Legal Notices

SEEKING
ONE
COMMISSIONER
FOR

Spring
Grove
Economic
Development
Authority

 

The City of Spring Grove is seeking an individual to fill one open Commissioner’s seat on the Spring Grove Economic Development Authority for a term ending on April 1, 2026. 

Appointees are nominated by the Mayor and voted on by the City Council. Appointees must be able to attend one evening meeting each month, plus be able to spend a few hours each month on EDA projects. 

An application and/or letter of interest should be submitted to Erin Konkel, City Clerk/Treasurer, by mail (PO Box 218), email (erin.cityofsg@ springgrove.coop) or brought to City Hall no later than February 28, 2020.

Erin Konkel, City Clerk/Treasurer

City of Spring Grove

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

Members Present: Eric Johnson, Teresa Walter and Robert Burns

Members Absent: Jack Miller

Others Present: Administrator Babinski; Reporter Moorhead; Finance Director Lapham; Bruce Kimmel- Ehlers

Call to order.

Presiding: Chairman Johnson

Call to order. Pledge of Allegiance.

Item No. 3 - Mr. Bruce Ehlers, Senior Municipal Advisor for Ehlers congratulated the board on the County’s re-affirmed “AA” rating from S&P.  He further reported that eight (8) sealed proposals for the purchase of the Bonds were received prior to 12:00 p.m., Central time, on January 13, 2020, pursuant to the Preliminary Official Statement distributed to potential purchasers of the Bonds by Ehlers & Associates, Inc., municipal advisor to the County. The proposals have been publicly opened, read and tabulated.

Item No. 4 - Commissioner Burns moved, Commissioner Walter seconded, approved unanimously to approve Resolution 20-07 authorizing the issuance of Bonds series 2020A. 

AWARD REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2020A

WHERAS, the Houston County Board of Commissioners determined via Resolution 19-51 that it is necessary and expedient to issue the County’s $3,160,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020A (the “Bonds”), to current refund the County’s outstanding General Obligation Jail Bonds, Series 2009C and General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds, Series 2010A for an interest cost savings; and

WHEREAS, the County has retained Ehlers & Associates, Inc., in Roseville Minnesota (“Ehlers”), as its independent municipal advisor for the Bonds in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 475.60, Subdivision 2(9); and

WHEREAS, Ehlers & Associates, Inc, conducted a Bond Sale on January 13, 2020, receiving eight bids, from which BNY Mellon Capital Management, Pittsburg, PA submitted the most favorable bid; 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners (the “Board”) of Houston County, Minnesota (the “County”), as follows:

SECTION 1. AUTHORIZATION, SALE AND RECITALS.

1.01. Authorization of Bonds. The Board hereby determines that it is in the best interest of the County to issue its General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020A (the “Bonds”), pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Sections 373.40, 641.23, and 475.67, and Chapter 475. The proceeds of the Bonds will be used, together with funds on hand as may be required, to refund, in a current refunding:

(i) the 2021 through 2025 maturities, aggregating $2,435,000 in outstanding principal amount, of the County’s $7,250,000 General Obligation Jail Bonds, Series 2009C, dated, as originally issued, as of October 27, 2009 (the “Series 2009C Bonds”); and 

(ii) the 2021 and 2022 maturities, aggregating $650,000 in outstanding principal amount, of the County’s $2,695,000 General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds, Series 2010A, dated, as originally issued, as of December 7, 2010 (the “Series 2010A Bonds,” and together with the Series 2009C Bonds, the “Refunded Bonds.”)

The Series 2009C Bonds were originally issued to finance jail and law enforcement center-related costs (the “2009C Project”) of the County’s Criminal Justice Center (the “Facility”). The Series 2010A Bonds were originally issued to finance court-related costs (the “2010A Project”) of the Facility. The Refunded Bonds will be called for redemption and paid on February 17, 2020 (the “Redemption Date”).

The portion of the Bonds ($2,245,000) being issued to refinance the 2009C Project shall be referred to herein as the 2009C Refunding Bonds, and the portion of the Bonds ($625,000) being issued to refinance the 2010A Project shall be referred to herein as the 2010A Refunding Bonds.

