Legal Notices

FILING
NOTICE
FOR
SPRING
GROVE
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 Mike Wiste.

  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.

Mike Wiste, clerk

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK
HAMMER
TOWNSHIP
MEETING
NOTICE

The Black Hammer Town Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2018, at the Black Hammer Town Hall.

Elizabeth Wiste, clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING
GROVE
TOWNSHIP
REGULAR
MEETING
NOTICE

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

 

Michael Wiste, Clerk-Treasurer

 
 
 
 
 
 

NOTICE
OF
MARCH
ANNUAL
ELECTION

To
the
Voters
of
Wilmington
Township

 

    Notice is hereby given that the following offices and terms will be elected at the March 2020 Annual Election of Officers to be held Tuesday March 10, 2020:

 

    One (1) Township Chairman for a 3-year Term. Currently being held by Greg Myhre

 

    One (1) Township Clerk/Treasurer for a 2-year Term.  Currently held by Melissa Schroeder

 

 

 

 

 

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, 2019.  

By: Jeff Babinski, 

 

       Houston County Administrator

 

 

 

 

 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

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, Auditor/ Treasurer Donna Trehus, Public Health and Human Services Director John Pugleasa

Call to order. All said pledge of Allegiance.

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

Public Comment: None

Jinny Reitmann, Executive Director, Workforce Development, Inc. presented a program overview and update on the regional labor outlook. She spoke briefly about their program objectives and funding sources. She also provided an overview of the labor market in Houston County. Although 55% of the working population travel out of Houston County for work, there a lot of diverse job opportunities and room for growth in the county. She shared the projection for future job openings, highlighting most will come from retirements, but there are projections for new positions. 67% of the jobs in Houston County only require a High School Diploma or GED. In Houston County 56.1% of the workforce are women. She also spoke about their involvement with welfare reform, youth services, and WIOA serving unemployed and underemployed individuals. WDI has made internal program changes to expand eligibility under the dislocated worker program for farmers seeking extra work or skills training. 

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

County Revenue Fund $6,092.74

Road & Bridge Fund $206,652.65

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Total $212,745.39

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Johnson moved, Walter seconded, unanimously approved the addition of a Case Aide (B21) to Income Maintenance (PH&HS) for 2020 and initiate a search to fill the position.

Johnson moved, Burns seconded, unanimously approved the addition of a Public Health Nurse (C41/C42) to the Family Health Unit (PH&HS) for 2020 and initiation of a search to fill the position.

Burns moved, Walter seconded unanimously approved the 2020 Pay Grid for non-represented and confidential employees. Roll Call Vote on each salary decision was requested.

District 1 Yes

District 2 Yes

District 3 Yes

District 4 Yes

District 5 Vacant

Burns moved, Walter seconded setting the 2020 annual salary for the County Administrator at $112,502. Motion passed.

District 1 No

District 2 Yes

District 3 Yes

District 4 Yes

District 5 Vacant

Johnson moved, Burns seconded setting the 2020 annual salary for the County Attorney at $116,653.66. Motion Passed.

District 1 No

District 2 Yes

District 3 Yes

District 4 Yes

District 5 Vacant

Johnson moved, Burns seconded setting the 2020 annual salary for the County Sheriff at $102,781.40. Motion passed.

District 1 No

District 2 Yes

District 3 Yes

District 4 Yes

District 5 Vacant

Burns moved, Johnson seconded setting the 2020 annual salary for the County Auditor/Treasurer at $83,650.01. Motion passed.

District 1 No

District 2 Yes

District 3 Yes

District 4 Yes

District 5 Vacant

File No. 7 – Burns moved, Johnson seconded setting the 2020 annual salary for the County Recorder at $63,705.00. Motion passed.

District 1 Yes

District 2 Yes

District 3 Yes

District 4 Yes

District 5 Vacant

File No. 7 – Burns moved, Miller seconded setting the 2020 annual salary for County Commissioners at $19,016.00. Motion passed

District 1 Yes

District 2 Yes

District 3 Yes

District 4 Yes

District 5 Vacant

Johnson moved, Burns seconded unanimously approved Resolution 19-45 setting the Salaries for Houston County Elected Officials for 2020. 

