The Board of County Commissioners of Fillmore County, Minnesota met in special session this 28th day of August, 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 & Auditor/Treasurer; Ron Gregg, Highway Engineer; Pam Schroeder, Highway/Airport Office Manager; Tom Kaase, Sheriff; Jessica Erickson, Director of Nursing; Marty Walsh, Community and Business Development Specialist, CEDA; Gabby Kinneberg, Preston Tourism Director; Bonita Underbakke; Karen Reisner, Fillmore County Journal; and Gretchen Mensink, Bluff Country News.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
On motion by Prestby and seconded by Peterson, the amended agenda was unanimously approved.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the Board unanimously approved the following Consent Agenda:
1. August 14, 2018 County Board minutes, as presented.
2. Tobacco licenses for the period of October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019 for the following: Casey's General Store, Preston; CHS Rochester, Chatfield; Family Dollar, Inc., Preston; American Legion Post 526, Peterson; Kwik Trip, Inc., Harmony; Preston Motor Mart, Preston; Shooters of Wykoff, LLC, Wykoff; and Goodies & Gas LLC, Wykoff
3. Successful completion of probation for Kurt Njos, Social Worker, effective September 8, 2018 as recommended by the Social Services Manager.
4. Merit increase for Kurt Njos, Social Worker, to Merit Grade 7/Step 1 effective September 8, 2018 as recommended by the Social Services Manager.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the Board unanimously approved payment of the following Commissioners' warrants:
Coordinator & Auditor/Treasurer Vickerman was asked to discuss the Staples purchase with Assessor Blagsvedt, noting it was not part of the centralized purchasing.
The Auditor's warrants were reviewed.
Marty Walsh, Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), was present.
Community and Business Development Specialist Walsh reviewed the proposed CEDA 2019 budget.
Gabby Kinneberg, Preston Tourism Director, was present.
Preston Tourism Director Kinneberg reviewed the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association's past year and provided information regarding the use of the appropriation received, noted that the SMTA is seeking the same appropriation, if possible, for 2019.
The Citizens Input portion of the meeting was opened and closed at 9:36 a.m. as no one was present to speak.
Bobbie Vickerman, Coordinator & Auditor/Treasurer, was present.
Coordinator & Auditor/Treasurer Vickerman presented the proposed 2019 budgets for the following:
• General Government
• Board of Commissioners
• Policy Coordinator
• Accounting Services
• Data Processing
• Other General Government
Ron Gregg, Highway Engineer was present.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the Board unanimously awarded the low bid of $1,145,891.14 to Icon Constructors for the Carrolton Township Bridge Replacement Project (Old Barn Bridge) SAP 023-599-150 as recommended by the Highway Engineer.
Highway Engineer Gregg and Highway/Airport Office Manager Schroeder presented the proposed 2019 budgets for the Highway Fund and the Airport Fund.
The Highway Committee reviewed the 2018 projects and projects planned for 2019. Discussion was held on a mobile speed limit testing sign. A used sign has been found for a reasonable price, the Committee is seeking options for funding. This could possibly be purchased with infrastructure dollars. Discussion ensued regarding the options for the equipment and its uses.
The meeting was recessed at 11:17 a.m. and resumed back in session at 11:24 a.m.
Thomas Kaase, Sheriff/Emergency Management, was present.
On motion by Prestby and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously approved the STS/Forestville State Park work contract.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Peterson, the Board unanimously approved the sale of squad cars.
Sheriff Kaase gave an update on the Jail improvements. Commissioner Prestby noted he toured the jail and viewed improvements.
Sheriff Kaase reviewed the Courthouse Security Policy with changes, noting that at this point these will be used as a guide to implement the security and will work on final documents.
Jessica Erickson, Director of Nursing, was present.
Director of Nursing Erickson recognized Fillmore County Public Health Nurse, Kari Schultz, for being named recipient of the Minnesota Department of Health Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Everyday Hero award.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously approved the PH-Doc Contract and Board Ratification.
Discussion was held regarding Community Health Services (CHS) for Joint Board of Health for Houston and Fillmore Counties. CHS Administrator/Bookkeeper, Mary Marchel, is retiring October 12, 2018.
On motion by Prestby and seconded by Peterson, the Board unanimously approved the Appliance Recycling Services for Fillmore County Transfer Station contract with Don Doerr of Southern Minnesota Recycling.
On motion by Peterson and seconded by Dahl the Board unanimously approved the 2019 price list for the Resource Recovery Center.
A review of the calendar was done and the following committee reports were given:
Prestby and Peterson: Solid Waste items discussed were on the agenda; Prestby and Lentz: Law Enforcement for which the items were discussed by the Sheriff; and Lentz and Dahl attended Library and noted that the SELCO group did not feel that the amount approved by the Board was sufficient. They are seeking data at this point and will plan to ask to be put on the agenda or attend during citizen's input.
On motion by Bakke and seconded by Dahl, the Chair adjourned the meeting at 12:10 p.m.