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UNAPPROVED MINUTES CHISAGO COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Chisago County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in the Board Room of the Government Center with the following Commissioners present:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson.  Absent:  None.  Also present:  Assistant County Attorney Kristine Nelson Fuge, County Administrator Bruce Messelt and Clerk of the Board DeAnna Lilienthal.

 

            The Chair called the meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            On motion by Montzka, seconded by Greene and carried unanimously the Board approved the Agenda for the Board of Commissioners meeting as presented.

 

            Environmental Services Director Mary Darragh Schmitz reviewed the report and recommendations of the Chisago Lakes – Lake Improvement District meeting of December 3, 2012.

 

            Commissioner Greene offered a motion to approve the General Engineering and Administrative Services Agreement between Chisago County and Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. for the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District for $40,000, effective January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2014.  Motion seconded by Walker.  Commissioner McMahon offered a friendly amendment to change the Agreement to one (1) year for $20,000.  The friendly amendment was accepted by the motion maker and second and, upon a vote being taken thereon, the motion as amended carried unanimously as follows:  the Board approved the General Engineering and Administrative Services Agreement between Chisago County and Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. for the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District for $20,000, effective January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2013.

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Montzka and carried unanimously the Board approved the following agreements with the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District on behalf of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District:

1.)  Professional/Technical Services Contract for $52,000; effective January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2013.

2.)      Third Amendment to 2011 Contract; thru December 31, 2014.

 

            On motion by Montzka, seconded by McMahon and carried unanimously the Board on behalf of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District and in coordination with the Comfort Lake/Forest Lake Watershed District for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Inspection of Water-related Equipment:

1.)      Submission of a 2013 Watercraft Inspection Grants to Local Government Units Grant Application.

2.)      Delegation Agreement with the State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

 

            On motion by Walker, seconded by Montzka and carried unanimously the Board approved the request from the Chisago Lakes Chamber for the use of Ki Chi Saga County park as an alternate site for the Celebration of the Lakes event to be held on January 25-27, 2013; and waiving the $55 shelter reservation fee.

 

            On motion by Montzka, seconded by Walker and carried unanimously the Board approved the Agreement for Collections of Fluorescent and High Intensity Discharge Lamps with Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation/Xcel Energy; effective January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2013.

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Walker and carried unanimously the Board set the Solid Waste Management Fee at $10.00 for 2013.

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by McMahon and carried unanimously the Board approved the Contract with the East Central Solid Waste Commission for the Operation of a Household Hazardous Waste Management Program; thru December 31, 2017.


            On motion by Walker, seconded by Greene and carried unanimously the Board approved various recycling contract renewals:

Hauler Recycling Program Contracts with:

  • Ace Solid Waste
  • Chisago Lakes Sanitation
  • Croix Valley Pick-Up
  • East Central Sanitation
  • SRC, Inc.
  • Terry’s Disposal

2013 Recycling Program Contracts with:

  • AAA Appliance, Electronic and Metal Recycling, Lindstrom
  • E Cycling Solutions, Chisago City
  • Evergreen Recycling, Rush City
  • Recycling for Wildlife, Harris
  • SRC, Inc., Wyoming

Mattress Trailer Lease Agreement with:

  • Recycling for Wildlife, Harris

 

            The Board was notified the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) recently announced that the Chisago County Department of Environmental Services/Zoning was selected to receive the Green Project Award for the Solar Photovoltaic Array installation at the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility.  According to RAM, the award was presented “in recognition of your trailblazing alternative energy efforts at your Household Hazardous Waste Facility.  Within one year of installation, the solar array produced over 50% of energy consumed at the facility and has paved the way for new alternative energy projects.”

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Walker and carried unanimously the Board authorized the Chair to sign a Certificate in Recognition of the dedicated service by Mary Darragh Schmitz as she is set to retire on December 31, 2012.

 

             Sheriff Rick Duncan was present to swear-in new Correction Officer Nichole Stein and Sergeant Kyle Puelston.

 

The Chair opened the Citizen’s Forum at 6:55 p.m.  Offering comment at this time was:  Lana Barnes.  The Chair closed the Citizen’s Forum at 7:00 p.m.

 

            Chisago County HRA-EDA Executive Director Nancy Hoffman and Polaris Engineering Facilities Manager Bob Kollross provided additional background information to Board regarding the proposed tax abatement for Polaris Industries, Inc.

 

            At 7:11 p.m. the Chair opened the public hearing for purposes of hearing comment on the proposed tax abatement from Polaris Industries, Inc. (located at 7290 East Viking Blvd in Wyoming) to build a 145,000 square foot addition to an existing building on their existing site to accommodate an additional 290 people.  The request for consideration includes $17,000,000 investment in building and $3,500,000 investment in equipment on 51.35 acres of the existing over 600 acres; in an amount not to exceed a total of $365,672 or for a period of not more than five (5) years; Tax Parcel Number (PID 21.00001.00); property consists of approximately 51.35 acres.  Said hearing is being held under provisions of M.S. 469.1812 to 469.1815.  No citizen’s wished to offer comment and the public hearing was closed at 7:12 p.m.

 

            Commissioner Montzka offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-1

APPROVING TAX ABATEMENT ASSISTANCE FOR

POLARIS INDUSTRIES, INC. IN THE CITY OF WYOMING, MN

 

            BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of Chisago County (the “County”) as follows:

 

1.              Recitals.

 

1.1           Polaris Industries, Inc., a Minnesota corporation (the “Developer”) proposes to build an approximately 145,000 square foot addition to an existing building on their property in Chisago County which is located at 7290 East Viking Boulevard in Wyoming, MN consisting of 51.35 acres.  The current PID number for the site is 21.00001.00 herein (the “Property”).

 

1.2           Developer proposes to build an approximately 145,000 square foot building to accommodate an additional 290 people, which includes a $17,000,000 investment in building and $3,500,000 investment in equipment and the Developer anticipates hiring not less than 115 FTE employees (at an average of $15.00 per hour with benefits – does not include contract employees) over 5 years (the “Project”).

 

1.3           The Developer has requested assistance from the County in the form of tax abatement by the County as allowed by Minnesota Statutes Section 469.1813 (the “Statute”).

 

1.4           The County’s HRA/EDA (“Authority”) has recommended approval of a portion of the Developer’s tax abatement assistance request with certain specified contingencies.

