Legal notices

REGULAR
SCHOOL
BOARD
MEETING:
SEPTEMBER
16,
2019

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District #297 was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 16, 2019 in the Media Center.

Board members present:

Aaron Solum 

Christian Myrah

Jennifer Stender

Kelly Rohland

Rhan Flatin

Board members absent:

Stephanie Jaster

School employees present:

Rachel Udstuen

Nancy Gulbranson       Tanya Elton

Motion by Kelly Rohland, seconded by Jennifer Stender and carried unanimously to approve the agenda as presented and revised.

Motion by Christian Myrah, seconded by Kelly Rohland and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of the Regular School Board Meeting held on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center. 

Motion by Jennifer Stender, seconded by Kelly Rohland and carried unanimously to Treasurer’s Report for September, including electronic transfers, as follows:

General Fund (1) $167,880.98

Payroll – Direct Deposit $119,016.99

Payroll – Checks $    3,874.72

Payroll Liabilities – Direct Deposit $  82,546.36

Payroll Liabilities – Checks $    7,218.36

Food Service (2) $    8,055.83

Community Service (4) $       546.80

$389,140.04

 

FISCAL

Motion by Christian Myrah, seconded by Rhan Flatin and carried unanimously to certify the Proposed 2019 Payable 2020 Property Tax Levy at Maximum.

Motion by Christian Myrah, seconded by Jennifer Stender and carried unanimously to approve the Agreement to Purchase Education Services from the Hiawatha Valley Education District and Agreement to Purchase Education Services for ALC Learning Year (Targeted Services or Satellite) Programs from the Hiawatha Valley Education District for the 2019-2020 school year.

Motion by Jennifer Stender, seconded by Kelly Rohland to approve the Memorandum of Understanding for Paid Time Off (PTO) between SGEA and the District for 2019-2020 school year.

Motion by Kelly Rohland, seconded by Rhan Flatin and carried unanimously to approve the 2019-2020/2020-2021 Master Agreement between SGEA and the District, including a 3% increase each year on the salary schedule.

Motion by Jennifer Stender, seconded by Christian Myrah and carried unanimously to waive the 2% Staff Development set-aside for the 2019-2020 school year.

Motion by Kelly Rohland, seconded by Jennifer Stender and carried unanimously to approve the Fundraiser Additions as presented by Superintendent Udstuen. 

PERSONNEL

Motion by Jennifer Stender, seconded by Rhan Flatin and carried unanimously to hire Amanda Kripps and Sarah Burfield as Paraprofessionals for the 2019-2020 school year.

Motion by Rhan Flatin, seconded by Kelly Rohland and carried unanimously to designate Superintendent Rachel Udstuen as the Identified Official with Authority (IOwA) for the MDE External User Access Recertification System.  

Motion by Rhan Flatin, seconded by Christian Myrah and carried unanimously to approve the resignation of Toby Leahy as Paraprofessional. 

Motion by Jennifer Stender, seconded by Kelly Rohland and carried unanimously to authorize Gina Meinertz as an Administrative designee at special education meetings, when needed.

PROGRAM

(None)

BUILDING/GROUNDS/EQUIPMENT

(None)

GENERAL

Member Christian Myrah introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION OF SCHOOL BOARD SUPPORTINGFORM A APPLICATION 

TO MINNESOTASTATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE FOUNDATION

WHEREAS, the Minnesota State High School League Foundation was formed to provide support for Minnesota’s high school youth to participate in athletics and fine arts;

WHEREAS, the District 297 School Board recognizes the value of students participation in extracurricular activities; and

WHEREAS, the MSHSL Foundation is offering grants and funding to assist school district in recognizing, promoting and funding extracurricular participation by high school students in athletic and fine arts programs. 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 297 School Board supports the District’s application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a FORM A grant to offset student activity fees. 

The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Jennifer Stender and upon vote being take thereon the following voted in favor thereof: Flatin, Myrah, Solum, Stender,  and Rohland; and the following voted against the same: (None); whereupon said resolution, having received the favorable vote of at least two-thirds of the Members of the Board, was declared duly passed and adopted.

