Rock County Commissioners meet Aug. 3

Rock County Commissioners meet Aug. 3

Herreid Board Room          9:00 A.M.

Rock County Courthouse Aug. 3, 2021

The meeting was called to order by the Chair with Commissioners Overgaard, Thompson and Reisch present, Commissioner Burger was absent. Also in attendance were Administrator Kyle Oldre, Deputy Administrator

Susan Skattum and Star-Herald Reporter and Mavis Fodness.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance.

Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Thompson, to approve the August 03,

2021, County Board agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Reisch, to approve the July 20, 2021,

County Board minutes, declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Thompson, seconded by Overgaard, to approve the consent

agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.

1. Resolution No. 19-21, UCAP Family Homeless Prevention & Assistance Program

By order of the County Board Chair, to go into recess for the regular

County Board meeting and open the Public Hearing at 9:05 A.M. for comments

on the Capital Improvement Plan 2022-2026.

The Administrator reviewed details of the CIP and options for bonding to consolidate debt and allow the county to move forward with a portion of the items identified on the CIP.

By order of the County Board Chair, the Public Hearing was closed at 9:24 A.M.

Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Reisch, to adopt Resolution

No. 20-21, adopting the 2022-2026 CIP and GO Series 2021A not

to exceed $21,836,249, declared carried on a voice vote.

Dan Kippley, Ellis & Eastern Economic Development Director and Steve Watson and Will Kratt with ISC presented results of a site survey conducted by ISC identifying potential industrial park sites along the Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail (BRRRA). Also in attendance for the presentation was Nobles County Board of Commissioners and Southwest Regional Development Commission Deputy Director Robin Weis and Development Planner Rosemary Bruce-White. Weis commented on the value the site survey brings for future economic development. The site survey was paid for the BRRRA; Watson and Kratt were thanked for their presentation.  

Betty Mann, Rock County Historical Society President introduced Wendell Buys, the new History Center Director to the County Board.  The County Board welcomed Mr. Buys and wished him well in serving as the new Director at the History Center.

Ashley Kurtz, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims; motion by Overgaard, seconded by Reisch, to approve the claims, declared carried on a voice vote. A complete listing of the claims is available at the Auditor/Treasurer’s office.

AUGUST 3, 2021 CLAIMS OVER $2,000

A & B BUSINESS INC $2,647.47 

ALLIANCE COMMUNICATIONS COOP 16,200.00

BREMIK MATERIALS, INC 14,180.03

COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION   2,621.83

FLEET SERVICES DIVISION-ADMIN FMR   7,147.50

JOHNSON CONTROLS   6,479.72

LEADSONLINE   2,192.00

LUVERNE/CITY OF 20,196.02

SANFORD HEALTH   2,005.22

TRAFFIC MARKING SERVICE, INC 59,698.08

WEX BANK   3,234.06

ZIEGLER INC   2,664.27

68 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000 27,112.78

TOTAL               $166,378.98 

 

The County Board was in receipt of the Fund Balance report; motion by Overgaard, seconded by Thompson, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote.

The Administrator presented an update regarding the Land Records Office. Oldre and members of the Personnel Committee of the County Board interviewed (2) candidates for the Land Records Director position and extended a conditional offer to Rachel Jacobs, Land Records Technician I. Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Reisch, to approve the conditional 

offer of employment effective 08/02/2021, declared carried on a voice vote. 

Oldre also recommended that the County Board appoint Jeff Sehr as an Interim Assessor due to his SAMA licensure and pay a $500/mo additional compensation during the intermittent appointment; motion by Reisch, seconded by Thompson, to approve the appointment and additional compensation with an effective date of 08/03/2021, declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Thompson, seconded by Williamson, to authorize the Administrator’s office to fill the vacant LRO Technician I, declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Reisch, seconded by Overgaard, to accept a bid of $20,000 

for Unit 241, a surplus dump truck, declared carried on a voice vote.  

The Administrator reviewed the timeline of events on August 17th, next board meeting date. After discussion it was determined to schedule a Budget Retreat for the County Board at 3:00 P.M. and move the start time of the County Board meeting to 4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.; at 5:30 P.M. the County Board will meet with city mayors to discuss law enforcement and assessment contract renewals as well as the utilization of American Recovery Plan funds.

MnDOT Representatives Greg Ous, District 7 Engineer and Rhonda Allis, Sr. Planner, presented an overview of the District 7 Area Transportation Improvement Plan (ATIP). An improvement project of concern in 2025 was the placement of a round-a-bout at the intersection of US Highway 75 and CSAH 4.  After considerable discussion, the County Board requested that MnDOT utilize the safety data of US Hwy 75 from when it switched from a 4-lane highway to a 3-lane highway for a 10-year period before making any improvements at that intersection.

Commissioner Reisch stated that he had attended the following

meetings: (2) Personnel Committee meetings.

  Commissioner Thompson stated that she had attended the following meetings:

Southwest Health & Human Services, Houselog retirement party.

Commissioner Overgaard stated that he had attended the following meetings:  District 2184 School tour/Road & Bridge tour, Rural Energy, Solid Waste, Farm Family of Year ceremony at the Fair, City/County Liaison, Houselog retirement party. Also wished to congratulation the Fair Board on a successful fair in 2021.

Commissioner Burger stated that he had attended the following meetings: n/a

Commissioner Williamson stated that he had attended the following meetings: District 2184 School tour/Road & Bridge tour, Houselog retirement party.

The County Board determined to schedule September 21st

for the Employee Picnic date.

With no further business to come before the County Board, the meeting was

declared adjourned by order of the Chair.

(10-28)

 

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