Legal Notices

PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Room 219, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

Members Absent: Bob Burns

Board Workgroup Session

Call to order.

Administrator Babinski shared news of the Governor’s Emergency Declaration. Emergency Executive Order 19-30, signed 11 April, 2019, extents the State of Peacetime Emergency from 12 March 2019 for rapid snowmelt floodwaters and through the effects of Winger Storm Wesley, with snowfall, strong winds and ice damages on 10 April, 2019. Emergency Management Director Denney has contacted all townships and cities and will compile all damage reports for state and potentially federal disaster relief funding.

Surveyor Schmitt provided an overview of his office’s functions and priority projects. He discussed the importance of restoring and maintaining the corner monuments of the Public Land Survey System and addressed the many other varied roles his office plays in ensuring legal descriptions and land records are maintained accurately. Additionally, he shared that he will be hosting the State Meeting of the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors on 6 June, 2019.

 

Andy Milde provided an overview of the Information Systems office. After an overview of current on-going efforts to modernize and maintain the computer architecture, he also addressed data protection and future programs to keep up with changing technology. 

Zoning Administrator Lacher provided an overview of the Environmental Services office and their functions, covering solid waste management, septic and feedlot inspections and zoning management. He detailed the improvements made through use of online permitting applications and their development with new employees and changed roles. 

 

Sheriff Inglett and Sheriff’s Posse President Cordis discussed a proposal with the board to help the Posse with their development of a drone program, focused primarily as a search and rescue tool. The Posse has been collecting for and is about to purchase a drone and associated equipment for roughly $17,000. The Posse has received a ’96 Ford Ambulance from the Brownsville Fire Department, which is being retro-fitted to support drone operations and storage. The Posse has requested to donate the vehicle to the Sheriff’s department so it can be insured through the county’s MCIT insurance. The drone itself would remain property of the Posse and be insured by the Posse. Several Posse members and multiple deputies will be trained on the drone’s operation to maximize potential response options when the drone can safely assist with Search and Rescue, accident response, or other opportunities. Sheriff Inglett was asked to provide some additional information, which will be presented at next week’s board meeting when this is brought forth for a board decision.

This being a workgroup session, with no action taken, the meeting concluded at 11:45. 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, April 9, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

Call to order.

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

Comm. Miller moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of March 26, 2019 Regular Board Meetingand April 2, 2019 Workgroup Sessions. 

EDA Director Wagner commented on the EDA Farmer Roundtable event held March 26th. She thanked Rockfilter Distillery for hosting the event. The next EDA event is Marketing in the Morning, on May 30th, 2019 at 7 am at the Wired Rooster in Caledonia MN.

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

County Revenue Fund $156,347.00

Road & Bridge Fund $74,176.98

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Total $230,524.38

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Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to amend the fee schedule for the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office for cremation approval fees to funeral homes from $35 to $50 to be in line with the rest of the region and help cover the Medical Examiner’s Office costs.

 

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to file the Department of Revenue Report of Findings and Recommendations Letter.

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve guardianship contracts with Elinor Rask and Rebecca Servais.

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve the Fraud Investigation Contract with Wabasha County.

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve the SNAP Employment and Training Contract with Wabasha County.

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve the 2019-2021 contracts for the Sentencing to Service Program.

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve two service agreements with AcenTek for building-to-building connectivity.

 

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

a. Public Health and Human Services

i. Hire Judy Haugstad as a temporary (67 day maximum) Case Aide to assist during the leave of absence of a Child Protection Social Worker at B22 step 1, beginning April 10, 2019.

b. Assessor’s Office

i. Accept the notice of retirement from Carl Ask, Commercial Property Appraiser, and effective Friday, June 28, 2019. We all thank and congratulate Carl for 23 years of service to the residents of Houston County.

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Arnold, and carried with Comm. Miller voting opposed to appoint Bob Scanlan to fill an open seat on the County Extension Committee through December, 2020.

Comm. Burns moved, seconded by Comm. Miller, and unanimously carried to approve the final contract for SAP 028-627-010 with Mathy Construction for a total cost of $2,882,295.66. 

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Arnold, and unanimously carried to approve the annual bids for liquid chlorine with Northern Salt, the same vendor as last year. Engineer Pogodzinski stated the bid amount includes product for township roads, who will pay their portion.