BOARD MEETING DATES

Regular School Board Meeting

Monday Evening, October 21, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Media Center

Motion by Christian Myrah, seconded by Jennifer Stender and carried unanimously to adjourn at 7:46 p.m.

Date

Jennifer Stender, Clerk/Treasurer Independent School District #297

113 2nd Avenue NW

Spring Grove, MN  55974

 
 
 
 

PUBLIC
NOTICE

Houston County Highway Department is hosting a Public Information Meeting for project SP 028-606-024. The project is located on CSAH 6 from Winona County Line to Town Hall Road.  The project will consist of bituminous reclamation and resurfacing.  The Public Information Meeting will be held at the Houston County Justice Center basement, 306 South Marshall St., Caledonia, MN on November 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

 
 
 
 

ATTENTION

HOUSTON
COUNTY
RESIDENTS

Houston County is in the process of updating the County Comprehensive Plan, and is seeking input from residents on a wide range of issues. Please consider sharing your opinions by taking a short survey. The survey can be accessed online at: www.co.houston.mn.us, under “Announcements”. Alternatively, hard copies are available at the Environmental Services Office, as well as public libraries throughout the County.

 
 

22
RURAL
ACRES
FOR
SALE
BY
SEALED
BID
AUCTION

Approximately 22 acres m/l of agricultural real estate located along State Highway 76 within Caledonia City limits in Houston County, Minnesota, will be sold on bids. The property is PID #211152002 with the following legal description: A parcel of land located in the NW ¼ of the NW ¼ of Section 13, T102N, R6W, Houston County, Minnesota, more particularly described as follows:

  Commencing at the northwest corner of said section 13 also being in the centerline of state highway #76; thence long the north line of said section 13 and State Highway #76 on a bearing based on the Houston County Coordinate System of NAD 83 (1996 ADJ,), of N 89°01’49” E and measures 248.79 feet to the point of beginning; thence continuing along said north line N 89°01’49” E and measures 1043.63 feet; thence along a line parallel to the east line of the aforementioned NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4, S 0°03’12”W and measures 926.37 feet to the north line of the south 395.30 feet of the said NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4; thence along said north line S 89°09’47” W and measures 1043.72 feet; thence along a line parallel to the west line of said NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 N 0°03’41” E and measures 923.95 feet to the point of beginning.  Said parcel contains 22.163 acres including State Highway #76 right of way and may be subject to easements of record or implied.

  Houston County retains all mineral rights to said property; and retains an easement for public transportation, 50 feet South of the Section Line (close to TH 76 centerline), including and in addition to existing TH 76 right of way.  The easement is further described as: Commencing at the Northwest Corner of said Section 13, Thence North 89⁰ 01’ 49” East 248.79 feet along the north line of the Northwest Quarter of said Section to the Point of Beginning; Thence continuing North 89⁰ 01’ 49” East 1043.63 feet along said north line to the west line of the East 30 feet of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of said Section; Thence South 0⁰ 03’ 12” West 50.01 feet to a line parallel with and 50.00 feet southerly distant of the north line of said Quarter-Quarter Section; Thence South 89⁰ 01’ 49” West 1043.64 feet along said line to a line parallel with the west line of said Quarter-Quarter Section; Thence North 0⁰ 03’ 41” East 50.01 feet along said line to the Point of Beginning. Containing 1.198 acres, subject to any other easements.

Sealed bids will be received at the office of the Auditor/Treasurer at the Houston County Historic Courthouse Building, 304 S. Marshall St, Caledonia, MN 55921 until November 25, 2019 at 9:00 am.  Bids shall be made in writing, enclosed in a sealed envelope and plainly marked “Houston County Property Sale” on the exterior.  The bid shall contain the name, address, phone number, email address, parcel number and bid amount.  Each original bid shall be accompanied by a cashier’s check payable to Houston County Treasurer for 5% of the bid as earnest money deposit. Properly received bids will be publicly opened and read at said time and place by representatives of Houston County and presented to the Board at the Regular Board Meeting scheduled for 9:30 am on November 26, 2019.  The Houston County Board of Commissioners reserve the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to negotiate with bidders, and further reserves the right to conduct a bid-off between the top four (4) bidders. If the Board of Commissioners exercises their right to conduct a bid-off between the top four bidders, the bid-off shall occur on December 2, 2019 at 10:00 at the Commissioner’s Room in the Historic Courthouse. The Board of Commissioners reserve the right to conduct the bid-off according to the Board’s discretion, including the right to conduct a confidential bid-off in person or by phone.

