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PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Room 219, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

Members Present: Eric Johnson, Teresa Walter and Fred Arnold, Jack Miller, Bob Burns

Board Workgroup Session

Call to order.

Sheriff Inglett discussed the Sheriff’s office organizational structure and his efforts to streamline leadership positions. Overall, there are no changes to the FTE for the Sheriff’s office. Administrator Babinski stated he would be requesting an external search for one Patrol Sergeant/Patrol Deputy to give the Sheriff the greatest flexibility to fill the currently vacant Deputy position. The other Sergeant Position will filled with an internal promotion. The Sheriff has seen a steady increase over the last three years in their calls for service and may approach the board during the 2020 budget cycle to increase the Deputy manpower to meet the increasing workload.

Veteran’s Service Officer Thoen provided a program overview of his office’s efforts to support Houston County’s Veteran population. 

 

Public Health and Human Services Director Pugleasa and staff provided an overview of their efforts to support Houston County, the status of the integration of Public Health and Human Services, and their continued departmental development. 

 

This being a workgroup session, with no action taken, the meeting concluded at 11:30. The next advertised meeting being a regular board meeting, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By: 

Teresa Walter, Chairperson

Attest: Jeffrey Babinski, County Administrator 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Houston
County
Planning
Commission
Vacancies

 

Notice is hereby given that applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Houston County Planning Commission. This appointment will fulfill the remainder of a current three-year term expiring on December 31, 2021. The Planning Commission generally meets the evening of the 4th Thursday of each month, with additional and/or special meetings scheduled as needed.  

In order to be considered, a completed application must be submitted to the Personnel Office, Room 208, 304 S Marshall St., Caledonia, MN  55921, by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019.  Application forms are available at the Personnel Office or on the Houston County website: http://www.co.houston.mn.us 

By: Donna Trehus

Houston County Auditor/Treasurer

 
 
 
 
 
 

NOTICE
OF
CONTINUATION

OF
PUBLIC
HEARING

PLEASE
TAKE
NOTICE:

That an application has been made by Tim Stencel, 1345 County 6, La Crescent, MN 55947, for a Conditional Use Permit for an Accessory Building in a Residential District (Section 29 – 29.14 Accessory Buildings and Structures in Residential Districts, Subdivision 1),in La Crescent Township on following premises, to-wit:

Part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, Section 9, Township 104, Range 4, Houston County, Minnesota. (Parcel #08.0537.000)

Said applicant standing and making application is as fee owner of said described lands.

A continuation hearing on this application will be held at the Houston County Commissioner’s Room, City of Caledonia, Minnesota, 55921 at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  All persons having an interest in the matter will be given the opportunity to be heard 

relative to the granting or denying of said application.

HOUSTON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

By Aaron Lacher

Zoning Administrator

 
 
 
 
 
 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

 

Members Present: Eric Johnson, Teresa Walter, Fred Arnold, Jack Miller, Bob Burns

Comm. Walter called the meeting to order.

 

Comm. Arnold moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve the consent agenda.  

Comm. Miller moved, seconded by Comm. Arnold, and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of January 26, 2019’s board meeting and March 5, 2019 Workgroup Sessions as amended.

 

Comm. Miller moved, seconded by Comm. Arnold, and unanimously carried, to approve payment of the license center and Human Services disbursements and the following claims

County Revenue Fund $65,622.44

Road & Bridge Fund $94,166.62

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Total $159,789.06

Public Comment: None

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve budgeted annual technology refresh purchases (PH/HS: $15,873, $2,401; Infosys: $15,328.94, $4,802; Recorder: $1,536, $1,801 Total: $41,741).

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to affirm the following personnel actions:

  a. Recorder 

i. Accept the notice of retirement from Geraldine Klug, Chief Deputy Recorder, effective the end of the business day Friday, May 17, 2019. We all thank and congratulate Gerry for 42 years of service to the residents of Houston County.

ii. Search initiated for Chief Deputy Recorder, B-23. 

b. Sheriff 

i. Hire Darin Daveau as a probationary Jailer/Dispatcher, Step 1, at a wage of $21.81 per hour, effective March 13, 2019, conditioned upon successful completion of background information. 

Comm. Arnold moved, seconded by Comm. Johnson, and unanimously carried to approve the 2018 Feed Lot Annual report presented by Feedlot Officer Meiners. She inspected 31 feedlots in 2018 and planned more in 2019 following her additional training this year. She reported there are 414 registered feedlots. Comm. Arnold stated the SE MN Water Resource Board ceases to exist at the end of the year, affecting a major state grant with funding for feedlot programs.  MPCA is taking this over and there are questions of how this is all going to work. 

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Miller, and unanimously carried to approve the Mathy Construction IUP with said exceptions and amendments as stated by Zoning Administrator Lacher. Zoning Officer Lacher spoke about a similar operational plan in 2016. In the last two years, there have been no complaints. Mathy Construction has submitted haul routes, storage sites, and equipment testing in a timely manner. 

