Rock County Commissioners meet July 7

Rock County Commissioners meet July 7

Rock County Board of Commissioners          9:00 A.M.

Herreid Board Meeting Room/Zoom Video Meeting July 07, 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, and Star-Herald Reporter Mavis Fodness.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all who were in attendance. 

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

Motion by Burger, seconded Williamson, to approve the minutes of June 16, 2020 County Board meeting and the June 16, 2020 Board of Appeal and Equalization minutes, declared carried on a voice vote.

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

1. 3-yr assessment agreement – Rose Dell Township

Eric Hartman, Land Management Office Director, presented a conditional use permit for feedlot expansion for Monte Zwaan located in the SE 1/4 of Section 16 in Clinton Township; motion by Reisch, seconded by Burger, to approve with conditions identified on the conditional use permit, declared carried on a voice vote.

Hartman requested to approve Resolution No. 12-20, amendments to the Rock County Zoning Ordinance, Section 27 Renewal Energy, to make it more consistent with other counties in the region.  Hartman stated portions of the renewable energy ordinance subject to change shall include wind turbine setbacks to property lines and setbacks to wetlands (Sect 8.Subd 1) and the standards for the installation and placement power and communication lines in large solar farms (Sect 10. Subd 2). After discussion, motion by Reisch, seconded by Overgaard, to approve Resolution No. 12-20, declared carried on a voice vote.

Ashley Kurtz, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims and per diems of $2,400.00; motion by Williamson, seconded by Thompson, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote. A complete listing of the claims is available upon request at the Auditor/Treasurer's office.

CLAIMS OVER $2,000 – July 07, 2020

A & B BUSINESS INC $2,441.75

AAA STRIPING SERVICE CO 59,220.48

BREMIK MATERIALS INC 11,291.06

BROCK WHITE   3,449.20

BUTLER MACHINERY CO   2,933.89 

CONTECH ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS LLC 27,922.46 

DAKOTA FLUID POWER INC                   2,458.05 

ERICKSON ENGINEERING               10,137.00 

KUSTOM SIGNALS INC                 2,653.56 

MORRIS ELECTRONICS                   3,926.55 

REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MN 18,886.97 

SANFORD HEALTH                   3,558.00 

SEACHANGE                   3,521.59 

TRANSOURCE TRUCK & EQUIPMENT INC   2,474.89 

WEX BANK                   2,084.64 

87 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000               31,696.77 

     TOTAL               $188,656.86

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

  The Auditor/Treasurer requested approval to submit a CARES grant for PPE for election workers; motion by Williamson, seconded by Thompson, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote.

The Auditor/Treasurer informed the County Board of a current court ruling that will allow ballots post-marked on Election Day to be counted and reported in the total ballots cast. This will result in reporting of election results being pushed back two days. No action was taken.

The County Board reviewed and discussed the distribution of CARES funding, and confirmed their collective priorities for the money:

1. Reimburse the county for actual expenses related to COVID-19 response; 

estimate $70,000 

2. Grants to businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19; $500,000 

3. Grants to non-profit businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19;  $175,000 

4. Purchase COVID-19 response equipment for (5) 1st responder teams 

within the county - Hills, Luverne, Beaver Creek, Magnolia and Hardwick; 

estimate $120,000

5. Reimburse Southwest Health and Human Services for actual costs for 

COVID-19 response;  estimate $90,000 

6. County contingency for COVID-19 response; $189,255

Following considerable discussion the board approved applications and grant agreement forms for both for profit and non-profit businesses on a motion by Burger, seconded by Thompson, and declared carried on a voice vote.

The Administrator stated that a meeting has been scheduled on July 7th at 7:00PM at the Prairie Event Center to meet with city and township officials regarding CARES Funding.

The County Board was in receipt of architectural drawings of the new 47,902 square foot Armory building to be located in the Industrial Park addition of the City of Luverne. The $16.5 million dollar project is scheduled for bid letting in 2021 with construction to follow and is scheduled to open in 2022.

The County Board reviewed a letter behalf of the County Board office to Walleye Wind Project Director Mike Weich clarifying issues and setbacks of the Rock County Zoning Ordinance Section 27 Renewable Energy relating to the permitting process for the Walleye Wind project.

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

  Commissioner Thompson state that she attended the following meetings:  Southwest Health & Human Services, A. C. E. and County Board work session. 

Commissioner Williamson stated that he attended the following meetings: no meetings.

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

Commissioner Overgaard stated that he attended the following meetings:  CERT, Planning & Zoning and County Board work session. 

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

(08-13)

 
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