The successful bidder will be required to enter into a standard Minnesota Purchase Agreement, with closing to occur no later than February 1, 2020. Possession will be delivered upon the current leaser’s removal of the crop, but in any event no later than April 1, 2020.  The Purchaser will pay the real estate taxes due and payable in 2020, prorated to the date of closing.  The premises are being sold “AS IS”.  If you have any questions regarding the property or bidding procedure, please contact County Administrator Jeff Babinski at 507-725-5827.   

 
 
 

SPRING
GROVE
TOWNSHIP
REGULAR
MEETING
NOTICE

The Spring Grove Town Board will meet at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at Mike Wiste’s Shop, 21333 Sugar Valley Road, Spring Grove, for its regular monthly meeting.

Michael Wiste, Clerk-Treasurer

 
 
 
 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Room 219, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

Members Present: Teresa Walter, Eric Johnson, Fred Arnold (via Skype), Bob Burns

Members Absent: Jack Miller

Others Present: Administrator Babinski, Finance Director Lapham, Yvonne Krogstead, Alex Martinez (OpenGov, via online meeting)

Board Workgroup Session

The Board met with Mr. Norman Barrientos, Barrientos Design and Consulting for an introduction and discussion of their actions to accomplish the space needs and conception design of the Highway Department Caledonia yard and facility. He detailed his plan to assess our facility needs and the products his team will return with for further evaluation by the Board before proceeding to the next project steps.

Administrator Babinski shared two software projects he and staff are evaluating for procedural improvements and to provide better transparency to the County staff’s activities. Alex Martinez, OpenGov, led an online meeting presentation and discussion of the capabilities of OpenGov’s Budgeting and Performance Suite, which provides an interactive budget preparation tool and on-line dashboard for sharing financial and performance data with the public via the County’s website. Administrator Babinski also shared information about Granicus’ Peak Agenda Management and Transparency Suite, which could be used to streamline the County’s decision making process through improved meeting scheduling and agenda building tools. Both will be discussed further prior to final 2020 budget decisions.

 

This being a workgroup session, with no action taken, the meeting concluded at 11:00. The next advertised meeting being a regular board meeting, Tuesday, October 22, 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, October 08, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

Others Present: Administrator Jeff Babinski; Reporter Moorhead; Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Larissa Erickson, Engineer Brian Pogodzinski, Finance Director Carol Lapham, HR Director Theresa Arrick-Kruger, Environmental Services Director Aaron Lacher, EDA Director Alison Wagner, Yvonne Krogstad and Brian Van Gorp 

Presiding: Teresa Walter, Chairperson

Call to order. All said pledge of Allegiance.

Arnold moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously carried to approve the agenda.

Burns moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the September 24, 2019 Regular Board Meeting and October 1, 2019 Workgroup Session.

Public Comment: Brian Van Gorp Yucatan Township, spoke about greenhouse gasses, climate change, and the effects it has on us all. 

 

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

County Revenue Fund $33,441.43

Road & Bridge Fund $39,687.22

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Total $73,128.65

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

 

a. County Attorney

i. Change the employment status of Julie LaFleur, Assistant County Attorney from probationary to regular, effective Oct 29, 2019.

b. Environmental Services

i. Change the employment status of Julie Amundson, Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator, from probationary to regular, effective Oct 14, 2019.

c. Highway Department

i. Change the employment status of Gordon Becker, Highway Maintenance Specialist, from probationary to regular, effective Oct 15, 2019.

ii. Accept the effective resignation of Richard Kasten, Highway Maintenance Specialist, the end of the working day Sept 24, 2019 and thank him for 23 years of service to the residents of Houston County.

Johnson moved, Burns seconded unanimously approved the 2020 Winona-Houston County Detention Center Inter-Agency Service Agreement.

