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Meeker County Board of Commisioners
The Meeker County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on October 6, 2009, at the Meeker County Courthouse, in the City of Litchfield, Minnesota. Call to order was at 8:30 a.m. by Chair Amy Wilde.
Present: Commissioners - Wally Strand, Amy Wilde, Jim Swenson, Dave Gabrielson, and Roney Kutzke, Assistant County Attorney Beth Cummins, County Auditor Barbara Loch, and County Administrator Paul Virnig.
Meeting opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Kutzke to approve county board minutes for September 1, 8 and 15, 2009.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, seconded by Gabrielson to approve agenda with addition of request to advertise selling Road Grader.
Motion carried unanimously.
The board proceeded to conduct a Public Hearing to hear comments regarding having the County consider awarding business subsidy and abatement of property taxes on property owned by First District Association.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to close the hearing at 8:45 a.m. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Swenson to adopt a resolution approving property tax abatements and authorizing execution of a tax abatement agreement as follows:
BE IT RESOLVED by the County Board (the “Board”) of the County of Meeker, Minnesota (the “County”), as follows:
1.Recitals
a. First District Association, a Minnesota corporation, (the “Developer”) proposes to construct an approximately 13,350 square foot facility to house evaporator equipment to process weigh, to be located adjacent to the Developer’s existing facilities at 101 South Swift Avenue in the City (the “Project”) on property currently identified as Parcel Identification Number 27-0849000 in the City (the “Tax Abatement Property”). The Developer has requested that the County provide financial assistance to the Developer for the Project. The County proposes to use the abatement for the purposes provided for in Minnesota Statutes, Sections 469.1812 through 469.1815 (the “Abatement law”), including the Project, from the property taxes to be levied by the County on the Tax Abatement Property.
b. The proposed term of the abatement will be for up to 20 years in an amount not to exceed $190,000. The proposed abatement will apply to a portion of the County’s share of real estate taxes which relate to the construction of the Project on the Tax Abatement Property by the Developer and not the real estate taxes on the Tax Abatement Property that relate to the value of the land or the existing buildings thereon (the “Abatement”).
c. On the date hereof, the Board held a public hearing on the question of the Abatement, and said hearing was preceded by the least 10 days but not more than 30 days prior published notice thereof.
d. The Abatement is authorized under the Abatement Law.
2. Findings for the Abatement The County Board hereby makes the following findings:
a. The Board expects the benefits to the County of the Abatement to at least equal or exceed the costs to the County thereof.
b. Granting the Abatement is in the public interest because it will increase the tax base in the County.
c. The Tax Abatement Property is not located in a tax increment financing district.
d. In any year, the total amount of property taxes abated by the County by this and other resolutions and agreements, if any, does not exceed the greater of ten percent (10%) of the current levy or $200,000.
3. Terms of Abatement The Abatement is hereby approved. The terms of the Abatement are as follows:
a. The Abatement shall be for up to 20 years beginning with real estate taxes payable in 2011 and continuing through 2031, inclusive.
b. The County will abate and pay to the Developer the Abatement as provided in the Tax Abatement Agreement.
c. The Abatement shall be subject to all terms and limitations of the Abatement Law.
d. The Abatement may be modified only as agreed to in writing by the City, the County and the Developer.
4. Approval of Tax Abatement Agreement
a. The County Board hereby approved a Tax Abatement Agreement with the Developer providing for payment of the Abatement and the County’s assistance for the Project in substantially the form submitted, and the Board Chair and Auditor are hereby authorized and directed to execute the Tax Abatement Agreement on behalf of the County.
b. The approval herby given to the Tax Abatement Agreement includes approval of such additional details therein as may be necessary and appropriate and such modifications thereof, deletions there from and additions thereto as may be necessary and appropriate and approved by the County official authorized by this resolution to execute the Tax Abatement Agreement. The execution of the Tax Abatement Agreement by the appropriate officer or officers of the County shall be conclusive evidence of the approval of the Tax Abatement Agreement in accordance with the terms hereof.
