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PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

Call to order. All said pledge of Allegiance.

Arnold moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to approve the amended agenda.

Walter moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the September 10, 2019 Regular Board Meeting and September 17, 2019 Workgroup Session.

Public Comment: None at this time.

 

Johnson moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to approve payment of the Auditor’s disbursements and the following claims:

County Revenue Fund $104,851.56

Road & Bridge Fund $32,638.75

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Total $242,341.87

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Commission Johnson moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to affirm the following personnel actions:

a. Environmental Services

i. Change the employment status of James Gardner, Environmental Specialist, from probationary to regular, effective Oct 10, 2019. 

b. Public Health and Human Services 

i. Change the employment status of Heather Myhre, Public Health Supervisor, from probationary to regular, effective Oct 2, 2019. 

c. Recorder’s Office 

i. Change the employment status of Mary Betz, Chief Deputy Recorder, from probationary to regular, effective Oct 1, 2019. 

d. Sheriff’s Office 

i. Hire William Gavin, as probationary Jailer/Dispatcher at Step 1, effective Sept 30, 2019, conditioned upon successful completion of background investigation. 

ii. Accept the resignation of Tyler Fabian, Jailer/Dispatcher effective the end of his work shift on Sept 25, 2019. 

iii. Approve a competitive search for Two Jailer/Dispatchers; open a new pool for employment search. 

 

Arnold moved, Miller seconded unanimously approved the 2020-2016 Pictometry Agreement for aerial imagery. Babinski gave a brief description of the Pictometry Agreement, which provides for the next two cycles (3 year intervals) of aerial imagery, which feeds the Beacon site. The next images will be at a higher resolution over the entire county and include structure footprint recognition to highlight structure changes from the previous flight.

Johnson moved, Burns seconded, unanimously approved 2019-2021 Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Grant Program agreement. Babinski gave a brief description about the Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Grant Program agreement which will be used to purchase a side-by-side OHV for enforcement and off-highway activity.

Arnold moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously approved the 2019 Prioritized Bridge Replacement Resolution. 

RESOLUTION NO. 19-35

2020-2025 PRIORITIZED BRIDGE REPLACEMENT LIST

September 24, 2019

WHEREAS, Houston County has reviewed the pertinent data on bridges requiring replacement, rehabilitation, or removal, supplied by local citizenry and local units of government, and.

WHEREAS, Houston County has identified those bridges that are high priority and that require replacement, rehabilitation, or removal within the next five years;

NOW, THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following deficient bridges are high priority and Houston County intends to replace, rehabilitate, or remove these bridges as soon as possible when funds are available, Full table of Bridge Priority List available for public inspection at the Houston County Administrator’s Office as well as on the Houston County Website, FURTHERMORE, Houston County does hereby request authorization to replace, rehabilitate, or remove such bridges; and

FURTHERMORE, Houston County does hereby request financial assistance with eligible approach grading and engineering costs on township bridges, as provided by law.

Engineer Pogodzinski gave brief description on the 2019 Prioritized Bridge Replacement Resolution. A total of 5 Bridges are being targeted for replacement in 2020, but are dependent on funding.  

Johnson moved, Burns seconded, unanimously approved to close meeting and go into public session at 9:46 am for a review of the proposed Fee Schedule updates.

Babinski gave a description of the Fee Schedule and highlighted areas with the most significant changes. No public comments were received. The board and staff members present discussed several of the fees and debated when the changed fees should go into effect. 

The board suggested changing the 1-3 Day 3.2 Beer License fee to $10 per event and the Address Sign charges to $150 for a new address and $75 for a replacement, otherwise accepting the fees as recommended by staff. Arnold moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously approved to close the public session at 10:21 am and reopen the regular meeting.

Johnson moved, Burns seconded, unanimously approved implementation of the Fee schedule, with an effective date of November 1, 2019 after changing the 1-3 day 3.2 Beer event license to $10 per event, and the Address Sign charges to $150 and $75. 

