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Meeker County Board of Commisioners
The Meeker County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on February 2, 2010, at the Meeker County Courthouse, in the City of Litchfield, Minnesota. Call to order was at 8:30 a.m. by Chairman Wally Strand.
Present: Commissioners - Wally Strand, Dave Gabrielson, Amy Wilde, and Roney Kutzke, County Auditor Barbara Loch, County Attorney Stephanie Beckman, and County Administrator Paul Virnig. Absent: Commissioner Jim Swenson
Meeting opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Gabrielson to approve agenda as printed. Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve county board minutes for January 5, 12 and 19, 2010. Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Wilde to approve employment for Daren Scheppmann, full-time Public Health Educator, effective February 16, 2010. Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Wilde to accept Koronis Regional Park DNR Legacy Grant award in the amount of $150,000 for construction of three rustic cabins (two must be handicap), storm warning system, play structure and storm shelter, and agreed to cover required match contingent on Stearns County also accepting grant and match requirements. Project to be completed no later than June 30, 2011. Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve job change for Jason Danielson to be full-time Sheriff’s Department Investigator, effective February 4, 2010. Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve county and hospital accounts payable as follows:
General Revenue Fund$182,584.82
Road & Bridge Fund120,227.59
County Parks Fund391.49
Solid Waste-Transfer Station737.10
County Nurse Fund10,420.33
Family Services Bldg Fund12,083.34
Capital Projects Fund11,343.24
Ditch Fund1,600.00
Hospital Fund333,275.59
Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Wilde, seconded by Strand to approve annual renewal of 3.2 license for Dassel Rod & Gun Club. Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Wilde, seconded by Kutzke to adopt a resolution authorizing sponsorship of off highway vehicle trails for public riding area operated by the Crow River Wheelers Club.
Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Resolution declared adopted. It being 9:00 a.m. the board conducted a Public Hearing on Proposed Meeker County Fee Schedule. Chairman Strand closed the public hearing at 9:18 a.m.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Wilde to implement proposed Meeker County Fee Schedule as presented. Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve Engineering Agreement between Meeker County and Erickson Engineering Company, LLC, to develop pedestrian bridge plan. Commissioners Strand, Gabrielson, Wilde and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Randy Nelson, Prairie County RC&D annual report.
With no further business, motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Strand, the board adjourned at 10:25 a.m. The next meeting of the County board will be on February 9, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in the County Board meeting room, Meeker County Courthouse.
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The Meeker County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on February 9, 2010, at the Meeker County Courthouse, in the City of Litchfield, Minnesota. Call to order was at 8:30 a.m. by Chairman Wally Strand.
Present: Commissioners - Wally Strand, Dave Gabrielson, Jim Swenson, Amy Wilde, and Roney Kutzke, County Auditor Barbara Loch, and County Administrator Paul Virnig.
Meeting opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Gabrielson to modify agenda to delete report from Kyle Rasmussen, Meeker Memorial CEO. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Strand to accept grant on behalf of the Forest City Township Subordinate Service District from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) in the amount of $340,000. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Gabrielson to approve 2010 tobacco license for Travis Dino Mart, Grove City. Motion carried unanimously.
Pursuant to law is a statement showing the amount of taxes levied for County purposes for the current year, the amounts collected and apportioned to date, and the balance uncollected, together with the actual cash balance remaining to the credit of each County Fund at the close of business on the 31st day of January 2010.
