Rock County Commissioners meet Oct. 5

Rock County Commissioners meet Oct. 5

Herreid Board Room          9:00 A.M.

Rock County Courthouse October 5, 2021

The meeting was called to order by the Chair with all Commissioners present. Also in attendance were Administrator Kyle Oldre, County Attorney

Jeff Haubrich and Star-Herald Reporter and Mavis Fodness.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance.

Motion by Reisch, seconded by Thompson, to approve the October 05, 2021,

County Board agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Burger, to approve the September 21,

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

By order of the Chair, the County Board meeting recessed at 9:05 A.M.

to conduct a Public Hearing for proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance regarding Self Storage Facilities to be in Zones A-1 and A-2. There was no public comment either written or verbal received, therefore the public hearing was closed at 9:08 A.M. by order of the Chair.

Miranda Wendlandt, Clifton Larson Allen, Account Auditor, reviewed details of the 2020 audit; Rock County received an unmodified opinion for the audit.

Emily Crabtree, Luverne Area Community Foundation Executive Director, informed the County Board of a new grant program initiated to replace the former Red Arrow grant program in the community. The new program is designed to be community specific with each community being able to capitalize on a matching grant by the Foundation. The County Board thanked Crabtree for her presentation.

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

OCTOBER 5, 2021 CLAIMS OVER $2,000

A & B BUSINESS INC $4,363.23 

A.C.E. OF SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA               4,903.00 

CLIFTON LARSON ALLEN LLP           37,212.00 

COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION               3,761.12 

FLEET SERVICES DIVISION-ADMIN FMR               7,227.53 

GALLAGHER BENEFIT SERVICES INC               4,750.00 

NOBLES COUNTY AUDITOR-TREASURER           10,040.00 

PATTEN ROOFING CO               8,150.00 

RICHARZ REPAIR               3,405.81 

55 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000           17,977.89 

TOTAL               $101,790.58 

The Fund Balance report was reviewed by the County Board, motion by Overgaard, seconded by Williamson, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote.

Evan Verbrugge, Sheriff, requested authorization to change the E911 service

provider from IES to VESTA Solutions/Motorola Solutions to align with four

other counties; motion by Reisch, seconded by Overgaard to approve,

declared carried on a voice vote.

The Sheriff requested to fill (2) full-time deputy positions in his office of

which (1) officer would be assigned a School Resource Officer which be funded

by the county (1/3), City of Luverne (1/3) and 1/3 at 80% Luverne School District

and 20% Hills-Beaver Creek; the other full time position would be funded by 44%

City of Luverne and 56% Rock County, as per the contract. Motion by Burger,

seconded by Thompson, to authorize the (2) full-time deputy positions,

declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Reisch, to amend the Deputy job description to include the duties of School Resource Officer, declared carried on a voice vote.

Mark Sehr, Engineer, presented a bid from Dan Hamann Construction to replace windows in the office area of the Highway Department office area; motion by Overgaard, seconded by Burger, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Thompson, seconded by Williamson, to purchase a Trimble R12i Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Station from Frontier

Precision for $34,308.00, declared carried on a voice vote.

The Administrator presented an update on various projects

and meeting updates; no action 

Motion by Overgaard, seconded Reisch, to approve Resolution No. 23-21,

amending the Rock County Zoning Ordinance to allow for the construction of

self-storage facilities as conditional use in both A-1 and A-2 zones,

declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Thompson, seconded by Reisch, to set the annual Truth in Taxation meeting for December 14, 2021 at 6:00PM and to move the regular scheduled County Board meeting dates of December 07 and December 21 to December 14 and December 28, declared carried on a voice vote. 

The County Board was in receipt of a thank you from the Rock County Historical Society for the Highway Department’s work on their parking lot.

The Administrator led a discussion seeking input for agenda

items for the October 28th AMC District VIII meeting.

The Administrator presented an update regarding the health insurance RFP process stating that there was (4) bids received with Medica being the low compliant bid through the Minnesota Health Consortium/Southwest West Central Service Coop. Motion  by Overgaard, seconded by Thompson to accept the low compliant bid with Medica with a 2% increase for 2022 and a not to exceed 9% increase for 2023, declared carried on a voice vote.

Motion by Thompson, seconded by Reisch, to set the monthly 2022 Cafeteria Contribution amount at $802.70, declared carried on a voice vote.

The County Board was in receipt of an update regarding the Walleye Wind

project stating that they have received approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to construct and operate a 109.7 megawatt Large Wind Energy Conversion System, located in Martin, Beaver Creek and Springwater townships of Rock County, however, the project will not break ground until May of 2022 with a completion date of September 2022.

Commissioner Reisch stated that he had attended the following

meetings: no meetings to report.

Commissioner Thompson stated that she had attended the

following meetings: no meetings to report.

Commissioner Overgaard stated that he had attended the following

meetings: no meetings to report.

Commissioner Burger stated that he had attended the following

meetings: Southwestern Mental Health

Commissioner Williamson stated that he had attended the following

meetings: no meetings to report. 

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

was declared adjourned by order of the Chair.

(11-04)

 
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