Arnold moved, Walter seconded, unanimously approved a competitive search for a probationary Appraiser (Appraiser Trainee, Certified Minnesota Appraiser [CMA Non-Income or Income], or AMA based on qualifications and Minnesota licensure) to fill vacancy created 9/7/19. 

Arnold moved, Burns seconded, unanimously approved Resolution 19-32, adopting the preliminary levy amount for 2020 at a 5% increase. Burns called a roll call vote. All voted Aye.  

 Resolution 19-32 

ADOPTION OF 2020 PRELIMINARY LEVY 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the proposed levy after the deduction of County Program Aid (CPA), in the amount of $12,697,944 be made on all taxable property in the County of Houston for taxes payable in 2020 in the following amounts by County Fund: 

County Revenue $ 8,129,641 

Road & Bridge   2,335,905 

Human Services   1,880,505 

Bond Fund – 2009C Jail Bonds   634,830 

Bond Fund – 2010A Jail Bonds   463,664 

Bond Fund – 2017A Jail Bonds   346,133 

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  Total $13,790,678 

  Less CPA (1,092,734) 

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  Total Levy $12,697,944 

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Babinski reviewed the proposed preliminary levy recommendation based on the preliminary budget, which, as-is, calls for a 6.4% increase. He recommended limiting the preliminary levy to a 5% increase, with use of fund balance and potential additional budget changes. Miller asked staff to work diligently on lowering this percentage for the final budget and levy decisions. Johnson suggested a 4% levy cap due to other factors affecting the overall tax burden. Burns and Arnold expressed concern of setting the preliminary levy too tightly before final budget decisions are made. 

Burns moved, Miller seconded, unanimously approved Resolution 19-33, adopting the preliminary budget.

Resolution 19-33

ADOPTION OF 2020 PRELIMINARY OPERATING BUDGET

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of the County Commissioners, Houston County, Minnesota adopts the proposed budget for 2020 for Revenue and Expenditures within the following funds:

Revenue Expenditures

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County Revenue $12,241,104 $12,241,104

    Road & Bridge 9,861,215 9,861,215

Human Services 6,963,623 6,963,623

Debt Service 1,444,627 1,444,627

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Grand Total $30,510,569 $30,510,56

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Burns moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously approved Resolution 19-34, Authorizing the request for the Toward Zero Death Grant for the Sheriff’s Department.

RESOLUTION NO. 19-34

AUTHORIZATION TO EXECUTE

2019 TOWARD ZERO DEATHS STATE ROADS GRANT

September 24, 2019

BE IT RESOLVED the Houston County Board of Commissioners authorizes the Houston County Sheriff’s Office to enter into a grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, for traffic safety projects during the period from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2021.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Houston County Sheriff, is hereby authorized to execute such agreements and amendments as are necessary to implement the project, be the fiscal agent, and administer the grant on behalf of Houston County.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

 

There being no further business and the time being 11:24 a.m., Burns moved, Johnson seconded, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being a Workgroup Session on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, and a  Regular Board Meeting on October 8th, 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/

 
 
 
 

WILMINGTON
TOWNSHIP
MEETING
NOTICE

The Wilmington Township Board of Supervisors will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday October 23rd at 5:30pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notice

Please be careful this farming season and keep the mud, manure and debris off the roadways.

The law, M.S. 169.42 provides that 

no person shall throw, deposit, place or dump…any other substance likely to injure any person, animal, or vehicle upon any such street or highway. 

Also, any person who drops, or permits to be dropped or thrown, upon any highway any of the material specified in the above paragraph, shall immediately remove the same or cause it to be removed.  Violators of these provisions can be found guilty of a misdemeanor.

Houston County

 Highway Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Room 219, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

Others Present: Administrator Babinski

Board Workgroup Session

The Highway Building Committee discussed the status of their research into design/build options and an offer for a space needs assessment, conceptual design and site layout. The board discussed synchronization of the highway building with other potential facility improvements and consolidation discussions. 