Amount FUNDS; Amount Levied; Balance Collected; Percent Uncollected
County Revenue 5,629,549.53; 5,502,444.90; 127,104.63
Road & Bridge 1,163,817.74; 1,137,540.74; 26,277.00
Social Service 2,311.572.47; 2,259,380.87; 52,191.60
Family Service 117,942.59; 115,279.73; 2,662.86
Debt Service 850,265.46; 831,154.54; 19,110.92
Regional Library 168,295.44; 164,807.50; 3,487.94
Total 10,241,443.23; 10,010,608.28 230,834.95; 2.254%
Balances remaining to the credit of each Fund:
Debit Credit
County Revenue4,370,226.88
Road & Bridge3,386,508.06
Social Services3,853,355.25
Family Services299,262.65
Capital Projects2,091,468.40
Debt Service301,324.09
Total 301,324.0912,000,821.24
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Kutzke to approve credit card payable for sheriff and attorney as follows:
General Fund$8,127.79
Nurse16.03
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Gabrielson to approve advertising for
Social Service Financial Worker, and acknowledged LoAnn Shepard’s
resignation effective April 20, 2010.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve conditional use permit for Gerald and Leona Hanson, to move in a used stick built home that was constructed more than five years ago into the A-1 Agricultural Preservation District and the Shoreland District with conditions as outlined. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Swenson to approve conditional use permit for D & D Ventures, Inc., to process rough lumber for making sawdust and/or wood shavings in an A-1 Agricultural Preservation District with conditions as outlined. Motion carried unanimously.
With no further business, motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Wilde, the board adjourned at 9:10 a.m. The next meeting of the County board will be on February 16, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the County Board meeting room, Meeker County Courthouse.
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The Meeker County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on February 16, 2010, at the Meeker County Courthouse, in the City of Litchfield, Minnesota. Call to order was at 10:00 a.m. by Chairman Wally Strand.
Present: Commissioners - Wally Strand, Dave Gabrielson, Jim Swenson, Amy Wilde, and Roney Kutzke, County Auditor Barbara Loch, and County Administrator Paul Virnig.
Meeting opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve agenda as modified to include Sheriff Jeff Norlin regarding Grant Information. Motion carried unanimously.
Barb Chaffee, Central Minnesota Jobs and Training annual update.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve Joint Powers Agreement with Minnesota Workforce Central System. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Wilde, seconded by Strand to approve grant application for Minnesota Trail Assistance Program on behalf of the Crow River Wheelers for the purpose of construction and maintaining off highway riding area. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, seconded by Swenson to approve grant application for Federal Recreation Trail Program on behalf of the Crow River Wheelers for the purpose of construction and maintaining off highway riding area. Motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff Jeff Norlin informed the board that Meeker County received grant award in the amount of $502,618 for simulcast subsystem project.
Motion by Wilde, seconded by Swenson to adopt a resolution that supports the submission of a grant application made to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the Federal Recreational Trail Program. The application is to repair and overlay 4.88 miles of paved trail that makes up the Dassel to Cokato Bike / Pedestrian Path. The trail is located within the Dassel-Cokato Public School District. Motion carried unanimously. Resolution declared adopted.
Motion by Wilde, seconded by Swenson to approve grant application to Federal Recreational Trail Program for the Dassel/Cokato Bike/Pedestrian Path project. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve request to advertise for two park seasonal positions. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke to approve severance payments for John Boe and Louis Huber. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Gabrielson to approve accounts payable as follows:
General Revenue Fund $57,364.47
Road & Bridge Fund 45,813.73
County Parks Fund 675.34
Solid Waste-Transfer Station 462.57
County Nurse Fund 6,555.51
Family Services Bldg Fund 3,352.33
Capital Projects Fund 1,283.50
Debt Service Fund 1,250.00
Ditch Fund 1,975.10
Hospital Fund 635,946.90
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, seconded by Strand to approve request to obtain proposals for Life Insurance Group Coverage. Motion carried unanimously.
Board took break at 11:30 to attend Boys and Girls County Luncheon at American Legion in Litchfield.
Board reconvened at 1:00 p.m. to conduct joint meeting with Township Officials. Presenting information at the county board/township meeting: County Auditor Barbara Loch - Elections and gravel tax County Engineer Ronald Mortensen - Federal sign requirements and Highway maintenance issues. Highway Maintenance Superintendent Mike Halterman - township maintenance issues County Assessor Robert Anderson - Property values, green acre legislation, vacant land classification and Boards of Appeal and Equalization training.
