Rock County Commissioners meet Sept. 5
Herreid Board Room 9:00 A.M.
Rock County Courthouse Sept. 5, 2023
The meeting was called to order by Chair Thompson with all Commissioners
present. Also in attendance were County Administrator Kyle Oldre, Deputy
Administrator Susan Skattum, County Attorney Jeff Haubrich and Star Herald
Reporter Mavis Fodness.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance.
Motion by Williamson, seconded by Reisch, to approve the September 05,
2023, County Board agenda, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Burger, to approve the August 22, 2023,
County Board minutes, declared carried on a voice vote.
Mark Sehr, Engineer, requested approval to purchase (2) roll off containers to be utilized at the Transfer Station replacing (2) existing roll off containers. The total cost for the roll off containers is $42,000 and the old containers will be used for dry storage if possible and/or be declared as surplus and will be sold. Motion by Reisch, seconded by Overgaard, to approve the purchase, declared carried on a voice vote.
Motion by Burger, seconded by Williamson, to authorize the Engineer to bid let SAP 067-030-016, the county wide crack saw and seal project with a bid opening date of October 2, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., declared carried on a voice vote.
The Engineer presented information regarding approval of a final contract payment to Duininck, Inc for $138,980.48 for a number of mill/bituminous overlay projects on CSAH 5 and CSAH 6. The original contract amount was $4,894,556.04 with the final contract at $2,752,059.62, the project scope was changed from a stabilized full depth reclamation/bituminous project to mill/bituminous overlay
project due to funding limitations. Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Burger, to approve the final payment of $138,980.48 to Duininck, Inc., declared carried on a voice
The Engineer informed the County Board that weed spraying in county road right of ways will begin as the bean harvest gets underway and that he is considering the purchase of (3) pup trailers for the department; presented as information only.
Ashley Kurtz, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims; motion by Burger, seconded by Reisch, to approve, declared carried on a voice vote. A complete listing of the claims is available upon request at the Auditor/Treasurer's office.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 CLAIMS OVER $2,000
ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE INC $6,131.01
FLEET SERVICES DIVISION-ADMIN FMR 6,491.45
MORRIS ELECTRONICS 25,115.17
NOBLES COUNTY AUDITOR-TREASURER 9,150.00
PEARSON BROTHERS INC. 50,398.36
RETROFIT COMPANIES, INC 11,535.80
ROCK COUNTY AUDITOR-TREASURER 3,821.26
SHORT-ELLIOTT-HENDRICKSON, INC 7,297.28
TRUENORTH STEEL 14,994.90
VIKING ELECTRIC LLC 3,718.88
57 PAYMENTS LESS THAN $2,000 17,312.79
The County Board was in receipt of the Fund Balance report. Kurtz stated
that ARPA funds have been distributed to Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water and Rock County Rural Water; Administrator Oldre added that ARPA funds given to Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water will be used for system improvements
within Rock County only. Motion by Overgaard, seconded by Williamson,to approve
the Fund Balance report, declared carried on a voice vote.
The County Board was in receipt of a 2024 Budget Summary which
provided an estimate of funds needed to levy; no action was taken and the
Preliminary Budget will need to set at the next meeting.
The County Board was in receipt of a request from the City of Luverne to
participate in a Tax Abatement for the proposed Day Care facility; action was
tabled until the next meeting.
Motion by Reisch, seconded by Thompson to accept a donation/gift of $550,000 from the KAHR Foundation to repair costs to the Kahler Terrace and Tunnel annex of the Rock County Courthouse, declared carried on a voice vote.
The County Board was informed of a resignation from Kelsey Maeschen,
4H Youth Development/Extension Educator; the University of Minnesota
Extension will fill the vacant position.
The Administrator updated in the County Board on other activities:
•Bio business venture is on hold due to industry changes
•Attended a Housing Preservation seminar
•Working with select Department Heads on budgets
•Working Emergency Management compliance
Deputy Administrator Skattum informed that County Board of a number
of resignations due to retirement and/or other reasons, job announcements
and new employment orientations and the LIVE Wellness program; briefly
discussed new leave policies enacted at the 2023 legislative session.
Commissioner Reisch stated that he attended the following
meetings/events: City/County Liaison.
Commissioner Williamson stated that he attended the following meetings/events: Lineage Open House event, meeting with a resident regarding Cannabis licensing.
Commissioner Overgaard stated that he attended the following meetings/events: Lineage Open House event, city/county Liaison, and AMC Regional Extension.
Commissioner Burger stated that he attended the following meetings/events:
Southwest Health & Human Services union negotiations.
Commissioner Thompson stated that she attended the following
meetings/events: no meetings to report.
With no further business to come before the County Board, the meeting was
declared adjourn by order of the Chair, declared carried on a voice vote.