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Proceedings of the Cottonwood County CommissiOners OFFICIAL PUBLICATION November 13, 1990 The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on November 13, 1990 at 9:00 a.m. at the Bingham Lake Senior Citizen Center, Bingham Lake, MN. Present were Commis- sioners Kenneth Fig, Marvin Einert- son, Frank C. Jungas, Marlowe Nel- son and Keith Madson, County Au- ditor W. R. Mielke, County Attorney Daniel McDonald, and Commission- ors' Secretary Joy Storey. Retiring Bingham Lake Mayor Archie Ball welcomed the board to Bingham Lake. The Board in turn thanked Mr. Ball for his years of service on various county boards. Chairman Elg called the meeting to order. Marlin Larson, County Engi- neer/Solid Waste Officer, discussed several items with the Board. After discussing Solid Waste Officer applicants, there was a mo- tion by Madson, second by Jungas, unanimous vote to offer the position to Michael Kirehmeier of Slayton at a beginning annual salary of $24,000. Larson will .contact Kirchmeier with the offer. Larson handed the Board a list of equipment no longer used by the highway department. It was his rec- ommendation that they be sold. The County attorney will cheek on pro- cedure for this type of sale. Larson requested a car and gas allowance increase for 1991. The Board will make a decision on this before the first of the year. Jim Crawford, Mr. ,Lake, and Marion Schoper, Jeffers, represent- ing the Cottonwood County Fair Board, presented a t'mancial state- ment for the 1990 County Fair. A profit of $8,587.25 was realized. Crawford anounced that Gary Olson of Windom will replace Den- nis Knutson on the fair board. Crawford and Schoper talked about the problems with the portable state at the arena. Steps being taken to make this stage easier to work with. Jungas asked by the "no smok- ing" policy is not enforced in the 4-H food stand. Schoper will bring this matter to the attention of the appropriate people. Roger Benson updated the Board on the Armory project. Ben- Ion had a letter from the Department of Army and Air Force stating that a ~on had not been reached re- ]getting the 1-125th Field Artillery ' ated in Windom. The Armory project is continuing because 35% of the planning must be completed by March of 1991. The Board stated that they will stick to their original commitment of 6.25% of the cost. Richard Ziminski, Meadow- brook Insurance Group, Minnesota Counties Insurance trust, gave the Board a "State of Cottonwood County" report. He had a handout incorporating many reports and gra- phics showing the county's experi- ence with Property and Casualty and Worker's Compensation policies. He also handed out a Statement of Insurable Values Report prepared by American Appraisal Associates. Ziminski informed the Board that the 1991 Worker's Compensation premium will be $72,225. After the lunch break, the Com- missioners reconvened their meeting back at the Courthouse in W'mdom. Motion by Nelson, second by Jungas, roll call vote taken as fol- lows: Madson-no, Nelson-yes, Ei- nertson-no, Iungas-yes, Elg-yes, to write to the Department of Public Safety inquiring about establishing a County License Bureau for Motor Vehicle Registration. McDonald will draft the letter. Motion by Madson, second by Ell~-a~on, unanimous vote to ap- prove a request of County Attorney Elect L. Douglas Story to attend the Convention of County Attorneys in the Twin Cities on November 15-17. Farley Grunig, County Assessor, went over 1991 assessments on agri- cultural, residential, commercial and industrial property. After explana- tion and discussion, there was a motion by Einertson, second by Jungu, unanimous vote to endorse the recommendation of the County Am~sor and increase the market value of agricultural land 5% for 1991. The residential, commercial and industrial property will be ad- justed on a case-by-case basis. Harold Rainey, Director of the Mr. Lake Economic Development Authority, asked the Board to re- so'rod their action of October 9, 1990 approving a resolution withholding a certain parcel of tax forfeited prop- erty in Mt. Lake from public auc- tion. The E.D.A. would like to perehase this parcel as they have a buyer. The County had previously decided to retain this parcel because it is adjacent to the County Highway Shop in Mt. Lake. After discussion, there was a motion by Jungas, se- cond by Nelsen, unanimous vote to rescind the action of the Board on October 9, 1990 passing