 

2.              Findings.

 

2.1           The Property is not located in a tax increment financing district.

 

2.2           The proposed tax abatement assistance relating to the Property and the Project upon the terms and subject to the conditions and contingencies set forth in this Resolution is in the best interest of the County and meets the criteria for granting such assistance in that:

 

a.              The Project will increase the tax base of the County.

 

b.              The Project will provide additional employment opportunities in the County.

 

c.              The Project will retain a business at risk expanding outside of the county.

 

2.3           Without the tax abatement assistance recommended for approval hereunder, it is unlikely that the Developer would be able to construct the Project within the reasonably foreseeable future.

 

2.4           The tax abatement assistance provided by the County hereunder does constitute a Business Subsidy under Minnesota Statutes 116J.993, Subd. 3(1).

 

2.5           The granting of the tax abatement assistance set forth herein will not cause the County to be in violation of the limits set forth in Minnesota Statutes Sections 469.1813, Subd. 8.

 

3.              Resolution.

 

3.1           The County hereby agrees that upon completion of the Project the County will provide the Developer tax abatement assistance that is a portion of the increase in property taxes received by the County as a result of the construction of the Project commencing in 2017 and continuing thereafter until the earlier of (i) five (5) years from such first increase date or (ii) Developers receipt of $365,670.00 in total County tax abatement subject to the conditions, contingencies and requirements described herein.  The County tax abatement amount will further be limited in that it shall not exceed $73,134.00 paid to the Developer in any given calendar year.

 

3.2           The tax abatement assistance recommended for approval hereunder is contingent upon and subject to the following:

 

a.              The County’s receipt and review of such documentation as shall be necessary to establish that the Developer will receive the tax abatement assistance amounts for use with respect to eligible costs relating to the Project.  Such documentation may consist of, but not be limited to: invoices in support of such eligible costs.

 

b.              The execution of a tax abatement and development agreement and business subsidy agreement  (“Tax Abatement and Development Agreement and Business Subsidy Agreement”) between the City, the County and the Developer substantially setting forth the specific terms of the tax abatement assistance granted by the County and containing such terms and provisions as shall be appropriate in the determination of the County staff, officers and consultants to carry out the intent of this Resolution including without limitation, Developer’s agreement to:  retain 315 FTE jobs (at an average of $100,000.00 per year with benefits - includes contract employees) and create not less than 115 new FTE jobs (at an average of $15.00 per hour with benefits – does not include contract employees) for the duration of the Tax Abatement (the “Project”).

 

3.3           The Chisago County Board Chair and Clerk to the Board are authorized and directed with the assistance of County staff and consultants, to execute the Abatement Agreement.

 

3.4           The Chisago County Board Chair and Clerk to the Board are hereby authorized and directed to take any and all such further actions consistent with this Resolution as shall be reasonably required to carry out the transactions contemplated by this Resolution.

 

            Commissioner McMahon seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  None

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Walker and carried unanimously the Board recessed the board meeting at 7:15 p.m. to a time immediately following the Health and Human Services Committee of the Whole.

 

 

The Chisago County Health and Human Services Committee of the Whole met at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 pursuant to adjournment with the following Board Members present:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson. 

Absent:  None

 

The Chair relinquished the gavel to Vice Chair Montzka, who presided over the meeting.  HHS Director Nancy Dahlin presented the agenda for the day.

 

            On motion by McMahon, seconded by Greene and carried unanimously the Board approved the Agenda for the Health & Human Services as presented.

 

            On motion by McMahon, seconded by Walker and carried unanimously the Board approved the Consent Agenda for the Health & Human Services meeting as follows:

 

A.            Authorize Payment of Commissioners Warrants for HHS:

            Prepared Check Date            Amount                      Mail Date            Type of Payment

            12/07/2012                       $123,463.43                                          Commissioners Warrants

            12/07/2012                      $38,698.37                 12/19/2012           Auditors Warrants

 

B.             Recommendation to approve the following Contracts:

1.     Home and Community-Based Waiver Services Contracts, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/14:

a.      Family Foster Care Providers:

1.  Brendakay L. Thomas-Hesse, dba Hesse Haven Elderly Care

2.  Deborah Gibson, dba Country Comfort Elder Care

3.  Jerome Djam, dba Creative Home Options

4.  Kirk Lindell & Mary Schuroff, dba Lakes Area Elder Care II

5.  Sue Glenna, dba Senior Care on Que

b.      Corporate Foster Care Providers:

1.  Provide Care, Inc.

2.  Success Homes North, Inc.

c.      Assisted Living Facilities:

1.  Just Like Home

2.  Ecumen, dba Parmly LifePointes

3.  Ebenezer Lakes Assisted Living, dba Meadows on Fairview

4.  Windy Acres Assisted Living

5.  The Villages of North Branch Assisted Living

e.      Day Treatment and Habilitation Provider:

1.  Chisago Lakes Achievement Center

2.  RISE, Inc.

f.      In Home Service Providers:

1.  Foundations Group of Minnesota, Inc.

2.  Outcomes, Inc.

2.  Purchased Services Contracts, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/14

a.  Foundations Group of Minnesota

b.  Provide Care, Inc.

3.  Pine Technical College Employment & Training Center, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/13

4.      Chisago-Isanti Heartland Express, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/14

5.      Country Services, Inc., effective 01/01/13 - 12/31/14

6.      MN Dept. of Health, LPHA Funding 2013 Assurances and Agreement, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/13

7.      Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, effective 08/01/12 – 06/30/13

8.      ICF Day Training and Habilitation Service Agreement with the following providers, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/13

a.  Therapeutic Community Residence

b.  Linnea Residence

9.            The Refuge Network, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/13

10.            RISE, Inc., Employability Services, effective 01/01/13

11.            RISE, Inc., 7E Regional Contract, effective 01/01/13 – 01/31/13

12.            R. Paul Post, M.D., effective 01/01/13 – 01/31/14

13.            People Incorporated, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/13

14.            Chisago County Sheriff’s Office – Jail Division, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/13

 

C.            Child and Teen Checkup 2013 Annual Budget Worksheet,

            effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/13           

 

D.            MN Dept. of Health, Minnesota Vaccines for Children (MnVFC) Memorandum of Understanding, effective 01/01/13 – 12/31/18

 

E.              Contract Terminations with the following Foster Care Licensed Providers:

            1.  Mary Matz, dba Home to Home, effective 11/30/12

            2.  Patrick Lee, Jr., effective 10/05/12

 

            Financial Assistant Supervisor II Todd McMurray updated the Board on various Public Assistance Programs.  No action was taken.