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Burns, and unanimously carried to approve the annual bids for Aggregate Stock (2019-03). Engineer Pogodzinski had 7 different quotes, which were all approved as potential sources for Aggregate, as needed throughout the year.

Comm. Burns moved, seconded by Comm. Arnold, and unanimously carried to approve the annual bids for Equipment Rentals (2019-04), which are pre-approved for use as-needed throughout the year. 

Comm. Miller moved, seconded by Comm. Walter, and unanimously carried to approve the South 7th Street and Spruce Dr. crossing project. Engineer Pogodzinski explained this was a cost-share project with La Crescent City with 50% of the cost being asked for from the county. La Crescent City would pay for design and maintenance and the County will pay for pavement markings. The County portion is $33,700.00 and will come from the County State Aid Money, or possibly form the County fund balance, with possible funding from wheelage tax. La Crescent City plans to start work in May.

Zoning Administrator Lacher provided an overview of the Zoning Office’s revised CUP policy addressing time-limited renewal conditions on past CUPs. He explained that the time limited conditions were invalid based on MN Statute and CUP renewal would not be required by those with this condition in place. 

Comm. Johnson moved, seconded by Comm. Walter, and unanimously carried to approve the CUP for a dwelling on less than 40 acres in an Ag District for Brian and Rhoda Dobeck, subject to the conditions recommended by the Planning Commission, with the exception of Condition 3 (Deed Restriction), which was removed by a unanimously carried amendment. Zoning Administrator Lacher shared the Planning Commission’s recommendation of approval with the following conditions 

1. State andlocal laws are followed 

2. Survey done properly

3. Deed restriction. 

 

Comm. Burns moved, seconded by Comm. Arnold, and unanimously carried (Comm. Johnson abstained) to approve the CUP for a dwelling on less than 40 acres in an Ag District for Tanner Johnson, subject to the recommended conditions. Zoning Administrator Lacher shared the Planning Commission’s recommendation of approval with the following conditions

1. State andlocal laws are followed 

Comm. Burns moved, seconded by Comm. Arnold, and unanimously carried to approve the CUP to operate a golf course and build a clubhouse in an Ag District for Ma Cal Grove Country Club, subject to the recommended conditions. Zoning Administrator Lacher shared the Planning Commission’s recommendation of approval with the following conditions

1. State andlocal laws are followed 

2. County may enter at any time to inspect

3. Parking accommodations be met 

Comm. Arnold moved, seconded by Comm. Miller, and unanimously carried to approve the Application for a Club On Sale Retail Liquor License for Ma Cal Grove Country Club with a pro-rated fee due to the requirement to renew the permit in June.

 

Comm. Arnold spoke about the Water Resources Board termination and the One Watershed One plan. He believes it will be cost effective.

Comm. Burns spoke about the finance meeting, the County Justice Center Committee and Airport committee meetings.

 

Comm. Johnson spoke about EQB board meeting, which was well attended. He also attended two Weed meetings and was encouraged to see the proactive approach taken by Amelia Meiners, Extension, and the DNR to tackle a variety of invasive species. 

Comm. Miller spoke about the EDA meeting. Most loans are up to date, however the board approved a letter to prod one loan recipient to do what was promised, with possible sanctions if he continues to not take action. He stated he was also in attendance for La Crescent’s Board of Appeals and Equalization. 

Comm. Walter spoke about the light bulb collection, Julie Amundson told her 10,477 bulbs were collected. She relayed that the EMS regional board is still hoping to get funding of $5000.00 from Houston County (only County not contributing) which goes strictly to training provided by the EMS region. Comm. Walter attended the Brownsville township meeting and the Hokah Falls public meeting. Hokah has received permission to clean up the park below the falls. DNR recommended a separate project to address erosion and flood control above the falls, which would require separate funding.

There being no further business and the time being 11:09 a.m., Comm. Arnold moved, seconded by Comm. Johnson, 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 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HOUSTON COUNTY GENERAL NOTICE TO CONTROL OR ERADICATE NOXIOUS WEEDS

Notice is hereby given this 1st day of  May, 2019, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 1  (2009),  that  all persons in Houston County, Minnesota, shall control or eradicate all noxious weeds on land they own, occupy, or are required   to maintain. Control or eradication may be accomplished by any lawful method, but the methods(s) applied may need to be repeated in order to prevent the spread of viable noxious weed seeds and other propagating parts to other lands.