said resolu- tiov~ Then there was a motion by Jungas, second by Einertson, unani- mOLlS vote to approve the sale of 150 ft. x 200 ft. parcel, parcel 22-034- 1401, to the Mt. Lake E.D.A. for the appraised value. Marlin Larson returned to the Board meeting to discuss tipping fees at the landfill. Larson handed out proposed budgets for the recy- cling program and landfill operation. He explained projected revenue and expenses for each. It appears that the recycling program will be self sup- porting. The landfill, however, will have a large deficit. After much discussion and upon the recommen- dation of Larson, there was a motion by Jtmgas, second by Einertson, unanimous vote to increase the tip- ping fees at the landfill for commer- cial haulers to $50 per ton effective March 1, 1991. Commissioner Nelsen stated that he felt the Board should meet with the Windom City Council after the first of the year to again recommend mandatory garbage collection in the city. Virgil King, local garbage col- lector, informed the Board that the City of Sanborn will be recycling in Redwood County rather than Cot- tonwood County. Motion by Jungas, second by Nelson, unanimous vote to approve the Warrant List in the following total amounts: County Revenue Fund $73'257.55 Road and Bridge Fund 86,321.20 Law Library Fund 228.75 Courthouse Remodeling 684.41 Ditch Fund 1,061.75 Deputy Auditor Diane Harder went over 1991 Ditch Assessments qo be collected. She handed out a list of all Judicial and County ditches in the county. The Board went through and set the 1991 levy percentage that will be assessed for each ditch. Motion by Jungas, second by Mad- son, unanimous vote to set the 1991 Ditch Assessments as per the list. A pro-construction meeting was held with representatives of Bal- dridge Architects, Buhler Construe- tion Company, Fulda Electric, and Klassen Plumbing Company. These are the contractors who will be doing the courthouse remodeling and elevator installation. Many items were discussed. This renova- tion project started on November 12 and must be completed by March 15, 1991. Motion by Madson, second by Nelsen, unanimous vote to approve payment of the bill to Pizza Barn of Windom for todays lunch in the amount of $28.58. Storey reported on responses she received from surrounding counties regarding their annual allocation to their county's Historical Society. No action was taken regarding the Cot- tonwood County Historical Socie- ty's request for 1991. Motion by Jungas, second by Madson, unanimous vote to approve payment of an Associatiot~ of Min- nesota Counties Countywide Cost Allocation Plan payment in the amount of $4,200. Motion by Jungas, second by Nelson, unanimous vote to recess this meeting until Monday, Novem- ber 13 at 9:00 a.m. at the Family Service Agency building for the sole purpose of meeting with County Attorney Elect L. Douglas Storey at 9:00 a.m. and with present County Attorney Daniel McDonald at 10:30 a.m. to initiate a smooth transition of the County Attorney's office. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION Cottonwood Coumy, MN November 20, 1990 The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on November 20, 1990 at the Courthouse in grmdom, MN. Pre- sent were Commifiumers Kameth Fig, Marlowe Nehum, Keith Mad- son, Marvin Einenum and Frank C. Jungas; County Auditor W.R. Mielke; County Attorney Daniel McDonald; and Commiasioners' Se- cretary Joy Storey. Chairman EIg called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Mike Stone, Dan Wallaby and Bob Liesenfeld, representing the Big Bend Snowriders Club, were present to request the Board's ap- proval to make changes in two snowmobile trails in the county. The club is required to have a permit to run trails along county roads. Stone will draft an addendum for the Board's approval including the changes in these two trails. Stone asked the Board ff the $2,500 the county gave the club in 1990 was a loan or a grant. The Board indicated it was a grant. SUme thanked the Board and then indicat- ed that in the future the club would like to repay those amonn . was satisfactory with the Board. Stone stated that in the future the club would request being advised if the county is bein8 asked to pay anything on their behal The club nee to know this for bookkeeping purposes end also for good commu- nication. David Thompson, Planning and Zoning Director, recommended to the Board that they approve the Howard Boeck plat. Motion by Nel- son, second