Legal Notices

The following non-confidential traffic and criminal cases from 3/28/19 to 4/4/19 were compiled from reports released from the Houston County Court Administrator’s office.

 

Caledonia
Police
Dept.

Austin David Lee, 23, Colfax, Wis.; 1/12/19 DWI; Fine $400, Fees $100; Unsupervised probation, 1 yr.

Connie Sue Morejon, 57, Caledonia; 1/17/19 Driving after revocation; Fees $275

 

Hokah
Police
Dept.

Mary Jane Benson, 65, La Crosse, Wis.; 3/8/19 Speeding 50/30; Fees $215

Michael Ashley Fuchsel, 44, Houston; 1/17/19 Driving without a valid license; Fees $175

 

Houston
County
Sheriff’s
Office

Jeanne Marie Farnham-Davy, 62, Brownsville; 3/27/19 Speeding 65/55; Fees $115

Dylan Charles Kearns, 38, Houston; 1/13/19 Careless driving; Fine $400, Fees $100; Jail, 90 days, stay 90 days for 1 yr.; Supervised probation, 1 yr.

 

La
Crescent
Police
Dept.

Steven Randall Coey, 45, La Crescent; 1/19/19 Driving after revocation; Fees $275

Scott Jeffery Yeiter, 49, La Crescent; 3/19/19 Unlicensed animal; Fees $95

 

MN
Dept.
of
Natural
Resources

Morgan Ann Yeager, 24, Caledonia; 3/2/19 Snowmobile registration; Fees $125

 

MN
State
Patrol

Scott Richard Coxworth, 50, Houston; 3/22/19 Seat belt required; Fees $100

Fred Arthur Ideker, 54, Spring Grove; 3/25/19 Seat belt required; Fees $100

Sarah Olivia Jorde, 38, La Crosse, Wis.; 3/16/19 No MN driver’s license; Fees $175

Nicholas Jordan Peterson, 26, Spring Grove; 3/7/19 Speeding 65/55; Fees $115

 

Spring
Grove
Police
Dept.

David John Konz, 45, Caledonia; 3/24/19 Parked in prohibited parking zone; Fees $32

Skylar Ashleigh Skadsem, 23, Spring Grove; 1/20/19 Fail to move vehicle for snow removal; Fees $22

Sean Patrick Trewin, 23, Winona; 2/28/19 Speeding 55/45; Fees $115

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wilmington Township Board of Supervisors will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday April 24, 2019 at 5:30pm at the Wilmington Township Town Hall.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Room 219, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

Others Present: Administrator Babinski; Engineer Pogodzinski

Board Workgroup Session

Call to order.

Administrator Babinski provided an update on the Enterprise Fleet Management Program, and status of initial vehicle orders. He discussed upcoming meetings with the City Clerk/Administrators and the Annual Township Officer’s Association Meeting on 12 April and other upcoming activities.

Engineer Pogodzinski provided an overview of the Highway Department and their many varied tasks supporting county roads, bridges, parks, and the airport. The County maintains 260 miles of roadway, with most of the highway miles as County State Aide Highways. Only 13 miles of road 249 is ‘pure’ County highway. In addition, they oversee 180 bridges and over 11,000 signs. Annually, they manage $7M-15M worth of projects depending on road improvement cycles and flood damage repairs. 

 

The board discussed some of the requirements for a new Highway Building and overall facility requirements of the Historic Courthouse, Historic Jail, and some of the outlying County Highway facilities. The Board decided to focus the 29 April Workgroup Session on future facility planning. 

 

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, April 9, 2019.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By: 

Teresa Walter, Chairperson

Attest: 

Jeffrey Babinski, County Administrator 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

  Arnold moved, seconded by Miller, and unanimously carried to approve the agenda with 2 consent items moved to Action Items for discussion.

Miller moved, seconded by Johnson, and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of March 12 meeting and March 19 workgroup session. 

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

County Revenue Fund $47,667.00

Road & Bridge Fund $14,773.22

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Total $62,440.22

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Arnold moved, seconded by Johnson, and unanimously carried to approve 2019 Liquor License for Ma Cal Grove Country Club, Inc.

Arnold moved, seconded by Johnson, and unanimously carried to adopt the Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources, HC Policy 9.30.

Arnold moved, seconded by Johnson, and unanimously carried to affirm the following personnel actions:

a. Environmental Services

i. Change the employment status of Julie Amundson, Solid Waste Coordinator B-25, from probationary to regular with advancement from Step 1 to Step 2 effective April 14, 2019, per the AFSCME CBA.

b. Public Health and Human Services

i. Hire Elizabeth Knutson as a probationary Public Health Nurse (Maternal Child Health), C-42, Step 1, $29.75/hr., effective April 29, 2019, conditioned on successful completion of background check.

v. Accept the retirement notice of Marcia Bauer, RN – Case Worker, effective May 3, 2019. With thanks for her 40 years of health care experience, 28 of which she served the residents of Houston County.

vi. Approve initiating a competitive search for a Nurse Case Manager.

c. Sheriff

i. Hire Lauren Felten as a probationary Administrative Assistant, B-21, Step 1, $15.52/hour, effective April 1, 2019.