The maximum amount of principal and interest to become due in any year on all outstanding bonds (including the 2010A Refunding Bonds) issued by the County pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 373.40 ($435,902.78) will not equal or exceed .12 percent ($3,008,269.92) of the taxable market value of property in the County ($2,506,891,600). 

been opened, publicly read and considered and the purchase price, interest rates and net interest cost under the terms of each proposal have been determined. The most favorable proposal received is that of BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (the “Purchaser”), to purchase the Bonds at a price of $3,136,451.05 plus accrued interest on all Bonds to the day of delivery and payment, on the further terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

1.03. Award. The proposal of the Purchaser is hereby accepted, and the Chairperson and County Auditor are hereby authorized and directed to execute a contract on the part of the County with the Purchaser for the sale of the Bonds in accordance with the Terms of Proposal. The good faith deposit of the Purchaser shall be retained and deposited by the County until the Bonds have been delivered and shall be deducted from the purchase price paid at settlement. 

1.04. Recitals. All acts, conditions and things which are required by the Constitution and laws of the State of Minnesota to be done, to exist, to happen and to be performed precedent to and in the valid issuance of the Bonds having been done, existing, having happened and having been performed, it is now necessary for this Board to establish the form and terms of the Bonds, to provide security therefor and to issue the Bonds forthwith.

1.05. Savings. It is hereby determined that by the issuance of the Bonds the County will realize a substantial interest rate reduction, a gross savings of approximately $115,586.38 and a present value savings of approximately $110,970.86.

There being no further business and the time being 9:51 a.m., motion was made by Commissioner Burns, seconded by Commissioner Walter and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting and return to the Workgroup Session. The next advertised meeting being a workgroup session on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By: 

Eric Johnson, 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, January 14, 2019 9:00 a.m.

Place: Room 219, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

Members Present: Eric Johnson, Teresa Walter and Robert Burns

Members Absent: Jack Miller

Board Workgroup Session

Call to order.

 Administrator Babinski and Engineer Pogodzinski provided an update to the Board on developments from a recent meeting between Barrientos Design and the City of Caledonia’s Zoning Department. Zoning considerations led Barrientos to make several site layout changes, which they’ve responded to and have provided the County with several options to adapt the site design to meet the zoning requirements. These include primarily the location of a potential cold storage facility and the main office/shop building and potential changes in the grading plans for the site. The Highway Facility Committee will meet again with Mr. Barrientos to review the changes and additional contractor cost estimates at their next committee meeting.

The workgroup session recessed at 9:25 a.m. to allow for a regular meeting session scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The workgroup session continued at 9:50. 

Commissioner Burns provided an update on the airport planning meetings and discussed the logistics of establishing a courtesy car at the airport. He shared news that one of the hangars was changing ownership. 

The board discussed the Refugee resettlement executive order and determined to wait and see how the requirement develops, as there is no recent history of refugee resettlement here nor is there a request for resettlement within Houston County at this time. 

The workgroup session adjourned at 10:25 a.m.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By:  Eric Johnson, Chairperson

Attest: Jeffrey Babinski, County Administrator 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2019 9:00 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

Members Present: Jack Miller, Eric Johnson, Teresa Walter and Robert Burns

Others Present: Administrator Babinski; Reporter Moorhead; Finance Director Lapham; Auditor/Treasurer Donna Trehus, Assessor Cresswell, Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger, Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Larissa Erickson, RRSWCD Director Dave Walter, Yvonne Krogstad, Recorder Sue Swebach, Aaron Lacher, Pugleasa, Brian Pogadynski 

Presiding: Administrator Babinski, Chairperson pro tem

Call to order. Pledge of Allegiance.

Administrator Babinski requested nominations for Chairperson for the year 2020. Walter moved to nominate Johnson, Burns seconded, unanimously carried. 

Chairperson Johnson requested nominations for Vice-Chairperson for the year 2020. Walter moved to nominate Burns, Miller seconded, unanimously carried. 

Walter moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to approve the agenda.

Walter moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to unanimously approve the Minutes from December 17, 2019, with amendments. 

 

Public Comment: Yvonne Krogstad questioned the board’s approach to the Highway Building project based on her review of the minutes and recent meeting recordings with respect to designing to fit a budget or basing a budget off of a design. She also suggested the project would benefit from inclusion of a solar panel array. She also asked that the vacancy on the extension committee be shared on the county website.

File No. 3 - Dave Walter, RRSWCD Director, addressed the board to request the additional $14,440 allocation for RRSWCD tabled from the December 17, 2019 Board Meeting. He requested the additional allocations specifically because it would be met by matching state funds. Burns questioned if it was included in their 2020 budget request. Walter confirmed it was not due to being turned down in 2019, but requested inclusion again right before the 2020 budget was finalized. After further discussion, Commissioner Walter suggested the funds could come from the Commissioner’s budget, if approved. 

File No. 4 - At 10:21, sealed bids for the Official Newspaper for calendar year 2020 filed pursuant to advertisement, were opened and read. It was noted that this is a joint bid for the Spring Grove Herald and the Caledonia Argus. Motion was made by Miller, seconded by Burns, and unanimously carried to accept the bid as presented.

Official Newspaper for 2019-JOINT BID 

Spring Grove Herald & Caledonia Argus) $7.00 per column inch

Miscellaneous Notices-8.20 No Bid

First Printing of 2019 Financial Statement

Caledonia Argus $6.80 per column inch

Second Printing of 2019 Financial Statement

Spring Grove Herald $6.80 per column inch

Publication of Delinquent Tax List

Joint bid Spring Grove Herald/Caledonia Argus $9.00 per column inch

Burns moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda, which consisted of the following items:

1) Approve payment of the license center and Human Services disbursements and the following claims

a. County Revenue Fund $292,780.65 

b. Road & Bridge Fund $72,035.26

c. Capital Projects Fund $13,749.00

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Total $378,564.91

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2) Authorize Resolution 20-01, Use of Alternate Methods to Disseminate Bids and Requests. 

WHERAS, Minn. Statute § 331A.03 Subd. 3(b), allows a county to use its website or recognized industry trade journals as an alternative to disseminate solicitations of bids, requests for information and requests for proposals;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Houston County Board of Commissioners, that the County of Houston will continue to use the Houston County website, www.co.houston.mn.us as an alternative means to disseminate solicitations of bids, requests for information, and requests for proposals for transportation related construction and maintenance projects.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any dissemination by alternative means must be in substantially the same format and for the same period of time as a publication would otherwise be required under Minn. Statute § 331A.03 Subd. 3.

3) Authorize Resolution 20-02, County Participation in State Associations.

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Houston County Board of Commissioners, that under the provisions of Chapter 714, Laws of 1961, duly designated representatives of Houston County shall be authorized to participate in the meetings and activities of their respective State Association by membership therein and attendance at meetings thereof, as contemplated by Statute, and by the provisions of Chapter 529, Laws of 1963; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that money be appropriated from the County Revenue Fund to defray expenses of such officials in connection therewith, said expenses to be paid upon presentation and allowance of properly itemized claims in an amount not to exceed statute limitations.

4) Authorize Resolution 20-03, Minimum Salary for Officials Elected in 2020.

WHERAS, The Houston County Board of Commissioners must set a minimum salary for any newly elected officials on a yearly basis;

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Houston County Board of Commissioners, the following minimum salaries exist for any officials elected in 2020: $5,000.

5) Approve the Children’s Mental Health Screening Grant.

6) Affirm the following personnel actions:

i. Recorder’s Office

1. Change the status of Michelle Werner from probationary to regular effective January 9, 2020.

ii. Veterans Service Office / Extension Support

1. Reappoint Robert Thoen to a four-year term as VSO, beginning January 25, 2020 through January 24, 2024.

2. Change the FTE of the vacant Tech Clerk (Extension support) from 1.0 FTE to .75 FTE.

3. Change the FTE of Theresa Gavin-Kubitz from .50 to .75, effective January 20, 2020.

iii. Auditor/Treasurer

1. Hire Diane Imhoff as a 67-day Technical Clerk I (B21) at Step 1, effective January 13, 2020 to assist with elections.

iv. Department of Corrections

1. Temporarily change Nancy Welsh’s FTE from .7 to 1.0 effective from January 8, 2020 until one week after the vacant Technical Clerk I is hired (provides vacancy coverage and brief training period).

Walter moved, Burns seconded, carried to 3-1 with Johnson voting Nay to approve the acceptance of the $10,000 Legacy Grant for the Historic Jail Building Construction Planning Study. Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger spoke about this small grant in relation to the other grants being sought for the Historic Courthouse and Jail buildings. This grant is focused on creating the Construction documents needed to seek further grants for repairs to the exterior of the Jail building in the future. She reminded the Board this is a separate step and doesn’t commit the board to use of the facility or to repairing it at this time. The board also discussed the ‘step 1’ grant for the Courthouse building, which was not approved at the state level this year. Johnson expressed his concern with not having a solid plan for the Jail building and working on it and the Highway Department project at the same time.

Walter moved, Johnson seconded, unanimously carried to approval of Resolution 20-04, 2020 Appropriations as amended to include an additional $14,400 for RRSWCD. Walter moved, Johnson seconded, the amendment, which carried with a 3-1 vote. Burns voted Ney, expressing concern with amending the budget so early in the year.

