Legal Notices

FILING
NOTICE
FOR
BLACK
HAMMER
TOWNSHIP

  Notice is hereby given that filing for the annual township election to be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, will open on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. and close on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. On Jan. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m., candidates can file at residence of the township clerk.

  Qualified persons wishing to place their name on the ballot must file their Affidavit of Candidacy with the township clerk at 15792 Moen Rd., Spring Grove, MN 55974.

  The filing fee is $2.00. Offices to be filled are: 1 (one) supervisor for a term of three (3) years and 1 (one) clerk for a term of two (2) years.

Elizabeth Wiste, clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houston
County
Planning
Commission
and
Board
of
Adjustment
Vacancies

Notice is hereby given that applications are being accepted for vacancies on the Houston County Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. These are three-year terms beginning in January 2020 and ending on December 31, 2022. Both bodies meet as needed, generally on the evening of the 4th Thursday of each month, with additional and/or special meetings scheduled as may be required.  Application packets are available at the Houston Co. Personnel Office, 304 S. Marshall St., Room 208, Caledonia, MN, by calling (507) 725-5822 or online at www.co.houston.mn.us. Completed application materials must be received in the Personnel Office by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2020.  

By: Jeff Babinski, 

 

       Houston County Administrator

 
 
 
 
 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

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

Place: Room 219, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

Members Present: Teresa Walter, Eric Johnson, Jack Miller

Members Absent: Fred Arnold, Bob Burns

Others Present: Administrator Babinski, Finance Director Lapham, HR Director Arrick-Kruger, Sheriff Inglett, Highway Engineer Pogodzinski, Norman Barrientos, PH&HS Director Pugleasa

Board Workgroup Session

Administrator Babinski, Finance Director Lapham, and HR Director Arrick-Kruger discussed several budget-related decisions facing the board as the 2020 budget is finalized over the next few board meetings. 

The Board met with Mr. Norman Barrientos, Barrientos Design and Consulting for an update on his design work for the Highway Department Caledonia yard and facility. He detailed his suggested site layout with modifications from previous discussions. He also provided an initial cost estimate based on his proposed design. 

PH&HS Director Pugleasa provided the board with background information on the letter received from the Department of Human Services Commissioner, November 18, 2019, which outlines three issues at DHS, which will have a direct impact on all MN counties. The issues include a requested payback of Substance Use Disorder payments incorrectly calculated at the state, potential reimbursement Title IV-E payments paid to Child Care Institutions licensed by the state, but not in compliance with federal standards, and potential repayment of Cash Assistance Overpayments collected in error based on DHS guidance. He shared that AMC and MACSSA are deeply involved with DHS to advocate a remedy that doesn’t penalize counties. 

 

This being a workgroup session, with no action taken, the meeting concluded at 12:30. The next advertised meeting being a regular board meeting, Tuesday, November 26, 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, November 12, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

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, Assessor Cindy Cresswell, Yvonne Krogstad, Bruce Kuemichael. 

Call to order. All said pledge of Allegiance.

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

Walter moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the October 22, 2019 Regular Board Meeting, with the addition of clarification to the roll call vote deciding to hire Attorney Squires to support the Zoning staff for the rehearing of the Schutz Quarry re-hearing at the Board of Adjustment. 

Public Comment: None

File No. 1 – Burns moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously carried to approve payment of the Auditor’s disbursements and the following claims:

County Revenue Fund $65,302.41

Road & Bridge Fund $331,784.94

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Total $397,087.35

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Commission Miller moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously carried to affirm the following personnel actions supporting the Assessor’s Office:

 

1. Hire Joseph Olson as a probationary Appraiser Trainee, (B-22) Step 1, conditioned upon successful completion of background check, effective November 25, 2019.

2. Hire David Fueurhelm as a probationary Appraiser Trainee (B-22) Step 1, conditioned upon successful completion of background check, effective November 25, 2019.

 

Commission Burns moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously carried to affirm the following personnel action supporting the Department of Corrections:

1. Accept the retirement of Carol Sherburne, Technical Clerk I (B-21), effective the end of the day January 7, 2020 with thanks for her 18 years of service to the residents of Houston County.

Commission Burns moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously carried to affirm the following personnel action supporting the Assessor’s Office:

1. Accept the resignation of Michelle Quinn, Certified MN Appraiser (B-23), effective the end of the work day November 12, 2019 and thank her for 11 years of service to the Houston residents.

 

Commission Burns moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to affirm the following personnel action supporting the Finance Department:

1. Hire Lynn Colsch, as a probationary Technical Clerk II (B-22) Step 2, conditioned upon successful completion of background check, effective November 25, 2019.

Commission Miller moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously carried to affirm the following personnel actions supporting Public Health & Human Services:

1. Change the employment status of Susan Tostenson, Case Aide, from probationary to regular, effective November 20, 2019.

