Rock County Commissioners meet Jan. 7

Rock County Commissioners meet Jan. 7

Herreid Board Room          9:00 A.M.

Rock County Courthouse                    Jan. 07, 2020

The meeting was called order by Administrator Oldre with Commissioners Gary Overgaard (District 1), Stan Williamson (District 2), Greg Burger (District 3), and Jody Reisch (District  5) present; Sherri Thompson (District 4) was absent. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Also in attendance were County Attorney Jeff Haubrich and Deputy Administrator Susan Skattum.

The Administrator requested nominations for the County Board Chair; motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch to nominate Commissioner Overgaard.  The Administrator called three times for nominations  for County Board Chair; motion by Williamson, seconded by Reisch to have nominations cease and cast a unanimous ballot for Commissioner Overgaard, declared carried on a voice vote.

The meeting was turned over to Chair Overgaard.

The Chair requested nominations for Vice Chair of the County Board; motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch to nominate Commissioner Williamson. The Chair called three times for nominations  for Vice Chair; motion by Reisch, seconded by Burger to have nominations cease and cast a unanimous ballot for Commissioner Williamson, declared carried on a voice vote.

Chair Overgaard expressed his thanks to Commissioner Burger for his leadership as the 2019 Chair and to the rest of the County Board and Administration staff for a their efforts in 2019 as well.

Motion by Reisch, seconded by Burger, to approve the January 07, 2020, County Board agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, to approve the consent agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.

1. Housekeeping Resolution No. 01-20

By order of the Chair, the regular County Board meeting recessed for the purpose to conduct  a Public Hearing for a Rock Home Incentive (RHI) Tax Abatement request for Jason Steinhoff, the annual abatement amount is $193.71 for term of 5-years for a total abatement of $968.55. There was no attendees for the Public Hearing.

By order of the Chair, the regular County Board meeting re-convened; motion by Reisch, seconded by Williamson, to approve the RHI Tax Abatement request for Jason Steinhoff, declared carried on a voice vote.

Neil Breitbarth, Deputy District Director for US Representative Jim Hagedorn attended the County Board meeting and presented an update from Hagedorn's office. Currently US Representative Hagedorn is on the Agriculture and Small Business Committees and is hopeful that with the USMC Trade Agreement passed, it will initiate other agreements to move forward. Local issues discussed with Breitbarth was the status of the BRRRA short line rail, the compliance of federal regulations and the federal grant (CRISI) application submitted by Elis & Eastern Railroad for $14.5  million  for track improvements; total project is $30 million with private funds of $16 million being invested as well. The rail currently supports the transport of ethanol, dry cement and liquid fertilizer; track improvements are critical for the expansion  of these industries and future economic development. The County Board thanked Mr. Breitbarth for his attendance and for updating the US Representative on currently activities in Rock County.

Ashley Kurtz, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims that were paid on December 31, 2019, and claims that need approval as of January 7, 2020, to include annual mileage reimbursements for the County Board; motion by Williamson, seconded by Reisch, to approve the claims, declared carried on a voice vote. A complete listing of the claims is available upon request at the Auditor/Treasurer's office.

DECEMBER 31, 2019 CLAIMS OVER $2,000

BEAVER CREEK/CITY OF 11,431.55

EMERGENCY AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES   3,484.58

FLEET SERVICES DIVISION-ADM IN FMR   5,743.70

HARDWICK/CITY OF   6,400.00

HILLS/CITY OF   6,260.00

  JOHNSON CONTROLS FIRE PROTECTION LP   7,216.22

MAGNOLIA/CITY OF   3,430.00

NEOFUNDSBYNEOPOST   4,158.20

SANDERS INC   2,121.35

56 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000 21,142.54

TOTAL                 $71,388.14

JANUARY 7, 2020 CLAIMS OVER $2,000

A & B BUSINESS INC   5,251.35

HEAT TACTICAL TEAM   2,260.85

LIBERTY TIRE RECYCLING LLC   3,888.90

MN COUNTIES COMPUTER COOP   2,876.00

MN COUNTY ATTORNEYS ASSN   2,798.00

MN SHERIFFS ASSN   4,715.60

SWPTSA   3,400.00

WEX BANK   4,757.31

36 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000 11,188.15

TOTAL                 $41,136.16

The County Board was in receipt of the Fund Balance report as presented by the Auditor/Treasurer. She stated that a $250,000 investment was redeemed to cover costs for Bridge 67574 over the BNSF railroad on County Highway 52; motion by Burger, seconded by Williamson, to approve the Fund Balance report, declared carried on a voice vote.

Mark Sehr, Engineer, requested approval for final contract payment of $33,558.33 to R & G Construction Company, Inc.for SAP 067-612-009, SAP 067-615-010, and SAP 067598-020, Box Culvert Projects. Motion by Williamson, seconded by Reisch, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote.

The County Board was informed of a recent donation of $400 to the Rock County Veterans Memorial from the Luverne Presbyterian Church; motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, acknowledging the donation and thank you, declared carried on a voice vote.

The County Board was in receipt of a Notice of Public Information and Environmental Assessment Scoping Meeting from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission regarding the Elk Creek Solar Project in Rock County scheduled for January 13, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Prairie Event Center.

The County Board briefly reviewed the Boards and Committee appointments  for 2020; no action was taken at this time.

The County Board also discussed attendance at the AMC Legislative Conference; no action was taken.

The County Board was in receipt of a copy of correspondence from SWHHS Public Health addressed to tobacco retailers informing them of the federal legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco project from 18 to 21 years.

The County Board was in receipt of a report drafted by the University of Minnesota Extension the SW Minnesota County Farmland Prices (bare land only) from 2009-2019; presented as information.

The Administrator led a discussion regarding Windows 10 software upgrades for county owned computers; (25) computers are identified as non-upgradable and will not support the new software so new hardware will be required to be purchased as well; the estimated cost for computer replacement is $760/computer; for the remaining computers, only the Windows 10 software licensure is required. Motion by Williamson, seconded by Reisch, to authorize the Administrator to move forward with the Windows 10 software and computer upgrades, declared carried on a voice vote.

The County Board was informed of the 2020 Pork Producers Banquet scheduled for January 20, 2020 at the Grand Prairie Event Center at 7:00 p.m.

Commissioner Reisch stated that he attended the following meetings: nothing.

Commissioner Williamson stated that he attended the following meetings: Meals on Wheels delivery event. Commissioner Burger stated that he attended the following meetings: Meals on Wheels delivery event.

Commissioner Overgaard stated that he attended the following meetings: Meals on Wheels delivery event.

With no further business to come before the County Board, motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, to adjourn the meeting, declared carried on a voice vote.

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