The Board of County Commissioners of Fillmore County, Minnesota met in regular session this 9th day of August, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners' Board Room, Fillmore County Courthouse, in the City of Preston.
The following members were present: Commissioners Marc Prestby, Randy Dahl, Duane Bakke, Mitch Lentz, and Harry Root. Also present were: Bobbie Vickerman, Coordinator/Clerk; Carrie Huffman, Interim Auditor/Treasurer; Brett Corson, County Attorney; Sam Smith, Economic Development Authority (EDA) Director; Michael Cruse, Extension Educator – University of Minnesota Extension; Ronald Gregg, Highway Engineer; Pamela Schroeder, Highway/Airport Office Manager; Neva Beier, Social Services Manager – Community Services; Thomas Kaase, Sheriff; Luke Fratzke, Wabasha County Detective; Bonita Underbakke; Karen Reisner, Fillmore County Journal; and Gretchen Mensink-Lovejoy, Republican-Leader.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Root, the Board unanimously approved the amended agenda.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Lentz, the Board unanimously approved the following Consent Agenda:
1. August 2, 2016 County Board minutes as presented.
On motion by Root and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously approved payment of the following Commissioners' warrants:
The Auditor's warrants were reviewed.
Brett Corson, County Attorney, was present to review his proposed 2017 County Attorney's budget.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously appointed Commissioners Bakke and Root to the Board of Canvass to convene on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. for the primary election and Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. for the general election, with Vickerman listed as an alternate.
Sam Smith, Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) and Karen Reisner, EDA Board member, were present to review the proposed 2017 EDA budget.
The Citizens Input portion of the meeting was opened and closed at 9:41 a.m. as no one was present to speak.
Luke Fratzke, Detective, Wabasha County, was present.
Detective Fratzke presented the annual public assistance fraud numbers. So far claims in the amount of $10,893 are projected to be paid back to Fillmore County for 2016. He noted that most referrals for the work he does come from the Human Services Department, but sometimes the requests come from the Sheriff's Office and the Tipline.
No actual request was made at this time from Wabasha County for an appropriation for a vehicle due to Sheriff Bartsh being unable to attend.
Michael Cruse, Extension Educator – University of Minnesota Extension, Ag Production Systems, presented his proposed 2017 Extension budget.
The Chair recessed the meeting at 10:12 a.m. and resumed back in session at 10:19 a.m.
Carrie Huffman, Interim Auditor/Treasurer, presented her proposed 2017 budgets for the Data Processing, Elections, Auditor/Treasurer and Accounting Services.
Ronald Gregg, Highway Engineer; Brent Kohn, Maintenance Superintendent; and Pamela Schroeder, Highway/Airport Officer Manager, were present.
On motion by Root and seconded by Bakke, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
RESOLUTION 2016-037: State Bridge Bonding grant for replacement of Bridge No. 9922, Project Number SP 023-623-026
Ronald Gregg, Highway Engineer, presented the proposed 2017 Highway budget.
Pamela Schroeder, Highway/Airport Officer Manager, presented the proposed 2017 budget for the Airport.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Root, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
RESOLUTION 2016-038: Authorization to submit a Small Communities Technical Assistance Grant to MN Public Facilities Authority for the Cherry Grove sewer project
A motion was made by Root and seconded by Dahl to seek a bid from Stantec for the preparation of a Community Assessment Report for the Cherry Grove sewer project. The Chair called for a vote: Commissioners voting "aye": Prestby, Dahl, Lentz and Root. Commissioner Bakke abstained from voting.
A review of the calendar was done and the following committee report and announcements were given:
Bakke/Root – Small Community Septic Committee – discussed the areas throughout the County that could pursue the small community septics. Cherry Grove is probably the last location that would fit into the Small Wastewater program at this time. Discussed Cherry Grove and recommended to move forward with resolution and recommended to work with Stantec for the project due to the working relationship and experience. The Fillmore County Unit of Townships Banquet Meeting – different time frame this year. Association of MN Counties (AMC) Fall Policy Conference is September 15th and 16th. Lentz – Development Achievement Center (DAC). Dahl – SEMCAC – budgets, senior dining effected by loss of grant dollars and bus station is up in Rushford. Dahl/Prestby – Personnel discussed policies and the job class recommendations to be sent to Bjorklund.
On motion by Root and seconded by Dahl, the Chair adjourned the meeting at 11:54 a.m.