Fillmore County’s Tuesday, Feb. 13, County Board meeting saw several departmental issues on the agenda. Issues regarding sealcoating, policies and remodeling projects were discussed among other business.

Highway Engineer Ron Gregg requested he be given permission to advertise the county’s 2018 sealcoat projects slated for County State Aid Highways (CSAH) 9, 20, 14, 8, 38, 2 and 27.

He highlighted that 38, 2 and 27 would be paid for through the recently-implemented local option sales tax (LOST) funds. The also recently-implemented wheelage tax would provide funding for 9, 20, 14 and 8.

Fillmore County maintains its roads by sealing the surfaces on a set schedule as a means of saving taxpayer money.

Gregg stated, “The decision to utilize wheelage tax for the chip-seal program is why you’re seeing more than 30 miles of chip-sealing projects.”

Human Resources Officer Kristina Kohn brought forward the second readings of updates to the dress code and employee performance policies, as well as asking to be allowed to advertise for requests for proposals (RFP) for a county compensation study — examining the equality of pay between equal positions. She also asked to advertise for two temporary summer employees for the highway department.

The board approved submitting advertisements for RFPs, setting an April 1, 2019 completion date for the study.

Kohn then outlined that the highway department had budgeted for three summer employees this year but determined that it needs only two temporary employees this summer. The commissioners voted in favor.

Administrative items encompassed approval of replacement automated logic controls for the county office building that handle the heating and cooling of the building, and also the low bid for the public health office’s remodeling project based on a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) grant’s requirements.

Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman explained the remodeling proposal would bring the WIC clinic up to the front of the office building and combine the public health and social services offices reception area and offer more building security by eliminating public access to certain exterior and interior doors.

The project was not able to be included in the budget because of the method which had to be used to determine an estimate for the costs. Vickerman and Director of Nursing Jessica Erickson answered a question posed by Commissioner Duane Bakke regarding how long the county is able to hold the WIC grant money, citing the project must be done by Sept. 30, 2018, and that WIC will conduct a walk-through to assure the work is done satisfactorily.

Commissioner Randy Dahl remarked the office building needs to be made more secure, as the board has been conversing at length about courthouse security but has yet to address county office building concerns.

Dahl made a motion to approve the remodeling, and Bakke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Additionally, Recorder Dave Kiehne was on the agenda to present the first reading of his department’s lot split policy — the policy governing how and when a parcel can be divided/

Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Water Management Coordinator presented the SWCD’s Local Water Management Grant financial report, asking for the board to sign it.

During calendar and committee reviews, Dahl registered that the need for cash and food donations to Semcac’s food shelf have decreased and that may be due in part to local food shelves being organized, but added there still is a need for donations to the Semcac food shelf. He cited that deep reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may soon show effects at the food shelves, making it more important for those who have spare change and food to share it with those who do not.

The consent agenda included approving renewal of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center’s consumption and display permit through Sept. 1, 2018.