Rock County Commissioners meet Sept. 21
Rock County Commissioners
meet Sept. 21
Herreid Board Room 9:00 A.M.
Rock County Courthouse September 21, 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 Burger, seconded by Reisch, to approve the September 21, 2021, County
Board agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Thompson, seconded by Overgaard, to approve the September 07,
2021, County Board minutes, declared carried on a voice vote.
John Groothuis, MnDOT D4 and D8 Transit Project Manager, attended the County Board meeting via Zoom and discussed the recent invoice of $31,579 for overpayment from the 2016 Transit operating grant that was identified in the grant close out in 2017. Groothuis recognized the tardiness of the invoice and stated that the MnDOT Audit Team has had their share of challenges to staff turnover and COVID-19; Groothuis assured the County Board that there are no additional outstanding dollars due. Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Thompson, to approve the expenditure from the dedicated reserve account for Transit/Heartland Express, declared carried on a voice vote.
Ashley Kurtz, Auditor/Treasurer present the claims with an addition of $3,800 from the Sheriff’s Office and per diems of $1,000; motion by Reisch, seconded by Overgaard, to pay the claims with additions and the per diems, declared carried on a voice vote. A complete listing of the claims is available at the Auditor/Treasurer’s office.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 CLAIMS OVER $2,000
AT-SCENE LLC $3,800.00
COUNTIES PROVIDING TECHNOLOGY 6,584.00
DALY/JOSEPH L., ARBITRATOR 3,670.00
EMERGENCY AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES 2,270.80
FLEET SERVICES DIVISION-ADMIN FMR 7,227.53
KETTERLING SERVICES INC 15,006.34
LUVERNE AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 10,000.00
LUVERNE/CITY OF 9,120.79
LYON COUNTY LANDFILL 19,683.74
MN DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION 31,579.00
PICTOMETRY INTERNATIONAL CORP 17,957.40
REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 2,050.25
SANFORD HEALTH 2,801.00
W & N CONSTRUCTION INC 14,510.09
WEX BANK 3,306.73
56 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000 21,627.71
The County Board was in receipt of the Fund Balance report. Kurtz stated that the E911 telecom rate increased which in impact Rock County’s monthly amount received. Motion by Burger, seconded by Overgaard, to approve the Fund Balance report, declared carried on a voice vote.
The Administrator led a discussion regard the 2022 budget and presented an update from the Budget Committee. The Budget Committee recommends setting the 2022 Preliminary Levy at 2.97% which includes an adjustment to the Sheriff’s budget to accommodate (2) new full time deputies, moving forward with the Capital Improvement Plan and bonding for CIP expenditures in 2022-2023 and decreasing the amount levied for reserves as some of the expenditures are identified in the CIP. After discussion, motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, to set the preliminary levy at $6,533,370.00, a 2.97% increase, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Reisch, seconded by Overgaard, to authorize the issuance of a credit card for Land Records Office Director Rachel Jacobs, declared carried on a voice vote.
The Administrator reported that the new Armory project is moving
forward with construction scheduled to begin this fall.
The Administrator led a discussion regarding the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grant program and developing a plan for distribution of funds for eligible expenses. Currently, the Administrator stated that the City of Hills is requesting ARP funds for water tower repairs and waste water lagoon improvements for their city sewer and water system. After considerable discussion, motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, to set the grant parameters up to $100,000 for qualified projects for city municipalities and to include Rock County Rural Water and Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water system in the grant program, declared carried on a voice vote. The County Attorney was directed to draft an ARP Grant Request form to submit to the Administrator’s office for review by the County Administrator and County Attorney.
The County Board was in receipt of a funding request for Luv1 Luv All to expand dental clinic services from 1 day to 2 days due to the high demand; the request was for $10,000 to allow the expanded service to operate for one year. Motion by Reisch, seconded by Burger, to approve the request and to pay the expenditure from County Board Contingency, declared carried on a voice vote.
The County Board was informed that the Rock County Sheriff’s Office
was subject to a POST Board Standards review and that the Rock County Sheriff’s
Office was compliant and passed the review.
The Administrator presented an office activity update: Johnson Control contract term notice, audit exit, City/County Liaison, Budget Committee, interview for LRO Technician, Terrace/Tunnel repair project with Heller Architect and Beck & Hoffer, Incident Command Team, Stream Bank Stabilization, Dental Clinic/Luv1 Luv All and City of Kenneth Council meeting to discuss law enforcement contract.
Commissioner Reisch stated that he had attended the following meetings: City/County Liaison, Southwest MN Opportunity Council, Budget Committee.
Commissioner Thompson stated that she had attended the following meetings:
Southwest Regional Development Commission, Suicide Prevention event,
Historical Society, Southwest Health & Human Services.
Commissioner Overgaard stated that he had attended the following meetings: City/County Liaison, Battle Plain Township, City of Kenneth Council, and Historical Society.
Commissioner Burger stated that he had attended the following meetings: Southwest Health & Human Services, Southwestern Mental Health, Community Corrections, Southwestern Mental Health Collaborative with school districts and Budget Committee.
Commissioner Williamson stated that he had attended the following
meetings: Southwestern Mental Health and Rural Water.
With no further business to come before the County Board, the meeting was
declared adjourned by order of the Chair.