

3.    A wetland delineation shall be submitted to and approved by the Wabasha WCA Technical Advisory Panel prior to the start of any construction activity.  No solar panel or utility line shall be located in any area mapped as a wetland.

4.    The applicant shall post a bond or issue an irrevocable letter of credit in the amount of $25,000 per megawatt to cover the costs of decommissioning and site restoration upon project termination.  Upon expiration/revocation of this permit or voluntary termination of the project, the permittee shall dismantle and remove from the site all solar panels, mounted steel posts and beams, inverters, transformers, overhead and underground cables, buildings and foundations, and roads.

5.    Except for designated roadways, the project area shall be re-vegetated as a low-growing, pollinator friendly native prairie.  The vegetation in the project area shall be maintained to promote the pollinator friendly native prairie and to limit any noxious weeds or other undesirable plants such as any cool season grasses.  A seed mix and maintenance plan shall be approved by the Zoning Department prior to the start of any construction. 

6.     Construction shall be limited to daytime working hours.

7.    Existing natural screening shall be maintained on the property so as to provide a visual screen to any home located within 1,000 feet of the project. 

8.    Testing for stray voltage that is a result of the project shall be conducted by a third-party consultant at the start of operation and shall be completed annually for three years.  After that point, it shall be completed once every five years.  The results from such testing shall be submitted to the Wabasha County Zoning Department within 30 days of testing.  The costs for such testing shall be paid for by the developer.

9.    The solar modules shall be limited to a fixed-tilt system.

Adopted Unanimously


Resolution No: 2017-168

Lower Pool 4 Dredging Plan – Collaboration with the City of Wabasha

Whereas, In May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft plan for dealing with the millions of cubic yards of sand and other dredgings it will haul out of the Mississippi River in the Wabasha area over the next 40 years.; and

Whereas, The plan calls for depositing much of those materials on what's now privately owned land in Wabasha County.  The proposed plan has the potential to have significant impacts on the health, safety, welfare, infrastructure and financial interests of the county and our community partners; and

Now Therefore Be It Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the County Administrator is authorized to work with the City of Wabasha in a joint effort to contest the USACE’s plan.  The total county contribution would be capped at $10,000.

Adopted Unanimously


Motion to adjourn

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

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