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New public notices published in the issue of Feb. 13, 2012
First Apostolic Lutheran Church-Dassel
A special meeting of the First Apostolic Lutheran Congregation of Cokato will be held on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the church. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the duties, schedule and salary of the minister position. All members are encouraged to attend.
Wendell Huotari - Chairman
Scott Halonen - Secretary
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Feb. 13 and 20, 2012.

Meeker County Board of CommissionersJan. 3, Minutes
The Meeker County Board of Commissioners met in annual session on January 3, 2012, at the Meeker County Courthouse, in the City of Litchfield, Minnesota. Call to order was at 8:30 a.m. by Chair Dave Gabrielson.
Present: Commissioners - Wally Strand, Dave Gabrielson, Roney Kutzke, Jim Swenson and Tim Benoit, County Attorney Stephanie Beckman, County Auditor Barbara Loch, and County Administrator Paul Virnig.
Meeting opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
The chair called for public comments and there were none.
Motion by Swenson, second by Benoit to amend agenda to include change in sequence of the presenters.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Kutzke to appoint Jim Swenson, County Board Chair and Wally Strand, County Board Vice-chair.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, second by Benoit to approve board minutes for December 8, 13 and 20, 2011. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, second by Gabrielson to approve transferring Monika Ankrum to full-time Planning and Zoning Administrative Assistant.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Strand to designate the following depositories for 2012:
Atwater State Bank Atwater, MN
Center National Bank Litchfield, MN
Edward Jones Litchfield, MN
Farmers State Bank Darwin, MN
Farmers State Bank of Watkins
Watkins, MN
First State Bank of Grove City
Grove City, MN
Home State Bank Litchfield, MN
MidCountry Bank Litchfield, MN
PFM Asset Management LLC
Minneapolis, MN
State Bank In Eden Valley
Eden Valley, MN
State Bank of Kimball Kimball, MN
US Bancorp Asset Management (MagicFund) Minneapolis, MN
Wells Fargo Advisors Minneapolis, MN
Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, NA
Litchfield, MN
Wells Fargo Securities
Minneapolis, MN
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Benoit, second by Kutzke to approve transferring Barb Keeling to Deputy Clerk Treasurer.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Kutzke to approve final payment for Koronis Bike Trail project to Duininck Brothers Inc. in the amount of $618,127.25.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand second by Gabrielson to approve payment of $1,545 for Minnesota Transportation Alliance membership dues for 2012.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Benoit, second by Strand to adopt a resolution Meeker County has applied to the Commissioner of Transportation for a grant in the amount of $400,000 from the Minnesota State Transportation fund for construction of Local Road Improvement Project No. 47-605-03;
Motion carried unanimously. Resolution declared adopted.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Benoit to approve employment of Roger Schotl, Highway Department Superintendent.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Benoit to approve payment of 2012 insurance premiums to Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, second by Strand, to approve payment of Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) membership dues for 2012.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, second by Benoit to appoint delegates to AMC policy committees as follows:
Environment & Natural Resources - Tim Benoit
General Government - Roney Kutzke
Health and Human Services - Dave Gabrielson
Public Safety - Wally Strand
Transportation - Jim Swenson
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Swenson, second by Benoit to appoint 2012 AMC delegates as the five commissioners plus County Administrator Paul Virnig, County Auditor Barb Loch and Social Services Director Clark Gustafson.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Kutzke to approve transfer from Revenue to Park fund of $78,548.50 and Revenue to Public Health fund $193,720.00.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Kutzke, second by Strand to accept bid from the Litchfield Independent Review and designate same as legal newspaper for the County of Meeker for year 2012. The Litchfield Independent Review is designated by the Board of Commissioners as the newspaper in which notice and list of real estate taxes remaining delinquent in the county on the 2nd day of January shall be published and bond from the Litchfield Independent Review in the amount of $2,000 as surety be accepted. Litchfield Independent Review rate of $5.89 per column inch for first insertion and $3.42 per column inch for repeat insertions and rate of $5.68 per column inch when submitted electronically.
Motion carried unanimously
Motion by Strand, second by Benoit to approve payment of first one-half of the 2012 appropriations as follows:
Agricultural Society - Fair $3,750.00
Community Action Agency 8,500.00
Council on Aging 3,750.00
Economic Development 47,500.00
Historical Society 9,250.00
HRA 3,000.00
Humane Society of Meeker County 6,000.00
Humane Society of Kandiyohi/Meeker County 12,000.00
Memorial Day Appropriations 600.00
Southwest MN Arts & Humanities 1,200.00
Southwest MN Foundation 3,495.00
Ag Inspector 5,000.00
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Strand, second by Gabrielson to approve accounts payable as follows:
General Revenue Fund $240,072.74
Road & Bridge Fund 122,778.48
County Park Fund 7,748.35
Solid Waste-Transfer Station Fund 3,014.38
County Nurse Fund 27,569.00
Family Service Fund 15,018.67
Tax Forfeit Fund 211.00
Ditch Fund 33.30
State Collection Fund 21.12
Hospital Fund 525,739.51
Credit Card:
General Revenue Fund 1,081.73
Motion carried unanimously.
With no further business, motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Kutzke, the board adjourned at 9:04 a.m.
Meeker County Board of CommissionersJan. 17, Minutes
The Meeker County Board of Commissioners met on January 17, 2012, at the Meeker County Courthouse, in the City of Litchfield, Minnesota. Call to order was at 10:00 a.m. by Vice-Chair Wally Strand.
