SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES December 31, 2019

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Chairman Hendrickx called the meeting to order at 9:02 AM with all members present. Also present: County Administrator Kelsey Baker, County Attorney Danielle Olson, Terri Orr, other county employees and members of the public.
Chairman Hendrickx asked if there were any changes or additions to the agenda. Chair Hendrickx had an updated Labor Agreement contract between the County of Swift and the Courthouse Union No. 2568 There were no other changes.
12-31-19-01 Commissioner Rudningen moved and Commissioner E. Pederson seconded to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried unanimously.
12-31-19-02 Commissioner Fox moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to approve the Consent Agenda items one and two: (1) Minutes from the December 17, 2019 Regular Meeting, (2) Approval of Petty Cash Amounts for 2020 and (3) Consider approving appointment of Nathan Ruka to the Planning commission for a three-year term. Also consider the re-appointment of Joe Carruth and Tom Walsh for three-year terms.
Commissioner P. Peterson pulled the number three consent agenda item for discussion consisting of the approval of appointment of Nathan Ruka to the Planning commission for a three-year term. Brief discussion was held.
Chairman Hendrickx requested the addition of nineteen bills to the list and pull two bills, State of MN for $37.53 and Swift County Attorney for $112.57.
12-31-19-03 Commissioner Rudningen moved and Commissioner E. Pederson seconded to approve the Commissioner warrants as amended: County General Revenue, $231,755.89; Solid Waste Fund, $31,036.30; Road and Bridge, $28,425.59; Human Services, $296.45; County Ditches Fund, $112,350.70; which includes the following bills over $2,000: Albany Recycling Center, $2,676.98; Alvero LLC, $2,625.00; Ascheman Oil, $2,603.79; Bolton & Menk, Inc., $6,105.00; Chippewa River Watershed, $4,000.00; Dooley Petroleum, Inc., $2,694.87; Kluver Law Office & Mediation Center PLI, $5,340.00; Kris Engineering, $12,292.72; Mattheisen Disposal, Inc., $2,249.23; Northern Lights Trail Snowmobile Club, $20,447.78; Onsolve LLC, $9,858.80; Pemberton Sorlie Rufer & Kershner PLLP, $8,233.71; Prairie Community Services, $2,610.00; Prairie Five Rides, $10,388.73; Pro-Trainer, $2,200.00; Riley Brothers Construction Inc., $100,863.38; Strand/Tygen, $12,154.79; Swift County Benson Hospital, $99,997.00; Swift County RDA, $10,074.60; T & K Kennedy Excavating Inc., $3,010. Treasurer, City of Kerkhoven, $5,000.00; US Postal Service, $3,900.00; University of Minnesota, $18,444.99; Waist Management of WI-MN, $9,622.87; Yellow Medicine County Jail, $7,125.50. Motion carried unanimously.
Board and Committee Reports were given as follows: Commissioner P. Peterson reported on Prairie Five Community Action Group, and Sheriff Task Force meeting. Commissioner E. Pederson reported on Soil Water Conservation District, DAC, Retirement party for Wayne Knutson, Computer Professionals Technology, and Sheriff Task Force meeting. Chairman Hendrickx reported on a phone conversation with Jim Mulder and Administrator Baker on the Organizational Study. Commissioner Fox reported on Chippewa River Watershed. Commissioner Rudningen reported on Prairie Lakes Youth Program, Drug Task Force and Emergency Services Radio Board.
Administrator Kelsey Baker reported on Union Contracts, year-end reports, performance reviews and personnel meeting.
Chairman Hendrickx asked for citizen’s comments. There were none.
The City of Appleton requested approval to waive the portion of taxes due to Swift County from Donald McCarthy. A lengthy discussion was held.
12-31-19-04 Commissioner Rudningen moved and Commissioner Fox seconded to deny the request for abatement as it sits for portion of taxes due to Swift County from Donald McCarthy. Motion carried unanimously.
Administrator Baker requested to carryover 65.25 hours of vacation accruals for Carla Roberts from 2019-2020
12-31-19-05 Commissioner Rudningen moved and Commissioner E. Pederson seconded to approve the one-time request to carryover 65.25 hours of vacation accruals for Carla Roberts from 2019-2020. Motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff John Holtz held a discussion on the Dispatch Center. No action was taken.
Request approval for the Labor Agreement between the County of Swift and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO Local Union No. 2568, Courthouse unit.
12-31-19-06 Commissioner Rudningen moved and Commissioner P. Peterson seconded to approve the Labor Agreement between the County of Swift and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO Local Union No. 2568, Courthouse unit. Motion carried unanimously.
Request approval for the Labor Agreement between the County of Swift and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO Local Union No. 2538, Highway unit.
12-31-19-07 Commissioner Rudningen moved and Commissioner P. Peterson seconded to approve the Labor Agreement between the County of Swift and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO Local Union No. 2538, Highway unit. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion on the City of Appleton Fire Bill
12-31-19-08 Commissioner E. Pederson moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to pay the fire bill out of board discretionary funds, contingent on further review of the County Attorney. Motion carried unanimously.
The board recessed at 10:27 AM.
The board reconvened at 10:36 AM.
12-31-19-09 Commissioner Rudningen moved and Commissioner P. Peterson seconded to move to closed session to evaluate the performance of an individual who is subject to its authority pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.05, subdivision 3 for a scheduled annual performance review of County Administrator Kelsey Baker. Motion carried unanimously.
The regular session recessed to closed session at 10:37 AM.
The meeting reconvened to regular session at 11:00 AM.
12-31-19-10 Commissioner Fox moved a resolution and Commissioner P. Peterson seconded to approve increasing the Administrator’s salary in line with the market study and non-union group, and moving the Administrator 1 step on her anniversary date of March 21, 2020 as specified in the resolution. Motion carried unanimously.
It was noted by the Chair that Administrator Baker had a favorable 2019 performance review in the closed session.
12-31-19-11 Commissioner P. Peterson moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
Meeting adjourned at 11:02 AM.
 
WITNESSED:
Gary Hendrickx, Chair
ATTEST:
Kelsey Baker, County Administrator

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