The Board of County Commissioners of Fillmore County, Minnesota met in special session this 6th day of March, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners' Board Room, Fillmore County Courthouse, in the City of Preston.
The following members were present: Commissioners Mitch Lentz, Duane Bakke, Randy Dahl, Gary Peterson and Marc Prestby. Also present were: Bobbie Vickerman, Coordinator/Clerk-Auditor/Treasurer; Marty Walsh, Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA); Ron Gregg, Highway Engineer; Andrew Hatzenbihler, Resource Recovery Center; Brett Corson, County Attorney; Kristina Kohn, Human Resources; Thomas Kaase, Sheriff; Kevin Beck, Chief Deputy Sheriff; Bonita Underbakke; Karen Reisner, Fillmore County Journal; and Gretchen Mensink, Bluff Country Reader.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the amended agenda was unanimously approved.
On motion by Prestby and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously approved the following amended Consent Agenda:
1. February 27, 2018 County Board minutes, as presented.
2. Appointment of Trinity Johnson to the Planning Commission for District 2 as recommended by Commissioner Dahl.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Peterson, the Board unanimously approved payment of the following Commissioners' warrants:
The Auditor's warrants were reviewed.
Marty Walsh, Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), was present.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
RESOLUTION 2018-007: Opportunity Zones
The Citizens Input portion of the meeting was opened and closed at 9:37 a.m. as no one was present to speak.
Ron Gregg, Highway Engineer, was present.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously approved the request to advertise for the following bridge replacement projects:
• Project SAP 023-599-201 Carrolton Twp., Bridge #L4775
• Project SAP 023-599-204 Sumner Twp., Bridge #L4928
• Project SAP 023-599-197 Carimona Twp., Bridge #L4818
• LOST project 88936-105 County Road 105, Bridge#88936
• LOST project 1339-101 County Road 101, Bridge #1339
• LOST project 88935-104 County Road 104, Bridge #88935
Bobbie Vickerman, Coordinator/Clerk- Auditor/Treasurer, was present.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Peterson, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
RESOLUTION 2018-008: Support of bonding for mental health
Andrew Hatzenbihler, Resource Recovery Center, and Brett Corson, County Attorney, were present.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Prestby, the Board unanimously approved to pay the Winneshiek County Landfill fine for cardboard contaminated load with a letter containing language that Fillmore County is not happy with the fine and that Fillmore County will not pay another fine.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Peterson, the Board unanimously approved two overnight stays for the Solid Waste Administrator to attend the Household Hazardous Waste OSHA Safety and Health, plus Department of Transportation (DOT) training, as required for continuing the Household Hazardous Waste Program.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Prestby, the Board unanimously approved the following 2018 Hauler's licenses with the following haulers: Waste Management, Advanced Disposal, S& S Sanitation, Sunshine Sanitation, Richard's Sanitation, WM Hanson Waste Removal, Freeborn County Co-Operative Oil Co., and Harter's Trash and Recycling as recommended by the Solid Waste Administrator.
Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, and Bobbie Vickerman, Coordinator – Auditor/Treasurer, were present.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously approved to hire Breanna Johnson as replacement Registered Nurse at Grade 9/ Step 3 effective no later than April 2, 2018 as recommended by the Hiring Committee.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously approved to transition two Accounting Technicians within the Auditor/Treasurer office to Accounting Technician Leads as recommended by the Personnel Committee.
Thomas Kaase, Sheriff, was present.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the Board unanimously approved to begin the process of hiring four (4) part-time/intermittent deputies for the Courthouse Security positions.
Sheriff Kaase reported the active shooter training is scheduled for March 10, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. There will be classroom training in the morning and an actual active shooter training activity in the afternoon. This is a Southeast Minnesota regional event.
A review of the calendar was done and the following committee reports and announcements were given: Bakke: He noted a Star Tribune article regarding the State Auditor's treatment of private audit firms that Fillmore County has used; Association of MN Counties (AMC) Legislative Conference –reported the new format was successful and he met with both legislators and with other County representatives for their respective counties. He noted that the Environment/Natural Resources Committee discussed land acquisitions and that non-governmental organizations to go before the boards was a priority; current legislative topics were discussed and Bakke provided Commissioners a handout to be reviewed; Riparian Aid; a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) levy authority vote was taken and the group recommended to not allow the SWCD to be able to seek levy dollars on their own.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the Chair adjourned the meeting at 10:59 a.m.