RESOLUTION NO. 19-45

2020 Salary for Houston County Elected Officials

 

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statute 375.01 Subd. 1, 384.151 Subd. 1a, 385.373 Subd. 1a, 386.015 Subd. 2, 387.20 Subd. 1,b, 388.18 Subd. 2, collectively state the salary of Houston County Elected Officials must be established on an annual basis by board resolution; 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Houston County Board of Commissioners authorizes the 2020 salary of the Commissioners to be $19,016.34; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Houston County Board of Commissioners authorizes the 2020 salary of the County Auditor/Treasurer to be $83,650.01; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Houston County Board of Commissioners authorizes the 2020 salary of the County Recorder to be $63,705.00; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Houston County Board of Commissioners authorizes the 2020 salary of the County Sheriff to be $102,781.40; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Houston County Board of Commissioners authorizes the 2020 salary of the County Attorney to be $116,653.66.

Johnson moved, Miller seconded, unanimously approved Resolution 19-44, authorizing the sale of the 22-acre parcel (#21.1152.002) to the highest bidder, Mr. Dennis Gavin for $187,000. Roll Call Vote Requested.

District 1 Yes

District 2 Yes

District 3 Yes

District 4 Yes

District 5 Vacant

RESOLUTION NO. 19-44

AUTHORIZATION TO SELL LAND PARCEL 21.1152.002

THROUGH SEALED BID AUCTION

WHEREAS, the Houston County Board of Commissioners has determined the 22.16 acre parcel (#21.1152.002) of land originally purchased for the Highway Department is no longer needed for that purpose; and

 

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statute 373.01 Subd. 1 (4) authorizes the sale of real or personal property owned by the county; and

WHEREAS, the Board authorized and conducted a sealed bid auction, followed by a public bid-off with the three highest received bids, the result of which was a bid from Dennis Gavin for $187,000.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Houston County Board of Commissioners authorizes the sale of real property parcel 21.1152.002 to Dennis Gavin for the agreed process of $187,000. Mr. Gavin 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” with the easements and conditions spelled out in the legal description.

Engineer Brian Pogodzinski gave an update to the board on recent discussions with La Crescent Township officials on the shared use of their facility. Balanced with consideration of the proposed Highway shop project in Caledonia, the Board recommend a short-term arrangement with the Township and to proceed with plans to consolidate the sign shop into the new facility and moving County road maintenance assets out of La Crescent Township’s facility and into the County-owned facility in Hokah. 

Burns has received input with concern about the fee increases at the drop sites (primarily tire costs) and concern tires will end up in ditches instead. He also received public concern about the Comprehensive Land Use Plan Committee Survey and land density rules.

Johnson extended thoughts and prayers to former Commissioner Kelleher’s family. He shared that he attended the Board of Adjustment hearing for the Schutz Quarry meeting, which resulted in a 3-1 vote to close the quarry down. He expressed concern with the BoA’s scheduling of another meeting to review and adopt the findings related to their decision and the appearance fairness and transparency in this matter. 

 

Miller attended the Highway shop meeting and the Schutz Quarry meetings. He congratulated the Caledonia Warriors football team for their 5th consecutive state title.

Walter also extended thoughts and prayers to Commissioner Kelleher’s family. 

The Commissioners further refined the committee delegations due to District 5’s vacancy.

Land Use and Public Works - Bob Burns

Finance Standing – Jack Miller 

Personnel- Jack Miller and Eric Johnson

Highway Building- Jack Miller and Eric Johnson

Bear Creek Watershed- Bob Burns

Extension- Eric Johnson

SELCO- Bob Burns

SEMCAC- Eric Johnson

Water Planning – Eric Johnson

CLOSING PUBLIC COMMENT: None

There being no further business and the time being 11:49 a.m., Burns moved, Johnson seconded, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meetings being a regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 17rd, 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/

 
 
 
 
 
 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 9:33 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

Members Present: Teresa Walter (Chair), Jack Miller, Eric Johnson

Members Absent:  Bob Burns

Call to order. All said pledge of Allegiance.

Chair Walter called for a moment of silence in memory of Commissioner Arnold, who passed away on November 21, 2019.

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

Miller moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the November 12, 2019 Regular Board Meeting and November 19, 2019 Workgroup Session. 

Public Comment: None

Johnson moved, Miller seconded unanimously approved Resolution 19-42, Commissioner Vacancy, District #5.

