PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN

Members Present: Jack Miller, Justin Zmyewski, Teresa Walter and Tom Bjerke

Presiding: Jack Miller, Chairperson

Call to order.

Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2012, meeting.

Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Bjerke and unanimously carried to approve payment of the following claims:

County Revenue Fund $100,867.08

Road & Bridge Fund 527,230.15

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Total $628,097.23

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Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Bjerke and unanimously carried to approve License Center and Human Services disbursements.

Environmental Services Director Frank stated that the Board elected to have a third party review the EAW submitted for the Erickson Quarry. Motion was made by Commissioner Bjerke, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve the hire of SEH to perform the third party review of the Erickson Quarry EAW.

At this time Engineer Pogodzinski reported on the following bids received until 1:00 p.m. on November 14, 2012 for S.A.P. 28-996-06: Minnowa Construction, Inc. of Harmony, MN 55939 with $441,160.86; and Taylor Construction, Inc. of New Vienna, IA 52065 at $621,827.00.

Motion was made by Commissioner Bjerke, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to accept the low bid of Minnowa Construction, Inc. in the amount of $441,160.86.

HR Director Arrick-Kruger recommended the Board accept the resignation of social worker Kelly Smith. Motion was made by Commissioner Bjerke, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to accept the resignation of Kelly Smith effective December 7, 2012.

HR Director Arrick-Kruger recommended the approval of a status change for Tammy Petersen from probationary to regular effective November 29, 2012. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve said status change for Tammy Petersen.

Chairperson Miller reported on Outdoor Recreational Alliance meeting, which he recently attended. The Alliance seeks to promote non-motorized activity within the Coulee Region area. The Alliance would like those who support their ideas to sign a compact. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve the compact, subject to the approval of County Attorney Hammell.

The time being 9:30 a.m., motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Bjerke and unanimously carried to convene the Public Hearing to consider proposed new fees.

Treasurer Trehus has proposed a revenue recapture fee in the amount of $30.00. Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to approve the proposed new fee.

Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Walter and unanimously carried to close the public hearing and to reconvene in open session.

At this time County Attorney Hammell requested a closed session be convened to discuss threatened litigation. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to convene in closed session.

Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to reconvene in open session.

Commissioner Zmyewski reported on the frac sand study committee meeting which he attended. He indicated that one area of great concern is ground water. Motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Bjerke and unanimously carried to direct the study committee develop the ordinance to disallow the use of water for processing, prohibit the use of chemicals and mining to the depth of the water table.

There being no further business and the time being 10:11 a.m., motion was made by Commissioner Bjerke, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA

By: Jack Miller, Chairperson

Attest: Charlene Meiners,

County Auditor

THE ABOVE PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS IS ONLY A SUMMARY. THE FULL TEXT IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE HOUSTON COUNTY AUDITOR'S OFFICE AS WELL AS ON THE HOUSTON COUNTY WEBSITE LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS: http://www.houstoncounty.govoffice2.com/.