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Public notices PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD September 21, 1999 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, September 21, 1999. Chairperson Torgerson called the meeting to order with Commissioners Krueger, Lane, Maas and Swigerd present. Also present were County Attorney Bill Watson and County Auditor Michelle Knutson. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Maas and carried to approve the minutes of the September 7 th regular meeting with clarification and the September 13 th special meeting. Motion made by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to approve the agenda with noted additions. County Attorney Watson discussed the Contract Change Order for County Ditch #4. A telephone call was placed to Sioux Engineering for clarification. Ryan Stattelman of the Ortonville Independent arrived. Watson left the meeting. Motion made by Lane, seconded by Maas and carried to authorize payment of the following claims on September 24, 1999: COUNTY REVENUE Ameripride Linen 125.20; Assn of MN Counties 1,375.00; Barr's Electric 226.84; Bear Graphics 116.25; Berkner Plumbing & Heating 730.00; Cenex 111.87; Dallas Hanson Construction 362.50; Douglas County Sheriff 2,075.00; Michael Dunnihoo 2,310.00; First National Bank 186.38; Hoffman Implement 149.47;IBM 117.03; Lexis Law Publishing 488.66; MN State Law Library 127.34; Ortonville Independent 680.68; Pauli's Carpet Cleaning 216.00; Pitney Bowes 209.10; Richland County Corrections 440.00; Rinke- Noonan 200.00; Royal Flush Sanitation 230.00; Steve's Electric 7,092.39; SWWC Service Cooperative 830.70; Douglas Tomschin 104.16; Traverse County Sheriff 180.00; Tri.State Water 154.91; Welker's 173.10; West Central Regional Juvenile Center 115.00; West Publishing 1,922.57; Xerox 259.66. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Cenex 100.95; Marlton deNeui 101.60; Ortonville Independent 180.18. COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE American Welding & Supply 157.56; Berkner Plumbing & Heating 238.50; Big Stone Co-op 1,260.29; Computer Professionals 307.50; Cook's 280.84; Doyle Equipment 1,093.27; H & R Construction 613.44; Midwest Truck & Parts 178.26; Milbank Glass 243.00; Northern Technologies 1,535.00; Sturdevants 220.73; The Forum 169.56; True Value 112.95; Ziegler 228.81. ENHANCED 9.1.1 Hutchinson Telephone Company 1,832.72. COUNTY DITCHES Rinke.Noonan 1,812.75. Number of claims not exceeding $100- 40. Dollar amount of claims not exceeding $100 - $2,017.03. Motion made by Kruegef, seconded by Maas and carried to adopt the following resolution as presented by Extension Educator John Cunningham: 99-41 WHEREAS the County of Big Stone, subdivision of the State of Minnesota producing the 1999 crop and that this most likely will result in loan defaults; and WHEREAS the farm implement dealer in Big Stone County has indicated that the volume of sales and service have decreased greatly during this growing season, to the point where they are concerned about their own survivability and have had to increase their own debt load as they attempt to weather this income crisis; and WHEREAS 4 producers in Big Stone County quit farming this spring as an additional 11 reduced their acreage to work at off farm jobs and 10 producers quit farming in 1998. If the number of farmers decreases, our towns will all decrease and people will have to move to larger areas for employment; and WHEREAS a 50 cent per bushel decrease in the price farmers receive for corn, soybeans and wheat represent a $7,807,700,00 decrease in farmers' income. WHEREAS the Big Stone County USDA Emergency Board has filed their damage assessment report which supports the need for emergency loans to farmers. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of County Commissioners for, and on behalf of the citizens of Big Stone County, request that the Governor of the State of Minnesota petition the U.S, Secretary of Agriculture to declare Big Stone County an economic disaster area. Motion made by Maas, seconded by Swigerd and carried to authorize Chairperson Torgerson to sign the new agreement with DMG.MAXIMUS, INC. for human resource consulting services. County Auditor Knutson distributed a summary of the 1998 Big Stone County Financial Statements. Motion made by Swigerd, seconded by Krueger and carried that the financial statements be approved and ordered published. Motion made by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to adopt the following resolution: 99-42 WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota has enacted Chapter 243, Laws of Minnesota 1999, Article 6, Section 2 requiring a county board to have adopted and filed an authorizing resolution if its county's tax rate turns out to be higher the following year that a theoretical tax rate for the previous year under law; and WHEREAS, Big Stone County prides itself on beginning its budget process as early as possible in the calendar year in order to maximize input by all concerned parties and allow full review of all expenditure items; and WHEREAS, there are numerous factors that are beyond the control of county boards and that can potentially cause tax rates to rise, including but not limited to: A. Class rate changes by the State on various types of property, B. The economy and its effect on the tax base, including real estate and new construction growth or lack thereof, C. Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts created by cities, D.Limitations on what percentage the i'narket value of property can rise each year as set by the State, and E. Unfunded mandates upon local governments and reductions of federal and state aid; and WHEREAS, because of these outside factors beyond control, a county may need to have a higher tax rate for the when the State has not enacted levy limitations, Big Stone County has had its own self-imposed levy limitations to protect the interests of the County's property taxpayers. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that if the tax rate of Big Stone County for the year 2000 is higher than the tax rate certified by the County Auditor under clause (3) of Section 2, Article 6, Chapter 243, Laws of Minnesota 1999, the higher tax rate is hereby authorized by the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that regardless of outside factors impacting tax rates, the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners remains firmly committed to the delivery of mandated and other important services at a cost well within established levy limits in order to hold down property taxes of the citizens of Big Stone County. BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that an official copy of this adopted resolution be filed with the County Auditor. Following a short break, Interim Engineer Marlyn Hanson presented Certificates of Performances for various projects with Bituminous Paving, Inc. Motion made by Swigerd, seconded by Krueger and carried to adopt the following resolutions: 99-43 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 628-02 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-44 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 632.04 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-45 WHEREAS, County Project 06.662.99 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. Hanson informed the Board that the Highway Department had received final payment on FEMA funds for the Flood of 1997. Motion made by Maas, seconded by Lane and carried to adopt the following resolutions: 99-46 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06. 606-14 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-47 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06. 611.06 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-49 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06. 612.09 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-50 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 636.05 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-51 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 634-05 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-52 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 624-03 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-53 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 622.05 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-54 WHEREAS, County Project 06-651.99 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in WANT ADS the inexpensive way to shop the premuses. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-55 WHEREAS, County Project 06-678.99 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises; NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-56 WHEREAS, County Project Parking Lot. 99 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. Hanson updated the Board on Highway Department activities. The Board was informed by the Commissioners on the Insurance Committee that the County was notified that it will have a 49% increase for the cost of health insurance. The Board reviewed the breakdown sent by the RDC for the WesMN RLF. Committee reports were presented. County Auditor Knutson presented information from the Fair Board regarding their 1996.1999 financial activities. Board consensus was that all organizations receiving appropriations in the future need to submit a balance sheet along with a copy of their budget. Motion made by Lane, seconded by Mass and carried to adopt the following resolution: 99-57 WHEREAS Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103E places upon County Boards the duty to administer and manage public drainage systems; and WHEREAS Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103E further places upon County Boards the obligation to maintain public drainage systems to their "as constructed" depths and grades; and WHEREAS assessed landowners on a public drainage system possess a vested property right in the public drainage system itself, right to have the public system maintained to its constructed" depth and grade; al WHEREAS County Boards assessed landowners on drainage systems to administer public drainage system and assessed landowners' vested rights under the law; and WHEREAS the State of Minr through its Department of Resources and its Board of Soil Resource, are preventing Boards from carrying out their and public obligation in mai public drainage systems', interpreting the Wetland Act and Public Waters Law, manner, contrary to the plain of the law, that maintenance of public systems; and WHEREAS the actions by the harmful to both the rights of landowners on public drainage and the economic security Counties; and WHEREAS many County forced to litigate with the exercise their duties and rights of their constituents. NOW, THEREFORE, LET RESOLVED, that the Big Board of Commissioners resolution to be presented Association of Minnesota asking the Association to: • Support the efforts of members involved in this the State; and • Commit itself to the resolution € conflict; and • Offer its support, including the of its general counsel, to members involved in this issue. Discussion was held on #4. Motion made by Maas, by Lane and carried to Contract Change Order with Tiling subject to the addition of as provided by Motion made by by Maas and carried to meeting. Chairperson declared the meeting 11:35 AM. Michelle R. David E. Torgerson, Chairperson CLASSIFIED ADS QUICK RESULTS Fridley, MN 1 mi. No, or 694 off Hwy 65 Fisher plows are designed with a "trip edge" which allows the bottom edge of the blade to trip back, instead of the whole blade folding up. (800) 795-1280 The "trip edge" design keeps [liiO I snow out in front of the blade EFrual_]rm 1 where it should be! 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Old City Garage ........... 2:00 to 4:00 CLINTON ........... County Garage .......... . .4:00 to 5:00 ORTONVILLE ........ Recycling Center ...... 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 This is a SEMI-ANNUAL recycling effort. Your next chance to magazines, catalogues, directories and useable clothing will be in the Page 8b 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct. Public notices PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD September 21, 1999 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, September 21, 1999. Chairperson Torgerson called the meeting to order with Commissioners Krueger, Lane, Maas and Swigerd present. Also present were County Attorney Bill Watson and County Auditor Michelle Knutson. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Maas and carried to approve the minutes of the September 7 th regular meeting with clarification and the September 13 th special meeting. Motion made by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to approve the agenda with noted additions. County Attorney Watson discussed the Contract Change Order for County Ditch #4. A telephone call was placed to Sioux Engineering for clarification. Ryan Stattelman of the Ortonville Independent arrived. Watson left the meeting. Motion made by Lane, seconded by Maas and carried to authorize payment of the following claims on September 24, 1999: COUNTY REVENUE Ameripride Linen 125.20; Assn of MN Counties 1,375.00; Barr's Electric 226.84; Bear Graphics 116.25; Berkner Plumbing & Heating 730.00; Cenex 111.87; Dallas Hanson Construction 362.50; Douglas County Sheriff 2,075.00; Michael Dunnihoo 2,310.00; First National Bank 186.38; Hoffman Implement 149.47;IBM 117.03; Lexis Law Publishing 488.66; MN State Law Library 127.34; Ortonville Independent 680.68; Pauli's Carpet Cleaning 216.00; Pitney Bowes 209.10; Richland County Corrections 440.00; Rinke- Noonan 200.00; Royal Flush Sanitation 230.00; Steve's Electric 7,092.39; SWWC Service Cooperative 830.70; Douglas Tomschin 104.16; Traverse County Sheriff 180.00; Tri.State Water 154.91; Welker's 173.10; West Central Regional Juvenile Center 115.00; West Publishing 1,922.57; Xerox 259.66. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Cenex 100.95; Marlton deNeui 101.60; Ortonville Independent 180.18. COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE American Welding & Supply 157.56; Berkner Plumbing & Heating 238.50; Big Stone Co-op 1,260.29; Computer Professionals 307.50; Cook's 280.84; Doyle Equipment 1,093.27; H & R Construction 613.44; Midwest Truck & Parts 178.26; Milbank Glass 243.00; Northern Technologies 1,535.00; Sturdevants 220.73; The Forum 169.56; True Value 112.95; Ziegler 228.81. ENHANCED 9.1.1 Hutchinson Telephone Company 1,832.72. COUNTY DITCHES Rinke.Noonan 1,812.75. Number of claims not exceeding $100- 40. Dollar amount of claims not exceeding $100 - $2,017.03. Motion made by Kruegef, seconded by Maas and carried to adopt the following resolution as presented by Extension Educator John Cunningham: 99-41 WHEREAS the County of Big Stone, subdivision of the State of Minnesota producing the 1999 crop and that this most likely will result in loan defaults; and WHEREAS the farm implement dealer in Big Stone County has indicated that the volume of sales and service have decreased greatly during this growing season, to the point where they are concerned about their own survivability and have had to increase their own debt load as they attempt to weather this income crisis; and WHEREAS 4 producers in Big Stone County quit farming this spring as an additional 11 reduced their acreage to work at off farm jobs and 10 producers quit farming in 1998. If the number of farmers decreases, our towns will all decrease and people will have to move to larger areas for employment; and WHEREAS a 50 cent per bushel decrease in the price farmers receive for corn, soybeans and wheat represent a $7,807,700,00 decrease in farmers' income. WHEREAS the Big Stone County USDA Emergency Board has filed their damage assessment report which supports the need for emergency loans to farmers. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of County Commissioners for, and on behalf of the citizens of Big Stone County, request that the Governor of the State of Minnesota petition the U.S, Secretary of Agriculture to declare Big Stone County an economic disaster area. Motion made by Maas, seconded by Swigerd and carried to authorize Chairperson Torgerson to sign the new agreement with DMG.MAXIMUS, INC. for human resource consulting services. County Auditor Knutson distributed a summary of the 1998 Big Stone County Financial Statements. Motion made by Swigerd, seconded by Krueger and carried that the financial statements be approved and ordered published. Motion made by Swigerd, seconded by Lane and carried to adopt the following resolution: 99-42 WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota has enacted Chapter 243, Laws of Minnesota 1999, Article 6, Section 2 requiring a county board to have adopted and filed an authorizing resolution if its county's tax rate turns out to be higher the following year that a theoretical tax rate for the previous year under law; and WHEREAS, Big Stone County prides itself on beginning its budget process as early as possible in the calendar year in order to maximize input by all concerned parties and allow full review of all expenditure items; and WHEREAS, there are numerous factors that are beyond the control of county boards and that can potentially cause tax rates to rise, including but not limited to: A. Class rate changes by the State on various types of property, B. The economy and its effect on the tax base, including real estate and new construction growth or lack thereof, C. Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts created by cities, D.Limitations on what percentage the i'narket value of property can rise each year as set by the State, and E. Unfunded mandates upon local governments and reductions of federal and state aid; and WHEREAS, because of these outside factors beyond control, a county may need to have a higher tax rate for the when the State has not enacted levy limitations, Big Stone County has had its own self-imposed levy limitations to protect the interests of the County's property taxpayers. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that if the tax rate of Big Stone County for the year 2000 is higher than the tax rate certified by the County Auditor under clause (3) of Section 2, Article 6, Chapter 243, Laws of Minnesota 1999, the higher tax rate is hereby authorized by the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that regardless of outside factors impacting tax rates, the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners remains firmly committed to the delivery of mandated and other important services at a cost well within established levy limits in order to hold down property taxes of the citizens of Big Stone County. BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that an official copy of this adopted resolution be filed with the County Auditor. Following a short break, Interim Engineer Marlyn Hanson presented Certificates of Performances for various projects with Bituminous Paving, Inc. Motion made by Swigerd, seconded by Krueger and carried to adopt the following resolutions: 99-43 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 628-02 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-44 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 632.04 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-45 WHEREAS, County Project 06.662.99 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. Hanson informed the Board that the Highway Department had received final payment on FEMA funds for the Flood of 1997. Motion made by Maas, seconded by Lane and carried to adopt the following resolutions: 99-46 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06. 606-14 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-47 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06. 611.06 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-49 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06. 612.09 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-50 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 636.05 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-51 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 634-05 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-52 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 624-03 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-53 WHEREAS, County State Aid Project 06- 622.05 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-54 WHEREAS, County Project 06-651.99 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in WANT ADS the inexpensive way to shop the premuses. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-55 WHEREAS, County Project 06-678.99 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises; NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. 99-56 WHEREAS, County Project Parking Lot. 99 has in all things been completed and the County Board being fully advised in the premises. NOW THEN BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby accepts said completed project for and on behalf of the County of Big Stone, and authorize final payment to Bituminous Paving Inc. in the amount shown on the final pay estimate. Hanson updated the Board on Highway Department activities. The Board was informed by the Commissioners on the Insurance Committee that the County was notified that it will have a 49% increase for the cost of health insurance. The Board reviewed the breakdown sent by the RDC for the WesMN RLF. Committee reports were presented. County Auditor Knutson presented information from the Fair Board regarding their 1996.1999 financial activities. Board consensus was that all organizations receiving appropriations in the future need to submit a balance sheet along with a copy of their budget. Motion made by Lane, seconded by Mass and carried to adopt the following resolution: 99-57 WHEREAS Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103E places upon County Boards the duty to administer and manage public drainage systems; and WHEREAS Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103E further places upon County Boards the obligation to maintain public drainage systems to their "as constructed" depths and grades; and WHEREAS assessed landowners on a public drainage system possess a vested property right in the public drainage system itself, right to have the public system maintained to its constructed" depth and grade; al WHEREAS County Boards assessed landowners on drainage systems to administer public drainage system and assessed landowners' vested rights under the law; and WHEREAS the State of Minr through its Department of Resources and its Board of Soil Resource, are preventing Boards from carrying out their and public obligation in mai public drainage systems', interpreting the Wetland Act and Public Waters Law, manner, contrary to the plain of the law, that maintenance of public systems; and WHEREAS the actions by the harmful to both the rights of landowners on public drainage and the economic security Counties; and WHEREAS many County forced to litigate with the exercise their duties and rights of their constituents. NOW, THEREFORE, LET RESOLVED, that the Big Board of Commissioners resolution to be presented Association of Minnesota asking the Association to: • Support the efforts of members involved in this the State; and • Commit itself to the resolution € conflict; and • Offer its support, including the of its general counsel, to members involved in this issue. Discussion was held on #4. Motion made by Maas, by Lane and carried to Contract Change Order with Tiling subject to the addition of as provided by Motion made by by Maas and carried to meeting. Chairperson declared the meeting 11:35 AM. Michelle R. David E. Torgerson, Chairperson CLASSIFIED ADS QUICK RESULTS Fridley, MN 1 mi. No, or 694 off Hwy 65 Fisher plows are designed with a "trip edge" which allows the bottom edge of the blade to trip back, instead of the whole blade folding up. (800) 795-1280 The "trip edge" design keeps [liiO I snow out in front of the blade EFrual_]rm 1 where it should be! 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Old City Garage ........... 2:00 to 4:00 CLINTON ........... County Garage .......... . .4:00 to 5:00 ORTONVILLE ........ Recycling Center ...... 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 This is a SEMI-ANNUAL recycling effort. Your next chance to magazines, catalogues, directories and useable clothing will be in the Page 8b 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct.