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Public notices PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD December 9, 1997 Chairman Lane called the meeting to order at 8:30 A.M. in the board room of the courthouse, with Commissioners Krueger, Torgerson, Throndrud and Maas present. Also present was Bill Watson and Judith Pattison. Motion made by Torgerson and seconded by Krueger to approve the minutes of the November 18th. Regular Board meeting and the November 19th. Highway Planning meeting. Motion carried. Amendments to the agenda included setting a meeting date for the Joint Ditch #4 Drainage Authority and a request from Karin Mack of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program for furniture purchase. With those additions. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by Maas to approve the agenda. Motion carried. Committee meeting updates were provided. Bill Watson, County Attorney distributed copies of the arbitrator's decision rendered in regards to the grievance filed by Pearl Seery and Kathleen Oakes. Based on the decision, both parties will receive a salary adjustment. The completion status of . the Main Street Industnes building was reviewed. Although several items remain incomplete or unfinished, motion made by Krueger and seconded by Torgerson to formally accept the building, with the understanding that the contractor will see to it that all matters are resolved to the satisfaction of the county. Motion carried. The auditor requested clanfication of the formal date under which the building is to be added to the county insurance coverage. That date is to be )ecember 1, 1997. Although the agenda showed a closed session for labor negotiation strategy development, Board members elected to conduct their deliberations in open session. It was felt that a three year bargaining agreement should be negotiated. The idea of offering a substantial increase to the county contribution to the cafeteria plan was discussed, with some sentiment expressed, that although previously turned down by the union, the county continue to present that as an option. Because of the 3.5% increase in the 1998 health insurance premium, the current level of contribution to the cafeteria plan falls $5.67 per month short of fully funding the $200.00 deductible health insurance plan. Motion made by Throndrud and Seconded by Krueger to set the 1998 cafeteria plan county paid contnbution at $249.37 per month for all full time employees and to $391.86 to those employees qualifying for and choosing dependent health coverage. Motion carded. Darren Wilke, Environmental Officer, reviewed the preliminary plat of Border View Estates, as approved at the July 9th. Planning Commission meeting. Property owner Lee Johnson was also present. The plat had been initially approved as Wilhelm Estates. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Torgerson and carded that the plat be approved subject to the stipulations regarding the water Supply and sewage disposal and submittal of the.covenants overning the same. Motion made by rgerson seconded by Throndrud and carded to adopt the following reso ution: 97-60 WHEREAS, Big Stone County has a state approved Comprehensive Local Water Plan, which has been locally adopted pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103B.311 or 103B.255 and covers 100 percent of the land area of the county; and WHEREAS, each county in the state has added at least a one half time staff person to focus on Water Planning; and WHEREAS, Comprehensive Local Water Planning has dramatically increased the planning, monitoring and implementation of water resource management in Minnesota and prevented fudher degradation of our sudace and ground waters; and WHEREAS, counties are asked to provide more resources in the environmental area related to water planning, including an increased focus on watershed management; and WHEREAS, to meet the goals of the state, we need resources at the local level to get the work done and these costs have increased since 1991 when Comprehensive Local Water Planning was first funded; and WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota, acting by and through it's Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), has authonty to award Natural Resources Block Grants for the purpose of implementing Comprehensive Local Water Plans, the Wetland Conservation Act, the DNR Shoreland Program and the MPCA County Feediot Program, to local govemment pursuant to Laws of Minnesota i993, Chapter 172, sec. 6 and Laws of Minnesota 1994, Chapter 632, sec. 3; and WHEREAS Big Stone County may assess a levy under its general levy authority to match such grants by BWSR pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 103 B.335; and WHEREAS, there has not been an increase in base funding since 1991 when the program was started. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Big Stone County requests the State of Minnesota, to increase the base amount of dollars ing to Comprehensive Local Water anning, through the Natural Resources Block Grant Program, from $37,500 to $50,000 and include a 3 percent cost of living increase each year thereafter; and BE iT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Big Stone County will support a proportionate local match increase to support Big Stone County's Comprehensive Local Water Planning Pr.oram, Discussion was held regarding the changes made by the 1997 legislature which affect the Big Stone County Individual Sewage Treatment System Ordinance and therefore require a heanng to consider an amendment. The hearing was set for January 20th at 10:30 A.M. Mr. Wilke stated that administration of the ISTS grant dollars cannot be handled by Farm Credit Corp.oration because the grants are available to non-aricultural related business. Other lending agencies will be contacted. County engineer Darrell Pettis distnbuted copies of November's activity report. He discussed concerns which had been raised about changes made to parking on Beardsiey's main street since the road project had been completed. Documents show that the parking design had been agreed upon during theprbject development. Motion made by Throndrud, seconded by Maas and carded to adopt the following resolution: 97 - 61 WHEREAS, the County of Big Stone and the City of Ortonville desire to enter into an agreement for the county/city to perform road and street maintenance within the municipal state aid roadways within their jurisdiction; and WHEREAS, the purpose of this agreement is to define areas of responsibility on said roadways and; WHEREAS, no current written agreement exists; NOW THEREFORE IT IS MUTUALLY AGREED, that a maintenance agreement be executed between the County. of Big Stone and the City of Ortonvtlle to perform road maintenance on County State Aid Highways within the Municipality. This maintenance agreement shall continue until terminated as specified in paragraph 3 under the General Provisions portion of this agreement. Mr. Pettis stated that the storm sewer project in Clinton is completed, for a total of $60,000. He said that full agreement has not yet been reached between the NRCS and the DNR as to the design of the permanent dam structure at Long Tom Lake dam which is scheduled for the spdn of 1998. He then distributed statistics showing overhead costs associated with equipment and operators. These costs approximate 32% at the current time. Motion made by Torgerson, seconded by Throndrud and carried to establish the overhead rate at 45% effective January .1, 1998. Motion made by Torgerson, seconded by Throndrud and carded to adopt the following resolution: 97-62 BE IT RESOLVED, that the following minimum equipment rental rates be charged on all work done on and off the county system of roads effective January 1, 1998. These rates include the equipment and operating supplies but not an operator. RENTAL RATES Motor Grader - blading ................. $30.00 Motor Grader - plowing .................. 42.00 6 Wheel dnve blade, plowing ......... 46.00 Mechanics truck ............................. 20.00 1986 Oshkosh plow ....................... 45.00 1969 Oshkosh plow ....................... 42.00 Oshkosh truck with snowblower ....65.00 Tandem truck ................................. 30.00 Tandem truck with pup ................... 42.00 Tandem truck with sander, wing, plow ................................... 42.00 Tractor ............................................ 15.00 Four wheel ddve tractor ................. 20.00 Tractor with mower ........................ 20.00 Tractor with dual mower ............... ,_25.00 Case 821 loader ............................ 4.00 Case 821 with snow blower ........... 75.00 Cat 950 loader ............................... 30.00 Ford 655C tractor type backhoe ....35.00 Mr. Petrie discussed vadous coun ditch Issues and reviewed the intent of the meeting in Correll with landowners on Ditch #2. Chairman Lane will contact the members of the Joint Ditch #4 committee in order to hold a meeting to review plans for 1998 work. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by ThrondnJd to approve the assessment agreement between the Township of Pnor and the County of Big Stone under which the county will provide assessment services for the year 1998. Motion carded. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by Maas that payment in the amount of $27,348.18 to Dallas I. Hanson Construction for work euurfOrmed on the Main Street Industfias ilding. Motion carded. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Torgerson to authorize padial payment application #3 in the amount of $34766.73, to Riley Brothers Construction. Motion carded. Motion made by Torgerson and seconded by Throndrud to authorize )oayments to Sioux Engineering as llows: Ditch #13 - $3,860.43; Ditch #7 - $1,438.72. Motion carded. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Maas to approve the "Acceptable Use Policy" for computer usage by county employees. Motion carded. The auditor presented information pertaining to cellular phone contracts available with Cellular 2000 and through the county's joint powers agreement with the Southwest Service Cooperative. Due to the fact that the Service Cooperative area and the Cellular 2000 area do not align exactly, not all areas of the county are covered. Motion made by Torgerson and seconded by Krueger that employees be authorized to contact Cellular 2000 about the availability in their area. Motion carded. Motion made by Throndrudrand seconded by Mees to transfer the funds necessary from the highway department and environmental services to cover me costs of flexible spending account administration. Motion cardeo. Motion made by Torgerson and seconded by Maas to renew the agreement with the Richland-Wahpaton Law Enforcement Center which will provide all necessary and incidental services associated with detention of dsoners at the Richland County Jail. otion carded. Motion made by Torgeraon, seconded by Throndrud andcarded to approve the followtnq fund transfers to the Highway Fund: Ditch #15 - $140.25; Joint Ditch #4 - $397.19; Ditch #30 $179.13. The Board discussed the award bestowed upon Big Stone County by the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust as =County of the Year'. The recognition was for superior safety performance an d loss control. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by Krueger that the county employees be recognized for maintaining such high safety standards and for their dedication to making their work environment hazard free. Without their efforts, the award would not be possible. Motion carded. AS there was no business remaining before the Board, the auditor excused herself from the meeting while brief discussions pertaining to labor negotiations were conducted. Board members only, reconvened after a lunch break and continued review of labor negotiations. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 3:00 P.M. REGULAR SESSION December 16, 1997 Chairman Lane celled the meeting to order at 8:30 A.M. in the boardroom of the courthouse with Commissioners Krueger, Torgerson, Throndrud and Maas present. Also present was Bill Watson and Judith Pattison. Amendments tq the agenda were presented by Throndrud, Lane and TOMrgoerSon. tion made by Torgerson and seconded by Throndrud to authorize the Chair and Auditor to execute the amendment to Grant Numben Ftood-97- 0014-W-FY97 which provides for $272,000.00 in adUitional funding. Motion carded. Maas presented the name of Janet Parker for appointment to the Countryside Public Health Advisory Committee. Chairman Lane made the appointment for a two year term, effective January 1, 1998. Committee reports referenced the Welfare to Work Program through the Private Industry Council, the Regional Development Commission and the growth it is experiencing and the county based purchasing alliance which has been formed. County Attorney Watson discussed the letter he had wntten in response to a request for direction from the auditor regarding the release of personnel data under the provisions of the data pnvacy act. He recommended that the matter of health insurance benefits be handled by a committee representative of all county employee groups. He stated that it was important to all employees and retirees, that any request to insurance companies etc. about county health insurance coverage and options came only at the direction of the county board. A calf was placed to the Appletree Institute for clanficetion about the terms of the Joint Powers Agreement under which Big Stone County health insurance coverage is pooled with. several other counties and cities. As there was no one available to answer the questions which had been raised, the County Attorney and County Auditor were instructed to place follow up calls. It was agreed that an insurance committee be re-activated, with the first meetingscheduled for January 8th at 8:30 A.M. in the board room. Employee groups will provide representation to the committee, Mr. Watson discussed the "Tobacco Ordinance" required by the 1997 legislature. County judsdmtion needs cladficetion. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Maas and unanimously carded, to enter into the Managed Care Joint Powers Agreement, with the counties of Traverse, Stevens, Douglas, Pope and Grant. This will provide local fiscal management, of medical services for county residents enrolled in medical assistance and general assistance medical care programs. The agreement had been reviewed and approved by the county attorney. Cindy Nelson, County Treasurer, distributed statistics regarding county fund balances and cash investments. Throndrud, as a member of the investment committee, moved that $400,000 from the Highway Fund cash balance be invested and placed in a dedicated account for future expenditures. Motion was seconded by Massand carried unanimously. Unpaid property taxes on three mobile homes were then discussed Mrs. Neisoh explained that two of the mobile homes had already been moved from their site and the third was waiting to be hauled away and disposed of due to flood damage. Although vanous legal actions were discussed, it was felt that it was not practical or cost effective to attempt collection on non-existent structures. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Torgerson and carried to abate the taxes due as follows: Chad Boothby - $104; Lavaughn Mendenhall- $418; Terry Vick - $50. Following a shod break, Sheriff Joe Beming informed the Board that one of the squad cars had been damaged in an accident with a deer. The insurance adjuster had totaled the vehicle. A 1998 Ford from the state contract could be purchased immediately. The cost difference when applying the insurance adjustment, could be made with state grant funds. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Torgerson to authorize the Sheriff to proceed with the required paper work to obtain a new squad, with payment to be made from the Cnminal Justice Account. Motion carded. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Maas and carried to adopt the following resolution: 97-63 BE IT RESOLVED, that the Big Stone County budget and levy be established as follows: REVENUES: TAX LEVY - County Revenue ........... $1,444,080 Environ. Services ................. 88,792 Highway ............................. 525,500 Human Services ................ 511,250 TOTAL .......................... $2,569,122 LICENSES & PERMITS - County Revenue .................. $4,020 Environ. Services ................... 4,500 TOTAL ................................. $8,520 INTERGOVERNMENTAL: FEDERAL - County Revenue ................ $34,676 Human Services, ............... 370,768 TOTAL ............................... 405,444 STATE - County Revenue ................ $79,252 Environ. Services ............... 122,246 Highway .......................... 1,732,000 Human Services ................ 428,431 TOTAL ............................ 2,361,929 OTHER - County Revenue ................ $11,000 Human Services .................. 90,750 TOTAL ............................. $101,750 CHARGES FOR SERVICES - County Revenue ................ $91,636 Environ. Services ................... 1,600 HTAhway ............................... 80,000 L ............................. $173,236 FINES AND FORFEITS - County Revenue .................. $4,500 TOTAL ................................. $4,500 INTEREST - County Revenue .............. $124,500 Highway ............................... 20,000 TOTAL ............................. $144,500 MISCELLANEOUS - County Revenue .................. 30,063 TOTAL ................................. 30,063 TOTAL EXPENDITURES - County Revenue ........... $1,823,727 Environ. Services ............... 217,138 Highway .......................... 2,357,000 Human Services ............. 1,40 1,199 TOTAL .......................... $5,799,064 " EXPENDITURES: GENERAL GOVERNMENq" - County Revenue .............. $844,349 TOTAL ............................. $844,349 PUBLIC SAFETY o County Revenue .............. $522,740 TOTAL ............................. $522,740 HIGHWAYS & STREETS - Highway ........................ $3,527,000 TOTAL .......................... $3,527,000 HUMAN SERVICES - Human Services ........... $1,366,374 TOTAL .......................... $1,366,374 venue ................ $60,797 ........................... $60,797 CONS. NATL.. RESOURCES - County Revenue .............. $132,639 TOTAL ............................. $132,639 CULTURE & RECREATION - County Revenue ................ $68,626 TOTAL ............................... $68,626 UNALLOCATED - County Revenue .............. $213,854 TOTAL ............................. $213,854 ENVIRONMENTAL - Environ. Services ............. $208,288 TOTAL ............................. $208,288 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- County Revenue ..................... $814 TOTAL .................................... $814 TOTAL EXPENDITURES - County Revenue ........... $1,843,819 Environ. Services ............... 208,288 Highway .......................... 3,527,000 Human Services ............. 1,386,374 TOTAL .......................... $6,945,481 A review of the payable listing was conducted Motion made by Torgerson, seconded by Krueger and carried that the bills be paid as presented, with the following additions: West Photo - camera ................. $968.09 Uptown Standard - parts, labor ..... 31.34 Otrey Lake Gallery - framing. ....... 228.06 COUNTY REVENUE Agralite Coop ............................. $154.77 Assoc of Minn Counties ............ 1,250.00 Barfs Ortonville Electnc Inc ......... 441.97 Big Stone Bait & Manne Repair...121.59 big Stone Co. Highway Dept ..... 1,196.77 Cenex Credit Cards ..................... 166.55 Chippewa County Shenff ............. 200.00 Computer Professionals Unlimit1,990.26 Dave Toerson ........................... 350.28 Douglas uounty Sheriff ............. 3,592.40 Douglas Tomshin ......................... 143.60 Farmers Coop Elevator Assn ....... 178.92 First National Bank ................... ... 186.38 Goldberg, Swanson, Paulsen .,.2,018.70 Grand View Lodge, Nisswa .......... 113.46 Grant County. .............................. 700.00 Hentage Pnnting ....................... 1,041.65 IAAD ............................................ 130.00 IBM .............................................. 