Failure to comply with the general notice

may mean that an individual notice, Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 2 (2013), will be issued. An individual notice may be appealed within two working days    of receipt to the appeal committee in the county where the land is located. Failure to comply with an individual notice will mean that the inspector having jurisdiction may either hire the work done or seek a misdemeanor charge against the person(s) who failed to comply. If the work is hired done by the inspector, the cost can be placed as a tax upon the land and collected as other real estate taxes are collected.

By state law the local weed inspectors

include the township supervisors, city mayors, or their appointed assistants. The appeal committee shall consist of the County Board of Adjustment. The committee shall meet at 6pm on the fourth Thursday of the month, as needed, in the Commissioner’s Room at the Houston County Courthouse.

Statewide Noxious Weeds Prohibited Noxious Weeds: Attempts

must be made by all landowners to control  or eradicate species on these lists. These species cannot be transported without a permit. There are two categories: eradicate and control.

Eradicate List: must be eradicated by killing the above and below ground parts of the plant

Palmer Amaranth Oriental Bittersweet Poison Hemlock Brown Knapweed Yellow Starthistle Meadow Knapweed Diffuse Knapweed Black Swallow-wort Grecian Foxglove Common Teasel Cutleaf Teasel Giant Hogweed Japanese Hops Dalmatian Toadflax Control List: must be controlled by preventing the maturation and spread of propagating parts

Common Barberry Wild Parsnip Plumeless Thistle Spotted Knapweed Canada Thistle Leafy Spurge Purple Loosestrife

Narrowleaf Bittercress Common Tansy

Restricted Noxious Weeds: may not be sold, transported without a permit, or intentionally planted in Minnesota

Garlic Mustard Glossy Buckthorn Crown Vetch Wild Carrot Multiflora Rose Amur Honeysuckle Common Reed Black Locust Porcelain Berry Tree of Heaven Tatarian Honeysuckle

Japanese Barberry Cultivars Morrow’s Honeysuckle Bell’s Honeysuckle

Common or European Buckthorn Specially Regulated Plants: have been

determined to pose ecological, economical, or human or animal health concerns. Measures must be taken to minimize the potential for harm caused by these plants:

Poison Ivy Japanese Knotweed Giant Knotweed Amur Maple

 

These listings are subject to change. For a current listing of the Minnesota Noxious Weeds go to: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/ weedcontrol

For questions contact Amelia Meiners, Houston County Agricultural Inspector, 304 South Marshall Street, Room 209, Caledonia, MN 55921, (507) 725-5800, amelia.meiners@ co.houston.mn.us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Grove Police
 Department Blotter

March 27 to April 9, 2019

 

March 27, 2019

1844 hours- Officers received a report of a city ordinance violation, 1st Ave.

1846 hours- Officers received a report of a city ordinance violation, 1st St.

1948 hours- Officers received a report of a loose dog, 3rd Ave.

2315 hours- Officers checked on a semi driver that was broke down on the highway, State Hwy. 44

March 29, 2019

1832 hours- Officers assisted the Spring Grove Ambulance with a medical call, 5th Ave.

2019 hours- Officers received a report of an ordinance violation, Main St.

2228 hours- Officers received a report of a possible intoxicated driver, Main St.

March 30, 2019

1325 hours- Officers escorted a funeral, Main St.

1719 hours- Officers issued a parking citation, 3rd Ave.

1809 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St.

2138 hours- Officers received a report of a barking dog, 3rd Ave.

2247 hours- Officers received a call of a loose dog, Main St.

March 31, 2019

0219 hours- Officers issued a citation for a parking violation, Main St.

0730 hours- Officers assisted the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office with an investigation, 3rd Ave. 

2100 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St.

2248 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St.

April 1, 2019

1507 hours- Officers received a report for a welfare check, Division Ave.

2112 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St.

2332 hours- Officers a citation for a 72 hour parking violation, 1st Ave.

April 3, 2019

1013 hours- Officers received a report of a suspicious person, Southwest Alley.

1050 hours- Officers received a report of a loose dog, 2nd Ave.

1053 hours- Officers received a report of a loose dog, 3rd Ave.

1059 hours- Officers received a report of a city ordinance violation, 1st St.

1235 hours- Officers received a report of a disturbance, 2nd Ave.