Present: Commissioners - Wally Strand, Dave Gabrielson, Roney Kutzke, and Tim Benoit, County Auditor Barbara Loch, and County Administrator
Paul Virnig. Absent: Jim Swenson
Meeting opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
The board called for public comments and there were none.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Tim to amend agenda to include Kicker’s 2 a.m. sale request, resolution for Forest Prairie, severance payments and Benoit discussion on Health Care benefits.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
The following employees were recognized for years of service:
Jeffrey Ho, Part-time Deputy - 5 years
Wally Strand, Commissioner - 5 years
Beth Hesse, Social Worker - 10 years
Kevin Piepenburg, Building Official - 10 years
Jon Thoma, Sheriff’s Captain - 10 years
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Benoit to approve 2012-2013 County Feedlot Program Delegation Agreement and Work Plan.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Consideration of preliminary plat application for Buffalo Ridge was tabled to another meeting.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Kutzke to approve Amendments to Meeker County Floodplain Ordinance as outlined.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Kutzke to appoint Tim Benoit to a three-year term on the Regional Library board, said term to expire December 31, 2014, and acknowledge all appointments to committees remain unchanged unless specifically recognized at the December 20, 2011, and January 3, 2012, or January 17, 2012, meeting.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Benoit, second by Gabrielson to approve renewal of tobacco licenses for 2012 as follows:
Bud’s Bar, Watkins
Darwin Outpost Inc
City of Dassel, dba Dassel Liquors
Flash’s Gas & Auto, Inc., Watkins
Jack’s Inc., Watkins
ADR Enterprises Inc., dba Manannah Hilltop Tavern
Mike’s Bait & Tackle, Eden Valley
Mike’s Standard Inc., Eden Valley
Red Rooster Foods, Dassel
RMR Inc dba Roger’s Grove City Liquor
Ron’s Service of Dassel Inc.
Schmidt C-Stores Inc, Cosmos
Schmidt C-Stores Inc, Dassel
Schmidt C-Stores Inc, Grove City
Stein’s Thriftway Foods Inc.
Valley Inn, Eden Valley
Valley Liquor Warehouse, Eden Valley
Valley Meats & Grocery Inc., Eden Valley
Valley Quick Stop, Eden Valley
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Benoit to approve accounts payable as follows:
General Revenue Fund $234,534.51
Road & Bridge Fund 25,489.31
County Park Fund 548.83
Solid Waste-Transfer Station Fund 3,339.52
County Nurse Fund 14,882.97
Family Service Fund 3,483.47
Capital Projects Fund 481.44
Ditch Fund 450.00
State Collection Fund 2,225.10
Hospital Fund 405,606.09
Credit Card:
General Revenue Fund 9,085.97
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Benoit to approve severance payment for Mike Halterman in the amount of $12,866.02 and Amy Rausch in the amount of $1,215.48.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Benoit, second by Gabrielson to approve renewal of sale of alcoholic beverages until 2 a.m. for Kicker’s Bar and Grill.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Strand to have Meeker County business mileage reimbursement follow the IRS mileage reimbursement schedule, change effective January 17, 2012.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Benoit to adopted a resolution that Meeker County supports the grant application made to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for Forest Prairie Township for construction of Local Road Improvement Project No.380th Street Intersection Improvements and that Meeker County will act as the legal sponsor for the application.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”.
Resolution declared adopted.
Motion by Benoit to establish a committee to evaluate the employee health benefits policy, looking specifically at how the county provided employee health care benefit compares to the private sector. The committee must make regular progress reports to this board and present their policy recommendations prior to the first meeting in April, unless of course the Chairman believes another due date to be appropriate.
Benoit rescinded this motion upon becoming aware that such a committee already exists.
With no further business, motion by Gabrielson, seconded by Benoit, the board adjourned at 10:26 a.m. The next meeting of the County Board will be on February 7, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in the County Board Meeting Room, Meeker County Courthouse.
The County Board convened as the County Ditch Authority on January 17, 2012.
Present: Commissioners - Wally Strand, Dave Gabrielson, Roney Kutzke and Tim Benoit, County Auditor Barbara Loch, County Administrator Paul Virnig, County Highway Engineer Ronald Mortensen, Kurt Deter, Attorney with Rinke Noonan Law Firm, Dennis Loewen from the Clearwater River Watershed District, and approximately 18 landowners.
Kurt Deter began with discussion regarding the Ditch Authority’s responsibilities with regard to the issues before the board for County Ditch 35 and 44.
Commissioner Strand opened the Public Hearing for County Ditch #35.
Ronald Mortensen outlined the DNR Cease and Desist order placed on the repair project in 1999. A proposed alignment that will satisfy the conditions of the original cease and desist order has been reached.
This repair project involves expenditure of approximately $25,000 for the benefited landowners. This project has the authority to proceed under Minnesota Statute 103E, Subdivision 6. Landowners were given an opportunity to have questions answered.
Commissioner Strand closed the public hearing.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Benoit, to move forward with the repair project as outlined on County Ditch 35 and requested Attorney Deter to draft the Findings of Fact and Order.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Commissioner Strand opened the Public Hearing for County Ditch #44.
Dennis Loewen, Assistant Administrator for the Clearwater Watershed District discussed the permit application from the Clearwater Watershed District for the installation of a weir on the south side fo Clear Lake in Section 28 of Forest Prairie Township. The estimated cost of $700,500 for the project will be covered by the Watershed District and not individual assessment to the landowners. Landowners were given an opportunity to have questions answered.
Commissioner Strand closed the public hearing.
Motion by Gabrielson, second by Benoit to approve the project application and requested Attorney Deter to draft the Findings of Fact and Order.
Commissioners Gabrielson, Benoit, Strand, and Kutzke voted “Yes”. Motion carried.
Motion by Benoit, second by Strand, the ditch authority adjourned at 11:05 a.m.
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 Feb. 13, 2012.