 

            HHS Director Nancy Dahlin updated the Board on her department.  No action was taken.

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by McMahon and carried unanimously the Board moved to adjourn the meeting of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Whole at 7:43 p.m.


 

The Chisago County Board of Commissioners reconvened at 7:43 p.m. with the following Commissioners present:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka and Robinson. 

Absent:  None.

 

Vice Chair Montzka relinquished the gavel to the Board Chair McMahon, who then recessed the meeting at 7:43 p.m. for a short break.

 

The Chisago County Board of Commissioners reconvened at 7:49 p.m. with the following Commissioners present:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka and Robinson.

 

The Board was notified that no action was needed on the access variance request to Ordinance No. 05-2:  Access Management Ordinance by Donald Damm on CSAH 12.  Mr. Damm had withdrawn his request in a letter to the County (dated December 4, 2012) and will first get the property platted and surveyed.

 

            On motion by Montzka, seconded by Walker and carried unanimously the Board authorized the Chair to sign the certificate of appreciation to In Memory of David F Larson for participating in the Adopt a Highway Program.

 

            Commissioner Greene offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-2

APPROVING MASTER PARTNERSHIP CONTRACT

WITH THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 

            WHEREAS, The Minnesota Department of Transportation wishes to cooperate closely with local units of government to coordinate the delivery of transportation services and maximize the efficient delivery of such services at all levels of government; and

 

            WHEREAS, MnDOT and local governments are authorized by Minnesota Statutes sections 471.59, 174.02, and 161.20, to undertake collaborative efforts for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of state and local roads; and

 

            WHEREAS, the parties with to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to such opportunities for collaboration, and have determined that having the ability to write “work orders” against a master contract would provide the greatest speed and flexibility in responding to identified needs.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the County of Chisago enter into a Master Partnership Contract (MnDOT Agreement #02679) with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a copy of which was before the Board.

2.     That the Board Chair and the Clerk of the County Board are authorized to execute such contract, and any amendments thereto.

3.     That the County Engineer is authorized to negotiate work order contracts pursuant to the Master Contract, which work order contracts may provide the payment to or from MnDOT, and that the County Engineer may execute such work order contracts on behalf of the County without further approval by this Board.

 

            Commissioner Montzka seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  None

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            On motion by Montzka, seconded by Greene and carried unanimously the Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:

 

a.)   Approve Minutes from December 5, 2012 Regular Meeting

 

b.)   Resolution:  Submission of a Gambling License Application for the Rush Lake Improvement Association

 

c.)   Approve Tax Abatement and Development Agreement with MMP Companies, LLC and Peterson Companies, Inc.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-3

APPROVING SUBMISSION OF A GAMBLING LICENSE APPLICATION

FOR THE RUSH LAKE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

FOR CHARITABLE GAMBLING HELD AT

THE GRUMPY MINNOW

 

            WHEREAS, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners has been presented with a request for lawful gambling within Chisago County; and

 

            WHEREAS, the application was complete, included all necessary documentation, appears in accordance with County Policies and the facility owners are in good standing with the County;

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that the Chisago County Board of Commissioners hereby approves and authorizes submission to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board a Gambling License Application (pull tabs, bar bingo, paddlewheel) for the Rush Lake Improvement Association at the Grumpy Minnow in Nessel Township.

 

            Commissioner Montzka offered a motion to set the Gross Levy for 2013 at $31,397,021, a .855% gross decrease over the 2012 levy, with 2013 expenditures at $51,662,418, and approved the staff recommended 2013 Budget.  Motion seconded by Walker.  Commissioner Robinson offered a friendly amendment to fund the Senior Center for 2013 from the Contingency Fund.  The friendly amendment was rejected by the motion maker.


            Commissioner Robinson offered a motion to fund the Senior Center for 2013 from the Contingency Fund.  Motion seconded by Walker and, upon a vote being taken thereon, the motion failed as follows:  IN FAVOR THEREOF:  Walker, Robinson   OPPOSED:  McMahon, Greene, Montzka.

 

            The original motion was now before the Board for consideration as follows:

            Commissioner Montzka offered the following resolution to set the Gross Levy for 2013 at $31,397,021, a .855% gross decrease over the 2012 levy, with 2013 expenditures at $51,662,418, and approved the staff recommended 2013 Budget and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION  NO. 12/1219-4

ADOPTING THE CHISAGO COUNTY

BUDGET AND LEVY FOR 2013

 

 

Final

Final

Final

Final

 

2013 Budget

2013 Budget

2013 Budget

2013 Budget

DEPARTMENT:

Expenditures

Non-Levy Rev.

Levy Revenues

Fund Balance

 

 

 

 

 

County Board

 $        266,589

 $                 -  

 $         266,589

 $               -  

Court Administration

 $        196,569

 $        183,279

 $          13,290

 $               -  

County Administrator

 $        466,641

 $                -  

 $         466,641

 $               -  

County Auditor

 $        458,281

 $          10,000

 $         448,281

 $               -  

County Treasurer

 $        294,682

 $          33,000

 $         261,682

 $               -  

Assessor

 $        723,614

 $                 -  

 $         723,614

 $               -  

MICS

 $    4,070,993

 $        430,380

 $     3,640,613

 $               -  

County Attorney

 $    1,415,522

 $          95,700

 $     1,319,822

 $              

Attorney Forfeitures

 $                -  

 $                 -  

 $                 -  

 $               -  

County Recorder

 $        473,626

 $        489,800

 $        (16,174)

 $               -  

Building Maintenance.

