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April 10


The Board of County Commissioners of Fillmore County, Minnesota met in regular session this 10th day of April, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners' Board Room, Fillmore County Courthouse, in the City of Preston.

The following members were present: Commissioners Mitch Lentz, Duane Bakke, Randy Dahl, Gary Peterson and Marc Prestby. Also present were: Bobbie Vickerman, Coordinator/Clerk-Auditor/Treasurer; Thomas Kaase, Sheriff; Ron Gregg, Highway Engineer; Jessica Erickson, Director of Nursing; Terry Schultz, Building Maintenance; Kristina Kohn, Human Resources Officer; Charles Sparks; Don Brockway; Ron Scheevel; Don Gildner; Joe Himle; Joe Hoffman, Preston City Administrator; David Foster; Ron Laughlin; Becky Jones; Charles Aug; Deb Zimmer, Spring Valley City Administrator; Julie Mlinar; Jerry Cleveland; Robert Maust; Bonita Underbakke; Karen Reisner, Fillmore County Journal; and Gretchen Mensink, Bluff Country Reader.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

On motion by Prestby and seconded by Bakke, the agenda was unanimously approved.

On motion by Dahl and seconded by Peterson, the Board unanimously approved the following Consent Agenda:
1. April 3, 2018 County Board minutes, as presented.
2. Payment of 2nd qtr. invoice for 2018 in the amount of $9,539.50 to Community and Economic Development Associates for economic development staffing services.
3. Successful completion of probation for Jessica Holst, Registered Dietician, effective April 17, 2018 as recommended by the Director of Nursing.

On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the Board unanimously approved payment of the following Commissioners' warrants:

The Auditor's warrants were reviewed.

Chair Lentz summarized how the decision for the Veterans Home came to the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners and noted that both the City of Preston and the City of Spring Valley were asked to make a physical packet presentation to the Board.

Commissioner Bakke thanked both of the cities for their active participation. He acknowledged the Veterans Cemetery and the existing Veterans support provided by Preston. He reviewed parts of the Preston's presentation. Preston has been working on this project since 2013. Both communities have provided funding support and whichever community moves forward will have to continue to raise dollars.

Commissioner Dahl noted that he is thankful for the support for the Veterans by both communities and plans to support whichever city gets voted upon.

Chair Lentz noted that he feels that Spring Valley is the site that he will be supporting.

Ballots were distributed and the Board members voted. Coordinator Vickerman read the votes aloud.

The ballots were as follows: Commissioner Gary Peterson – Spring Valley; Commissioner Mitch Lentz – Spring Valley; Commissioner Duane Bakke – Preston; Commissioner Marc Prestby – Preston; and Commissioner Randy Dahl – Preston.

On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
RESOLUTION 2018-012: Site of Veteran's Home in Preston

Chair Lentz thanked everyone for their effort and support and all the work that has been done.

Commissioner Bakke gave a committee report for the meeting he attended yesterday at the Capital.

Thomas Kaase, Sheriff, was present.

On motion by Dahl and seconded by Bakke, the Board unanimously approved the State of Minnesota Annual County Boat and Water Safety Grant agreement renewal in the amount of $2,838.00 for 2018 as recommended by the Sheriff.

Ron Gregg, Highway Engineer, was present.

On motion by Bakke and seconded by Prestby, the Board unanimously awarded the low bid of $317,927.56 to Alcon Construction for the bridge replacement projects in Sumner Township, Project SAP 023-599-204, and Carrolton Township, Project SAP 023-599-20, with both structures being under one contract as recommended by the Highway Engineer.

Terry Schultz, Building Maintenance Supervisor, was present.

On motion by Dahl and seconded by Bakke, the Board unanimously approved the quote of $4,918.00 from Winona Heating and Ventilating, Inc. for the courthouse roof preventative maintenance as recommended by the Building Maintenance Supervisor.

Jessica Erickson, Director of Nursing, was present.

Discussion was held concerning the Fillmore County Public Health Homecare.

A motion was made by Dahl and seconded by Peterson to discontinue the Fillmore County Public Health Homecare as of July 1, 2018, noting that the date could be extended based on staffing being hired by other companies and clients being taken care of. The Chair called for a vote: Commissioners' voting "aye": Bakke, Peterson, Dahl and Lentz. Commissioner voting "nay": Prestby. The motion prevailed.

The Chair recessed the meeting at 10:23 a.m. and resumed back in session at 10:29 a.m.

On motion by Bakke and seconded by Peterson, the Board unanimously approved the hire of Damon Prestemon as a temporary Transfer Station Attendant effective April 13, 2018 and not to exceed four months as recommended by the Solid Waste Administrator.

On motion by Dahl and seconded by Bakke, the Board unanimously approved the request to hire Randy Allen as Intermittent Deputy Sheriff effective April 12, 2018 as recommended by the Hiring Committee.

A review of the calendar was done and the following committee reports and announcements were given:
Dahl: Semcac – Building in Kasson, elected officers, discussed funding and discussed senior dining and how the payment process works; Peterson and Prestby: Solid Waste–whether to pursue legal actions for past contract, Winneshiek County Landfill needs to review contract; recommend to continue to haul there until we see if we receive another violation. MPCA permitting is required and discussion with the compost program. Bakke and Lentz: Department Head-fleet car and mileage discussion, update on compensation study, courthouse security and parking lot at Office Building; Finance Committee–review the finances and answer questions regarding investments, finances, and starting the process of meeting more often. Lentz: DAC and Southeast Emergency Services. The compensation study meetings start tomorrow, April 11th, and next Tuesday, April 17, 2018, are the personnel and courthouse security meetings.

On motion by Dahl and seconded by Bakke, the Chair adjourned the meeting at 10:48 a.m.