2. Hire Karlee Moulton as a probationary Child Protection Social Worker (C-41) Step 2, conditioned upon successful completion of background check, effective December 2, 2019.

Burns moved, Arnold seconded unanimously approved a Ground Lease Agreement with Porteous Olson for Lot 8, Houston County Airport.

Burns moved, Arnold seconded unanimously approved Resolution 19-41, MN Lawful Gambling Permit Approval for Gopher State Sportsman’s Club.

RESOLUTION NO. 19-41

MINNESOTA LAWFUL GAMBLING PERMIT APPROVAL

GOPHER STATE SPORTSMAN’S CLUB

BE IT RESOLVED, the Houston County Board of Commissioners does hereby approve the Minnesota Lawful Gambling Application for Exempt Permit on behalf of the Gopher State Sportsman’s Club for gambling activities to be conducted at the Gopher State Sportsman’s Club in La Crescent Township, with no waiting period.

Burns moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously approved Peddler’s License Permits for the following individuals associated with Platinum Supplemental Insurance of Dubuque, Iowa:

a. Jason G. Radanot

b. Kaleb J. Sogacki

c. John A. Braem

d. Raymond G. Smith

e. Joshua J. Loso

f. Luke G. Schneider

Arnold moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously approved the 2020-2021 Delegation Agreement and Work Plan with the MPCA. Amelia Meiners is working on a newsletter to let farmers know more.

 

Arnold moved, Burns seconded, unanimously approved establishing a Capital Project Fund in connection with the Highway Department facility project. Burns moved, Miller seconded, unanimously approved $250,000 to be transferred from the Road and Bridge fund to provide an initial balance for the fund.

Burns moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously approved initiating a search (or reappointments) for vacancies on the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment due to term expirations. For the Planning Commission, member Dan Griffin has reached his third concurrent term and will step down at the end of this term, with appreciation from the board for serving in this role. Member Richard Schild will complete his second term and be eligible for a third term at the Board’s discretion. Members Dana Kjome and Ken Visger will each complete their first term and be eligible for an additional term at the Board’s discretion.

Johnson moved, Arnold seconded, unanimously approved the 2020-2021 agreement with CEDA for Economic Development activities. HR Director Arrick-Kruger shared that the proposed agreement for 2020-2021 with CEDA for Economic Development activities extended service at the same rate per hour, but increased CEDA support to the county from 2 to 3 days per week. 

Burns moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously approved the snow/ice removal contract with WS Trucking & Construction, LLC (Nov 12, 2019 – June 30, 2021). Burns moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously approved to revoke the snow/ice removal contract with Steele Construction (Dec 5, 2017 – Dec 5, 2020).

Burns moved, Miller seconded, unanimously approved Amendment No. 7 to the Food Service Contract with CBM Managed Services. 

Administer Babinski provided updates on the MCIT Delegate Letter, Snowmobile Club Fiscal Review (audit was successful), Highway Department Facility and Site Design (documentation/mapping was given to the board). 

 

Arnold shared that he also attended the Highway Department Facility and Site Design meeting and that there will be future meeting on this. 

 

Burns has some questions on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan Survey feedback, wondering if we could zero in on the questions that are an issue, and eliminate the questions that are not needed. Johnson stated that he could look at this. 

Johnson shared his concerns with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan Survey, but acknowledged it is out there now and we have to follow through. We need to listen to the local farmers and encourage them to fill out the survey and have them comment good or bad. He stated “Speak up and speak out - if we do not know we cannot take action.” Johnson attended the Water Planning Committee meeting, and shared that land rent surveys went out. He also shared feedback from the Parks Committee meeting, and reported that Wildcat park had a good year, financially. Johnson sent prayers to the Cords Family and thanked Veterans for their service. 

Miller shared that he also attended the Highway Department Facility and Site Design meeting and had nothing more to add then what was already presented to the board. Miller attended the Hiawatha Valley meeting (he is impressed with the new leadership), EDA meeting (in general all is good), and the Parks Committee meeting. He emphasized that Wildcat Park is a great County asset and was pleased with the successful year.

Walter discussed the AMC District meeting, Family Collaborative meeting, and Zoning training in St. Cloud. 

CLOSING PUBLIC COMMENT: None

There being no further business and the time being 11:15 a.m., Miller moved, Arnold seconded, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meetings being a Workgroup Session on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019, and a Regular Board Meeting on November 22th, 2019.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By:  Teresa Walter, Chairperson

Attest: Jeffrey Babinski, County Administrator 

 

 

 

 

 

REGULAR
SCHOOL
BOARD
MEETING:
NOVEMBER
18,
2019

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District #297 was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2019 in the Media Center.