Commissioner Johnson expressed interest in amending the Tobacco ordinance to adjust the language of the age of the seller to accommodate small business owners hampered by the limitation on employee age caused by this rule. He has discussed a class or training opportunity for the employees affected by this ordinance change, should it go into effect. Administrator Babinski will prepare a draft ordinance amendment and schedule the required public hearing for input before the board makes a decision. 

This being a workgroup session, with no action taken, the meeting concluded at 12:00. The next advertised meeting being a regular board meeting, Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By: 

Teresa Walter, Chairperson

Attest: 

 

Jeffrey Babinski, County Administrator 

 
 
 
 
 

The following non-confidential traffic and criminal cases from 9/26/19 to 10/3/19 were compiled from reports released from the Houston County Court Administrator’s office.

 

Caledonia
Police
Dept.

Bailey Hunter Herber, 21, Winona; 9/1/19 Speeding 52/30; Fees $215

Tyrone James Johnson, 23, La Crosse, Wis.; 7/19/19 Driving without a valid license or class type; Fees $175

 

Houston
County
Sheriff’s
Office

Megan Evangeline Marie Halverson, 18, Houston; 8/10/19 Speeding 65/55; Fees $115

Kristi Anne Hannam, 30, Caledonia; 7/17/19 Speeding 65/55; Fees $115

Stacy Marie Kildahl, 34, Onalaska, Wis.; 6/7/19 Disorderly conduct; Fees $75; Jail, 4 days, credit for time served: 4 days

Todd Jeremy Olerud, 47, Spring Grove; 9/17/19 Seat belt required; Fees $100

Justin Michael Poston, 31, Caledonia; 9/17/19 Seat belt required; Fees $100

Paul Joseph Trocinski, 64, Hokah; 9/17/19 Seat belt required; Fees $100

Jordan Wayne Wennes, 31, Spring Grove; 9/17/19 Speeding 71/55; Fees $135

Jordan Taylor West, 20, Trempealeau, Wis.; 7/28/19 Speeding 76/55; Fees $215

Christopher James Wilmoth, 24, Le Roy; 7/17/19 Speeding 78/60; Fees $135

Christopher James Wilmoth, 24, Le Roy; 7/17/19 Driving after revocation; Fees $200

Christopher James Wilmoth, 24, Le Roy; 7/17/19 No proof of insurance; Fees $200

Mark Dustin Wright, 31, Waukon, Iowa; 9/16/19 Speeding 66/40; Fees $275

 

La
Crescent
Police
Dept.

Manuel Dejesus Balboa, 47, La Crosse, Wis.; 9/25/19 2nd degree DWI; Fine $400, Fees $105; Jail, 180 days, credit for time served: 6 days

Elizabeth Ann Bartsch, 43, Dakota; 8/21/19 Failure to yield to vehicle/pedestrian; Fees $125

Noah Nicholas Carney, 20, Houston; 7/20/19 Uninsured vehicle; Fees $275

Noah Nicholas Carney, 20, Houston; 7/20/19 Fail to deliver certificate to transferee within 10 days; Fees $200

Ryan Jacob Mahlum, 39, La Crescent; 7/23/19 Unlicensed animal; Fees $95

 

MN
Dept.
of
Natural
Resources

Janice Laura Hauser-Knight, 33, Eitzen; 9/14/19 Driver over closed forest road-posted closed; Fees $125

 

MN
State
Patrol

Kayla Jean Minegar, 27, La Crescent; 9/19/19 Seat belt required; Fees $100

Nicholas Brayden Moser, 24, La Crescent; 9/20/19 Seat belt required; Fees $100

Kwynn Elizabeth Reilly, 33, St. Paul; 7/22/19 Speeding 72/55; Fees $135

Kwynn Elizabeth Reilly, 33, St. Paul; 7/22/19 No MN driver’s license; Fees $100

Alexandra Kathryn Schraeder, 22, Port Edwards, Wis.; 9/20/19 Seat belt required; Fees $100

 

No
Agency

Jacob Michael Loveless, 36, Houston; 2/26/19 Disorderly conduct; Fees $75; Jail, 45 days, credit for time served: 31 days

 

Spring
Grove
Police
Dept.

