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McLeod County - Board of Commissioners

McLeod County

McLeod County
Board of Commissioners
Meeting Minutes
9/4/18

Commissioners Joe Nagel, Rich Pohlmeier, Doug Krueger, Paul Wright and Ron Shimanski were present.
Krueger/Pohlmeier carried unanimously for the removal of Sheriff’s Office Item A.
Wright/Shimanski motion carried unanimously to approve the consent agenda items including: August 21, 2018 Meeting Minutes; August 24, 2018 Auditor's Warrants; August 31, 2018 Auditor’s Warrants; Approve final acceptance and payment of $80,495.79 to Scott Construction (Lake Delton, Wisconsin) for CP 18-000-01 and CP 18-000-02, county wide seal coat and pavement marking projects. This project was completed satisfactory and final acceptance and payment is recommended; Approve a one (1) lot preliminary plat requested by Greg Witt on behalf of the Baumann Family Partnership to be known as “Baumann Extension” located in Section 9 of Glencoe Township; Approve conditional use permit application 18-17 requested by Northern Natural Gas (Omaha, Nebraska) for an above ground natural gas regulating station on property owned by Donald Mielke located in Section 36 of Hale Township. The Hale Township Board unanimously recommended approval at their August 9, 2018 meeting. The Planning Advisory Commission unanimously recommended approval with the following conditions: 1. Any tile lines discovered during construction shall be maintained or re-routed to continue the benefit of all interested parties. 2. An emergency contact shall be provided to the McLeod County Environmental Services Department and a sign posted on-site prior to the completion of the project; Approve conditional use permit 18-18 requested by Michelle Waldner to operate an automobile and motorcycle sales and repair business as a home occupation at her residence. The applicant and her husband, William John Waldner, will be 50% partners in this joint venture. This business will be known as Prairie Thunder Automotive & Cycles. They intend to operate the business out of an existing 32’X40’ 2-stall detached garage with additional storage in an existing 60’X60’ metal pole shed located on the property. Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week. Initially it will be owner operated with future plans consisting of hiring up to three (3) full-time mechanics and a paid youth internship. This property is located in the Agricultural District of Section 9 in Glencoe Township. The Glencoe Township Board recommended approval on July 11, 2018. The Planning Advisory Commission recommended approval on August 22, 2018 with the following conditions: 1. There will be no outdoor storage of in-operable vehicles, salvage material, or other recycled material. 2. All waste fluids will be stored inside a building in properly labeled containers. 3 No more than one (1) item at a time may be presented for sale adjacent to the public right-of-way (Highway 22). 4. Any intensified change in use will require a new conditional use permit application. 5. Sales display area shall be per the designated area per applicant. 6. Applicant shall possess and hold a licensed Minnesota Automotive Dealer’s License; Approve conditional use permit 18-19 requested by ReneSola Power Holdings, LLC (Freemont, California) for the Essential Services of four (4) 1-megawatt solar gardens for electrical generation through solar energy on property owned by Dennis and Robert Lilienthal in Section 10 of Helen Township. The applicants have secured a 30 acre facility easement of a 160 acre tract from the property owners. Xcel Energy has granted approval for interconnection to their sub-station near County Road 9 pending local approval. The Helen Township Board recommended approval on August 9, 2018. The Planning Advisory Commission recommended approval on August 22, 2018 with the following conditions: 1. A Bond or Letter of Credit in the amount of $20,000.00 per megawatt (4 MW at 520,000=$80,000) shall be provided to the Environmental Services office prior to any permits being issued. 2. Applicant shall restore the site to its original and natural state once the solar facility is no longer in use. 3. Contractor’s Proof of Insurance during the construction of the facility. 4. Contact person and phone number for weed control and other concerns will be filed with the Environmental Services office and there shall be a placard posted at the entrance for public display to be visible from 120th Street naming a contact person with phone number. 5. A landscape buffer plan and vegetative shrubbery along the north, east, and west side perimeter property lines. 6. Fencing shall be installed for site safety and security purposes. 7. Agricultural fencing with two strands of barbed wire shall be installed for site security. 8. Applicant shall meet all National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements if required. 9. Applicant shall preserve the existing drainage tile and repair if any tile is broken. Repairs shall be performed by a licensed drainage contractor. 10. Applicant shall obtain a permit from the McLeod County Highway Department for any access off of 120th Street. 11. Stray voltage must be tested upon startup and years 1, 3, and 5. A copy shall be provided to the Environmental Services office. 