County Board approves assessor retirement and change in land records director’s position

By: 
Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy

Fillmore County commissioners held their second meeting of July on Tuesday, July 9, carrying out usual housekeeping items.

Human Resources Officer Kristina Kohn presented a retirement request from assessor Ron Vikre, effective July 10. The board thanked Vikre for his 13 years of service to the county as they granted him his retirement.

Kohn followed this issue by highlighting proposed changes in the land records department. Kohn explained that the land records department’s head, Land Records Director Brian Hoff, wanted to return to his previous role as an appraiser instead of remaining in the leading position as land records director. The board chose to allow the transition back to appraiser and advertise for an assessor due to Hoff’s return to his previous position. 

Kevin Olson, of social services, asked for approval for Olmsted County to serve as fiscal agent for the 2019-2021 Whatever It Takes grant, which was approved.

Olson went on to seek approval of a managed care procurement for his department, which was also approved.    

Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted (DFO) Community Corrections Program Manager Jennifer Mann gave an outline of a proclamation the board approved for Probation and Parole Week, set this year for July 21 to 28. 

County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman needed approval of the 2018 reserve fund balance report and for attendance and an overnight stay at the Minnesota Association of County Administrators (MACA) work session.  The board approved the requests. Vickerman noted the MACA session is one of only a few conferences she intends to take in each year.

Closing conversation focused on what kind of portable toilets to get for the county’s parks, as there is a need, but the commissioners expressed concern that vandalism will be problematic, as it has been in the past.  Vickerman was instructed to contact two companies and inquire about cost and liability.    

The consent agenda included granting the use of light towers at the Fillmore County fair from July 15 to 21, payment of the $9,825.50 Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) third quarter invoice for economic development staffing services, closure of County 33 from County Road 8 to Highway 52 in Fountain for the town’s sesquicentennial celebration on July 27 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., granting successful completion of probation for paralegal Bailey Peterson effective July 16 and for accounting technician Katie Isenberg effective June 29, as well as completion of probation for property appraiser Roxane Alden on July 30.