Miller moved, Burns Seconded, Motion passed with Arnold voting opposed to approve reclassification of the vacant WIC Coordinator position C-42 .6 FTE to a B-22 Case Aide or B-21 Tech Clerk (at 1.0 FTE) pending MERIT review to assist in the Income Maintenance section.

After discussion of the exception to normal hiring procedures to fill this position, Arnold moved, Johnson seconded, with unanimous approval to hire Mary Betz, as a probationary Chief Deputy Recorder, B-23, Step 4, $21.47/hour, effective April 1, 2019. As a former county employee, she has the specific skills need to meet the statutory requirements of the Chief Deputy position.

Arnold moved, seconded by Burns, and unanimously carried to approve the EDA Loan for Caledonia Bakery (EDA Wagner)

Burns moved, seconded by Arnold, motion failed to pass to change the name of Houston County Public Health and Human Services to Houston County Community Services. Public Health and Human Services Director Pugleasa addressed his staff’s desire for a unifying name change as they grew together in the integration of the two departments. Administrator Babinski stated the name change was in line with similar combined offices in other counties. Arnold and Walter felt the title was too general. Burns expressed worry of the offices losing identity and Walter felt it was too early post-integration to change the name.

Burns moved, seconded by Miller, and unanimously carried to recognize National Social Work Month with approval of the following resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 19-07

NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH

WHEREAS, the Social Work Profession is dedicated to enhancing well-being and helping meet the basic needs of all people, especially those who are vulnerable, oppressed or living in poverty; and

WHEREAS, Social Workers elevate and empower people, giving them the ability to solve problems, cope with personal roadblocks and get the resources they need to succeed; and

WHEREAS, the Social Work profession is deeply weaved into our society with social workers active in government, schools, universities, social service agencies, communities, corporations, the military and in health care and mental health care settings; and 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that in recognition of the numerous contributions made by America’s Social Workers, and specifically those serving our communities here in Houston County, we proclaim the month of March 2019 as National Social Work Month and join in celebration and support of the Social Work Profession.

Solid Waste Coordinator Amundson addressed to board to provide information on the 2019 light bulb collection program and highlight the County’s recycling efforts through a review of 2018 collection numbers. The annual lightbulb collection takes place April 6. Businesses are welcome to turn bulbs in from 10:00am to 2:00pm Monday through Friday at the Houston, Caledonia, La Crescent and Spring Grove sites.

Houston County residents recycled 778 tons of tires, appliances, mattresses, cardboard, e-waste, metals and plastic for a recycling rate running close to 45%. The county processed 5929 tons of refuse through the Xcel incinerator to convert refuse to energy. 

Steve Sallee, Executive Director for the Southeast Service Cooperative, provided an overview of the SSC program and support to Houston County. Houston County’s membership cost is $200 per year and returned an estimated value of membership over $95,000 through customized training, cooperative purchasing, and Health Insurance program support. 

Babinski reminded the board and public of the Veteran’s Benefits Bonanza, sponsored in part by the Houston County Veteran’s Service Office, on 28 March in La Crosse. He also stated the 2019/2020 Valuation and Tax Statements have been mailed to property owners and reminded all to follow the instructions and timelines on the statements if they desired to address their valuation through the appeals process. Finally, he extended an invitation to the board on behalf of the Houston County Township Officer’s Association to their meeting on 12 April, 6:30pm in the Emergency Operations Center (basement of the County Justice Center).

Due to the scheduled closed session, the Commissioners decided to delay their reports to the next meeting. 

Johnson moved, seconded by Arnold, and unanimously carried to enter a closed session based upon attorney-client privilege pursuant to MN Statute 13D.05, subd.3(b) to discuss ongoing litigation. The closed session began at 11:00 with Commissioners Miller, Johnson, Burns, Walter and Arnold, Administrator Babinski, HR-Director Arrick-Krueger, County Attorney Jandt and Attorney Cally Kjellberg-Nelson present.

Miller moved, seconded by Burns, and unanimously carried to return to open session. County Attorney Jandt summarized the closed session, stating the board heard information from Attorney Kjellberg-Nelson, discussed ongoing litigation and required mediation. No board action requested.

There being no further business and the time being 12:12 p.m., Burns moved, seconded by Arnold, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being a Workgroup Session on Tuesday, April 2, 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/

 

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