PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

PROCEEDINGS
OF
THE
BOARD
OF
COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:30 p.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN 

Members Present: Jack Miller, Justin Zmyewski, Scott Connor, Teresa Walter and Fred Arnold

Others Present: Auditor Meiners; Reporter Moorhead; Finance Director Lapham; County Attorney Jandt; Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger; Sheriff Inglett; Chief Deputy Lapham; Gary Weires; Eric Johnson; Gary Meiners; HS Director Pugleasa; Financial Supervisor Kohlmeier; Yvonne Krogstad; Bruce Kuehmichel

Presiding: Fred Arnold, Chairperson Call to order.

Motion was made by Commissioner Connor, seconded by Commissioner Walter and unanimously carried to approve the agenda.

Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the April 10, 2018 meeting.

Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to approve payment of the license center and Human Services disbursements and the following claims:

County Revenue Fund $118,708.07

Road & Bridge Fund 30,034.68 

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Total $148,742.75

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Gary Weires, representing DDA Human Resources, Inc., met with the Board regarding his proposal to assist the county with the search for a County Administrator.His role would be facilitation.Mr. Weiers reviewed the timeline he is proposing for this process. The fee for this service is $17,000.00.Chairperson Arnold stated that the County also received a proposal from another company. Commissioner Walter indicated that the other proposal is more expensive. It was agreed to put this on the agenda for a vote at the next meeting.

At this time Sheriff Inglett and Chief Deputy Lapham met with the Board and requested authorization to purchase a Dodge Charger squad car.He reported that he received two quotes, one from Torkelson-Waukon in the amount of $25,467.00 and the other from Dodge of Burnsville in the amount of $25,179.00.Chief Deputy Lapham recommended accepting the quote of Torkelson-Waukon because they handle a lot of maintenance for the department and they offer discounts.Chairperson Arnold indicated that he would prefer that specifications for quotes be written to allow dealers to bid on various models of vehicles.Chief Deputy Lapham responded that the Chevy Impala is no longer rated as a pursuit vehicle.There is a Ford sedan that is rated as a pursuit vehicle, however, the stated bid is $27,445.00 and it is not as roomy, has a smaller cargo area, and is not as comfortable to drive. After discussion, motion was made by Commissioner Connor, seconded by Commissioner Miller and unanimously carried to approve the quote of Torkelson-Waukon in the amount of $25,467.00.

County Attorney Jandt stated that there are two employee related matters for which he is requesting the Board hire outside counsel, as he does not have expertise in this area nor does he have the time due to pending jury trials.One matter they would be utilized for is union arbitration, and the other is an employee termination.Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger has contacted Susan Hansen from Madden Galanter Hanson, LLP, Plymouth, MN.Ms. Hansen quoted a fee of $160.00 per hour.Motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to approve the same.

Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger reported that Mike Kost has submitted his notice of retirement effective the end of the workday on April 30, 2018.Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to accept the resignation/retirement notice and to thank him for his 26 years of service.

Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger requested authorization to advertise for the vacant License Center position. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Miller and unanimously carried to approve the same.

Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger recommended hiring Jean Baty Young as a full-time Eligibility Worker, B23, Step 1 effective May 7, 2018.Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to approve the same.

Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger recommended hiring the following individuals as 67 day Transport Officers: Kaleb Peterson, Richard Cordes, Michael Gerardy, Lisa Johnson, Anthony Klug, Carrie Lapham, and Wesley Lapham.Motion was made by Commissioner Connor, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to approve the same.

Motion was made by Commissioner Connor, seconded by Commissioner Walter and unanimously carried to approve the 50 year property lease with the Agricultural Society for the fairgrounds which stipulates a shared parking area.

Discussion was held regarding an informational packet HR Director Arrick-Kruger provided to the Board regarding Gary Meiners abatement request. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to approve an abatement for taxes payable 2016 for Gary Meiners, Parcel No. 16.0051.000.

The time being 6:43 p.m., motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to convene in closed session pursuant to M.S. 13D.03, Subd. 1, (b) to discuss strategy for labor negotiations.

The time being 7:10 p.m., motion was made by Commissioner Connor, seconded by Commissioner Miller and unanimously carried to reconvene in open session.

Personnel Director Arrick-Kruger reported that the Board met in closed session pursuant to M.S. 13D.03, Subd. 1, (b) to discuss strategy for labor negotiations.No action was being recommended at this time.

There being no further business and the time being 7:35 p.m., motion was made by Commissioner Miller seconded by Commissioner Connor and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By: Fred Arnold, Chairperson

Attest: Charlene Meiners, County Auditor 

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