Comm. Arnold moved, seconded by Comm. Miller, and unanimously carried to approve the bids for bridges 28511 and 28525. Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Arnold, and unanimously carried to reject all other bids for the other six bridges due to cost factors. Engineer Pogodzinski provided detail of the bit request for eight bridge projects. He reported the three bridges quote for seal and sand aggregate were substantially (25-40%) above our estimates. Two projects did not receive bids.

Approved Bridge Numbers: 28511, 28525

Rejected Bridge Numbers: 28528, 28522, 28523, 28515, 28510, 28514

Comm. Miller moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve the bid for SAP 028-030-006, which includes SAP 028-602-013, SAP 028-603-026, and SAP 028-629-008 from Mathy Construction of Onalaska for $2,468,101.47. Engineer Pogodzinski reported the one received bid was substantially above the Engineer’s estimate, but after extensive review and discussion with MNDOT, recommended approval and moving forward with the project due to timing, current road conditions, and the expectation that the costs would go up in the future. This project is funded through the County State Aid funds, where there are sufficient funds to cover the project. Engineer Pogodzinski detailed the timeline and efforts to minimize road closures and delays through the construction phases. He also discussed potential change orders to reduce some of the particularly high cost items in the contract. He also expressed that roughly one third of the project cost was dedicated specifically to bringing the affect roads into ADA compliance. 

Comm. Burns moved, seconded by Comm. Johnson, and unanimously carried to approve the advance order of a plow truck for delivery in 2020 as a part of the 2020 budget. Engineer Pogodzinski reported that delivery delays for plow trucks are now exceeding original 8-9 month cycles and extending from 12 ½ to 18 months, putting our deliveries off-cycle from need. Additionally, ordering now would lock in the price prior to an expected 5% increase for the 2019 state bid pricing. 

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution 19-6 Comprehensive Plan Initiation. Administrator Babinski presented the staff’s plan for updating the County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, beginning with the Advisory Committee, created through Resolution 19-6. The Advisory Committee will develop a detailed timeline, lead collection of public input, and divide, task and track efforts of sub-groups to create a draft plan to bring back to the board. Comm.s Arnold and Burns volunteered to be the two commissioner representatives on the Advisory Committee. 

Resolution 19-06

INITIATE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 394 grants counties the authority to adopt a comprehensive plan; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the County Administrator is directed to undertake an update to the Houston County Comprehensive Use Plan, with the goal of producing a draft document in nine to twelve months’ time. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a seven-member Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee be formed to assist the County Administrator with directing the actions necessary to complete the Draft Comprehensive Use Plan. The Advisory Committee shall be comprised of two County Commissioners, the Planning Commission Chair, a representative of the Houston County Township Officers Association, a representative of the cities, the Zoning Administrator and the County Administrator. This Committee will determine the design of the comprehensive plan, establish the timeline and subtasks required to complete the plan and shall forthwith begin consideration of various subcommittees and their memberships, as necessary, to produce a draft update to the Houston County Comprehensive Plan for consideration by the Houston County Board of Commissioners. Members serving on the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee and the various sub-committees shall serve at the pleasure of the Houston County Board of Commissioners. 

Comm. Burns moved, Comm. Johnson seconded to reduce Comm. Burns’ salary to $12,000 for 2019. Comm. Walter and Johnson voted yea, Comm. Miller and Comm. Arnold voted nay with Burns abstaining, motion rejected. 

Comm. Johnson moved, Comm. Burns seconded to reduce Comm. Johnson’s salary to $7,200. Comm. Burns voted yea, Comm. Arnold, Comm. Miller and Comm. Walter voted nay with Johnson abstaining, motion rejected. 

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Miller, and unanimously carried to approve the Memorandum of Agreement with LELS unit #415.

County Administrator Babinski shared a reminder that all Veterans in the county are encourage to attend the Veteran’s Benefits Bonanza on 28 March, from 1100-1800 at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse. Our VSO, Robert Thoen, has been active in helping set up this event to provide resources and information to the area’s Veterans.

County Administrator Babinski reminded the board and public that the tax valuation statements would be arriving soon in mailboxes and reminded that corrections to the valuation statements must begin at the township or city level Board of Adjustments before the County Board of Adjustments can take action. Each owner’s statements will have the schedule information. Township and City boards meet starting April 8th. The County Board of Adjustments will meet June 18th at 6:00p.m. The schedule will also be posted on the County website.

Comm. Arnold- SE MN Water Resource Board will cease to exist at end of the year; it was in place for 21 years. They were responsible for 11 county area water regulations and were fully funded by the state. Because of this, the Feed Lot grant will be picked up by the MPCA.  

 

EDA and Extension will hold workshop on Tuesday March 26th 10-11:30 A.M.  The focus will be “Farming is challenging, what can we do to help?”

CLOSING PUBLIC COMMENT 

Yvonne Krogstad spoke reminding the board to proceed as addressed to fill the Planning and Zoning Commission vacancy. She also reminded the board of the phrase, “We Pledge with Liberty and Justice for all.” County Administrator Babinski addressed the posting of the position and the timeline for all this to be completed. The application deadline is 5 April

The board conducted a closed session to provide Administrator Babinski with his 6-month Evaluation. Comm. Walter re-opened the meeting after closed session and summarized the initial six months were reviewed ‘with a lot of positive discussion.’

