Rock County Commissioners meet April 7

Rock County Commissioners meet April 7

Herreid Board Room          9:00 A.M.

Rock County Courthouse                 April 7, 2020

The meeting was called to order by Chair Overgaard with all Commissioners present.  Also in attendance were County Attorney Jeff Haubrich, County Administrator Kyle Oldre, Deputy Administrator Susan Skattum, Mavis Fodness, Star-Herald Reporter, Tom VonBische with NexTera.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by members and guests.

Motion by Reisch, seconded by Thompson, to approve the March 30, 2020, County Board Agenda; roll call vote was taken and the motion was declared carried on 5-0 vote.

Motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, to approve the March 17, 2020 County Board minutes; roll call vote was taken and the motion was declared carried on 5-0 vote.

Motion by Williamson, seconded by Thompson, to approve the March 30, 2020, Emergency County Board meeting; roll call vote was taken and the motion was declared carried on 5-0 vote.

Motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, to approve the consent agenda; roll call vote was taken and the motion was declared carried on 5-0 vote.

1. Appointment of David Owens, Assistant County Attorney

Ashley Kurtz, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims with several additions and Per Diems of $1,800.00; motion by Thompson, seconded by Williamson, to approve, roll call vote was taken and the motion was declared carried on 5-0 vote. A complete listing of the claims is available upon request at the Auditor/Treasurer's office.

APRIL 7, 2020 CLAIMS OVER $2,000

A & B BUSINESS INC $3,625.78 

BURLINGTON-NORTHERN/SANTFE RAILROAD   5,010.80 

CHOSEN VALLEY TESTING, INC               6,830.00 

FLEET SERVICES DIVISION-ADMIN FMR               5,157.26 

HERMAN MOTOR CO               6,204.85 

MORRIS ELECTRONICS           34,798.71 

NOBLES COUNTY AUDITOR-TREASURER           20,880.00 

SW MN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD   2,530.00 

WEX BANK               2,400.81 

85 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000           26,863.06 

     TOTAL               $114,301.27 

 

The County Board was in receipt of the Fund Balance report; motion by Burger, seconded by Overgaard, to approve the Fund Balance report, roll call vote was taken and the motion was declared carried on 5-0 vote.

The Auditor/Treasurer and Administrator discussed proposed legislation to delay tax collection for certain property classifications until July 15; additional research will be conducted specifically the impact the delay would have for other taxing authorities. 

The County Board was in receipt of the 2020 Tax Capacity rates; presented as information only.

The Auditor/Treasurer requested authorization to purchase (4) new ballot machines from Seachange for $19,643.80; the price quote also removes the (11) AutoMark machines. Kurtz stated that Rock County is in receipt of a grant that covers fifty-percent of the costs. Motion by Williamson, seconded by Thompson, to authorize the Auditor/Treasurer to move forward with purchasing new election equipment; roll call vote was taken and the motion was declared carried on 5-0 vote.  Rock County’s match will be paid from the Elections Reserves account.

The Auditor/Treasurer presented (3) Rock Home Initiatives applications from Greg and Erica Kracht from Magnolia Township, Diane West from City of Beaver Creek and Ronald and Cheryl Hup from City of Hills.  Motion by Burger, seconded by Thompson, to include the additional applications to the Public Hearing scheduled for May 5; roll call vote was taken and the motion was declared carried on 5-0 vote.

Motion by Reisch, seconded Overgaard, to approve Resolution No. 07-20, Rock County Snowmasters Trail Agreement; roll call vote was taken and the motion was declared carried on 5-0 vote.

Eric Hartman, Land Management Office Director, presented (4) conditional use permits (CUP) for Buffalo Ridge Concrete for gravel mining at the following locations:

1. Section 28 of Battle Plain Township; motion by Overgaard, seconded by 

Burger, to approve the CUP with conditions identified on the permit, declared 

carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

2. Section 03 of Battle PlainTownship; motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, 

to approve the CUP with conditions identified on the permit, declared carried 

on a 5-0 roll call vote.

3. Section 10 of Battle Plain Township; motion by Williamson, seconded by 

Thompson, to approve the CUP with conditions identified on the permit, declared 

carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

4. Section 16 of Battle Plain Township; motion by Thompson, seconded by 

Williamson, to approve the CUP with conditions identified on the permit, 

declared carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

Hartman presented (3) conditional use permits (CUP) for Northern Con-Ag for gravel mining at the following locations:

1.Section 36 of Mound Township; motion by Reisch, seconded by Williamson, 

to approve the CUP with conditions identified on the permit, declared carried 

on a 5-0 roll call vote.

2. Section 19 of Vienna Township; motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, 

to approve the CUP with conditions identified on the permit, declared carried 

on a 5-0 roll call vote.

3. Section 01 of Luverne Township; motion by Overgaard, seconded by 

Thompson, to approve the CUP with conditions identified on the permit, declared 

carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

Hartman presented (2) conditional use permits (CUP) of NexTera for the 

construction of meteorological towers at the following locations:

1. Section 35 of Beaver Creek Township; motion by Williamson, seconded by 

Thompson, to approve the CUP with conditions identified on the permit, declared 

carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

2. Section 06 of Beaver Creek Township; motion by Overgaard, seconded by 

Williamson, to approve the CUP with conditions identified on the permit, 

declared carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

Tom VonBische, NexTera Project Manager stated that the Walleye Wind project is moving forward as planned.

Motion by Williamson, seconded by Overgaard, to approve a professional service agreement with SEH for ground water monitoring at the Rock County Demolition Landfill, declared carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

Motion by Thompson, seconded by Burger, to approve Eric Hartman as the signature authority for the SCORE Grant agreement with MPCA, declared carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

The Administrator presented COVID-19 update stating that Governor Walz has requested a federal disaster and that Emergency Management is currently planning for peak surge; also provided website links for current updates and resources.

The Administrator provided an update regarding county staff and departmental activities stating all employees are working and that 5-6 individuals are working remotely and that flexible schedules are in place to accommodate social distancing. Currently, some restrictions have been lifted in Licensing Centers and they are developing a plan on how to accommodate certain transactions. The Land Records Office Director is in the process of scheduling virtual Board of Review meetings.

The Administrator informed the County Board that Security Savings Bank has withdrawn their request to amend the current investment agreement; no action was taken.

Commissioner Reisch stated that he had attended the following meetings:  City/County Liaison

Commissioner Thompson stated that she had attended the following meetings:  Southwest Health & Human Services.

Commissioner Williamson stated that he had attended the following meetings:  Prairie Wind Community Fund and that they are currently accepting applications.

Commissioner Burger stated that he had attended the following meetings:  Southwest Health & Human Services.

Commissioner Overgaard stated that he had attended the following meetings:  Planning & Zoning and City/County Liaison.

With no further business to come before the County Board, motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, to adjourn, declared carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

(05-14)

 
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