1217 hours- Officers received a report of a fire alarm, 4th Ave.

1240 hours- Officers received a report of a phone scam, Maple Dr.

2048 hours- Officers assisted a motorist with their taillights, Main St.

April 4, 2019

0052 hours- Officers assisted the Spring Grove Ambulance with a medical call, 2nd St.

0913 hours- A male subject came into the Heritage Center and would not leave for several hours, Main St. 

April 5, 2019

1851 hours- Officers assisted the Caledonia Police Dept. by looking for a suspect in the City of Spring Grove, State Hwy. 44

April 6, 2019

1818 hours- Officers assisted a citizen with removing a needle from their property, 4th Ave.

1949 hours- Officers issued a citation for driving after suspension and no proof of insurance, Main St.

April 7, 2019

1727 hours- Officers assisted the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office in trying to find a vehicle possibly in Spring Grove, Main St.

2013 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for missing taillight, Main St.

2121 hours- Officers assisted the Spring Grove Ambulance with a medical, Maple Dr.

2252 hours- Officers assisted the Houston County Sheriff’s Office with an individual who fled, Eitzen.

April 8, 2019

1010 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St.

1043 hours- Officers received a report of a fraud, 3rd Ave.

1118 hours- Officers received a report of a traffic concern, Maple Dr.

1253 hours- Officers received a report of an ordinance violation, Maple Dr.

1330 hours- A business received a dishonored check in the amount of $300, Main St.

1400 hours- Officers received a report of stolen property, no street found.

1330 hours- Officers received a report of an ordinance violation, 2nd Ave.

1746 hours- Officers received a report of a loose dog, no street found.

April 9, 2019

1212 hours- Officers received a request for a welfare check, 2nd Ave.

 

1716 hours- Officers received a complaint of a traffic complaint, 4th Ave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICE
OF
PUBLIC
HEARING

LAND
PARCEL
EXCHANGE

9:45,
MAY
14,
2019,
County
Board
Room,
Historic
Courthouse

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the County of Houston, Minnesota will hold a public hearing on May 14th, 2019 at 9:45 A.M. or thereafter at the Houston County Commissioner’s Room, Room 222, 304 South Marshall Street, Caledonia, MN 55921, relating to the exchange of land property in accordance with MN Statute 373.01, Subd 1.5.e.  The Board of Commissioners will consider exchange of parcel 210907002 for a portion of parcel 211094001 determined by the County Assessor as being substantially similar or equal in value.

 

The Brief Tax Description of these properties are:

 

210907002: Sect-13 Twp-102 Range 006-58 AC PT NE1/4 SW1/4; DOC 256935 DOC 258188

211094001: Sect-18 Twp-102 Range-005 PT SE1/4 SW1/4 DOC#230971

 

Full legal descriptions are available for public inspection at the office of the County Administrator.

 

Interested persons may testify in person at the Public Hearing, by written notice, by agent, or by attorney, and may present evidence in favor of, or in opposition to, the above listed items.  Written comments should be addressed to the County Administrator, 304 S. Marshall St, Caledonia, MN 55921.

 

April 24, 2019

 

 

BY ORDER OF THE COUNTY BOARD

Jeff Babinski

 

County Administrator

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ATTENTION:

TAXPAYERS

 

THE
FIRST-HALF
REAL
ESTATE
TAXES

ARE
DUE
AND
PAYABLE
ON
OR
BEFORE

        Wednesday,
May
15,
2019

Taxes may be paid at:  

*Eastwood
Bank-Houston

*Eitzen
State
Bank-Eitzen-LaCrescent-SG

*Merchants
Bank

Caledonia-
LaCrescent-SG

Other options to pay your taxes are available-ACH,

 e-check, drop box or by credit card.  Please call for details.

       Donna I. Trehus

Houston County Auditor-Treasurer

       donna.trehus@co.houston.mn.us

            (507)-725-5815

 

 

 

 

 

Spring
Grove
Township

Meeting
Notice

The Spring Grove Town Board will meet at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the Spring Grove Town Hall for its regular monthly meeting.

 

Michael Wiste, clerk/treasurer

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BLACK
HAMMER
TOWNSHIP
MEETING
NOTICE

The Black Hammer Town Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Black Hammer Town Hall.

Elizabeth Wiste, clerk

 

 

 

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