 $        442,783

 $                 -  

 $         442,783

 $               -  

Environmental. Services/Zoning

 $        788,504

 $        434,786

 $         353,718

 $               -  

County Sheriff

 $    4,531,995

 $    1,212,842

 $     3,319,153

 $               -  

Boat & Water

 $         35,700

 $          27,000

 $            8,700

 $               -  

Jail/Communication

 $    3,206,206

 $        109,233

 $     3,096,973

 $               -  

Sentence to Serve

 $         56,992

 $                 -  

 $          56,992

 $               -  

Court Services

 $        721,449

 $        336,000

 $         385,449

 $               -  

Juvenile Substance Abuse Court

 $           2,000

 $            2,000

 $                 -  

 $               -  

Electronic Monitoring

 $         19,100

 $          19,100

 $                 -  

 $               -  

Caseload Reduction  Grant

 $         73,738

 $          64,797

 $            8,941

 $               -  

Emergency Management

 $        169,539

 $          62,000

 $         107,539

 $               -  

Parks

 $        224,097

 $          30,726

 $         193,371

 $               -  

Extension

 $        113,125

 $          10,500

 $         102,625

 $               -  

Water Planning

 $         66,495

 $          15,448

 $          51,047

 $               -  

Wetland grant

 $         85,081

 $          27,700

 $          57,381

 $               -  

Heartland Express

 $        696,400

 $        579,498

 $         116,902

 $               -  

Revenue Fund Subtotal

 $ 19,599,721

 $   4,173,789

 $  15,425,932

 $               -  

Law Library

 $         38,109

 $          38,109

 $                 -  

 $               -  

State Audit

 $         52,500

 $                 -  

 $          52,500

 $               -  

Central Services

 $         67,418

 $          30,250

 $          37,168

 $               -  

Elections

 $         36,500

 $                 -  

 $          36,500

 $               -  

Insurance

 $        275,000

 $                     -  

 $         275,000

 $               -  

MCIT Dividend

 $                -  

 $          50,000

 $        (50,000)

 $               -  

Unallocated Employee Insurance

 $        500,000

 $        166,000

 $         334,000

 $               -

All Dept 150 Exp's

 $        190,000

 $        166,000

 $          24,000

 $               -  

UNEMPLOYMENT

 $         35,000

 

 $          35,000

 $               -  

WORKER'S COMPENSATION

 $        275,000

 

 $         275,000

 $               -  

Severance Fund

 

 

 

 $               -  

Utilities & Postage

 $        655,000

 $          81,000

 $         574,000

 $               -  

TELEPHONE

 $        260,000

 

 $         260,000

 $               -  

POSTAGE

 $        130,000

 

 $         130,000

 $               -  

ELECTRICITY

 $        165,000

 

 $         165,000

 $               -  

GAS

 $         80,000

 

 $         80,000

 $               -  

SEWER

 $         20,000

 

 $          20,000

 $               -  

MISCELLANEOUS REVENUE

 $                -  

 $          81,000

 $        (81,000)

 $               -  

Indirect Cost Reimbursement

 $           6,000

 $        300,000

 $      (294,000)

 $               -  

Rent

 

 

 

 $               -  

Licenses & Permits

 $                -  

 $            9,550

 $          (9,550)

 $               -  

AUCTIONEERS LICENSE

 

 $                50

 $              (50)

 $               -  

TOBACCO LICENSE

 

 $               800

 $             (800)

 $               -  

FIREWORKS PERMIT

 

 $               200

 $             (200)

 $               -  

BEER AND BOTTLE CLUB LICENSE

 

 $               500

 $             (500)

 $               -  

LIQUOR LICENSE

 

 $            8,000

 $          (8,000)

 $               -  

WINE LICENSE

 

 $                 -  

 $                 -  

 $               -  

Transmission Lines

 

 $          78,000

 $        (78,000)

 $               -  

Penalties & Interest

 

 $        250,000

 $      (250,000)

 $               -  

Payments in Lieu of Taxes

 $                -  

 $        240,100

 $      (240,100)

 $               -  

PERA Aid

 

 $          22,554

 $        (22,554)

 $               -  

Interest

 

 $        400,000

 $      (400,000)

 $              -  

Deed & Mortgage Tax

 

 $          40,000

 $        (40,000)

 $               -  

Human Services Reimbursements

 

 $          80,000

 $        (80,000)

 $               -  

Contingency

 $        414,950

 

 $         414,950

 $               -  

Coroner

 $        110,000

 $                 -  

 $         110,000

 $               -  

E-911 Funds

 $        125,400

 $        125,400

 $                 -  

 $               -  

Senior Center

 $                -  

 $                 -  

 $                 -  

 $               -  

Historical Society

 $         27,000

 $                 -  

 $          27,000

 $               -  

Regional Library

 $        517,833

 $                 -  

 $         517,833

 $               -  

Agricultural  Society

 $          13,050

 $                 -  

 $          13,050

 $               -  

Soil Conservation

 $        304,052

 $        262,052

 $          42,000

 $               -  

Tax Abatements

 $        150,000

 $                 -  

 $         150,000

 $               -  

TOTAL REVENUE FUND

 $ 22,892,533

 $    6,346,804

 $  16,545,729

 $               -  

Human Services-Social Services

 $    6,652,442

 $    3,961,019

 $     2,691,423

 $               -  

Less Levy

 

 

 

 $               -  

Human Services-Income Maintenance

 $    2,683,630

 $    1,702,104

 $         981,526

 $               -  

Less Levy

 

 

 

 $               -  

Nursing

 $    1,549,446

 $        977,622

 $         571,825

 $               -  

Less Levy

 

 

 

 $               -  

Veterans Service

 $        141,724

 $            2,000

 $         139,724

 $              (0)

Less Levy

 

 

 

 $               -  

TOTAL H. H. & S. FUND

 $ 11,027,242

 $    6,642,745

 $    4,384,498

 $              (0)

Highway Administration

 $        620,490

 $          12,500

 $         607,990

 $               -  

Highway Engineering

 $    1,169,005

 $                -  

 $     1,169,005

 $               -  

Highway Construction

 $    4,515,000

 $    3,340,000

 $     1,175,000

 $               -  

Highway Maintenance

 $    3,553,548

 $    2,191,000

 $     1,362,548

 $               -  

Equipment Maintenance/Shop

 $        779,613

 $            5,000

 $         774,613

 $               -  

Surveyor

 $        186,397

 $            4,000

 $         182,397

 $               -  

TOTAL Road & Bridge FUND

 $ 10,824,053

 $    5,552,500

 $    5,271,553

 $               -  

Building Repair

 $        250,000

 $                 -  

 $         250,000

 $               -  

Capital Equipment

 $        525,000

 $          25,000

 $         500,000

 $               -  

Total Capital

 $      775,000

 $         25,000

 $       750,000

 $               -  

Building Repair Bonds

 $         92,909

 

 $          92,909

 $               -  

Road Debt

 $    3,315,605

 $        820,972

 $     2,494,633

 $               -  

2005 Capital Notes

 $        215,670

 $                 -  

 $         215,670

 $               -  

2006 Bonds HHS Building

 $         83,739

 $                 -  

 $          83,739

 $               -  

Library Bonds

 $        481,163

 $                 -  

 $         481,163

 $               -  

Business Park Bonds

 $        267,389

 $                 -  

 $         267,389

 $               -  

Interim Debt Service (HRA/EDA in 2016)

