OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS

Pope County 

Board of Commissioners

July 2, 2019

The July 2, 2019 Regular Board meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Board Chair Cody Rogahn with the following members present:  Commissioners Larry Lindor, Gordy Wagner and Paul Gerde.  Kersten Kappmeyer, County Coordinator and Neil Nelson, County Attorney were present.

On motion by Gerde, seconded by Wagner and unanimously carried, the Board approved the agenda as presented.

On motion by Lindor, seconded by Gerde and unanimously carried, the Board approved the official proceedings for June 18, 2019.  

Stacy Hennen, Human Services Director presented Resolution for Public Medical Assistance Program Procurement; Contract with DHS for the Work Number for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021; Request to Become the Fiscal Host for the Local Collaborative and Out of Home Placement Report and Case Counts.  On motion by Wagner, seconded by Lindor and unanimously carried, the Board approved Resolution 201923 supporting the recommendation of PrimeWest Health as the single source management care organization for Pope County.  On motion by Wagner, seconded by Lindor and unanimously carried, the Board approved the contract with Department of Human Services for the Work Number for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.  On motion by Gerde, seconded by Lindor and unanimously carried, the Board approved the Request to become the fiscal host for the local collaborative.  

Tim Riley, Sheriff presented Request for Purchase of New K-9.  On motion by Gerde, seconded by Lindor and unanimously carried, the Board approved the purchase of a new K-9.  This dog will be trained in narcotics, tracking and article/evidence searching.  

Dave Orlowski, Senior Engineering Technician/Drainage Inspector, presented Final Payment – SAP 061-658-001; MnDOT Agreement 1030850 – Railroad Crossing Signal Installation and MnDOT Agreement 1030851 – Railroad Crossing Signal Installation.  On motion by Gerde, seconded by Wagner and unanimously carried, the Board approved to accept SAP 061-658-001 as complete and authorize the final payment to Central Specialties, Inc., in the amount of $19,283.70.  On motion by Lindor, seconded by Wagner and unanimously carried, the Board approved Resolution 201924 to enter into MnDOT Agreement 1030850 with the Soo Line Railroad Company d/b/a Canadian Pacific for the installation and maintenance of railroad crossing signals at the intersection of County Road 85 with the tracks of the Company in Bangor Township.  On motion by Gerde, seconded by Lindor and unanimously carried, the Board approved Resolution 201925 to enter into MnDOT Agreement 1030851 with the Soo Line Railroad Company d/b/a Canadian Pacific for the installation and maintenance of railroad crossing signals at the intersection of CSAH 30 with the tracks of the Company in Leven Township.

Susie Novak Boelter, Executive Director of the North Country Food Bank, Crookston, MN addressed the Board regarding the efforts to secure a new, larger facility for food bank operations.  North Country Food Bank is 1 of 5 food banks in Minnesota.  North Country Food Bank has supplied 100,000 meals to members of Pope County.  On motion by Wagner, seconded by Gerde and unanimously carried, the Board will contribute a one-time appropriation of $25,000 out of the reserves in support to secure a new, larger facility to North Country Food Bank.

David Green, Land and Resource Director presented Conditional Use Permit (CUP): Lowry CSG2, LLC Community Solar Garden; CUP: Brooten CSG1, LLC Community Solar Garden and Amendment of CUP: Berlin Farms, LLC.  On motion by Lindor, seconded by Gerde and unanimously carried, the Board approved the CUP: Lowry CSG2, LLC Community Solar Garden: Applicant: ReneSola Power Holdings LLC, LLC on behalf of Lowry CSG 2, LLC and Loren and Tracy Boysen located at Part of Government Lot 1, Section 1, Township 125 (White Bear Lake), Range 39.  On motion by Gerde, seconded by Wagner and unanimously carried, the Board approved the CUP: Brooten CSG1, LLC Community Solar Garden: Applicant: RenaSola Power Holdings LLC, LLC on behalf of Brooten CSG 1 LLC, and Dave and Kathy Terpstra located at Part of the Northwest Quarter (NW ¼) of the Northeast Quarter (NE ¼), Section 2, Township 123 (Lake Johanna), Range 36.  A motion was made by Wagner to deny the Amendment of Conditional Use Permit: Berlin Farms, LLC.  Chair Rogahn passed the Chairmanship to Vice-Chair, Gordy Wagner, and Rogahn seconded the motion; thereafter the motion was approved by the following vote:  Ayes:  Wagner, Rogahn, Gerde; Nays:  Lindor.  

Stephanie Rust, Auditor-Treasurer presented 2nd Half 2019 Appropriations and Pay Bills and Supplemental Bills.  On motion by Lindor, seconded by Gerde and unanimously carried, the Board approved the payment of the 2nd half 2019 appropriations as presented, except for the second half appropriation to the Crow Organization of Water, which was not paid out.  On motion by Lindor, seconded by Gerde and unanimously carried, the Board approved the payment of bills of $289,019.17 plus supplemental bills of $24,729.06 totaling $313,748.23.

On motion by Gerde, seconded by Wagner and unanimously carried, the Board approved for Loren Lukes, Facilities Director to sell a list of older used county equipment as presented through K-Bid auction contract which will take place mid to late July.  

On motion by Gerde, seconded by Lindor and unanimously carried, the Board entered the per diem expense reports into the record.

Kersten Kappmeyer, County Coordinator presented Informational Update and Consideration of Appointment to Sauk River Watershed District Manager Position.  On motion by Gerde, seconded by Lindor and unanimously carried, the Board appointed Donavon McKigney to the Sauk River Watershed Board of Managers for a three-year term through June 30, 2022.

Informational updates on various meetings and events were given by the County Commissioners.

Chair Rogahn adjourned the meeting at 11:22 a.m.

Kersten Kappmeyer,

County Coordinator

Cody Rogahn,

Chairman of the Board

July 22