by Jungas, unanimous vote to accept the recommendation and approve the plat. Thompson informed the Board that tlo has collected the additional $875 needed to pay for a feasibility study on Cottonwood Lake Annexa- tion. Twenty property owners each gave $30 and Nuby Agr/-Systems, I Kai~r-Estec~, and Viaiou "Energy thanking the county for their support split the remainder. Sioux Engineer- of the County Historical Society. ing will now be instructed to con- The Kiwanis Club meets weekly at duet the study. Carl Trotter, Cotton- the Historical building. wood Lake residents, thanked the Mielke was instructed to look Board for their assistance in getting back at recors for the past 10 years this project initiated, to see what the county has paid Motion by Madmn, second by Nelson, unanimous roll call vote to approve Resolution 11-20-90-TASK which states that the Cottonwood County Board agrees with the disso- lutiou of the Southwest Recycling Task Force effective December 31, 1990. Motion by Einemon, second by Jungas, unanimous roll call vote to recommend to the Southwest Re- gional Developmem Commission Board of Directors the establishment of a nine eonnty Solid Waste Man- agenmm Task Force comiating of the Solid Warte Officer and one County Conmaiuioner from each of thme nine counties. Sheriff Ward met with tbe Board regardin8 the new jail project. Sher- iff Ward and some Board members have received ~ from the public stating they felt the location of the new jail should be changed. After very little discussion, it was decided that the public voted ou the jail project based on information stating that the jail would be built adjacent to the existing jail and because of that, the location would not be changed. Sheriff Ward ~ed a ques- tion about where the fil that is removed when digging begins will be hauled and whether the county truel~ could be utilized for this hauling to cut down on expenses. Several locations were discussed and if the county trucks are avail- ablej~ be utilized, will contact the City of Windom after the first of the year, when the new City Coux~il mere- ben are in place, to draft a concrete rental agreement for the Windom Police Department offices. Sheriff Ward received a request from the City of Weatbrook to install two satellite dishes on thz radio tower for purpou= of x .eiving a TV signal. They may also need some space in the radio building to install their equipment. The Board gave approval and Ward is to work out an arrangement with the City for mini- real rent. Auditor Mielke read a letter from the Windom Kiwanis Club toward~the Historical Society. This is bein~ done before the Board makes a decision on the Historical Society's 1991 budget request. Mielke was instructed to get quotes from several financial con- suiting companies on handling the bonds for the new jail project. A telephone call was received from Michael Kirchmeier of Slayton accepting the position of Solid Wasge Officer/Recycling Coordin- ator at an annual salary of $24,000. He will begin his duties part-time mid-December and full-time on Jan- uary 1, 1991. His office will be at the Highway Department building. Motion by Madson, second by Einertson, unanimous vote to pay the last half Southwest Recycling Task Force allocation to Murray County in the sum of $3,254. Marlin Larson, County Engi- neer, informed the Board that there has been considerable damage to C.R. 13 as a result of it being used as a detour route for Highway 60. He has contacted the Minnesota Depart- merit of Transportation and they indicated they will come look at the road and give their assessment. Lar- son feels the damage is in excess of what the county received as rent for the use of this road. Larson reported that the curb- side pick-up of recyclables went well in Westbrook, Storden and Jeffers. Larson and the Board set up a schedule for pick up of recyclables in all other communities. The sched- ule will be published in the county newspapers. There will be every- other-week pick up in all areas. Township residents will be able to start dropping off their recyclables at the dumpsites starting November 26. Anyone who has not yet picked up their green container may do so at the County Highway Shop in Win- tom. A $5 deposit is required. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. s/Kenneth Elg Chairman s/Joy Storey Recording Sec. ATFEST: s/W. R. Mielke County Auditor In Minnesotans license and title their vehicles, but only license (register) their boats. They don't have the proof of boat ownership that tiding provides. Without that proof, recovery of stolen boats (especially those taken out of state), boat loans and boat sales are all more difficult. That will change Jan. 1, 1991, when Minnesota joms the majority of states that require rifling of most SENTINEL & TRIBUNE Walnut Grove - Westbrook, MN - Wednesday, watercraft. The Minnesota Legislature, for a variety of reasons, created the law requiring titling most watercraft over 16 feet in length. A title provides proof of ownership, which becomes very important when buying or selling a boat, and it protects businesses that make boat loans. Tiding also aids identification and recovery of stolen watercraft, especially those taken out of state, which can be identified through a national boat title registration system. In short, boat titling provides the same benefits as car titling. Titling will be phased in for those watercraft that must be rifled. Beginning Jan. 1, new boats will have to be titled and registered Oicensed) at the time of purchase. (Boat dealers, like auto dealers, will handle titling of new watercraft.) Existing boats will be titled as their three-year registrations come due for renewal. Therefore, in three years all existing watercraft requiring a rifle will he tiffed. People whose boats are due for registration renewal will receive notice of titling requirements at the same time. Watercraft owners may tide their watercraft before registration renewal time is desired, but that is not necessary. The one-time cost of tiding a watercraft is $15. When boats are sold, new owners must pay a $10 title transfer fee. Duplicates for lost or damaged titles will be $4. A $3.25 filing fee is added for titling transactions. Fees from tiding will be used to offset the cost of the rifling program. Not all watercraft will need to be tided. Boats meeting any one of the below descriptions need not to be titled. The boat: *is registered in another state and never used in Minnesota for more than 90 days at a time; *was manufactured before Aug. 1, 1979; *is 16 feet or less in length; *is a rowboat with oct locks and has an outboard motor rating of less than 40 horsepower, *is a canoe, kayak, ship's lifeboat or seaplane; subdivision 8) that the Minnesota Health; *is a do, official by the Boat titling description of a including make, length, huh number (for an outdrive), and hull number. Titling may be deputy registrars vehicle licenses are DNR License Lafayette Road, 55155-4026. the tiding available at Minnesotans give state as Christmas gifts this year Camping in the color hike. Cross along informative rofessional olksmarches and And a full-color help plan for Minnesotans can Christmas this year, only $21, including handling. The Minnesota Natural Resources special holiday state park vehicle $16) and a 1991 (worth $6.95 includes a state park The 1991 state a large, four-color featm of Minnesota's highlights many of festivals and even special activities state parks in 1991. The 1991 state permit, which is allows entrance *is owned by a manufaclnret or dealer and is hem for sale;parks for the *is used by a manufacturer for and all of 1991. For more infi testing purposes only;, state parks penni *is a duck boat used only in season for duck hunting;, Natm~ Store mere *is a rice boat used only in write to Minnesota season for wild rice harvesting;. 500 Lafayette Road, *is owned by a resort (as defined 55155-4039. People in section 157.01, subdivision 1) or (612)296-9223 in tm recreational camping area (as area, or call tell free defined in section 327.14, 1-800-652-9747 The "country mailbox" during this time of year it becomes a hofi- day symbol, Because through it, holiday greetings are shared among dis-- tant family melnbers and friends. It's a connection that spans years as well as miles and brings to mind the many special feelings of the holidays. While traveling about the countryside, you may notice many farm mailboxes decorated with holiday wreaths. These wreaths "were delivered by FCS to farmers to "thank you" for their contributions in feeding the world. Farm Credit Services wishes you health and happiness and hopes the wreaths will brighten your holiday season. Farm Credit Services of Minnesota Valley "Deep roots, good people, and e will to some." W'dlmar Madison Marshall 612'235-1771 612-598-7505 507-532-9638 Litchfield Montevideo Olivia Redwood Falls 612-693- 7953 612-269- 7226 612-523-1216 507-637-8721