 $        229,536

 $          50,000

 $         179,536

 $               -  

800 Mghz Project Bonds

 $        390,201

 $                 -  

 $         390,201

 $               -  

Total Debt

 $    5,076,212

 $        870,972

 $    4,205,240

 $               -  

TOTAL COUNTY NET LEVY

 $ 50,595,040

 $  19,438,021

 $  31,157,020

 $              (0)

 

 

 

 

 $               -  

Other Special Revenue Funds

 $    1,067,378

 $        699,499

 $         240,001

 $       127,878

Non Levy Debt payments

 $               -  

 $                 -  

 $                -  

 $               -  

Lake Improvement District

 $      241,076

 $                (1)

 $       240,001

 $          1,076

Solid Waste Fund

 $      506,802

 $        380,000

 $               -  

 $       126,802

Ditch Fund

 $          9,500

 $            9,500

 $                -  

 $               -  

Park Funds

 $        10,000

 $          10,000

 $                -  

 $               -  

Self Insurance Fund

 $      300,000

 $        300,000

 $                -  

 $               -  

 

 

 

 

 $                    -  

TOTAL COUNTY LEVY

 $ 51,662,418

 $  20,137,520

 $   31,397,021

 $       127,878

 

            Commissioner           seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka

            OPPOSED:  Robinson

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            Commissioner Montzka offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-5

ESTABLISHING ELECTED OFFICIALS SALARIES

 

WHEREAS, M.S. 384.151; M.S. 385.373; M.S. 387.20; and M.S. 388.18 respectively call for the annual establishment of the salaries of County Auditor, County Treasurer/County Recorder, County Sheriff and County Attorney; and

 

WHEREAS, the salaries of said officials are exempt from the provisions of the Minnesota Pay Equity Act, but do remain within the prerogative of the County Board to establish, and

 

WHEREAS, this Board has considered the relevancy of these salaries to other management salaries within the county and to the salaries of comparable positions in other jurisdictions;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chisago County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes and sets the salaries for the county=s elected officials in the following amounts effective January 1, 2013, a 1.5% increase over 2012:

 

            County Auditor                $94,448

            County Treasurer/            $88,010

            County Recorder

            County Sheriff                 $106,120

            County Attorney              $95,504

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chisago County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes and sets the salary for the Chief Deputy Sheriff in the following amount effective January 1, 2013, a 4.5% increase over 2012:

 

            Chief Deputy Sheriff            $86,977

 

            Commissioner McMahon seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  None

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            The Board by consensus directed the Human Resources Director and the County Administrator to research and report back to the Board salary comparisons for the County Attorney position.

 

            Commissioner Robinson offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-6

ESTABLISHING COUNTY COMMISSIONER

COMPENSATION AND PER DIEM RATE FOR 2013

 

WHEREAS, M.S. 375.055 and 375.06 set forth the authorization for compensation of Minnesota County Commissioners; and

 

WHEREAS, Chisago County Commissioners are eligible to receive per diem payments in accordance with the above-referenced statutes;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the annual salary to be paid each Chisago County Commissioner for 2013 shall be $27,274, a 1.5% increase over 2012;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Commissioners may receive payment of per diem in the amount of $50.00 for meetings and conduct of official county business pursuant to statutory definition and further subject to County Attorney approval.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in instances in which a commissioner might be separately authorized to receive a per diem for which there is a statutory basis apart from the one authorized for work as a county commissioner, Chisago County will deny the per diem payment to that Commissioner.  Accordingly, a County Commissioner may not receive two per diems for the same meeting.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Commissioners may be allowed and paid for actual and necessary traveling expenses incurred while attending meetings of the County Board, or while performing official duties as County Commissioner, or while serving on a board, committee or commission or for expenses reasonably incurred by a Commissioner in performance of the Commissioner=s official duties

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following list of committees be deemed eligible for per diem reimbursement under provisions of M.S. 375.055 and 375.06 and that, while an individual commissioner shall usually attend and participate in the work of the respective committees as the designated representative or seated alternate, any Commissioner may participate in the committee=s work and receive mileage only for said participation:

 

Association of MN Counties

Board of County Commissioners

Budget & Finance Committee

Chisago County Emergency Preparedness Committee

Chisago County Jail/Law Enforcement Center Building Committee/ Radio Upgrade Project

Chisago Lakes Joint Sewer Commission

Chisago/Isanti Joint Powers Transit Board

Chisago/Ramsey/Washington Commuter Rail Study – Rush Line Task Force

East Central Regional Library Board

East Central Solid Waste & 2 County Landfill, Recycling

ECRDC; (PLUS, Subcommittees) – Central MN Council on Aging and Metro Area Transportation

EMS Task Force

Extension Committee

Five County Mental Health, dba Riverwood Centers

Highway 8 Task Force

HRA-EDA Board

Joint Job Training Board

Labor Negotiations

Lakes & Pines Board; (PLUS, Subcommittee) - Negotiations

Law Library, Court Liaison

Legislative Committee

Metro Alliance for Healthy Families – Governing Board

Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB);  (PLUS, Subcommitte) - Executive

NACO – Mileage ONLY, NO Per Diems

Onanegozie RC&D Council

Planning Commission

Public Health Commission

Regional Juvenile Detention Facility – Lino Lakes

Road & Bridge Committee; (PLUS, Subcommittee) – East Metro Transportation

So. Center/So. Lindstrom Sanitary Sewer District

Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Township Association – Mileage ONLY, NO Per Diems

Water Plan Policy Team

 

            Commissioner Greene seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  Montzka

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            Commissioner Greene offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-7

ESTABLISHING COMPENSATION FOR

VOLUNTEER/CITIZEN COMMITTEES

FOR 2013

 

            BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chisago County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes the per diem rate of $50.00/meeting, plus mileage for members of voluntary/citizen committees appointed by the Board or for other volunteers who serve in an official capacity under this Board=s jurisdiction and for whom per diem is declared appropriate.

