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PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

 

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:30 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

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

Presiding: Chairman Johnson

Call to order. Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Burns moved, Walter seconded, unanimously carried to unanimously approve the Minutes from the February 11 Board Meeting.

Miller moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to unanimously approve the Minutes from the February 18 Workshop session.

Public Comment: 

None at this time 

Walter moved, Burns 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 $78,903.56 

b. Road & Bridge Fund $347,683.35

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Total $426,586.91

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2) Affirm the following personnel actions:

i. Public Health and Human Services

1. Accept the retirement of Sandra Ask, Eligibility Worker, effective the end of the business day May 8, 2020 and thank Sandra for over 14 years of service to the residents of Houston County.

2. Initiate a competitive search for an Eligibility Worker, AFSME B23.

ii. Sheriff’s Office

1. Hire Patricia Goetzinger-Krall as a probationary Jailer/Dispatcher, B23-2, Step 1, effective March 16, 2020, conditioned upon successful completion of background check.

2. Change the classification status of Holly Gleason from Administrative Assistant B21, Step 5, to Administrative Assistant B22, Step 5, retroactive to January 1, 2020.

Miller moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to approve the Service Agreement with Dynamic Lifestyle Innovations for recycling of e-waste collections.

Burns moved, Walter seconded, unanimously carried to approve the budgeted hook truck purchase for Solid Waste and Recycling Programs for an amount not to exceed $120,000.

Walter moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to approve CUP ‘2019-CUP-54902’ for J & C Farms, Inc. and adopt the findings and conditions recommended by the Planning Committee, with the exception that the rear setback remain at the standard 50’ expressed in the Zoning Ordinance and that the Seismographic data provided to neighbors also be provided to the County.

 

Lacher Spoke about the CUP for J & C Farms Inc. and reviewed the provided information concerning the use of mining explosives and the minimal effects it could have on neighboring property. After the review, Lacher asked to board to modify the Planning Commission’s condition of an extra set-back and use the set-backs established in the zoning ordinance. The Board agreed and included the 50 rather than100 foot setback in the approved conditions. They also modified the condition that blast information be recorded and shared with neighboring properties to also be shared with the County.

Burns moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to approve the amendment of CUP #284 for J & C Farms, Inc. and adopt the findings and conditions recommended by the Planning Committee, with the exception that the rear setback remain at the standard 50’ expressed in the Zoning Ordinance and that the Seismographic data provided to neighbors also be provided to the County.

Walter moved, Miller seconded, unanimously carried to approve the annual Service Agreement with MNDHS for MFIP.

Walter moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to approve the annual SEMCAC Service Agreement for Transportation.

Walter moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to appoint Brad Hoscheit to the Extension Committee.

Miller moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to approve the 2019 Feedlot Financial Report, Annual Report, and Discrepancy List.

Miller moved, Burns seconded, unanimously carried to approve the purchase of 4 replacement containers for the recycling program.

Burns moved, Walter seconded, unanimously carried to approve the FTE change for Lynn Colsch, Finance Technical Clerk II, B-22, from .6 FTE to .75 FTE effective March 2, 2020.

Burns moved, Walter seconded, unanimously carried to approve Resolution 20-19 Agency Agreement with DOT and DOT Agency Agreement for Federal Participation in Advance Construction. 

BE IT RESOLVED, by Houston County Board of Commissioners that pursuant to Minnesota Stat. Sec 161.36, the of Transportation be appointed as Agent of Houston County to accept as its agent, federal aid funds which may be made available for eligible transportation related projects;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board Chairman and County Administrator are hereby authorized and directed for and on behalf of Houston County to execute and enter into an agreement with the of Transportation prescribing the terms and conditions of said federal aid participation as set forth and contained in “Minnesota Department of Transportation MnDOT Contract Number 1036514,” a copy of which said agreement was before the County Board and which is made a part hereof by reference.

Pogodzinski explained this agreement sets forth the opportunity to advance a project panned for CSAH 6 from 2022 to 2021 which fits better with overall workload projections and road conditions.

Pogodzinski and Babinski provided a brief update to the board after the Highway Building Committee’s meeting with representatives from the City of Caledonia. They discussed project impacts on electric, water delivery and storm water runoff and city zoning considerations. Administrator Babinski will initiate a re-zoning request now and any variances still needed will be requested once final designs are approved. 

Administer Babinski stated the workgroup session on March 3rd was cancelled. He also reminded all of the March 19th Veterans Bonanza workshop in La Crosse. 

Burns shared concern from his Comprehensive Land Use Plan sub-committee on economic development, who recommended the County consider hiring outside consultants to help develop the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Johnson agreed with Burns. The Board, by consensus, asked Administrator Babinski to prepare a request for proposal for Board approval.