RESOLUTION NO. 19-42

COMMISSIONER VACANCY, DISTRICT 5

WHEREAS, a vacancy currently exists in Commissioner District #5, due to the death of Houston County Commissioner Fred Arnold, effective November 21, 2019; and 

WHEREAS, M.S. 375.101 requires that a special election be held to fill a vacancy if one year or more remains in the unexpired term; 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Houston County Board of Commissioners adopts the following procedure to be implemented by the Houston County Auditor/Treasurer in filling the District #5 vacancy:

 In accordance with M.S. 375.101, Vacancy in Office of County Commissioner, the following schedule for a special election shall be implemented, and the Auditor/Treasurer shall post and publish the notices required by law:

FILING PERIOD: Interested candidates to fill this vacancy shall file their Affidavits of Candidacy and pay the filing fee with the Auditor/Treasurer between Monday, December 2, 2019 and Thursday, December 12, 2019. Filing hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The filing fee is $50.00.

PRIMARY ELECTION: If needed, the Special Primary Election shall be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Polling hours will be 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Canvassing will be on Friday, February 14, 2020.

GENERAL ELECTION: The Special General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2020 if no Special Primary is needed, with canvassing to take place on Friday, February 14, 2020; otherwise the Special General Election will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Polling  hours will be 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Canvassing will be on Friday, April 17, 2020 in La Crescent Township, with no waiting period. 

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

County Revenue Fund $99,969.41

Road & Bridge Fund $38,904.61

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Total $138,874.02

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

 

1. Initiate a search for a 0.8 FTE Technical Clerk I (B21) for the Department of Corrections.

2. Accept the resignation of Amy Gehrke, Jailer/Dispatcher effective the end of shift on November 29, 2019.

3. Initiate a search for Jailer/Dispatcher (female) for the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Commission Johnson moved, Walter seconded, carried with 2 for and 1 against (Miller opposed) to initiate a search for a Forensic Social Worker (C41). 

Johnson moved, Miller seconded unanimously approved The 2020 Technical Service Agreement with Ability Building Center for collection and processing of recyclable materials.

Johnson moved, Miller seconded unanimously approved Resolution 19-43, approving a Gambling Permit for ABLE Foundation.

RESOLUTION NO. 19-43

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 ABLE Foundation, Inc. for gambling activities to be conducted at the La Crescent Snowmobile Club in La Crescent Township, with no waiting period. 

Johnson moved, Miller seconded unanimously approved a MN Wetland Conservation Act exemption for Robyn Moore, Jefferson Township.

Johnson moved, Miller seconded unanimously approved a MN Wetland Conservation Act exemption for Gerald Skifton, Houston Township.

Johnson moved, Miller seconded, unanimously approved A MDA Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grants for Houston Township to purchase a sprayer.

Johnson moved, Miller seconded, unanimously approved partnership Winona County to work on oriental bittersweet education, mapping and eradication.

Johnson moved, Miller seconded, unanimously approved the bid for SAP 028-599-078 for the Lorenz Road project in Hokah Township to Generation X Construction, LLC for $84,180.00. 

Auditor/Treasurer Trehus opened and read the sealed bids for the County’s 22-acre parcel (#21.1152.002). 3 bids were received, with the highest being $110,000 from $157,500.

1. David Fitzpatrick $110,000 

2. Dennis Gavin $145,000 

3. Joseph Sheiber $157,500 

4.

At 10:21 a.m., Walter moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously approved a motion to enter a closed session in accordance with MN Statute 13D.05 subd. 3 to “develop or consider offers or counteroffers for the purchase or sale of real or personal property.” 

At 10:33 a.m., Miller moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously approved a motion to end the closed session in accordance with MN Statute 13D.05 subd. 3 to “develop or consider offers or counteroffers for the purchase or sale of real or personal property” and return to open session.

Administrator Babinski summarized the board’s discussion and desire to continue with the bidding process.

Johnson moved, Miller seconded, unanimously approved a Bid-Off between the three bidders at 10:00 on December 2nd, 2019.

Finance Director Lapham shared news the county received $74,125.00 as a dividend return from our MCIT membership for 2020.

The Board Cahir temporarily assigned the following Commissioners to fill committees in Arnold’s place. Johnson will assume duties on the Highway Building Planning Committee, Miller on the Personnel Committee and Walter on the Finance Committee. 

The Commissioners expressed condolences to Fred Arnold’s family and praise for his time serving Houston County. 

Walter reminded everyone the upcoming “Truth and Taxation” meeting. She also commended Lt Tracy Erickson and Roman again for receiving national recognition. 

CLOSING PUBLIC COMMENT: None

There being no further business and the time being 10:48 a.m., Johnson moved, Miller seconded, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meetings being a regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd, 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/