With no further business, motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Swenson, the board adjourned at 2:25 p.m. The next meeting of the County Board will be on March 2, 2010, 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 March 15, 2010.

UNOFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTESI.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION7:00 PM REGULAR BOARD MEETING, FEBRUARY 25, 2010DASSEL-COKATO BOARD ROOM
In partnership with our communities, Dassel-Cokato Public Schools will provide all learners opportunities designed to maximize their potential and promote lifelong learning.
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District No. 466 (Dassel-Cokato, Minnesota) was duly held in the Dassel-Cokato Board Room, Cokato, Minnesota, on Thursday, February 25, 2010.
Board Chairman Kevin Dahlman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The following members were present: Dahlman, Tormanen, Bender, Linder, McConkey and Bjork. The following were absent: none. Members of the administration and public were also present.
The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Tormanen, accepting the agenda as printed. Motion carried unanimously.
The Russell A. Johnson Courtesy and Respect Award was presented to Joleen Nowak for December and Kayleen Redman for January.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Bjork, approving payment of bills as presented including payroll, hand payables and contingency totaling $1,314,421.12. Motion carried unanimously. (A complete list of bills is available from the District Office for review.)
Communications/Open Forum: None
Curriculum Advisory Committee (CAC) Report: Board Clerk Bjork reported on the 2-11-10 meeting which included a review of the district special education program.
Technology Report: None
MAWSECO Report: Chairman Dahlman reported on the 1-23-10 meeting, which included: revised budget, federal reimbursement, December 1 child count, wellness policy, and legal fund.
Community Education Report: Board Treasurer McConkey reported on the 2-4-10 Community Education Advisory Council meeting which included reviewal of: an upcoming play, Early Childhood programs, budget, and fall programs.
Business Manager’s Report: Business Manager Palmer reported expenditures are in line with budget through the end of the eighth month of the fiscal year. Business Manager Palmer also updated the board on the line of credit the district will be accessing due to the payment delay from the state.
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Powers reported on a review of district protocols for severe weather, Cokato Elementary FRED event on 2-22-10, ditch project.
Student Representative’s Report: Student Representative Duncan reported on: results of speech trip to Harvard, High School lyceum, winter activities.
Other Reports: Board Treasurer McConkey reported on a meeting with some of the paraprofessionals during which some insurance options were presented.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Bjork approving all consent items, which included approval of the minutes from the January 28, 2010 Regular Board Meeting. Wire transfers made on January 29th for $515,000, February 10th for $850,000, February 12th for $750,000 and February 17th for $70,000.
Personnel Items: Request Approval of 6.5 weeks FMLA leave for Deveny Beaton beginning 4/26/2010, Resignation of Katie Erickson as JV Volleyball Coach, Resignation/Retirement of Jim Ponsford at the end of the 2009-2010 school year, Resignation/Retirement of Janie Kielty at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Approve Acceptance of Donation of $3,000 from Children’s Hospitals to be applied towards Middle School programs. Approve Transportation Contract for Mendiola. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by McConkey approving changes to the following policies:
407 Employee Right To Know – Exposure to Hazardous Substances
409 Employee Publications, Instructional Materials, Inventions and Creations
412 Expense Reimbursement
419 Tobacco-Free Environment
515 Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records
521 Student Disability Nondiscrimination
570 Music
603 Curriculum Development
613 Graduation Requirements
615 Basic Standards Testing, Accommodations, Modifications, and Exemptions
616 School District System Accountability
618 Assessment of Standard Achievement
707 Transportation of Public School Students
708 Transportation of Nonpublic School Students
709 Student Transportation Safety Policy
805 Waste Reduction and Recycling
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Bender approving the 2009-2010 revised budget. Business Manager Palmer presented revisions to the budget with the biggest change being the District is recognizing special education stimulus dollars resulting in excess revenues over expenses in the General Fund by $214,906 compared to the adopted budget showing a deficit of $164,882. Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Powers reminded the board to solicit nominees for the Edward H. Otto Partner in Public Education award, which are due by April 15.
