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October 3

Minutes


The Board of County Commissioners of Fillmore County, Minnesota met in special session this 3rd day of October, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners' Board Room, Fillmore County Courthouse, in the City of Preston.

The following members were present: Commissioners Randy Dahl, Mitch Lentz, Duane Bakke, Marc Prestby and Gary Peterson. Also present were: Bobbie Vickerman, Coordinator/Clerk; Kristina Kohn, Human Resources Officer; Ronald Gregg, Highway Engineer; Kevin Olson, Social Services Manager; Jason Marquardt, Veteran Services Officer; Bonita Underbakke; Michael Tenney, Area Wildlife Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Robert McGillivray, The Nature Conservancy Freshwater Program Director; Brett Larson; David Schmidt, The Nature Conservancy Southeast Minnesota Conservation Coordinator; Rich Biske, The Nature Conservancy Freshwater Program Coordinator; Dan Larson, Executive Director, MN Rural Counties; Karen Reisner, Fillmore County Journal; and Gretchen Mensink-Lovejoy, Republican Leader.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

On motion by Prestby and seconded by Lentz the Board unanimously approved the agenda.

On motion by Bakke and seconded by Lentz, the Board unanimously approved the following Consent Agenda:
1. September 26, 2017 County Board minutes, as amended.
2. Extension of probation for employee #1555 for three (3) months to February 4, 2018 as recommended by the Social Services Manager.

On motion by Peterson and seconded by Prestby, the Board unanimously approved payment of the following Commissioners' warrants:
WARRANTS

The Auditor's warrants were reviewed.

Michael Tenney, Area Wildlife Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), was present.

A motion was made by Dahl and seconded by Lentz to approve the acquisition of 379 acres that straddles Preble and Norway Townships from Ione Larson Family to the Choice Wildlife Management Area. Discussion ensued. The Chair called for a vote: Commissioners voting "aye": Dahl and Prestby. Commissioners voting "nay": Bakke, Lentz and Peterson. The motion failed.

Discussion ensued regarding the Department of Natural Resources' responses and past working relationship regarding bridges and roads. Commissioner Lentz noted that the Board would like to hear back regarding whether those communications will be improving. The other concern mentioned by Commissioner Bakke was the tillable land that ends up being removed from the county crop base and the economic effect on the Fillmore County agricultural economy and the current renter.

A motion was made by Bakke and seconded by Lentz to approve the acquisition of sixty-six (66) acres from Dean Mikel in Section 2 of Forestville Township by the Nature Conservancy for subsequent donation of the property to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Chair called for a vote: Commissioners voting "aye": Prestby, Bakke and Peterson. Commissioners voting "nay": Lentz and Dahl. The motion prevailed.

The Citizen Input portion of the meeting was opened and closed at 9:46 a.m. as no one was present to speak.

Dan Larson, Executive Director, MN Rural Counties, was present.

Mr. Larson gave a presentation on MN Rural Counties services and asked the Board to consider membership.

Kristina Kohn, Human Resources Officer, was present.

On motion by Bakke and seconded by Peterson, the Board unanimously accepted the request to retire from LaVerne Paulson, Recycling Educator Coordinator, effective Friday, October 6, 2017 and thanked him for his service to Fillmore County.

On motion by Lentz and seconded by Peterson, the Board unanimously approved the two plan options for the 2018 health insurance available to employees.
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A motion was made by Bakke and seconded by Peterson to follow the Benefit Committee's recommendation regarding the County's portion of the funding for health insurance, which is a 5% increase to the County portion of the premium for those that elect Plan B (Mayo in Network) and an addition to the VEBA dollars for that same amount for those that elect Plan A (Mayo Out of Network). The Chair called for a vote: Commissioners voting "aye": Prestby, Bakke, Dahl and Peterson. Commissioners voting "nay": Lentz. The motion prevailed.

The Chair recessed the meeting at 10:59 a.m. and resumed back in session at 11:09 a.m.

Commissioner Prestby left the meeting at 10:59 a.m.

Ronald Gregg, Highway, was present.

On motion by Bakke and seconded by Lentz, the Board unanimously approved the quote of $23,749.68 from Rochester Petroleum Equipment Inc. for the purchase of a new fuel system at the Highway Department for County vehicle use.

Kevin Olson, Social Services Manager, was present.

On motion by Lentz and seconded by Bakke, the Board unanimously approved telecommuting requests for Debra Curry and Teri Root, Income Maintenance staff, in the Social Services Division, Community Services, as recommended by the Social Services Manager.

Jason Marquardt, Veteran Services Officer, was present.

On motion by Lentz and seconded by Peterson, the Board unanimously approved the application for the Annual County Veterans Service Office Operational Enhancement Grant in the amount of $10,000.

Discussion ensued regarding the use of the grant dollars. Marquardt noted that at this time he is looking at three computers, a fax line upgrade, a virtual network connection for the conference room and stars for the gravesites to replace ones that are damaged or removed.

On motion by Peterson and seconded by Lentz, the Board unanimously approved the contract with the City of Ostrander for police protection services.

On motion by Lentz and seconded by Bakke, the Board unanimously approved the Equity document for the 2016 Audit.

By consensus, the Board approved the December meetings to be December 12th for the regular meeting and the Truth and Taxation meeting and December 19th for the special meeting.

A review of the calendar was done and the following committee reports and announcements were given:
Peterson would like to recognize the tragedy that has happened in Las Vegas and hopes that we can try to put a curve on some of these tragedies. The Board Chair asked for a moment of silence for those who lost their lives and those that were hurt in the Las Vegas tragedy. Bakke – Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) meeting is on the 13th at 8:30 a.m. rather than the 12th, and Planning Commission is on the 26th of October rather than the 19th; and Lentz – Emergency Radio Board called in.

On motion by Lentz and seconded by Bakke, the Chair adjourned the meeting at 11:50 a.m.