Rock County Commissioners meet Dec. 13
Rock County Commissioners meet Dec. 13
Herreid Board Room 9:00 A.M.
Rock County Courthouse Dec.13, 2022
The was called to order by the Chair with Commissioners Overgaard,
Thompson, Burger and Williamson present. Also in attendance were Administrator Kyle Oldre, Deputy Administrator Susan Skattum, County
Attorney Jeff Haubrich and Star-Herald Reporter Mavis Fodness.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance.
Motion by Thompson, seconded by Overgaard, to approve the December 13, 2022,
County Board agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Burger, seconded by Williamson, to approve the November 22, 2022,
County Board minutes, declared carried on a voice vote.
Beth Wilms, Southwest Health & Human Services Director, and support staff members identified how the transition from Southwest Mental Health (SMHS) services to Southwest Health & Human Services (SWHHS) will look like by utilizing third party counseling services. Mobile crisis services will remain with SMHS due to a DHS grant and Rock County will continue services with the Southwest Mental Health Consortium; the other services will be handled on a case-by-case basis. SMHS will offer ala carte services to ensure the transition goes smoothly.
Eric Hartman, Land Management Office Director presented information
regarding Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), which referenced as “forever chemicals” and are found in everything. PFAS have been showing up in water samples around landfill and demolition sites. The information was presented informational
Mark Sehr, Engineer, informed the County Board that Lyon County Landfill are raising the tipping fees for Mixed Solid Waste (MSW) by $3.00/ton effective 01/01/2023; Sehr requested approval to increase the county’s MSW tipping fee to $93.00/ton, also a $3.00/ton increase. Motion by Williamson, seconded by Overgaard to approve the increase, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Burger, seconded by Thompson, to approve Resolution No. 38-22, which renews an existing agreement #1052175 with MnDOT to allow Rock County
to administer and receive Federal Aid Construction Projects, declared carried
on a voice vote.
The Engineer requested final payment $43,053.93 to Duininck, Inc. for the (6) Bituminous Mill/Overlay projects conducted in 2022; motion by Overgaard, seconded by Thompson, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote.
The Engineer presented the following bids for the 2023
Bituminous Rehabilitation projects:
Duininck, Inc $4,894,556.04
Knife River Corp $4,952,316.72
Central Specialties Inc $4,953,962.50
Engineers estimate $3,973,651.95
There was considerable discussion regarding the bid differential between the vendors and the Engineer’s estimate and the optional options. Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Thompson, to award the project to the low compliant bidder, Duininck, Inc. for $4,894,556.04, declared carried on a voice vote.
The Engineer presented a Walley Wind project update stating that reclamation activities will be ending December 20th and will resume next spring when the weather allows. Currently 8-10 turbines are commissioned and operating and that they will continue to commission the rest of the turbines over the winter.
Ashley Kurtz, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims and per diems of
$3,300.00; motion by Thompson, seconded by Overgaard, to approve declared
carried on a unanimous vote. A complete listing the claims is available
at the Auditor/Treasurer’s office.
DECEMBER 13, 2022 CLAIMS OVER $2,000
A & B BUSINESS INC $2,849.60
BAKER & TAYLOR 2,145.63
CHS INC 13,118.82
CLIFTON LARSON ALLEN LLP 14,721.00
CONCRETE CREATIONS 4,966.00
COUNTIES PROVIDING TECHNOLOGY 6,755.00
DELL RAPIDS CUSTOM TRAILERS, INC. 13,865.00
ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE INC 4,083.10
HENNING CONSTRUCTION, INC 3,469.53
HOWES OIL CO 2,309.50
KETTERLING SERVICES INC 13,903.57
LYON COUNTY LANDFILL 16,290.42
MORRIS ELECTRONICS 3,008.74
NOBLES COUNTY AUDITOR-TREASURER 4,740.00
ROCK COUNTY AUDITOR-TREASURER 2,219.79
ROCK COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT 17,206.40
ROCK COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES 2,642.63
SANDERS INC 2,543.75
SCHNEIDER GEOSPATIAL 2,300.00
SIOUX FALLS/CITY 3,680.65
STAPLES ENTERPRISES INC 3,755.28
SUPERIOR CAULKING INC 7,875.80
VIKING ELECTRIC LLC 3,807.91
78 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000 39,701.96
The County Board was in receipt of the Fund Balance report which reflected the 2nd half of Ag tax settlement; motion by Burger, seconded
by Williamson, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote.
The Auditor/Treasurer presented (2) license applications from Herb N’Legend and Rock River Apothecary to sell Hemp Derived products; the Auditor/Treasurer stated that background checks have been conducted with no findings and license fees ($500.00) have been collected. Motion by Williamson, seconded by Thompson, to the licenses for Herb N’Legend and Rock River Apothecary with an effective date of 12/15/22 – 12/31/2023, declared carried on a voice vote.
There was a brief discussion regarding the mail ballot process with no action taken.
Sheriff Evan Verbrugge introduced new Deputy Zachary Keesey and conducted a swearing ceremony. The County Board welcomed Deputy Keesey to Rock County.
Motion by Williamson, seconded Burger, to approve (3) AFCME Union
Contracts for Highway, Deputy and Dispatchers effective 01/01/2023 –
12/31/2025, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Thompson, seconded by Reisch, to approve a 5% COLA effective
01/01/2023 for nonunion employees, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Thompson, to approve the 2023 Cafeteria Contribution of $852.70, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Thompson, seconded by Williamson, to approve an amendment to the A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota Joint Powers Agreement, declared carried on a voice vote. The amendment authorized Pipestone County to join the organization.
The County Administrator updated the County Board on the following: building issues due to ice, a follow up regarding the Community Ventures EDA event which has presented additional opportunities for potential businesses looking to locate in Rock County, FEMA Floodplain meeting, EMPG, meeting with the hospital administration regarding mental services and an overview of the (3) union contracts.
Commissioner Williamson stated that he attended the following meetings: Rural Water, Annual Township, AMC Conference, and FEMA Floodplain map.
Commissioner Thompson stated that she attended the following meetings: Annual Township, FEMA Floodplain map, AMC Annual Conference.
Commissioner Overgaard stated that he attended the following meetings:
FEMA Floodplan map, Community Ventures EDA event.
Commissioner Burger stated that he attended the following meetings: Annual Township, AMC Annual Conference, FEMA Floodplain map, Union negotiations.
Commissioner Reisch stated that he attended the following
meetings: Annual Township, FEMA Floodplain map, AMC Annual
Conference, met with the Sheriff to discuss salary, EDA meeting.
With no further business to come before the County Board, motion by Thompson, seconded by Overgaard to adjourn the meeting, declared carried on a voice vote.