Johnson moved, Burns seconded, unanimously approved the Conditional Use Permit for Stewart Owens to build a dwelling on less than 40 acres in an agricultural district with the condition that the permittee shall comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations and shall remove several identified old structures by December 1, 2021.

Burns moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously approved to enter into a Pre-Design Site Plan agreement with Barrientos Design and Consulting for the future Highway Department Complex, authorizing the Highway Building Committee to finalize the agreement for Task 1-3, with a $25,000 limit. The board will reconsider approving Task 4 at a later date.

Arnold moved, Miller seconded, approved by majority vote (Burns voted nay) authorizing the sale of the County’s 22-acre parcel (#21.1152.002) through sealed bid auction. Administrator Babinski spoke briefly on the sale process, addressing previous concern to set an easement or retain a portion of the property for future road and/or bike trail expansion along Highway 76, recommending an easement over retaining a strip of the property. He also explained the Board’s options for accepting bids and conducting a bid-off with the top bidders. The board retains the right to accept or reject all bids. Burns favored putting the easement in place prior to the sale, however Johnson felt the property would be valued higher without the easement to get the most return for the County financially. Burns and Miller felt that the easement would be in the County’s best interest and avoid future tax dollars buying back the easement rights if needed in the future. Administrator Babinski stated he would get the Board’s approval on the easement language and inclusion of the easement before proceeding with advertising the property sale.

Burns moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously approved an agreement on behalf of the Driftless Grown Initiative and the EDA with Sarah Mann as the Driftless Grown Coordinator. 

Arnold moved, Burns seconded, unanimously approved nominating Lynn Gorski, Owatonna, to a second term on the SSC Board of Directors as a representative for government agencies. HR Director Theresa Arrick-Kruger spoke briefly about the nomination of Lynn Gorski, stating Lynn is the right person for the job.

Miller moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously approved to sunset the last Comprehensive Major Medical Insurance plan offering for non-represented County employees at the end of the 2019 coverage period. HR Director Theresa Arrick-Kruger explained this motion is consistent with the County’s plans to provide quality insurance options at stable rates. As an older plan, the CMM drove a significant portion of the prior year’s cost volatility. Both AFSME and MAPE represented units agreed to sun setting the CMM plan at the same schedule to allow for a smooth transition to the County’s remaining insurance plan for 2020, with continued Insurance Committee work to develop new options for the 2021 insurance cycle. 

Burns moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously approved property tax abatements for 5 residents, totaling $2924 primarily due to recalculation of homestead tax credits.

Arnold spoke about his delight on the Highway Department progress, and that he had attended the Extension Committee meeting with very positive results from the 2019 County Fair.

 

Burns stated he had attended the State Subcommittee Tax meeting, and attended the St. Charles Mississippi Energy group meeting regarding Solar Farms. He planned to share the information with the City of Caledonia, as they may benefit from a similar arrangement.

 

Johnson shared he attended the Water Planning Committee meeting, and commended Amelia Meiners in her role in coordinating with the Department of Natural Resources for eradication of a patch of Palmer Amaranth, recently discovered in Houston County by a resident who recognized it through Amelia’s display at the County Fair. Johnson also shared details of a farm tour October 12, 2019 at Joan Heim’s farm beginning at 9:00 am. He also highlighted Joan’s recent achievement as the “Conservationist of the Year” for 2019 by the Root River Soil and Water Conservation District.

 

Miller stated he had attended a meeting with Norm Barrientos to better understand his proposal and was impressed with his expertise in the area of municipal buildings. He reported Hiawatha Valley was making good progress towards a new facility in Caledonia and would likely be adding the services of a clinical psychologist, which would be a very positive move for the County. 

Walter had also attended the Extension Committee meeting, and relayed additional details of the success of this year’s County Fair, with great participation across the 4-H activities and record sales at the food booth. She also attended the State Subcommittee Tax meeting and echoed Burns’ comments on the quality of information presented to the Subcommittee.

CLOSING PUBLIC COMMENT: None

 

There being no further business and the time being 10:43 a.m., Miller moved, Arnold seconded, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being a Workgroup Session on Tuesday, October 15st, 2019, and a  Regular Board Meeting on October 22th, 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/