WHERAS, The Houston County Board of Commissioners approved the 2020 Annual Budget on December 17t, 2019;

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Houston County Board of Commissioners, that the following appropriations will be made in 2020 from the appropriate County Revenue Fund:

ORGANIZATION 2020 BUDGET  

SE Minnesota Initiative Fund $3,750 

SEMAAA $2,000 

SELCO $163,478 

Emergency Medical Service $10,000 

SEMCAC - Senior & Caregiver Advocacy $1,500 

SEMCAC - Senior Nutrition $2,000 

SEMCAC - Transportation Program (Donation Rides) $1,500 

Historical Society $37,500 

Historical Society - Matching Funds (Maximum) $5,000 

Southern MN Tourism/Historic Bluff Country $952 

Agricultural Society $20,000 

Agricultural Society - Prior Year Financials Additional $4,000 

RRSWCD $129,000 

RRSWCD - Matching Funds $14,400

SE MN EMS $5,000 

   TOTAL $395,580 

 

Burns moved, Walter seconded, unanimously carried to approve Resolution 20-05, Official Newspaper for 2020. 

WHERAS, Minn. Statute § 375.12 Subd. 1, requires a county to solicitations of bids annually at the first regular meeting for an official paper;

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Houston County Board of Commissioners, that the following publications have been designated as the Official Newspaper for publication of minutes, public notices, and other routine county business, with the accepted rates for publication expenses: Caledonia Argus and Spring Grove Herald (Joint Bid).

Burns moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to approve the Highway Department request to pre-order Plow Truck for 2021. Brian Pogodzinski explained the pre-order was necessitated by the 16 month wait-time for delivery. This order is consistent with the County’s rotation of plow trucks and would likely replace a 2007 MAC Truck, depending on fleet conditions upon arrival.

 

Burns moved, Walter seconded, unanimously carried to approve budgeted Highway Department equipment purchases for 2020.

Walter moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to approve Resolution 20-06 Final Contract Acceptance SAP 028-599-085 and SAP 028-604-036 with Minowa Construction.

WHERAS, Contract No. 290 has in all things been completed, and the County Board being fully advised in the premises;

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Houston County Board of Commissioners, accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the Houston County DOT and authorize final payment.

Burns moved, Walter seconded, unanimously carried to approve the CUP for Caledonia Sno-Gophers with the conditions recommended by the Planning Commission:

1. The Permittee shall comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

2. The County may enter onto the premises at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to ensure the permit holder is in compliance with the conditions and all other applicable statutes, rules and ordinances.

3. A minimum of 2,400 sf of parking space is required. 

4. A zoning permit will be required for the construction of the proposed building. Prior to the issuance of a zoning permit, the applicant shall demonstrate compliance with all applicable accessibility codes.

5. The proposed area is currently part of an area (PID 03.0264.000) covered by an existing conditional use permit (410 CUP – 2019). All uses approved by Permit 410 CUP – 2019 will remain in effect on PID 03.0264.000, but will be extinguished on the new parcel proposed to be exempted from PID 03.0264.000.

 

Miller moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to approve the CUP for James and Samantha Cunningham to operate Blackhammer Stables with the conditions recommended by the Planning Commission:

1. The Permittee shall comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

2. The County may enter onto the premises at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to ensure the permit holder is in compliance with the conditions and all other applicable statutes, rules and ordinances.

3. The permittee shall provide documentation of compliance with all building codes upon request of the County.

Walter moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to approve the 2020 Committee Assignments.

Administrator Babinski congratulated Engineer Pogodzinski for being nominated as the MCEA Secretary. He also reminded all that there would be a brief regular board meeting on January 14th for the board to consider award of the 2020A Refunding Bond in addition to the scheduled workshop session. 

    Burns attended the airport committee met and plans are moving forward at this point. Burns responded to Yvonne Krogstad’s public comment about funding the Highway Department facility. He also re-suggested an addition of $5.00 to the Wheelage tax to help fund the Highway Department Facility project.

Miller attended the Hiawatha Valley mental health meeting and shared the incoming phsycologist had taken another position, so Hiwatha Valley would continue to search for one to work in Caledonia one day a week. Their new facility is not ready as scheduled, but they were hopeful to be complete by April. Miller stated he was present for some of the preliminary discussion for the S&P rating and it all went well. Miller would like to compliment Carol for all her work preparing for the S&P rating review and bond issue.

Yvonne Krogstad provided additional public comment. She restated she didn’t intend to say county funds should not be used for more than what we ultimately need.

 

There being no further business and the time being 11:25 a.m., motion was made by Burns, seconded by Miller and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

 

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By: 

Eric Johnson, 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/