STEVENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Official Proceedings
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:00 a.m.
The regular meeting of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners was called to order at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2019, by Chair Jeanne Ennen. Members in attendance were: Wiese, Ennen, Kopitzke, Wohlers, and Staples.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Commissioner Staples moved to approve the Agenda. Commissioner Wohlers seconded the motion and all members voted aye, motion carried.
Commissioner Wohlers moved to approve corrected minutes of 6/04/2019, regular meeting. Commissioner Staples seconded the motion and all members voting aye.
The Chair opened the meeting for public comment.
Having none, Tom Suppes Risk Management from MCIT gave an annual report and an update for Stevens County.
Human Service Director, Liberty Sleiter presented the list of warrants for approval. Human Service warrants were approved in the amount of $142,510.81 on a motion by Kopitzke, second by Wiese and all members voting aye, motion carried.
Stephanie Buss Auditor/Treasurer presented the Auditor's Warrants for the 6/05/19 and 6/12/19 time periods for review.
Buss presented Commissioner Warrants for review.
Staples moved to approve the Commissioner Warrants in the following amounts:
Road & Bridge$21,825.82
Warrants $2000 or more:
Bobcat of Morris Inc$2,579.94
Counties Providing Technology$6,122.40
Douglas County Jail$2,998.63
Engebretson & Sons Disposal Service$14,461.73
Hormann Works LLC$23,966.00
Kris Engineering Inc$2,256.00
Morris Electronics Inc$8,816.97
Stevens County Highway Dept$6,432.08
Traverse County Sheriff$5,016.00
Tri County Co-op$4,415.61
West Central Regional Juvenile Center$2,715.00
Yellow Medicine County Jail$2,392.85
Payments for less than $2000$23,345.91
Wohlers seconded the motion, all members voted aye, motion carried.
Buss requested for a loan down payment on CD18. Motion to make a loan payment of $35,000 from CD18 to CD30. Wiese seconded, all members voted aye, motion carried.
Buss requested a loan increase for CD25. Commissioner Staples motioned to approve a loan from CD30 to CD25 in the amount of $25,000. Commissioner Wiese seconded, all members voted aye, motion carried.
Buss presented information on Dripps Abatement.
Melanie Fohl, Stevens County HRA Director, was present to share some statistics for housing specific to our county. The graphic she handed out was very interesting. Stevens County is ranked #1 in the state for the most cost burdened housing market. Meaning that the percentage of income needed to cover rent/mortgage on average is well above the accepted rule of 30%. She spoke to some of the factors that play into this, however, the bigger concern is that housing instability often morphs into other problems for youth, families, and seniors. Fohl discussed a study the HRA will be doing specifically on Senior population and the population of work commuters. For folks that commute into the county for work, HRA is looking to drill down into factors why workforce chooses to commute and not relocate. They are also trying to determine if it is housing shortage causing this or a variety of different reasons. Right now, the city of Morris has a high rental vacancy and HRA is monitoring to see how the market reacts.
County Coordinator, Rebecca Young presented on behalf of the solid waste committee, an update on the recycling program. Committee discussed the solid waste assessment for 2019 to fund the recycling program.
Blair Mace US Fish and Wildlife of Fergus Falls, brought to the Board a land acquisition easement for certification. Mace gave an overview on the acquisition, which is located in T126N R42W, Section 21, and is referred to as the "Meyer" easement. Easement will be perpetual; current land use is grazing; grazing can continue after easement, and parcel will maintain the existing tax rate.
Commissioner Kopitzke moved to certify the Habitat Easement for the "Meyer" property. Wiese seconded the motion. Commissioners Kopitzke, Wiese, Wohlers, and Ennen, voting aye, Commissioner Staples voting no, the motion carried.
Chair Ennen called public hearing to order at 10:00 a.m. for T21. Summer Anderson, Becka Holland, and Kayla Hawkinson gave their personal testimony in support for T21. Chair Ennen thanked them for their support for T21 ordinance. Chair closed hearing at 10:05 a.m.
Rebecca Young County Coordinator gave an interview summary on the Planning Commission vacancy. Commissioner Staples motioned to appoint Tom Lesmeister to the Planning Commission for a five-year term. Wohlers seconded, all members voting aye, motion carried.
Commissioner Kopitzke motion to approve copier lease for HR/Coordinator/Environmental Services from Loffler for five years. Wiese seconded, all members voting aye, motion carried.
Young presented the Morris Strategic Plan for discussion.
Young presented the Franchise agreement for approval. Commissioner Kopitzke motioned to approve Franchise Agreement with RDF Stevens/Amp America. Staples seconded all members voting aye, motion carried.
Young presented the ROW application for discussion.
Commissioners were provided an opportunity to update on assigned committee activities.
Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:02 a.m. on a motion by Staples, second by Wohlers and all members voting aye.
Rebecca Young, County CoordinatorJeanne Ennen, Chair