5. Setting Goals at Zero In accordance with the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Sections 116J.993 to 116J.995 (the í≠Business Subsidies Actí...), the County has determined that the public purpose of the Project is to increase the tax base in the County. After holding a public hearing the date hereof, the County has determined that creation and retention of jobs is not a goal of he Business Subsidy for this Project and consequently hereby sets the wage and job goals for the Project at zero as set forth in the Tax Abatement Agreement.
Motion carried unanimously. Resolution declared adopted.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Strand to adopt a resolution in support of grant application made to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the Regional Trail Program.
Motion carried unanimously. Resolution declared adopted.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Swenson to authorize the request to submit a grant application for bridge funding.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Strand to approve request to post temporary position of Maintenance Foreperson in Rosendale Shop.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve request to advertise for seasonal snow plow operators.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, seconded by Swenson to approve request to advertise to sell Road Grader using e-bay.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Strand to approve updated Clinical Site Agreement between Meeker Public Health and St. Cloud State University for a term to include 2014.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Strand to approve employment of Roger Hettver, Custodian II, effective October 12, 2009.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve severance payment for Amy Plath.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve Agreement for the Provision of Inmate Health Services at the Meeker County Law Enforcement Center and Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc., subject to final verification and review by County Sheriff and County Attorney.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Strand to approve employment for Rita Hennen, part-time typist, at Level 5 Step E and salary change from Step A to Step E for Michelle Fischer, part-time typist, both effective October 6, 2009.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, seconded by Gabrielson to approve request to obtain bids for Microwave Link Project for Litchfield Tower (Beckville) Site.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Gabrielson to adopted the following resolution:
WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes 373.01, authorized Minnesota Counties to sell, lease and convey real property owned by the County and sets for the procedure for such transactions; and
WHEREAS, the County of Meeker is the owner of real property located in the City of Darwin, County of Meeker, with the street address of 720 First Street North, Darwin, Minnesota, and legally described as set forth in Exhibit A, attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference; and
WHEREAS, the County of Meeker no longer has a need for use of the property; and
WHEREAS, the County of Meeker desires to offer the subject property for sale.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the County of Meeker hereby authorizes the sale of the real property legally described in Exhibit A, and authorizes the Meeker County Administrator, Meeker County Auditor, and Meeker County Attorney’s Office to proceed with the sale of such property.
Motion carried unanimously. Resolution declared adopted.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to set the base bid for real property located in the City of Darwin with street address of 720 First Street North at $26,600 and the deadline to submit sealed bids for November 3, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, seconded by Kutzke to approve conditional use permits for Verizon Wireless, to construct a commercial wireless telecommunications tower with a total proposed height of 199 feet in an A-1 Agricultural Preservation District with conditions as outlined; and Dean and Katherine Kargas to move in a used stick built dwelling that is older than five (5) years into a A-1 Agricultural Preservation District with conditions as outlined.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Strand to approve interim use permit, as recommended by the Planning Commission, for Jane Geers-Klein to have a recreational camping vehicle on a lot for more than thirty days during the season from April 1 to October 31, inclusive, on property located in an R-1 Suburban Residential District and within the Shoreland District with conditions as outlined.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Kutzke to direct staff to begin the process of developing zoning ordinance changes to accommodate Wind Farm permits and bring findings back to County Board at a later date.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, seconded by Swenson to approve agreement to provide Professional Consulting Services between Meeker County and Maxmus Consulting Services, Inc. for completion of 2009, 2010 and 2011 indirect cost allocation plans.
