Rock County Commissioners meet Nov. 22
Rock County Commissioners meet Nov. 22
Herreid Board Room 9:00 A.M.
Rock County Courthouse Nov. 22, 2022
The meeting 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 November 22,
2022, County Board agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Burger, seconded by Overgaard, to approve the November 08,
2022, County Board minutes, declared carried on a voice vote.
By order of the Chair, to recess the County Board meeting and open a Public Hearing at 9:01 A.M.; purpose of the meeting to hear comments on the potential adoption of a new ordinance regarding the Sale of Hemp Derived Products. Ben Vander Kooi, City of Luverne Attorney, stated that the city supports the ordinance and requested clarification regarding Subdivision 11 of the ordinance.
Motion by Thompson, seconded by Williamson, to close the Public Hearing at
9:15 A.M., declared carried on a voice vote. The County Board meeting
resumed at 9:16 A.M..
Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Reisch, to lift the moratorium on
the sale of hemp derived THC (tetrahydrocannabinols) food and beverages
(Resolution No. 28-22), declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Thompson, seconded by Overgaard, to approve Resolution No. 37-22, the adoption of a Hemp Derived Products ordinance, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Williamson, seconded by Burger, to set the Hemp Derived Product
license at $500.00, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Williamson, to approve the
consent agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.
1. (6) Service contract renewals for 2023 – Rock County Opportunities
2. CAD-RMS system Maintenance contract renewal $28,846.87; expenditure
is E911 eligible.
3. MCCC /County Attorney User Group support agreement with Strategic
Technoligies, Inc., effective 01/01/2023
Mark Sehr, Engineer, requested approval of Resolution No. 36-22, supporting the City of Luverne Grant Application for the Sybesma Subdivision connection to the Luverne Loop Trail project; the grant application names Rock County as the sponsor and will be responsible for the project bid letting and final inspection. Motion by Burger, seconded by Thompson, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote.
The Engineer informed the County Board of safety concerns of the
Walleye Wind Tower 5 road access as the driveway is a hidden driveway;
the landowner does not want to move the access. Sehr reported that Next
Era will add signage warning drivers of the hidden driveway.
Ashley Kurtz, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims and per diems of
$1,700.00; motion by Burger, seconded by Overgaard, to pay the claims,
declared carried on a unanimous vote. A complete listing the claims is
available at the Auditor/Treasurer’s office.
NOVEMBER 22, 2022 CLAIMS OVER $2,000
AMERICAN ENGINEERING TESTING, INC $15,600.00
CENTERPOINT ENERGY 2,921.60
CHS INC 4,573.47
COUNTIES PROVIDING TECHNOLOGY 6,755.00
DIAMOND D CONSTRUCTION 7,500.00
ERICKSON ENGINEERING 13,590.50
EVERBRIDGE INC 4,129.17
FIALA/ERNEST G 2,100.00
FLEET SERVICES DIVISION-ADMIN FMR 6,348.61
GRAHAM TIRE-WORTHINGTON 5,416.28
JOHNSON CONTROLS 55,760.00
KETTERLING SERVICES INC 16,190.83
LUVERNE/CITY OF 7,735.48
MORRIS ELECTRONICS 4,866.08
MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS INC 2,300.00
MVTL LABORATORIES INC 2,549.38
ROCK COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT 3,790.00
ROCK COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES 2,297.94
SANDERS INC 2,553.00
W & N CONSTRUCTION INC 13,687.52
59 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000 18,472.99
The County Board was in receipt of the Fund Balance report which reflected the second half collection of property taxes for agriculture. Motion by Williamson, seconded by Thompson, to approve the Fund Balance report, declared carried on a voice vote.
The Auditor/Treasurer presented an update of the 2022 General Election for Rock County. Voter turnout was 74.85%, which is consistent with other mid-term elections; the Post Election Review went well too. There was a discussion regarding the discussion to re-establish polling places that are currently mail ballot precincts. It was determined to begin the discussion at the Annual Township meeting scheduled for December 2nd, more information will be forthcoming.
The County Board was in receipt of the 2023 Tax Capacity Rates for the Truth and Taxation Hearing scheduled for December 13 at 6:00 P.M.
The County Board was informed that the Department of Motor Vehicle Drivers
Testing schedule will resume to the pre-covid schedule and will be in Rock County
on a weekly basis.
The County Board was informed that the MCIT voting delegates are Kyle Oldre and Sherri Thompson (alternate); it was determined to keep them the same.
The County Board briefly reviewed the schedule for the AMC Annual Conference scheduled for December 4-7 in Bloomington, Minnesota; no action was taken.
The Administrator reminded the County Board that due the Truth
and Taxation Hearing scheduled for December 13 at 6:00 P.M., the County Board meeting of December 13 would begin at 4:00 P.M.
The County Board was in receipt of a notice of a FEMA Consultation Coordination Office (CCO) meeting to review updated flood maps of Rock County and the appeals and comments process; the meeting is scheduled for December 1st at 3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. and Open House event is scheduled for December 1st at 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., all at the Rock County Courthouse.
The Administrator stated that his office had the following activities: Union
negotiations and mediation where a tentative agreement has been determined,
also discussed the projected state surplus and staying diligent with
current economic development activities.
Commissioner Burger recognized Luke Comeau, Director of Southwestern Mental Health organization addressing the exit plan for Rock County. No action was taken.
Commissioner Williamson stated that he attended the following meetings: Extension, Rural Water, One Water One Plan, Soil & Water Conservation District, Beaver Creek Township driveway issue and Daycare meeting.
Commissioner Thompson stated that she attended the following
meetings: Library and Daycare meetings.
Commissioner Overgaard stated that he attended the following
meetings: Daycare, Canvassing Board and Extension.
Commissioner Burger stated that he attended the following meetings: (2)
Southwest Health & Human Services, Community Corrections, Canvassing Board,
Southwestern Mental Health, Union Negotiation.
Commissioner Reisch stated that he attended the following meetings: Community Corrections, Union Negotiation and Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council.
With no further business to come before the County Board, the
meeting was declared adjourned by order of the chair.