Kyler Mark Moenck, 24, Spring Grove; 8/3/19 4th degree DWI; Fine $200, Fees $100; Jail, 30 days, stay 30 days for 1 yr.; Unsupervised probation, 1 yr.

New Age Tree Service, Spring Grove; 7/27/19 Parked in prohibited parking zone; Fees $32

Gannon Wayne Schmitz, 25, Decorah, Iowa; 9/7/19 Speeding 45/30; Fees $135

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Grove Police
 Department Blotter

Sept. 18 to Oct. 2, 2019

 

Sept. 18, 2019

1423 hours- Officers assisted a motorist who had a vehicle breakdown, 2nd Ave. 

2147 hours- Officers received a report of a suspicious person, Main St. 

Sept. 19, 2019

1355 hours- Officers assisted a person who was stuck on their roof, Goodview Dr.

1521 hours- Officers assisted a person who locked their keys in their vehicle, 2nd St. 

1610 hours- Officers received a report of a mail scam, Maple Dr. 

1626 hours- Officers received a report of a loose dog, 5th Ave. 

1818 hours- Officers received a report of a lost bicycle, 2nd Ave. 

Sept. 20, 2019

1510 hours- Officers assisted a person with a civil type situation, Main St. 

1641 hours- Officers received a report of a barking dog, 3rd Ave. 

1914 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St. 

2013 hours- Officers received a request for a welfare check, 1st St. 

Sept. 21, 2019

0149 hours- Officers received a report of a liquor violation, Main St. 

1659 hours- Officers received a report of a domestic situation, 1st Ave. 

Sept. 22, 2019

1140 hours- Officers assisted the La Crescent Police Department with traffic control during the Applefest Parade, La Crescent.

1703 hours- Officers assisted the Spring Grove Ambulance with a medical call, 1st St. 

Sept. 23, 2019

1247 hours- Officers received a report of a loose dog, 2nd Ave. 

Sept. 24, 2019

1417 hours- Officers received a report of a theft, Main St. 

2306 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St. 

Sept. 25, 2019

0712 hours- Officers participated in a training for staff at school, 2nd Ave. 

0959 hours- Officers received a report of a stolen scooter, 2nd Ave. 

1112 hours- Officers received a report of a parking complaint, 1st St. 

1720 hours- Officers received an animal complaint, 3rd Ave. 

2047 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Division Ave. 

2254 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St.

Sept. 26, 2019

2303 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St. 

Sept. 27, 2019

1932 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Division Ave. 

2022 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Division Ave. 

2055 hours- Officers issued a citation for driving after suspension, Main St. 

2339 hours- Officers issued a citation for speeding, Main St. 

Sept. 28, 2019

0207 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St. 

1139 hours- Officers received a report of property damage accident, 1st St. 

1942 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Division Ave. 

2334 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St. 

Sept. 29, 2019

0002 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St. 

0030 hours- Officers issued a citation for driving with no license, Main St. 

1741 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for speeding, Main St. 

Sept. 30, 2019

0010 hours- Officers issued a citation for parking violation, 1st St. 

0031 hours- Officers issued a parking citation, 2nd St. 

1120 hours- Officers received a report of a parking complaint, 2nd Ave. 

1230 hours- Officers issued a warning citation for using a cellular device while driving, Main St. 

1650 hours- Officers received a report of lost property, Main St. 

2043 hours- Officers assisted a person who locked their keys in their vehicle, 3rd Ave. 

Oct. 2, 2019

1045 hours- Officers received a report of a domestic, 1st St. 

1425 hours- Officers assisted the Spring Grove Ambulance with a medical call, Division Ave. 

 

1807 hours- Officers received a report of a city ordinance violation, Maple Dr.