Motion by Bjork submitting the following:
RESOLUTION STATING THE INTENTION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ISSUE A LEASE-PURCHASE FINANCING AND CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION, SERIES 2010A
BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 466, State of Minnesota, as follows:
1. The School Board hereby finds and declares that it is necessary and expedient for the School District to enter into a Lease-Purchase Agreement and a Trust Agreement and to sell and issue its Certificates of Participation, Series 2010A Evidencing the Proportionate Interest of the Registered Owners thereof in Lease Payments to be made by Independent School District No. 466 (Dassel-Cokato), pursuant to a Lease-Purchase Agreement (the “Series 2010A Certificates”) in the total aggregate principal amount not to exceed $1,000,000. The proceeds of the Certificates will provide funds for repair and replacement of roofs on District facilities.
2. Any actions of the administration in consulting with the Minnesota Department of Education, causing a proposal to be prepared for submission on behalf of the board to the Commissioner of Education for the Commissioner’s Review and Comment, if necessary, are hereby ratified and approved in all respects.
Any application for an exemption from that Review and Comment requirement pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 123B.71, subdivision 8, is ratified and approved in all respects.
If a Review and Comment is required, the clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause the Commissioner’s Review and Comment to be published in the legal newspaper of the school district at least twenty (20) days before the earliest of the solicitation of bids or the issuance of certificates.
3. The Chair and Superintendent or Business Manager are hereby authorized to approve the sale of the Series 2010A Certificates in an aggregate principal amount of not to exceed $1,000,000 and to execute a bond purchase agreement for the purchase of the Series 2010A Certificates with NSI, provided the True Interest Cost does not exceed 4.00%.
4. Upon approval of the sales of the Series 2010A Certificates by the Chair and Superintendent or Business Manager, the School Board will take action at its next regularly scheduled meeting thereafter to adopt the necessary approving resolutions as prepared by the District’s bond counsel.
5. NSI is authorized to prepare an Official Statement related to the sale of the Series 2010A Certificates.
6. If the Chair and Superintendent or Business Manager have not approved the sale of the Series 2010A Certificates to NSI and executed the related bond purchase agreement by June 30, 2010, this resolution shall expire.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Tormanen, and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Dahlman, Tormanen, Bender, Linder,
McConkey, Bjork and the following voted against the same: none
Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Tormanen introducing the following resolution:
Resolution Regarding Ongoing Funding Source for Children’s Mental Health Collaboratives
WHEREAS PACT 4 Families is a Children’s Mental Health and Family Services Collaborative serving four counties and 16 school districts in West Central Minnesota and
WHEREAS research has clearly demonstrated a significant return on investment of prevention and early intervention in reducing the severity of mental illness and the long-term cost of mental health treatment and
WHEREAS the primary funding source for Pact 4 Families, Local Collaborative Time Study funding, has been reduced 86 percent since 2004 and
WHEREAS the Minnesota State Legislature has indicated that rural counties should join together for providing services more efficiently to their population, and that existing collaborative structures like PACT 4 Families already do this,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Dassel / Cokato Public School Board supports the creation of an ongoing funding source to replace the lost federal funds and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Minnesota Department of Human Services collect all available funding from federal LCTS sources and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that sustaining collaborative infrastructures and initiatives would increase efficiency and reduce duplication of service.
Motion carried unanimously.
Agenda items for the 3-8-10 board meeting will include: presentation by Mentoring Team, K-12 Social Studies, DCRISC Ground and Operating/Usage Lease.
The board scheduled an additional meeting on April 5 to discuss district goals.
Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:17 PM.
Kevin Bjork, Clerk
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Published in the Enterprise Dispatch March 15, 2010.