Board members present:

Aaron Solum 

Stephanie Jaster

Christian Myrah

Jennifer Stender

Kelly Rohland

Board members absent:

Rhan Flatin

School employees present:

Rachel Udstuen

Nancy Gulbranson

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, 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, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center. 

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Kelly Rohland and carried unanimously to Treasurer’s Report for November, including electronic transfers, as follows:

General Fund (1) $  224,391.36

Payroll – Direct Deposit   143,112.30

Payroll – Checks     2,519.50

Payroll Liabilities – Direct Deposit   92,543.25

Payroll Liabilities – Checks     9,796.08

Food Service (2)   29,217.57

Community Service (4)     566.77

$  502,146.83

FISCAL

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Kelly Rohland and carried unanimously to approve the revised 2018-2019 Long Term Facilities Maintenance plan as provided. 

The following resolution was introduced by Stephanie Jaster: 

RESOLUTION REGARDING CLOSE OUT OF INACTIVE STUDENT ACTIVITY FUND

WHEREAS, Minnesota Session Laws 2019, 1st Special Session, CH.11, Art 1, Sec. 5 will require changes in the accounting for student activity funds and school boards must take charge of and control all student activities of the public schools in the district and that all money received or expended for extracurricular activities shall be recorded in the same manner as other revenues and expenditures of the district; 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the School Board of Independent School District No.297, State of Minnesota, directs the district’s administration to close out all inactive student activity funds and transfers any remaining balances to the General Fund. 

The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Kelly Rohland and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Solum, Stender, Jaster, Rohland and Myrah and the following members voted against the same: none; whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Motion by Kelly Rohland, seconded by Christian Myrah to approve the 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 Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Christian Myrah and carried unanimously to approve the contract with Speech Therapy Services (Carrie Lindell) for Speech Services for the 2019-2020 school year. 

PERSONNEL

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Kelly Rohland and carried unanimously hire Stefanie Rud as long-term substitute paraprofessional for the 2019-2020 school year.  

PROGRAM

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Jennifer Stender and carried unanimously to approve the World’s Best Workforce Report as submitted by Superintendent Udstuen.

BUILDING/GROUNDS/EQUIPMENT

Motion by Christian Myrah, seconded by Kelly Rohland and carried unanimously to approve the electrical quote from Viking Electric for lighting in the lower hall, kitchen, band, choir and art rooms as well as installing additional outlets in the office in the amount of $29,660. 

GENERAL

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Jennifer Stender and carried unanimously to approve the 2nd Reading of the MSBA Model Policy Updates. 

Member Stephanie Jaster introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption, which motion was seconded by Member Kelly Rohland:

RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING COMBINED POLLING PLACES

FOR MULTIPLE PRECINCTS AND DESIGNATING HOURS DURING 

WHICH THE POLLING PLACES WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR VOTING

FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTIONS NOT HELD 

ON THE DAY OF A STATEWIDE ELECTION

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No.297, State of Minnesota, as follows:

1. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.11, the precincts and polling places for school district elections are those precincts or parts of precincts located within the boundaries of the school district which have been established by the cities or towns located in whole or in part within the school district. The board hereby confirms those precincts and polling places so established by those municipalities.

2. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.11, the board may establish a combined polling place for several precincts for school district elections not held on the day of a statewide election. Each combined polling place must be a polling place that has been designated by a county or municipality. The following combined polling places are established to serve the precincts specified for all school district special and general elections not held on the same day as a statewide election:

Combined Polling Place: Spring Grove Fest Building

110 North Division Ave

Spring Grove MN 55974

This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No.297 located in Blackhammer Township; Caledonia Township, the City of Spring Grove; Spring Grove Township, Wilmington Township, Yucatan Township; Houston County, Minnesota.

3. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.09, the polling places will remain open for voting for school district elections not held on the same day as a statewide election between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

4. The clerk is directed to file a certified copy of this resolution with the county auditors of each of the counties in which the school district is located, in whole or in part, within thirty 30 days after its adoption.

5. As required by Minnesota Statutes, Section 204B.16, Subdivision 1a, the clerk is hereby authorized and directed to give written notice of new polling place locations to each affected household with at least one registered voter in the school district whose school district polling place location has been changed. The notice must be a nonforwardable notice mailed at least twenty-five (25) days before the date of the first election to which it will apply. A notice that is returned as undeliverable must be forwarded immediately to the appropriate county auditor, who shall change the registrant’s status to “challenged” in the statewide registration system.

Upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Stender, Myrah, Jaster, Rohland and Solum, and the following voted against the same: None; whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

BOARD MEETING DATES

Regular School Board Meeting

Monday Evening, December 16, 2019

5:30 p.m.

Media Center

Motion by Christian Myrah, seconded by Jennifer Stender and carried unanimously to adjourn at 7:56 p.m.

Date

Jennifer Stender, Clerk/Treasurer

Independent School District #297

113 2nd Avenue NW

 

Spring Grove, MN 55974