Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.

Place: Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Caledonia, MN

Members Present: Jack Miller, Justin Zmyewski, Steve Schuldt, 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 October 2, 2012, meeting.

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

County Revenue Fund $109,684.67

Road & Bridge Fund 180,457.05

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Total $290,141.72

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

County Attorney Hammell stated that recently Assistant County Attorney Ashmore met with the Board to request a budget amendment in the amount of $1,250.00 to fund having a psychological assessment performed on an inmate. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to authorize the referral and to appropriate the funds necessary to cover the $1,250.00 expense which exceed the $700.00 of HCAO funds.

County Attorney Hammell stated that during a recent meeting it appeared to be the consensus of the Board to provide funding to continue the Victim Witness Program through the end of the calendar year, however, no official action was taken. Motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Bjerke and unanimously carried to fund the Victims Witness Program through the end of the year.

HR Director Arrick-Kruger reported on a phased retirement request made by Mary Thompson. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to approve phased retirement for Mary Thompson and to approve her position at 0.2 FTE for 2013. HR Director Arrick-Kruger will begin the process of drafting the necessary agreement.

On the recommendation of the Planning Commission, motion was made by Commissioner Bjerke, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and carried to approve the issuance of the following Conditional Use Permit:

Joel Serres and Kathy Hafner - Brownsville Township - Build a house on less than 40 acres in an agricultural district.

On the recommendation of the Planning Commission, motion was made by Commissioner Bjerke, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and carried to approve the issuance of the following Conditional Use Permit:

Larry Hanson - Yucatan Township - Re-zone from Ag Protection District to Residential.

On the recommendation of the Planning Commission, motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Walter and unanimously carried to approve the issuance of the following Zoning Permits:

Bruce Dunbar - Yucatan Township - Build house (24' x 24');

William Gade - Caledonia Township - Build garage (30' x 48');

Victor and Annette Christian - Brownsville Township - Build house (32' x 50'), garage (28' x 28') and pole shed (30' x 54');

Robert Wiemerslage - Wilmington Township - Build grain bin (6,000 bushels);

Tim Von Arx - Union Township - Build machine shed (60' x 104');

Thomas Johnson - Houston Township - Build pole building (26' x 27'), granary addition (24' x 30') and shop addition (6'8" x 40');

Kent Knutson - Brownsville Township - Build house (38' x 62'), garage (24' x 25.5') and deck (12' x 20');

Jim Scanlan - Mayville Township - Build roof on lean-to (12' x 48');

Steve Klinski - Mayville Township - Replace pole shed destroyed by fire in same location (50' x 72');

Mike and Nancy Gulbranson - Spring Grove Township - Build additions (15' x 17') and (14' x 16') porch (14' x 18') and deck (15' x 12');

Robert Carlson - Houston Township - Build pole barn (52' x 48')

Lloyd Sanness - Wilmington Township - Build lean-to on shed (20' x 58');

Dwight Privet - Caledonia Township - Build grain bin (14, 000 bushels); and

Joyce Betz - Sheldon Township - Build house (30' x 50') attached garage (30' x 34') and porch (8' x 50').

Environmental Services Director Frank reported that the cost to dispose of tires collected at the drop sites has increased $10.00 per ton. In an effort to recover the increased cost, he recommended increasing the fees charged at the drop sites to businesses and for farm vehicle/implement tires. Motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve the rates for disposing of tires effective November 1, 2012.

The time being 10:04 a.m. County Attorney Hammell requested that a closed session be convened to provide information to the Board related to threatened litigation. Motion was made by Commissioner Zmyewski, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to enter into closed session.

The time being 10:31 a.m., motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to reconvene in open session.

Veterans Service Officer Gross recommended accepting a grant in the amount of $2,800.00. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Schuldt and unanimously carried to approve the Grant Contract with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and to adopt the following resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 12-47

BE IT RESOLVED by Houston County that the County enter into the attached Grant Contract with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) to conduct the following Program: County Veterans Service Office Operational Improvement grant Program. The grant must be used to enhance the operations of the County Veterans Service Office under Minn. Stat. §197.608 Subd. 4 (a), and should not be used to supplant or replace other funding.

BE IT RUTHER RESOLVED by the Houston County Board that Robert Gross, the County Veterans Service Officer, and Jack Miller, County Board Chairperson be authorized to execute the attached Grant Contract for the above-mentioned Program on behalf of the County.

WHEREUPON the above resolution was adopted at a regular meeting of the County Board this ninth day of October, 2012.

Commissioner Walter expressed agreement that a list of third party vendors should be solicited. Motion was made by Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to solicit a list of vendors who are uninvolved with the Erickson Quarry that could review the EAW.

There being no further business and the time being 11:52 a.m., motion was made by Commissioner Schuldt, seconded by Commissioner Zmyewski and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting, the next advertised meeting being Tuesday, October 16, 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 HOUS¬TON COUNTY AUDITOR'S OFFICE AS WELL AS ON THE HOUSTON COUNTY WEBSITE LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS: http://www.houstoncounty.govoffice2.com/.