Motion carried unanimously
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Swenson to approve accounts payable as follows:
General Revenue Fund $151,779.68
Road & Bridge Fund 156,046.71
County Parks Fund 4,247.08
Solid Waste-Transfer Station 851.64
County Nurse Fund 7,452.87
Family Services Bldg Fund 6,955.64
Capital Project Fund 4,392.34
Ditch Fund 3,513.05
Hospital Fund 504,716.77
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Wilde to adopt the Meeker County Public Transit Board of Advisors By-laws.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Strand to appoint Roney Kutzke to a two-year term and Jim Swenson to a three-year term on the Public Transit Board.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Strand to approve lease agreement with Kandiyohi County Humane Society for Humane Society Facility space and services.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Wilde to appoint Wally Strand to the Humane Society Board.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Kutzke to adopt a resolution outlining the importance of the Luce Line Trail and that Meeker County supports a $2,500,000 appropriation from the bond proceeds to the Commissioner of Natural resources for paving the Luce Line Trail between the cities of Winsted and Cedar Mills. The trail between Winsted and Cedar Mills shall be available for multiple uses including, hiking, biking, rollerblading, horseback riding, cross-county skiing, and snowmobiling.
Motion carried unanimously. Resolution declared adopted.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Strand to appoint Amy Wilde as Meeker County Board Legislative Contact for Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC).
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Strand to appoint Jim Swenson as ProWorks Board Member.
Motion carried unanimously.
With no further business, motion by Swenson, seconded by Kutzke, the board adjourned at 11:05 a.m. The next meeting of the County Board will be on October 13, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. in the County Board Meeting Room, Meeker County Courthouse.
The above minutes are subject to revision or change. The Official minutes of the Commissioner’s Proceedings are on file in the County Auditor’s Office and may be reviewed during normal business hours, M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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The Meeker County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on October 13, 2009, at the Meeker County Courthouse, in the City of Litchfield, Minnesota. Call to order was at 8:30 a.m. by Chair Amy Wilde.
Present: Commissioners - Wally Strand, Amy Wilde, Jim Swenson, Dave Gabrielson, and Roney Kutzke, Assistant County Attorney Beth Cummins, County Auditor Barbara Loch, and County Administrator Paul Virnig.
Meeting opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Swenson to approve the agenda as printed.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Strand to acknowledge the Hospital Board meeting summary as presented by Kyle Rasmussen, Meeker Memorial CEO.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Swenson to appoint Commissioner Amy Wilde to the Community Health Board Ad Hoc Committee for planning Community Health Service Director transition for retiring director Ann Bajari.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Stand, seconded by Kutzke to appoint Jim Swenson as alternate on the Community Health Board Ad Hoc Committee.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Swenson to approve out-of-state travel for Laura Lindeman to attend Midwest Academy Conference in Maryland to meet grant requirement.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Gabrielson to approve Elan Credit Card payment:
General Revenue Fund $487.50
County Nurse Fund 191.50
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, seconded by Swenson to approve one-day “on sale” 3.2 license for Litchfield Jaycees event on October 17, 2009, at the Meeker County Fairgrounds.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Gabrielson to approve assessment levies to benefited landowners for the following ditches:
County Ditch #7 $5,675.02
County Ditch #15 2,759.44
County Ditch #32 10,296.00
County Ditch #47 9,764.20
Joint Ditch #1 LatB 7,091.83
Joint Ditch #3 943.59
Judicial Ditch #11 27,795.02
Judicial Ditch #17 7,666.37
Joint Ditch #18 Lat A 1,846.95
Judicial Ditch #18 Lat C 7,811.63
Joint Ditch #29 Rep A&B 3,558.34
And authorize transfer of funds from Ditch accounts to Revenue for payment on loans:
County Ditch #20 Loan #1 Principal $855.83 Interest $ 54.70 loan satisfied
County Ditch #41 Principal $2,245.23 Interest $ 754.77
County Ditch #44 Principal $3,179.52 Interest $132.48 loan satisfied
County Ditch #53 Principal $87.66 Interest $4.28 loan satisfied
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, seconded by Swenson to approve agreement between Meeker County and Northstar Surveying to provide professional services to help create a digital countywide parcel map.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Strand to adopt a resolution that Meeker County supports the Minnesota Department of Transportation continuing to study the potential for passenger rail service along the Little Crow Transit Way corridor.
Motion carried unanimously. Resolution declared adopted.
