PROCEEDINGS OF THE MURRAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MURRAY COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER - SLAYTON, MINNESOTA
JUNE 11, 1996 - 9:10 A.M.
Pursuant to notice given, the Murray County Board of Commissioners met in regular session and as a Ditch Committee with all members present. Also present was Paul Malone, County Attorney.
A motion was made by Berneva Johnson, seconded by William J. Sauer, with all members of the Board voting their approval to accept the agenda.
A motion was made by Lennen Nelson, seconded by Gaylen Jensen, with all members of the Board voting their approval of the following Ditch Report of the Ditch Committee who inspected or caused inspection of the following County and Judicial Drainage Ditches lying within the County of Murray for the purpose of determining what repairs, if any, are necessary to enable said ditches to answer their purposes, the extent and nature of such repairs, and an estimated cost thereof, reports as follows:
County #11 $ 272.40 Judicial # 5 $ 398.08
20 3,535.40 5 194.64
20 798.60 10 328.25
20 1,993.40 10 101.00
20 459.00 10 1,929.40
24 2,315.00 13 350.90
35 172.00 14 888.10
42 235.27 14 458.95
42 304.10 17 402.70
42 223.31 26 783.59
The County Auditor/Treasurer presented petitions for ditch repair service by persons interested in County Ditch #30, 42, 43A, 65 and Judicial Ditch #2, 5, 10 (3), 13, 17, 24, and 26. A motion was duly made, seconded and carried that the committee heretofore appointed in and for the County of Murray, be and they are hereby instructed to examine and inspect that portion of the foregoing described County and Judicial Drainage Systems, lying within the County of Murray, for the purpose of determining what repairs, if any, are needed to prepare a cost estimate thereof and report thereon to the Board at the Special Ditch Committee meeting to be held with all members of the Murray County Board of Commissioners, in the Commissioners Room in the City of Slayton, on July 9, 1996 at 9:00 A.M.
Don Gass met with the Board to review ditch repair petitions which are pending, from a list compiled by the Auditor/Treasurer. Some of the petitions were found to have been finished but have not had a bill turned in. For some petitions the fields were too wet to get at to repair the tile.
Ansel Doll, Pioneer Public TV, appeared briefly before the Board for a scheduled 10:30 A.M. bid opening for a UHF Channel 20 Transmitter Technical Building and Equipment. The Auditor/Treasurer informed Mr. Doll that no bids were received by the June 10, 1996 4:00 P.M. deadline.
Louise Gervais and David Hansen, End-O-Line Railroad Park, met with the Board. Louise presented a quote from Ron Lintner Paint and Repair to paint the new bathrooms and the Engine House addition. Garry Dierks will be submitting a quote on the job also. Louise presented the Park report for May showing income of $1,232.84 for the month. 23 school tours and 3 other tours were given for the month.
The insurance on the Hilfers Train will be due in July. Louise will work with Gaylen Jensen to find a cheaper insurance. Louise requested approval to fix windows on the picnic shelter at an estimated cost of $600.00. A motion was made by Lennen Nelson, seconded by Berneva Johnson, with all members of the Board voting their approval to grant the request.
A motion was made by Berneva Johnson, seconded by Gaylen Jensen, with all members of the Board voting their approval to set the wage for David Hansen at $6.00 per hour for 1996, retroactive to May 1, 1996.
The Board discussed a Grand Opening for the new bike path and the improvements at the Park. A date will be set upon completion of the bike path. Plans will begin to be made for the end of July in conjunction with the Currie Dam dedication, with hopes that the Mayor of Des Moines, IA be a featured speaker because of the Des Moines River headwaters.
Bob Finley and Diane Mitchell, Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) met with the Board to report on the projects currently being undertaken by RCRCA. Phase I of the Cottonwood River Clean Water Partnership Grant of $215,000 will begin as early as late 1996. A $50,000 local cash match, plus in-kind expenditures, is required by the Grant. Murray County land makes up 7% of the Cottonwood Watershed, so RCRCA is requesting $3,500 of Murray County. This will be in addition to the $2,673 which is appropriated annually for general operating expenses of RCRCA. A motion was made by William J. Sauer, seconded by Lennen Nelson, with all members of the Board voting their approval to obligate Murray County for $1,750 each year for two (2) years to RCRCA to be worked into the budget for 1997 and 1998.
Don Gass appeared before the Board, along with Ron Ringquist, Sioux Engineering, to request a contract extension for the contractor on County Ditch #29, R & G Construction. The Board will not extend the contract at this time, but will consider a request to forgive any penalty at the time of the Final Hearing on County Ditch #29, after the project is completed.
The Chairman recessed the regular meeting at 11:00 A.M. to conduct a Public Hearing on County Ditch #34.
Pursuant to notice given and requirements under Minnesota Statute 103E.325, the Murray County Board of Commissioners, as the Drainage Authority for Murray County Ditch No. 34, met in special session on June 11, 1996 with all members present. Also present were Paul Malone, County Attorney; Leland Bush, Petitioners Attorney; Ron Ringquist and Chuck Gronberg, Professional Engineer, Sioux Engineering; Tom McCormick and Duane Jans, Ditch Viewers; and 20 interested persons.