Burns also expressed condolences to Daryl Tessmer’s family and friends. Daryl served as the Houston County Recorder from 1970-1998 and will be missed.

Miller attended the Job fair in La Crescent and felt attendance was really good. He attended a SMART bicycle meeting and the Highway building meeting.

Johnson attended the One Watershed meeting, and shared updates on the Crooked Creek project, which they are hoping to break ground on soon. 

No additional public comment.

There being no further business and the time being 11:29 a.m., motion was made by Miller, seconded by Walter and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting.  The next advertised meeting being a Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 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/

 
 
 

Houston County project CP 2020-06 Otta Seal Surfacing is available for bid at http://co.houston.mn.us/Highway_Projects.aspx  and 

https://www.questcdn.com.  Letting date:  April 13, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THIS
PUBLIC
HEARING
HAS
BEEN
POSTPONED

AND
WILL
BE
RE-ADVERTISED
WHEN
A
DATE
IS
DETERMINED

NOTICE
OF
PUBLIC
HEARING

PLEASE
TAKE
NOTICE:

That an application has been made by Greg Larson, 6963 County 18, Hokah, MN 55941, 

for a Conditional Use Permit to build a dwelling on less than 40 acres in an agricultural district 

(Section 14 – 14.3 Conditional Uses, Subdivision 1, Subsection 10) in Houston Township on 

following premises, to-wit:

 

Pt W½ NW¼ NW¼ lying south of State 16, Section 36, Township 104, Range 6, 

Houston County, Minnesota. (Parcel #06.0278.004)

 

Said applicant standing and making application is as holder and owner of an enforceable 

option to purchase full interest in said described lands.

A hearing on this application will be held at the Houston County Commissioner’s Room, 

City of Caledonia, Minnesota, 55921 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  Anyone 

wishing to submit written information regarding this hearing must do so by Tuesday, March 17, 

2020.  All persons having an interest in the matter will be given the opportunity to be heard 

relative to the granting or denying of said application.

HOUSTON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

                             By Aaron Lacher

                             Zoning Administrator

ADV:  March 11, 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THIS
PUBLIC
HEARING
HAS
BEEN
POSTPONED

AND
WILL
BE
RE-ADVERTISED
WHEN
A
DATE
IS
DETERMINED

NOTICE
OF
PUBLIC
HEARING

PLEASE
TAKE
NOTICE:

That an application has been made by Sarah Sander, 3956 County 3, Brownsville, MN 

55919, for a Conditional Use Permit to operate a pet crematorium in an agricultural district 

(Section 14 – 14.3 Conditional Uses, Subdivision 1, Subsection 25) in Brownsville Township on 

following premises, to-wit:

 

Pt W½ SW¼ lying north of County 3, Section 4, Township 102, Range 4, Houston 

County, Minnesota. (Parcel #02.0232.001)

 

Said applicant standing and making application is as fee owner of said described lands.

A hearing on this application will be held at the Houston County Commissioner’s Room, 

City of Caledonia, Minnesota, 55921 at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Anyone 

wishing to submit written information regarding this hearing must do so by Tuesday, March 17, 

2020. All persons having an interest in the matter will be given the opportunity to be heard 

relative to the granting or denying of said application.

HOUSTON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

               By Aaron Lacher

               Zoning Administrator

ADV: March 11, 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THIS
PUBLIC
HEARING
HAS
BEEN
POSTPONED

AND
WILL
BE
RE-ADVERTISED
WHEN
A
DATE
IS
DETERMINED

NOTICE
OF
PUBLIC
HEARING

PLEASE
TAKE
NOTICE:

That an application has been made by Pamela Bauer, 11475 Wildflower Drive, 

Caledonia, MN 55921, for a Conditional Use Permit to operate a pet crematorium in an 

agricultural district (Section 14 – 14.3 Conditional Uses, Subdivision 1, Subsection 25) in 

Winnebago Township on following premises, to-wit:

 

Pt SW¼ SE¼, Section 6, Township 101, Range 5, Houston County, Minnesota. 

(Parcel #16.0062.000)

 

Said applicant standing and making application is as fee owner of said described lands.

A hearing on this application will be held at the Houston County Commissioner’s Room, 

City of Caledonia, Minnesota, 55921 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Anyone 

wishing to submit written information regarding this hearing must do so by Tuesday, March 17, 

2020. All persons having an interest in the matter will be given the opportunity to be heard 

relative to the granting or denying of said application.

HOUSTON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

               By Aaron Lacher

               Zoning Administrator

ADV: March 11, 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 
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