There being no further business and the time being 12:12 p.m., Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Miller, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By: 

Teresa Walter, Chairperson

Attest: 

Jeffrey Babinski, County Administrator 

THE ABOVE PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF COM-MISSIONERS IS ONLY A SUMMARY. THE FULL TEXT IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE HOUS¬TON COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AS WELL AS ON THE HOUSTON COUNTY WEBSITE LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS: http://www.co.houston.mn.us/

 

The following non-confidential traffic and criminal cases from 3/21/19 to 3/28/19 were compiled from reports released from the Houston County Court Administrator’s office.

 

Caledonia
Police
Dept.

Craig Russell Dunahee, 43, Barboo, Wis.; 2/27/19 Following vehicle too close; Fees $125

Charles Daniel Farmer, 40, La Crosse, Wis.; 11/30/18 1st degree DWI; Fees $105; Prison, 46 months

Joshua David Goetzinger, 31, Waukon, Iowa; 1/11/19 Driving after cancellation; Fees $275

Cassandra Lynn Humfeld, 29, Caledonia; 1/22/19 Driving after revocation; Fees $275

Norberto Gomez Mendez, 60, Caledonia; 1/11/19 Dog at large; Fees $150

Norberto Gomez Mendez, 60, Caledonia; 1/11/19 Fail to license animal; Fees $20

Scott Wojahn, 38, Spring Grove; 1/16/19 Driving after revocation; Fees $275

 

Hokah
Police
Dept.

Cody Kenneth Arndtson, 24, Hastings; 2/24/19 Speeding 52/30; Fees $215

Kasey Rae Kasten, 37, La Crescent; 1/16/19 Driving after suspension; Fees $275

Kasey Rae Kasten, 37, La Crescent; 1/16/19 No motor vehicle insurance; Fees $200

Elden Ronald Pohlman, 68, Caledonia; 3/13/19 Speeding 54/30; Fees $215

Jon Paul Stowe, 48, La Valle, Wis.; 3/2/19 Speeding 43/30; Fees $125

 

Houston
County
Sheriff’s
Office

Khamsamai Chompathong, 28, Brooklyn Park; 9/15/18 Reckless handle or use of dangerous weapons; Fine $300, Fees $75; Jail, 90 days, stay 90 days for 1 yr.; Supervised probation, 1 yr.

Dillon Michael Heiller, 33, Brownsville; 2/5/19 Obstruct legal process; Fine $50, Fees $75; Jail, 90 days, credit for time served: 50 days

Joshua Michael Miller, 18, La Crescent; 3/19/19 Speeding 77/55; Fees $215

John Edward Mullen, 29, Brownsville; 2/28/19 Abandon vehicle on public/private property without consent of owner; Fees $375

Nathaniel Gregory Thompson, 31, Caledonia; 3/21/19 Obstructing view of driver; Fees $115

 

La
Crescent
Police
Dept.

Troy Evan Lewis, 28, La Crosse, Wis.; 1/26/19 2nd degree DWI; Fine $400, Fees $105; Jail, 365 days, stay 359 days for 2 yrs., credit for time served: 6 days; Supervised probation, 2 yrs.

Jordan Thomas McDonough, 23, La Crescent; 1/22/19 Driving after revocation; Fees $275

Jordan Thomas McDonough, 23, La Crescent; 1/22/19 Uninsured vehicle; Fees $200

Jenna Marie Morgan, 25, La Crescent; 1/12/19 Driving after suspension; Fees $275

Jesse Jay Otto, 30, Holmen, Wis.; 3/10/19 Speeding 57/40; Fees $135

Carl Roy Schoh, 51, La Crescent; 2/1/19 Passing on right when prohibited; Fees $125

Shuretha Marie Turner, 35, La Crosse, Wis.; 1/14/19 Driving after suspension; Fees $275

Shuretha Marie Turner, 35, La Crosse, Wis.; 1/14/19 Uninsured vehicle; Fees $200

Shuretha Marie Turner, 35, La Crosse, Wis.; 1/14/19 Operate unregistered vehicle; Fees $100

 

MN
State
Patrol

Christopher Gary Strinmoen, 41, Spring Grove; 3/10/19 Defrosting required; Fees $115

 

Spring
Grove
Police
Dept.

Jonas Michael Dean, 38, Rochester; 2/8/19 Vehicle parked within 10 feet of fire hydrant; Fees $32

Sheila Annette Fromm, 54, Brownsville; 2/11/19 Fail to move vehicle for snow removal; Fees $22

Nikki Marie Klemp, 29, Caledonia; 3/16/19 Parked in prohibited parking zone; Fees $32

Douglas Harland Peterson, 91, Spring Grove; 2/26/19 Remove snow after 24 hours; Fees $200

Nathan David Stender, 39, Spring Grove; 2/11/19 Fail to move vehicle for snow removal; Fees $22

 

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