The Chairman opened the Public Hearing to consider the Engineerâs Final Report on the Improvement of County Ditch #34.
Ron Ringquist explained that the Engineer is proposing three (3) options to reduce the cost of the project. A total of $50,000 to $70,000 can be realized with a combination of the options. The Engineer is unable to make an estimated cost of the project until one or more of the options are decided on. Ron did explain that bid specifications can call for different options of either an open ditch or tile.
One individual stated that no one from Sioux Engineering had spoken with him to ask his opinion as to where the open ditch should cross his land.
Duane Jans explained the methods that are used by the Viewers in determining benefits and damages in the Viewers Report. Many questions were raised and much discussion resulted from the Viewers Report. Ron Ringquist invited anyone that is dissatisfied with the Viewers Report to meet with the Viewers after the Hearing.
Leland Bush, after consultation with the petitioners and the Auditor/Treasurer, requested a continuation of the Final Hearing for a date and time certain. All property owners and the Ditch Viewers will be notified of the Continuation Hearing. The Chairman recessed the Public Hearing at 12:44 P.M. to be reconvened Friday, June 28, 1996 at 9:00 A.M.
The Chairman reconvened the regular meeting at 1:34 P.M.
Carla Goedtke, Murray County News, appeared before the Board to ask if the County wanted to once again place its 911â ad in the 1996 Murray County Fair Premium List for $189.00. A motion was made by William J. Sauer, seconded by Berneva Johnson, with all members of the Board voting their approval to place the ad in the 1996 Premium List.
A motion was made by Gaylen Jensen, seconded by Berneva Johnson, with all members of the Board voting their approval to transfer $3,990.80 to reimburse the County Parks Fund from County Revenue for the cement work at Lake Sarah (West) Park shelter.
Jerry Bobeldyk, Hospital Administrator, and Tom Horty, Horty, Elving and Associates, Inc., met with the Board about the proposed Congregate Care Unit to be attached to Murray County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Horty displayed a revised plan reflecting some of the changes that have been suggested. Mr. Horty also gave the Board some target dates for the final specifications, bid letting, construction start date and completion date. He presented a Standard Form of Agreement and Land Survey Agreement for approval and signatures. A motion was made by Berneva Johnson, seconded by Gaylen Jensen, with all members of the Board voting their approval to proceed with the project and authorizing the Chairman to sign the Agreements with Horty, Elving and Associates, Inc., subject to review by Paul Malone, County Attorney.
Presentation Systems (McKennan Health Systems) and Health Care Today, Inc. have requested time to get acquainted with the Board and will meet on June 25, 1996 at 3:30 P.M. The meeting will be at the Commissioners Room in the Murray County Government Center.
Mike Gillette, City of Slayton, came before the Board to ask if the County would be willing to allow a Permit by Rule to Rupp Construction to operate its own demolition debris site so the City can dispose of some buildings. By allowing the site, the City could remove its buildings at a cost of $9,950, without the site, $17,646; the difference going to the County for its demo landfill charges.
Robert Koehler, Extension Educator, met with the Board to request action to keep the Internet connection in Murray County. The current grant runs out on June 30. The cost to continue the connection over a dedicated telephone line is $660.00 per month over M-Net. The University of Minnesotaâs U.S. West public access is $407.00 per month. The last alternative is a dial upâ access which is less than ideal for a business. The Minnesota Extension Service will underwrite the cost until December 31, 1996, leaving a cost to Murray County of $212.00 per month for the public access. A motion was made by Lennen Nelson, seconded by Berneva Johnson, with all members of the Board voting their approval to grant a 6-month extension for an Internet connection over the University of Minnesotaâs public access.
A motion was made by Lennen Nelson, seconded by Gaylen Jensen, with all members of the Board voting their approval to abate the Solid Waste Assessment for Gerrit Van Dam, Parcel #03-030-003-0 for 1996 in the amount of $16.00.
The Auditor/Treasurer requested that the Board consider canceling $170.10 of Real Estate Taxes, plus penalty, interest and costs on Parcel #15-001-049-0 in the name of Dorothy Markwardt, et al (2). The owner claims that the parcel is completely under water and was located on the west side of Keeley island in Mason Township. The Board took no action on the cancellation with the feeling that when it is forfeited for nonpayment of back taxes, the State can take over ownership of the parcel.
The Auditor/Treasurer will set up appointments for Department Heads to meet with the Board, regarding 1997 budgets, beginning June 28, 1996 at 1:00 P.M.
Claris Nord and Carla Goedtke met with the Board to inform them of the Murray County Relay for Life, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. They asked the Board to help with selling Lights of Lifeâ luminaries for a $5.00 minimum donation, and to volunteer to walk/run for an hour for their team during the Relay from 8:00 P.M. August 10 until 8:00 A.M. August 11. The event will be held at the Murray County Fairgrounds.
A motion was made by Lennen Nelson, seconded by Berneva Johnson, with all members of the Board voting their approval to approve a payment to Ryan West for work done on a petition to repair County Ditch #24 in the amount of $2,315.00.
There being no further business appearing at this regular session of the Board, a motion was duly made, seconded and carried to adjourn the meeting at 3:13 P.M.
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