At their meeting Jan 8, 2013, the Dodge County Board of Commissioners approved fees for county services, discussed the assessor's and recorder's positions, approved union agreements and discussed county responses to animals running at large.
Because of redistricting caused by the 2010 census, all commissioners had to stand for reelection last year and the new board was sworn in Jan 2.
The commissioners are: John Allen, District 1; Lyle Tjosaas, District 2; Rodney Peterson, District 3; David Erickson, District 4; and Steven Gray, District 5.
The group decided to meet another time to review the county strategic plan and mission statement.
In reviewing 2013 fees, board members noted the amounts charged for the initial registrations of feedlots had been lowered. County Administrator Jim Elmquist explained that the Environmental Services department recommended the reduction because of the charges for zoning permits, public hearings, and registration maintenance fees when a new feedlot opens.
Last year, Recorder Sue Alberts and Assessor Wendall Englestad retired and the county is evaluating how to fill those positions.
At present, those duties are being completed by the two departments' employees. Commissioner Gray said he would like to see an assessor in the position instead of job-sharing at least the assessor's duties with another county as has been discussed.
The board approved:
The 2013-2014 AFL-CIO 49 Highway Union Labor Agreement.
The 2013-2014 AFL-CIO 49 Transfer Station Union Labor Agreement.
The 2013-2014 Teamsters Dispatcher Union Agreement.
The annual contract with Workforce Development, Inc. to provide Minnesota Family Investment Program and Diversionary Work Program Employment and training services not to exceed $75,063.
The annual contract with South Central Human Relations Center to provide outpatient mental health services for $24,100.
The annual contract with Semcac for administration of volunteer transportation services. Semcac is a community action agency working with Mower, Houston, Fillmore, Freeborn, Winona, Dodge, and Steele Counties. Fees paid are based on the number of miles driven.
The annual contract with the Community and Economic Development Associates for $21,810.
An interim use permit for Dan and Corey Carstensen to establish a limited rural business in the agricultural district in Mantorville Township. The business is for light auto repair - like oil changes - and small engine repair.
Commissioner Erickson talked about the problem of animals running loose in the county. Presently, county employees have no authority to pick up the animals to take them to a shelter. Sometimes, the animals have been abandoned by their owners and sometimes they are simply 'at large.' No decisions were made.
The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan 22 at the courthouse.