With no further business, motion by Strand, seconded by Swenson, the board adjourned at 9:50 a.m. The next meeting of the County Board will be on October 20, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in the County Board Meeting Room, Meeker County Courthouse.
The above minutes are subject to revision or change. The Official minutes of the Commissioner’s Proceedings are on file in the County Auditor’s Office and may be reviewed during normal business hours, M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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The Meeker County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on October 20, 2009, at the Meeker County Courthouse, in the City of Litchfield, Minnesota. Call to order was at 10:00 a.m. by Chair Amy Wilde.
Present: Commissioners - Wally Strand, Amy Wilde, Dave Gabrielson, Jim Swenson, and Roney Kutzke, County Auditor Barbara Loch, and County Administrator Paul Virnig.
Meeting opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Kutzke the agenda was approved as printed.
Motion carried unanimously.
The following employees were recognized for years of service:
Brad Lindgren - 10 years - Sheriff’s Office
Brenda Warren - 10 years - Probation
Shirley Smith - 15 years - Social Service
Julie Schrum - 20 years - Public Health
Janis Schlack - 20 years - Social Service
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Swenson to approve proposed fee changes:
Collector Systems: Under 1000 gpd Septic Permit $ 750 - Operating Permit $300 (every 3 years)
1000 to 4999 gpd Septic Permit $950 - Operating Permit $400 (every 3 years)
5000 to 9999 gpd Septic Permit $1200 -Operating Permit $500 (every 3 years)
Over 10,000 gpd MPCA Permit Required
Single Family Homes (effective January 1, 2010)
Septic Permit - $400 (soil verification included)
Operating Permit - $150 (every 3 years when required)
Holding Tanks
Septic Permit $300
Operating Permit $150 (3 years)
Operating Permit Renewal $100 (3 years)
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Kutzke to adopt a resolution as the Project Sponsor for SAFETEA-LU funds, Meeker County hereby agrees to assume full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of property and facilities related to the transportation enhancement project.
Motion carried unanimously. Resolution declared adopted.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Strand to approve recommendation that Gayle Flemming fill Temporary Full-time Maintenance Foreperson position effective November 1, 2009 through April 30, 2010.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Swenson to approve assessment levies to benefited landowners on Joint Ditch 14 for $836.55 and correct County Ditch 7 to $5,954.58.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, seconded by Swenson to approve replacing IBM 270 iSeries Server (AS-400) and purchase from CPS Technology Solutions, Brooklyn Park, MN, an IBM Server, updated software, five-year maintenance program and installation at a cost of $35,086.88 and authorized payment from Capital Fund.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve accounts payable:
General Revenue Fund $60,523.48
Road & Bridge Fund $62,041.88
County Parks Fund $5,214.92
SolidWaste-TransferStation $794.08
County Nurse Fund $16,662.02
Family Services Bldg Fund $1,360.88
Ditch Fund $6,579.56
State Collection Fund $3,055.60
Hospital Fund $1,219,933.99
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Wilde to approve Voting Delegates for the AMC Annual Conference to be held in December 2009.
Motion carried unanimously.
With no further business, motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke, the board adjourned at 11:05 a.m. The next meeting of the County Board will be on November 3, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. in the County Board Meeting Room, Meeker County Courthouse.
The above minutes are subject to revision or change. The Official minutes of the Commissioner’s Proceedings are on file in the County Auditor’s Office and may be reviewed during normal business hours, M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Nov. 23, 2009.

NOTICE OF CITY ELECTION RESULTSCITY OF KINGSTON
To the Electors of the City of Kingston in the County of Meeker, State of Minnesota:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That a City Referendum Election was held at the Kingston Community Center, 30840 722nd Ave., Dassel, MN on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. At this election, the question was “Shall the city council be allowed to issue licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor at retail?” The results of this election are that there were 53 ballots cast. The question passed by a vote of 31 Yes and 22 No. These results have been canvassed by the city council and recorded with the County Auditor and the Secretary of State.
Robert Harms
Clerk, City of Kingston
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Nov. 23, 2009.