268.84 Jean Kvols ................................... 322.56 John Cunningham ........................ 175.10 Lac qui Pade County Sheriff ..... 1,050.00 Ughtowler Johnson Assoc Inc ..... 255.00 M A A D Region 7 ........................ 125.00 MN Ass of Co Veteran Serv of ..... 120.00 MN Co Recorders Assoc ............. 130.00 MN Elevators Inc ......................... 133.67 MN State Auditor ...................... 1,360.00 MN State Law Library ................... 119.00 National Veterans Organization ...898.00 Northside Medical Center ............ 300.00 Office Systems ............................. 189.32 Ottertail County Detention Fac ....239.50 Pitney Bowes, Inc ....................... .284.28 Progressive Collision & Glass ...... 119.33 Radisson Hotel South .................. 949.38 RDJ Specialities ........................... 118.29 Rinke-Noonan .............................. 200.00 Rosemary Brown .......................... 119.00 Schaffer Lawn Care ..................... 354.07 Stein's, Inc ................................... 244.72 TC Carpet Cleaning ..................... 143.78 Thompson Pub Group ................. 248.00 Tn State Water Condition Inc ....... 121.75 True Value Hardware ................... 154.30 Uniforms Unlimited ... ......  ......... 319.80 University of MinneotaL.;,...10,911.46 Valley Office Products .................. 821.85 Welkers Inc .................................. 900.35 Wellendorf Machinery .................. 125.00 West Publishing Corp .................. 399.37 William Watson ............................ 856.37 Xerox Corp ................................... 995.00 27 Payments less then $100 .... 1,173.98 Total CountyRevenue .......... $39,243.37 ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Bonanza Educational Center ..... $739.32 Computer Professionals Unlimit ..202.75 Kent Stotesbery ........................... 500.00 SWCD ....................................... 2,222.90 Upper Minnesota Watershed Dist ........................................... 207.90 Xerox Corp ................................... 495.23 15 Payments less than $100 ....... 542.89 Total Environmental Services .$4,910.99 COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE American Welding & Supply ....... $119.93 Barrs Ortonville Electnc Inc ......... 498.77 Big Stone Cooperative ................. 620.09 Big Stone Stainless Mfg Inc ......... 240.00 Brandon Tire & Auto Center ...... 1,102.41 Brock White ................................. 553.88 Computer Professionals Unlimit ..305,50 Dakota Riggers & Tool Co Inc ...... 665.63 Dale Johnson ............................... 250.00 Drake Equipment Inc ................... 645.67 DTN Corp ..................................... 200.07 Formation Design Systems Inc....320.00 Hancock Concrete Products ..... 2,726.96 Harold DImberg ............................ 100.00 IBM Corporation ........................... 149.67 Johnston Fargo Culvert Inc ....... 4,090.94 Kleespie Tank ........................... 2,400.00 Little Falls Machine, Inc ................ 112.27 M-R Sign Co ................................ 232.90 MacQueen Equipment Inc ........ 3,834.00 Maintainer Corp of Iowa, Inc ..... 2,969.33 Midwest Truck & Parts ................. 248.46 Milbank Glass & Mirror ................ 174.58 Milbank Winwater Works ........ 23,282.29 MN Co Highway Engineers .......... 200.00 Nelson Electnc ............................. 203.33 Northern States Supply, Inc ......... 279.50 Ortonvilte Auto & Supply .............. 363.04 Ortonville Independent ................. 120.00 Ortonville Stone Co Inc ................ 375.87 Progressive Collision & Glass ...... 193.19 Reedsburg Hardware ................ 1,003.80 Roger's Efsc Motor Service ......... 243.36 Sibson Gravel ......................... 14,675.41 Sokkia Measunng Systems Inc....186.53 Sturdevants .................................. 218.38 Tn Co Coop of Browns Valley ...... 564.15 Twin Valley Tim Inc ................... 1,433.60 West central Steel Inc ................. 552.92 Wildung Implement ...................... 374.03 Zap Manufacturing Co ................. 156.55 Ziegler lnc ............................. 161,865.12 23 Payments less than $100 .... 1,040.28 Total County Read  BridgeS229,894.41 COUNTY OITCHES Donald Finberg .......................... $238.70 1 Payment less than $100 ............. 90.00 Total County Ditches .................. $328.70 FORFEITED LAND Northern Star ..... . ....................... $480.67 Ortonvflle Independent .............. 1,005.75 0 Payments less than $100 ................ 00 Total Forfeited Land ................ $I ,486.42 FINAL TOTAL ..................... $275,863.89 Darren Wilke, Environmental Officer, distributed copies of the proposed Comprehensive Water Plan budget for 1998. Motion made by Throndrud, seconded by Krueger and carded that the proposal be approved. He then informed the Board that a quote from Apex Environmental had been accepted for clsening the contaminated soil from the Main 3treet Industries site. He stated that some vandalism had occurred at the Beardsley landfill and the MPCA employees would be at the site to conduct an investigation since oversight of the landfill is now the state s responsibility. He provided copies of the environmental office list of projects and goals for 1998. Motion made by Throndrud, seconded by Torgerson and carried to adopt the following resolution: 97-64 WHEREAS, Minnesota Statute 375.55 provides that County Commissioners shall receive annual salaries for services rendered while serving as a county commissioners and may receive per diem payments and reimbursement for necessary expenses; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the 1998 salary of the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners shall remain at the same level as 1997 and is therefore established at $10,000.00 and the per diem payment shall be $35.00 for service on any board, committee or commission or for the performance of services by individual commissioners when required by law. The auditor presented the billings relative to the access Minnesota computer project. She explained that all new equipment had been set up and the network with the state was operational. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Maas and ca .rned to authonze payment as follows: Bennett Office Products - laser pdnters ........................ $3,459.12 Micron Electronics - equipment ............................ 25,686.29 American Communication Inc. - installation, networking ........ 13,695.76 Motion made by Throndrud, seconded by Krueger and adopted unanimously that the flood emergency status under which the county has been operating be terminated and employees are to resume normal pre-flood work schedules after December 31, 1997. The auditor excused herself from the meeting while limited discussion was held about labor negotiation issues. The meeting adjourned at 11:45 A.M. TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING December 9, 1997 Chairman Lane called the public hearing to order at 5:00 P.M. with all Commissioners present and the following department heads: Cindy Nelson, Lila Benson, Darren Wilke, John Cunningham, Gloria Arndt, Dan Hanratty, Darrell Pettis and Judith Pattison. Aden LaCombe was also in attendance. A video presentation, sponsored by the Association of Minnesota Counties, was shown. It explained all of the factors which impact property taxes. The proposed 1998 budget and property tax levy were discussed and the handouts reviewed. At 5:25 P.M., motion made by Throndrud, seconded by Maas and duly passed to close the heanng. INFORMATIONAL MEETING County Ditch #2 December 17, 1997 An information meeting for the purpose of discussing the repair and maintenance of County Ditch #2 was held at the Highway Inn in Correll. Notice of the meeting had been published and mailed to all landowners. Commissioners present were Lane, Torgerson, Throndrud and Maas. Also present was Darrell Pettis, county engineer, Skip Wnght of the Department of Natural Resources, Dave Soehren of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Ron Ringquist of Sioux Engineering, Kurt Deter, attorney retained by the county an .dit,, eatlt. ..ty, gUtc.:.:J!o_r;.; M&n/' "lhl'o/db,' aha"|ntereSteo persons were in attendance. Torgerson called the headng to order at 2:05 P.M. He bnefly discussed the balance owing on the ditch and the proposed 1998 ditch assessment. He then turned the discussion over to Darrell Pettis, who explained the reason the meeting was being held. He spoke about the numerous things which impact the condition of the ditch and about the completion of an "Environmental Assessment Worksheet" which would help to determine any environmental concerns. A 66 acre wetland poses additional problems to the maintenance of the ditch. Mr. Deter addressed the issue of the elevation of the outlet structure on the wetland and the possibly that there should be an elevation that would maintain the wetland characteristics but not back up the water in the system for such an extended distance. A major concem of the landowners is the amount of pnvate ditching which has been done and therefore creating additional water flow in the ditch. Many landowners have lost several years of crop production. A final decision regarding the E.A.W. :and additional repairs to the system, will be reached by the drainage authonty (county board) in the near future., Judith Pattisod, Auditor Richard Lane, Chair RE-ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING January 6, 1998 The annual meeting of the Big Stone County Board was called to order at 8:30 A.M. with Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Torerson, Throndrud and Maas and auditor Pattison present. Also in attendance were high school students Tanya Carlson, Shawna Sykora and David Herberg: Upon call for nominations for board chair, motion made by Krueger and seconded by Maas to nominate Torgerson. Following three calls for further nominations, Torgerson was unanimously elected as Big Stone County Board Chair 1or lJU. Torgerson than called tor nominations for vice chair. Motion by Throndrud and second by Lane to nominate Maas. Maas nominated Throndrud who respectfully declined the nomination. Upon unanimous ,ote, Maas was elected as vice chair. Commissioners moved to their respective positions at the table. Motion made by Lane and seconded by Krueger to approve the minutes of the December 9th. Regular board meeting. Motion carried. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by_Lane to approve the minutes of the /ruth in Taxation hearing of December 9th. Motion carded. Motion made by Lane and seconded by Krueger to approve the minutes of the December 16th regular meeting of the board. Motion carded. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by Maas to approve the minutes from the County Ditch #2 informationel heanng. Motion carded. The aenda was amended to reflect ' discussmn of the highway Five Year Plan, the order from the Bureau of Mediation Services to release information pertaining to retiree health insurance coverage and action on the contract with Dennis Goidberg. Motion made by Maas and seconded by Throndrud to approve the agenda. Motion carried. Chairman Torgerson opened the bids received from the Independent and the Northern publishingthose notices as required. Motion made by seconded by Krueger to and the surety bond of the independent as the the county for 1998 and the Northern Star as the official publish those second required. Motion carded. Motion made by seconded by Lane to approve in the amount of $3,484.00 Association of Minnesota annual dues. Motion carded. Motion made by Lane, Throndrud and carried that delegates to the Minnesota Counties be Lane, Krueger, Thr and Maas, count Family Service county auditor Pattison. Motion made by seconded by Krueger to payment in the amount of 1998 membership dues to the Conservation & Association. Motion cerned. Motion made by Kruegef seconded by Maas to a agreement with whereby the Big shall provide for assessment within said township. Motion Motion made by Lane and by Maas to approve pa' amount of $880.00 to furniture refinishing work. carded. Motion made by Krueger, by Lane and carried to payment to Sioux En follows: Ditch #7 - $1 #10/11 - $3,947.76. Motion made by Throndrud, by Maas and carried to 1998 Aggregate Tax bud! revenues estimated to be Motion made by Throndrud, by Lane and carried to following resolution: 98 - 01 WHEREAS, Minnesota require a county board to minimum salary for those whom filing for office opens WHEREAS in July of 1998, open for the elected positi attorney, auditor, recorder, treasurer;, THEREFORE BE IT the Big Stone B Commissioners, the salary for all said positions be established to be $25,000.00. meetin tarry spoke cellular phone preferred rates through the joint powers the Service Cooperative. addressed the matter of the the Bureau of Mediation ordering the release of pertaining to health insurance on those county retirees the county plan. He then terms of the joint powers a with the Service Cooperative which county health insurance costs are pooled with a large other counties and cities for the of stabilizing costs. The terms contract state that groups in cannot individually go out for premium bids without in the Motion county the Service Cooperative permission for Big Stone explore other without envoking ineligibility provision and loss reseP.'es or excesses. Lane, Torgerson and =RAY" was Throndrud and cerned. Dan Hanratty, Family Service requested clanfication for use = employee performance system. The Chair appo committee comprised of Bill Dan Hanratty, Darrell Pettis Pattison and commissioners and Lane to review the issues It was agreed that pnor action the board involving the joint agreement for prepaid assistance was adequate. by Lane and seconded by accept the only bid received the 1986 Chevrolet, in the $206.76. Motion carded. Darrell Pettis, County present for review of department agenda. He concerns about the reduced cellular phone rates the Service Cooperative Joint Agreement. Motion made seconded by previous board employees to participate. cerned. Present for the 10:30 a.m. for a 140 LGP dozer, was Hartness from submitted the Lane and by Maas, Ziegler was accepted in the net of $109,763.52. Motion carded. Motion made b seconded by Lane, 06-606-12, 06-612-O8 and accepted at 11:00 A.M. on Motion carded. Motion made by Krueger motion to table action on the Department Five Year Plan be for consideration. The seconded b Lane and he had committee on the first street project delayed until 1999. Motion Throndrud and seconded said project 06-626-04 be Motion Krueger and seconded by I the Five Year Highway construction plan as engineer, with the chan Ortonville project from Motion carded. At 11:00 A.M. bids for sale #21 and #42 were governmental units were the 1987 Cat 140G blade. need to verify facts related Ford pick-up, so action on that tabled. Bids received for the railer were as follows: Edward Holker ...... Men/Redlield Mark Ronglien ........................... 1 Jim Fasbender ......  ................... 2, Motion by Krueger and Throndrud that the bid of in the amount of $2,500 be Motion carried. Motion Throndrud and seconded by (continued on page 9b) Tuesday, Jan. 27' Page 8b  INDEPENDENT