 

            Commissioner Walker seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  None

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            On motion by Montzka, seconded by Greene and carried unanimously the Board  approved the 2013 Ditch Levies as follows:

 

Ditch #

Current

Balance

2012 Levy

Approve Levy

For 2013

1

(394.75)

None

None

2

10,233.84

500.00

500.00

3

7,006.76

1,000.00

1,000.00

4

5,063.83

500.00

500.00

5

32,936.88

None

None

6

13,145.97

500.00

500.00

7

12,248.13

2,000.00

2,000.00

8

3,566.11

500.00

500.00

9

12,063.04

2,000.00

2,000.00

10

27,147.73

1,500.00

1,000.00

11

(58.89)

None

None

12

0.00

None

None

14

8,432.05

1,000.00

1,000.00

Jud. #1

0.00

None

Been abandoned

Jud. #2

(32.86)

None

None

TOTAL

$131,357.84

$9,500.00

$9,500.00

 

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Montzka and carried unanimously the Board approved the permanent transfer of funds as follows:

 

Fund From

Fund To

Reason

Amount

Solid Waste

Revenue

Amount due for Solid Waste Services to Environmental Services Clerical ($8,000); Environmental Services Director ($20,000), Environmental Service Code Enforcement ($13,000), Auditor ($3,000), Sheriff ($38,370) and Treasurer ($3,000) for 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

$85,370.00

Lake Improvement District

Building Repair

Transfer of Lake Improvement District Funds for the Chisago County Government Center Stormwater Retrofit Project

 

 

 

$13,000.00

Revenue

Building Repair

Transfer of funds approved in the September 7, 2011 budget plan amended on May 2, 2012 from the 2012 county program aid allotment receipted into Revenue Fund

 

 

 

 

$400,000.00

Revenue

Capital Equipment

Transfer of funds approved in the September 7, 2011 budget plan amended on May 2, 2012 from the 2012 county program aid allotment receipted into the Revenue Fund

 

 

 

 

$200,805.50

 

 

            On motion by Montzka, seconded by Greene and carried unanimously the Board approved the following budget adjustment requests for 2012:

 

Account Description

Acct #

Revenue

Expenditures

Bond Proceeds

37-832-000-0000-5910

2,523,433

-

Principal State Aid retirement

37-832-000-0000-6745

-

(2,555,000)

Interest on State AID

37-832-000-0000-6748

-

(16,055)

Bond Proceeds

37-838-000-0000-5910

3,900,722

-

Principal retirement

37-838-000-0000-6750

-

(4,870,000)

Interest Expense

37-838-000-0000-6755

-

(27,394)

Gun Permits: Transfer Out

01-211-000-0000-6905

-

(17,331)

Building Repair Fund: Transfer in

11-149-000-0000-5901

17,331

-

Furniture & Equipment

11-200-000-0000-6601

-

(17,331)

State Grants

01-209-000-0000-5300

11,473

-

Misc Revenue

01-209-000-0000-5561

245

-

Sales Tax

01-209-000-0000-6350

 

(38)

Furniture & Equipment

01-209-000-0000-6601

 

(16,633)

Misc Expense

01-209-000-0000-6802

 

(562)

Furniture & Equipment

11-200-000-0000-6601

 

(14,113)

 

 

6,453,204.00

(7,534,457.00)

 

            Commissioner Greene offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-8

COMMITTED PRIORITIES FOR THE GENERAL FUND,

FUND BALANCE FOR 2012

AS REQUIRED BY GASB STATEMENT 54

 

            WHEREAS, as required by GASB Statement 54, (Fund balance Reporting & Governmental Fund Type Definitions) the Board approved priorities for the General Fund, Fund Balance for the year end 2012; and

 

            WHEREAS, committedmeansthe committed fund balance classification which includes amounts that can be used only for specific purposes determined by formal action of the County Board.  Formal Board action to commit fund balance must occur prior to year end, although the amount need not be determined at that time.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following are projects/plans approved on May 2, 2012 by the Chisago County Board of Commissioners pending receipt of approximately $1,329,000 in County program AID in 2012 and that such aid has been received:

 

  • Building Repair Fund*:

a.)            Building & Grounds improvement projects to be approved by the Board for $325,000 over 3 years.

b.) Building Drainage/Security Improvements when these projects are approved for $75,000.


  • Capital Equipment Fund*:

a.)            MICS Software & Equipment: when these projects are approved for $300,000

b.)            Highway Equipment: (2 year allocation) when these projects are approved for $300,000.

c.)            Sheriff Equipment: (2 year allocation) when these projects are approved by the Board for $125,000.

d.)            Motor Pool: (2 year allocation) when these projects are approved by the Board for           $100,000.

e.)            Other projects: (2 year allocation) when these projects are approved by the Board for $90,000.

f.)            Human Resources/Capital Improvement: when these projects are approved by the Board for $14,000.

* For purposes of GASB 54, these funds are considered part of the General Fund.

 

            Commissioner Montzka seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  None

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            Commissioner Walker offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-9

UN-COMMITTED PRIORITIES FOR THE GENERAL FUND,

FUND BALANCE FOR 2012

AS REQUIRED BY GASB STATEMENT 54

 

            WHEREAS, as required by GASB Statement 54, (Fund balance Reporting & Governmental Fund Type Definitions) the Board approved priorities for the General Fund, Fund Balance for the year end 2012; and

 

            WHEREAS, committedmeansthe committed fund balance classification which includes amounts that can be used only for specific purposes determined by formal action of the County Board.  Formal Board action to commit fund balance must occur prior to year end, although the amount need not be determined at that time.

          WHEREAS, the Board can “Un-Commit” prior committed funds should it determine that that reason for the commitment is no longer needed at this time; and    

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following projects/plans which were committed December 21, 2011 by the Chisago County Board of Commissioners should be un-committed:


*Capital Equipment Fund:

           Environmental Services Software Project for $150,000.  Available funds in the Recorders Technology 2012 budget were more than sufficient to cover this project.


* For purposes of GASB 54, these funds are considered part of the General Fund.

 

            Commissioner Montzka seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  None

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            On motion by Walker, seconded by Greene and carried unanimously the Board authorized payment of Commissioner’s Warrants as follows:

Bills Paid on 12/17/2012 totaling $1,671,141.27.

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Montzka and carried unanimously the Board approved the advertising (with a deadline of January 3, 2013) to fill the remainder of the term for a District #3 vacancy on the Board of Adjustment thru January 15, 2015.