12. A final description of the facility easement shall be provided to the Environmental Services office prior to recording of the conditional use permit; Approve mining conditional use permit 18-20 requested by Michael Loncorich to continue mining and hauling minerals out of a pit, originally opened in 1975, in order to allow for additional time to reclaim the pit area while using material simultaneously for the purpose of small projects. Mr. Loncorich will utilize the same haul route, survey and reclamation plan as submitted in 2013. This property is 18 acres of Section 27 in Collins Township. The Collins Township Board unanimously recommended approval on August 9, 2018. The Planning Advisory Committee unanimously recommended approval on August 22, 2018 with the following conditions: 1. The applicant shall submit a bond or letter of credit in the amount of $18,000.00 to McLeod County Environmental Services by September 4, 2018. 2. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. 3. Applicant shall keep a current DNR dewatering permit and meet all state National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements. 4. Applicant shall restore pit area to a 4:1 backslope 10’ below the water line for wildlife purposes. 5. McLeod County Environmental Services shall inspect all restoration work completed and approve with letter acknowledging completion to release bond or letter of credit back to applicant. 6. Applicant shall follow all mining standards contained in Section 16 of the McLeod County Zoning Ordinance; Approve the renewal of the Preventative Maintenance Agreement from Utility Energy Systems LLC (Elk River, Minnesota) for the back-up fuel system for heating the Courthouse valid from October 1, 2018 thru September 30, 2019 for a cost of $1,685.00 with funding coming from the General Revenue Fund (01-111); Approve the purchase of for four (4) Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Tablets and cases from Amazon for a price not to exceed $400.00 each for the tablets and $35.00 for the cases. Total price for all tablets and cases is not to exceed $1,740.00 with funding coming from the Compliance Fund (25-102). (Prices fluctuate and are sometimes cheaper).*These 4 tablets will be managed by GIS for updates but will be primarily for the Assessors to use when doing site inspections. The GPS on the tablet will be able to locate them to the correct parcel and also the features (sheds, homes, barns) within each property. These tablets will have the parcels and aerial photography loaded for the assessors to access that information. They will be available for other County staff when not needed be the Assessor’s Office.
Shimanski/Krueger motion carried to approve the payment of bills totaling $68,205.75 from the County Ditch Fund.
Nagel/Pohlmeier motion carried unanimously to approve the order of three (3) 2019 Ford SUV squads via Minnesota State Contract from Hibbing Ford (Hibbing, Minnesota) for a total cost of $95,029.35 ($36,676.45 per vehicle) with funds coming from the Sheriff’s Office 2019 budget (01-201).
Nagel/Shimanski motion carried unanimously to approve installation quote from Juul Contracting (Hutchinson, Minnesota) for the replacement of one (1) centerline culvert on County Road 73 northwest of Hutchinson with funding coming from the 2018 Public Works Budget (03-310).
Nagel/Shimanski motion carried unanimously to approve culvert materials quote from Hancock Concrete (Hancock, Minnesota) for the replacement of one (1) centerline culvert on County Road 73 northwest of Hutchinson with funding coming from the 2018 Public Works Budget (03-310).
This item was tabled from the County Board Meeting held on August 7, 2018 to review and allow Mr. José Luciano to present further information to the Board of Commissioners. Shimanski/Wright motion carried unanimously to table this item until José Luciano is able to provide a written agreement providing amendment details that prevents the employee from submitting a claim against the employer.
Nagel/Pohlmeier motion carried unanimously to approve contract with ArcaSearch (Cold Springs, Minnesota) to provide a digitization project which will include digitized images of the McLeod County Historic Commissioner Minute Books. Project cost is not to exceed $9,526.00 plus an annual fee of $306.00, with funding coming from the Special Revenue Fund (25-041).
Wright/Krueger motion carried unanimously to approve the 2019 non-union employer contribution for health insurance as follows: $766.50 monthly contribution for single coverage in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze Aware Plan; $766.50 monthly contribution for single coverage in the Blue Cross Blue Shield $3,500.00 Deductible HSA plan; up to $500.00 annual matched contribution to HSA account1; $729.50 monthly contribution for single coverage in the Blue Cross Blue Shield $5,000.00 Deductible HSA plan; up to $500.00 annual matched contribution to HSA account1; $712.50 monthly contribution for single coverage in the Blue Cross Blue Shield $6,750.00 Deductible HSA plan; up to $500.00 annual matched contribution to HSA account1; $1,300.00 monthly contribution for family coverage in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze Aware or Bronze Access plan; $1,300.00 monthly contribution for family coverage in the Blue Cross Blue Shield $7,000.00 Deductible HSA plan, $10,000.00 Deductible HSA plan, or $13,500.00 HSA plan; up to $1,000.00 annual matched contribution to HSA account1. (1Pro-rated monthly HSA contributions for mid-plan year enrollments.)
Shimanski/Pohlmeier motion carried unanimously to approve the 2019 non-union eligible employee opt-out for health insurance contribution to $140.50 per month.

(Published in The McLeod County Chronicle September 26, 2018)