Fillmore County's commissioners heard from Sheila Craig about Greenleafton's wastewater facility project during its Tuesday, July 8, meeting.

As the community wastewater facilitator, Craig brought forward a request for a public hearing to adopt an ordinance to address wastewater treatment facilities for the Greenleafton subordinate service.

The public hearing was set for Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. in the county boardroom at the courthouse.

Craig asked the commissioners whether they felt property owners in Greenleafton who choose not to participate in the project or portions of it should be notified that participation now is less expensive than if they were to wait.

"This project has funding that pays to the wall of the house - that's a really good deal, because most hookups only pay to the street," she explained. "That's what these people are opting not to do."

The commissioners felt the property owners should at least be notified by letter as a means to verify that they were informed.

Highway department

Fillmore County highway engineer Ronald Gregg asked the commissioners to allow him to purchase snowplow equipment for tandem trucks the county recently bought and a laptop for use by traffic sign technician Jeff Dyreson.

The plow equipment was approved at a cost of $186,946 plus tax. Commissioner Randy Dahl inquired, "Will it be getting here in time for snow?"

Highway foreman Brent Kohn answered that he thought that it should arrive by late October or early November.

The rugged laptop for Dyreson's use will be bought for $2,126.88 and funds will be taken out of the highway department's sign budget since Dyreson uses the computer for sign placements.

Tax forfeitures

Auditor and treasurer Shirl Boelter shared with the board the notice to cities for the 2014 proposed Fillmore County list of tax-forfeited land for public sale. She pointed out the prospective bidders will know what the amount of special assessments against the properties will be at the time of the sale so there are no surprises later.

Boelter noted she hoped to set the date for the sale at the July 22 board meeting and that a townhouse development in Spring Valley has to be sold as one property since it has a private street and no lot lines platted.

The commissioners changed the minimum bid amount for a property at 102 N. Silver St. in Wykoff from $1,000 to $500, as Boelter related the county has owned that property since 2000 and had received no bids on it.

Budgeting

In administrative items, the board considered approval of the budget timeline for the 2015 budgeting process.

Chairman Duane Bakke expressed his concerns regarding the county's reserve funds. "At the end of 2013, we needed to build our reserves, and we haven't had that before. It's a tough decision to make," he said.

Commissioner Tom Kaase suggested that the board receive more than quarterly revenue and expenditure reports.

Bakke stated, "I think the board needs to take a hard look at the comp and overtime use - certain employees shouldn't be getting any (of either) - and some of our benefits should change. In comparison to other counties, we're most generous...our insurance reimbursements are pretty generous, too. 2013 and 2014 are over with, but we can help in the long term if we're (careful) in 2015."

Other business

Human Resources officer Kristina Kohn requested approval of the county's updated definitions policy and also of the updated scope, adoption and administration policy, which the commissioners did.

The board heard a proclamation from Alex Bunger, support services unit supervisor of Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Community Corrections, acknowledging the work of the county's corrections workers. The commissioners signed the proclamation, which will be hung in the county corrections offices.

The consent agenda included approving payment of the third quarter invoice of $9,169 to Community and Economic Development Associates for economic development staffing services.

The commissioners gave permission for a systems administrator to attend an overnight conference at a cost of $83 per night.

Finally, the dispatchers at the sheriff's department will be more comfortable in a new chair meant for that purpose, as the commissioners granted permission for the department to spend $769.21 from 911 funds on a new, ergonomically-correct chair. It was noted that dispatchers could sit for up to 12 hours at a time while answering emergency calls.