            On motion by Montzka, seconded by Walker and carried unanimously the Board approved citizen appointments to the following Boards:

Extension Committee:  3 year term, effective 01/01/2013 thru 12/31/2015

            District #4 - Charles Yeager

      At Large - Tangi Schaapveld

HRA-EDA Board:  5 year term, effective 01/01/2013 thru 12/31/2017

            District #1 - John (Jack) Juve

Parks Board:  3 year term, effective 01/01/2013 thru 12/31/2015

            District #1 - Chris DuBose

Public Health Commission:  3 year term, effective 01/01/2013 thru 12/31/2015

At Large – Cynthia Erickson, Todd Fisk, Frank Lewis and Charles Yeager

Water Plan Policy Team:  3 year term, effective 01/01/2013 thru 12/31/2015

            At Large – John Eret

 

            The Board was reminded that we have two committee vacancies that will remain open until filled as follows:

  • Public Health Commission – At Large, effective 01/01/2013 thru 12/31/2015
  • Water Plan Policy Team – At Large, effective 01/01/2013 thru 12/31/2015

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Montzka and carried unanimously the Board approved the following personnel requisition requests:

1.)  Public Health Supervisor in HHS to replace Pat Henton, vacant since January 2012.

2.)  Office Support Specialist in HHS to replace Camille Koivisto who will retire on 12/31/2012 and to waive the three month hiring freeze.

3.)      Office Support Specialist in HHS to replace Nancy Oberg who will retire on 12/31/2012 and to waive the three month hiring freeze.

4.)      Design Engineer in Public Works - New Position.

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Robinson and carried unanimously the Board affirmed the changes in classification following the County Board of Equalization as presented by the Assessor’s Office.

 

            Commissioner Robinson offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION  NO. 12/1219-10

APPROVING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AND CHISAGO COUNTY

FOR PROVIDING EXTENSION PROGRAMS LOCALLY

AND EMPLOYING EXTENSION STAFF

 

            WHEREAS, Minn. Stat. §38.34 authorizes a Board of County Commissioners to incur expenses and spend money for County Extension work; and

 

            WHEREAS, the money set aside and appropriated by the County Board in the County Extension Fund may be paid out of orders of the University’s Director of Extension, or the Director’s designee, ad identified in Minn. Stat. §38.36, Subd. 3; and

 

            WHEREAS, Minn. Stat. §38.37 provides that Extension educators must be employed according to University personnel procedures and must be University employees; and

 

            WHEREAS, it is the intention of the County and University that the University shall provide Extension services on behalf of the County in exchange for considerations as detailed in the Agreement; effective January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chair of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners is hereby authorized to execute such agreement on behalf of Chisago County, while attested by the Clerk of the Board.

 

            Commissioner Walker seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  None

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            Commissioner Robinson offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-11

APPROVING A JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT

WITH THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, ACTING THROUGH ITS

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, OFFICE OF POLICY AND LEGAL SERVICES AND THE COUNTY ATTORNEY OF CHISAGO COUNTY

 

            WHEREAS, Minn. Stat. 471.59, Subd. 10, the State is empowered to engage such assistance as deemed necessary; and

 

            WHEREAS, the State, pursuant to Minn. Stat. 241.271, is empowered to reimburse counties for expenses of a county attorney resulting from activities involving inmates of the state correctional institution located in Chisago County; and

 

            WHEREAS, Chisago County has one correctional facility within the county and thereby requests reimbursement for some of the costs associated with the prosecution of inmates who are involved in criminal activities at the correctional facility; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the Joint Powers Agreement regarding reimbursement for some costs associated with the prosecution of inmates as described in this contract to the satisfaction of the State.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chair of the County of Chisago, and the County Board Clerk, are authorized to sign the State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreement.

 

            Commissioner Greene seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  None

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            Jonathan Pearson from Enterprise Fleet Management, Inc. reviewed their proposal to replace and manage six or seven fleet vehicles for the Central Services Motor Pool.

 

            On motion by Montzka, seconded by Greene and carried unanimously the Board approved the proposed Agreement with Fleet Management, Inc. for a portion of the Central Services Motor Pool, contingent upon County Attorney and County Administrator’s review and approval.

 

            On motion by Montzka, seconded by McMahon and carried unanimously the Board approved the Labor Agreement for LELS – Dispatcher/Jailers, effective January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2014.

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Montzka and carried unanimously the Board approved the Labor Agreement for LELS – Deputies, effective January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2015.

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Montzka and carried unanimously the Board approved the Labor Agreements; effective January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2014 with Teamsters:

1.     Government Center Professionals

2.     Health & Human Services

3.     Engineering Technicians

4.     Equipment Operators.

 

            Commissioner Walker offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12/1219-12

AUTHORIZING A COST OF LIVING

ADJUSTMENT FOR NON-UNION

EMPLOYEES AND OFFICIALS

 

            WHEREAS, the County Board of Commissioners is authorized to establish the pay system for employees under its jurisdiction and is further authorized to adjust said system as it deems appropriate;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chisago County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes the county’s master wage schedules to be adjusted by 1.5% for non-union employees, not otherwise subject to statutory provisions, and that said adjustment is effective January 1, 2013.

 

            Commissioner Greene seconded the resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted:

              IN FAVOR THEREOF:  McMahon, Walker, Greene, Montzka, Robinson

            OPPOSED:  None

Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

 

            The Board was reminded that their Annual Organizational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the County Boardroom.  The Swearing-in will be conducted by Judge Todd Schoffelman, prior to the start of the meeting.

 

            Several Commissioners offered reports of their respective committee assignments.

           

 

            Commission McMahon offered brief closing remarks as out-going County Board Chair for 2012 and rather than reading “2012 – A Year in Review” asked that the Clerk of Board include it into the minutes as follows:

 

2012 – A Year in Review

•       Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu (la-ow  tSue) is oft-quoted as saying “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

•       Perhaps this is an apt way for Chisago County to look at 2012:

–      We made many small but significant steps forward in advancing the great expectations of our County;

–      All the while facing many difficult challenges.

•       We began 2012 facing significant but manageable financial challenges.  Our responses to these challenges are well worth noting:

–      We received a clean, unqualified Audit from the State Auditor for our financial bookkeeping;

–      We reaffirmed our AA2 Bond Rating with Moody’s, leading to lower borrowing costs;

–      We refinanced some of our long-term debt, saving taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars; and

–      We are on track to end 2012 well in the black in all of our major Funds.

–      And we have not raised our Levy for FOUR years!

