PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2018 5:30 p.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN

Members Present: Jack Miller, Justin Zmyewski, Scott Connor, Teresa Walter and Fred Arnold

Others Present: Auditor Meiners; Reporter Moorhead; Yvonne Krogstad; Bruce Kuehmichel; Wayne Stenberg & Cindy Vitse – Semcac; Emily Johnson & Eldon Pohlman-Houston County Agricultural Society; HS Director Pugleasa; Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger

Presiding: Fred Arnold, Chairperson

Call to order.

Motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to approve the agenda.

Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the December 26, 2017 meeting.

Motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to approve payment of the license center and Human Services disbursements and the following claims:

County Revenue Fund $126,918.65

Road & Bridge Fund 8,919.42

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Total $135,838.07

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Emily Johnson and Eldon Pohlman, representing the Houston County Agricultural Society, met with the Board and presented their annual report. They requested that the County approve issuance of $4,000.00 matching funds, in addition to their annual appropriation. Eldon Pohlman stated that they are now a 501C3 organization. He is hopeful that they will be moving forward with a building project. They have attended several fair conventions recently and received a lot of information. Discussion was held on changes that have been made to the Houston County Fair. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to approve the additional $4,000.00 matching funds.

HS Director Pugleasa requested approval of a contract with Ability Building Center for community based employment for people with disabilities. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Miller and unanimously carried to approve the same.

HS Director Pugleasa requested approval of a contract with Erik Sievers for clinical supervision for the social workers. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to approve the same.

HS Director Pugleasa requested approval of a contract with Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center. Motion was made by Commissioner Connor, seconded by Commissioner Walter and unanimously carried to approve the same.

HS Director Pugleasa requested approval of a regional contract with Olmsted County for a CD Navigator Program. Motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Walter and unanimously carried to approve the same.

HS Director Pugleasa requested approval of a Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Screening Grant from the State of Minnesota for child respite. Motion was made by Commissioner Connor, seconded by Commissioner Walter and unanimously carried to accept said grant.

Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger requested approval of a change in employment status for Tessa Diepenbrock from probationary to regular status effective January 17, 2018.. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to approve the same.

Motion was made by Commissioner Connor, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to approve an Application for Exempt Permit on behalf of Golf Caledonia, Inc. for gambling activities to be held at Ma Cal Grove Country Club, and to adopt the following resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 18-03

BE IT RESOLVED that the Houston County Board of Commissioners does hereby approve the Minnesota Lawful Gambling Application for Exempt Permit on behalf of Golf Caledonia, Inc. for gambling activities to be conducted at Ma Cal Grove Country Club in Caledonia Township, with no waiting period.

Discussion was held regarding the Planning Commission. Chairperson Miller stated that he and Commissioner Connor have conflicts on Thursday night, however, they could alternate meetings. Motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to appoint Commissioners Arnold and Connor as co-representatives on the Planning Commission.

Discussion was held regarding two positions on the Planning Commission which were up for reappointment this year. Motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Miller and unanimously carried to advertise the two vacancies.

Motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to appoint Chairperson Arnold and Commissioner Connor as the official members of the Highway Department Building Committee, with the understanding that they shall be empowered to meet with any individual or group to move the process forward, they are to report to the board on a monthly basis as to who they met with and the substance of the meetings, and land acquisition issues shall be discussed in closed session.

There being no further business and the time being 7:27 p.m., motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Miller and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By: Fred Arnold, Chairperson

Attest: Charlene Meiners, County Auditor