•       On the political front, we also saw important significant steps undertaken in 2012:

–      We unanimously and smoothly completed our political redistricting, which impacted the entire County and all 5 Commissioner districts;

–      Our Auditor conducted a very efficient Primary and General Election, which saw some 5,000 new voters registered; and

–      We have re-aligned our Emergency Medical Service relationship to better serve our County.

•       In terms of Public Safety, we have made many critical improvements of note:

–      We implemented a multi-million dollar, state of the art ARMER radio communications system;

–      In doing so, we supplied new digital radios for all Fire Departments and Police agencies in the County,

–      We also opened a new Emergency Communications Center (ECC) that houses the enhanced 911 Dispatch system, which will serve our county for years to come.

•       We also made other Information Technology Improvements, designed to improve efficiency and save limited resources.

–      We implemented a new records management system for the Sheriff’s Office and 2 area police departments.

–      We installed a completely rewritten software and hardware package for the Auditor’s Office

–      For the Recorder’s Office, we have upgraded software and hardware for E-Recording for Land Records; and

–      We are completing installation of a new client-based software solution for our Public Health division.

•       We continue to strive to provide available Public Transit via Heartland Express, where possible, though – sadly - the State is reducing its support for rural transit;

•       Our Veterans’ Service Office continues to see a large number of clients in need of assistance, including our new Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

–      On that note, Chisago County became the first in the State to adopt a Veterans’ Preference Ordinance to assist Vet-owned businesses and those employing veterans in competing for public contracts.

•       In terms of our facilities and buildings, 2012 was a very important year:

–      Chisago County completed several small but important energy efficiency projects. 

–      We received some $93,000 in grants and undertook nearly $120,000 in Energy improvements.  Annually, we will save some $20,000 in reduced energy costs.

–      We also began needed renovations to the Government Center, including the Court Serves area, Sheriff’s Office, Human Services Department, and Judicial corridor.

–      And we completed a Storm Water Retrofit Project with the assistance of the Soil and Water Conservation District and Lakes Improvement District.

•       In the area of Economic Development, we said goodbye to Chris Eng and hello to Nancy Hoffman.  We also celebrated some major new projects:

–      The St. Croix Education District is constructing a new facility in Rush City;

–      Plastech Corporation expanded its facility and Winehaven is undertaking a major expansion;

–      Polaris has recently announced plans to double its business here in Chisago County;

–      Kendall Howard, Quick Trip and other local businesses also undertook significant business expansions or renovations;

–      And Chisago City is working to secure a new Hotel and possible new conference facility.

•       In the Public Works area, 2012 was a very busy and productive year:

–      Our crews replaced 3 local bridges;

–      We completed highway construction projects on CSAH 21, CSAH 14, CSAH 30, CSAH 28, CSAH 20 & TH 361;

–      We seal coated CSAH 18, CSAH 32 & CSAH 22;

–      And we are planning for more, including updating our Comprehensive Transportation Plan in 2013.

•       In Environmental Services, we saw a much-needed uptick in construction activity while continuing to protect our vital natural resources:

–      New home construction permits doubled over 2011, to nearly 50;

–      Commercial construction was also up substantially;

–      A $20,000 septic installation grant was received for 2013 projects;

–      The County received the Green Award for the solar panels on the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in North Branch; and

–      Our septic shoreland grant paid for 153 compliance inspections for homeowners.

•       In Parks, the County began designing and engineering for the Swedish Immigrant Trail East End project

–      Grant-funded solar panels were installed at Dennis Frandsen Park; and

–      We opened the County’s first Dog Park, located  at Checkerboard Park

•       In Health & Human Services, we saw a tough but successful transition of Home Health Care to the private sector, saving the County significant tax dollars while ensuring continuity of care for our residents.

–      We also continue to serve our residents in many significant areas of Public Health, Economic Support, Child Care and Child Protection, Mental Health and Adult Services.

–      Sadly, I must note that when economic times are tough, the need for these services increases significantly.

–      Despite tough budgets, Chisago County remains fully committed to meeting these needs.

•       Our County Attorney and Court Services are also seeing an increase in work, especially in the areas of Child Protection and Domestic Violence.

–      Our District Court partners, lead by our outstanding Bench of Judges, go to great lengths to help us meet these challenges.

–      However, with reduced federal and state assistance, it is up to we at the local level to ensure those in need get the assistance they need and justice is served.

•       We are also blessed with wonderful Service Partners, who help us maximize our efforts through their own efforts.  These include:

–      A wonderful regional Library system

–      Hard working government partners at the University of Minnesota Extension Office, the Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Lakes Improvement District

–      Equally important non-profit partners at the Historical Society and Ag Society

•       Organizationally, we continue to meet these challenges while re-sizing ourselves to our new economic reality:

–      We continue to reduce our workforce, down some 35 employees since 2009 as budgets tighten;

–      Like our private sector counterparts, we have experienced layoffs, furloughs, hiring freezes, early retirements, no salary increases, and changes in health care;

–      Yet our hard working County employees continue to exceed our expectations and serve us all so well.

•       Yes, 2012 has been an amazing year for Chisago County:

–      Amazing difficult in some instances, as we have wrestled with tough times and even tougher challenges;

–      Yet also amazingly rewarding, as we have been able to craft both our responses to these challenges and – believe it or not – even find time to think about our “new normal.”

–      This Board and our staff have begun to put in place a new foundation for Chisago County.  One that will serve us well from here on out.

•       For that, I would like to publically thank my colleagues here on the Board, who have passionately led us throughout 2012;

•       I would also like to thank our dedicated and hard-working staff, our other elected officials, and our partners, whose day-to-day efforts to implement this Board’s directions make every success possible and every challenge all the less daunting; and

•       Finally, I would like to thank the residents and citizens who call Chisago County home – for entrusting us with the opportunity to lead and serve in 2012, and beyond.

•       Indeed, as I conclude my year as Board Chairman, I am truly amazed at the small but significant steps we have undertaken this past year;

–      Though still far off and – yes - perhaps even in some instances unattainable, our lofty goals of improving the quality of life for all Chisago County residents remains fixed and firm. 

–      And, while much work remains to be done, I believe we are well on our way to a better place because of what we accomplished in 2012.

•       For as Mr. Jimmy Dean so aptly reminded us, “we cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails to always reach our destination.”

 

            On motion by Greene, seconded by Robinson and carried unanimously the Board adjourned the meeting at 9:21 p.m.

 

 

 

______________________________

George McMahon, Chair

 

 

Attest:___________________________

DeAnna M. Lilienthal

Clerk, County Board



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