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OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
BLUE EARTH COUNTY, MINNESOTA

January 23, 1996





The County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioners' 

Room at 9:00 a.m. Present were Chairperson Colleen Landkamer, 

Commissioner Lin Barnes, Commissioner Al Bennett, Commissioner 

Alvis More, County Attorney Ross Arneson and County Administrator 

David Twa.



Commissioner Barnes moved and Commissioner Bennett seconded 

the motion to approve the amended Agenda. The motion carried. 

96-23



The Commissioners reported on committees that they have 

attended since the last Board Meeting.



Commissioner Barnes moved and Commissioner More seconded the 

motion to amend the January 2, 1996 Board Minutes. The motion 

carried. 96-24



Commissioner More moved and Commissioner Bennett seconded 

the motion to approve the following Personnel items: 



Employment of Patricia Reedstrom, as a Social Worker 

(Developmental Disabilities) (C42) with a starting 

salary of $13.78 per hour effective February 1, 1996. 

(Human Services)



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Clerical 

Specialist I (B21). (County Attorney)



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Probation 

Officer (Juvenile Transitional Caseload) (C42). 

(Community Corrections)



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Probation 

Officer (6-Month Full-Time Temporary Position) (C42). 

(Community Corrections)



Authorization to initiate recruitment for an Assistant 

County Attorney (C52). (County Attorney) 



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Clerical 

Specialist II (B22). (Community Corrections) 



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Clerk 

(Part-Time) (A11). (Personnel)



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Child 

Protection Specialist (C42). (Human Services) 



Authorization to initiate recruitment for an Appraiser 

I (C41). (Land Records)



Resignation of Maureen Sonday, Clerical Specialist II 

(B22) effective January 26, 1996. (Veteran Services) 



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Clerical 

Specialist II (B22). (Veteran Services)



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Dispatcher 

(Part-Time) (B23). (Sheriff)



Employment of Daniel Nelson, as a Dispatcher (Part- 

Time) (B23), with a starting salary of $10.53 per hour 

effective January 6, 1996. (Sheriff)



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Patrol 

Officer (C42). (Sheriff)



Employment of Michael Mauer, as a Patrol Officer (C42), 

with a starting salary of $17.82 per hour effective 

January 24, 1996. (Sheriff)



Authorization to initiate recruitment for a Patrol 

Officer (Full-Time, Temporary) (C42). (Sheriff) 



Employment of Douglas Rauenhorst, as a Patrol Officer 

(Full-Time, Temporary) (C42), with a starting salary of 

$14.06 per hour effective February 1, 1996. (Sheriff) 



The motion carried. 96-25



Commissioner More moved and Commissioner Bennett seconded 

the motion to approve a Tax Abatement to Mr. Larry McMullen, 

Route 1, Box 228, Madison Lake, MN R37-05-19-203-001 K-354333 for 

years 1994 and 1995. The motion carried. 96-26 



Mr. Steven Durkee, Senior Realty Specialist, and Mr. Larry 

Minkel, Landowner, presented the following item for the Boards 

consideration.



Commissioner More moved and Commissioner Bennett seconded 

the motion to approve the following easements which include 

language from the County Attorney on not altering drainage rights 

of other landowners in the vicinity:



CERTIFICATION OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 



In accordance with a Procedural Agreement between the 

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. 

Fish and Wildlife Service, dated May 23, 1962, 

certification by the County Board of Commissioners for 

acquisition of lands by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 

Service is requested.



Representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

met with the Board of Commissioners of Blue Earth 

County, State of Minnesota, on January 23, 1996, and 

informed the Commissioners that an easement agreement 

has been secured from Lawrence M. Minkel and Betty Ann 

Minkel, husband and wife, of Mapleton, Minnesota; on 

the following-described lands:



T. 106 N., R. 26 W., 5th P.M. Section 3, The 

West 218 feet of the South 1,000 feet of the 

SE-1/4 SE-1/4, and the SW-1/4 SE-1/4 less the 

West 400 feet of the South 544.50 feet of 

said SW-1/4 SE-1/4.



The Board will support easement provided it will not 

alter drainage rights of other landowners in the 

vicinity of the subject parcel.



AND



CERTIFICATION OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 



In accordance with a Procedural Agreement between the 

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. 

Fish and Wildlife Service, dated May 23, 1962, 

certification by the County Board of Commissioners for 

acquisition of lands by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 

Service is requested.



Representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

met with the Board of Commissioners of Blue Earth 

County, State of Minnesota, on January 23, 1996, and 

informed the Commissioners that an easement agreement 

has been secured from Viola E. Johnson, an unremarried 

widow, of Mapelton, Minnesota; on the following- 

described lands:



T. 106 N., R. 26 W., 5th P.M. Section 3, S- 

1/2 SW-1/4 NW-1/4 SE-1/4.



The Board will support easement provided it will not 

alter drainage rights of other landowners in the 

vicinity of the subject parcel.



The motion carried. 96-27



Mr. Rick Hanna, Land Use & Natural Resources Administrator 

and Ms. Julie Conrad, Land Use & Natural Resources Planner, 

presented the following Planning & Zoning items for the Boards 

consideration.



Commissioner Bennett moved and Commissioner More seconded 

the motion to approve the following Conditional Use Permit: 



RESOLUTION GRANTING A

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT

EXPANSION OF A TOTAL CONFINEMENT SWINE FACILITY 

SECTION 21, VERNON CENTER TOWNSHIP



WHEREAS, David and Robert Noy, owners of the following real 

estate in the County of Blue Earth, Minnesota, to wit: 



Northeast Quarter of Section 21, Vernon Center 

Township, T106N-R28W,



have applied for a Conditional Use Permit to expand a total 

confinement swine operation in an A-1, Prime Agriculture Zoning 

District; and



WHEREAS, the Planning Agency of the County has completed a 

review of the application and made a report pertaining to said 

request (CO 01-96 ), a copy of said report has been presented to 

the County Board; and



WHEREAS, the Planning Commission of the County on the 3rd 

day of January, 1996, following proper notice, held a public 

hearing regarding the request and, following the hearing, adopted 

a recommendation that the request for a conditional use permit be 

granted; and



WHEREAS, the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners finds 

that:



1. That with proper management of the proposed barns, 

manure storage facilities and manure application, the 

Conditional Use will not be injurious to the use and 

enjoyment of other property in the immediate vicinity 

for designated agriculture uses.



2. That the predominate use in the area is agriculture and 

that the Conditional Use will not impede the normal and 

orderly development and improvement of surrounding 

vacant property of the agricultural uses in the area. 



3. Adequate utilities, access roads, drainage and other 

necessary facilities have been or will be provided. 

Access will be from a (5 ton limit) Township Road. 



4. Adequate measures will be taken to provide sufficient 

off-road parking and loading space to serve the 

proposed use.



5. Soil conditions are adequate to accommodate the 

Conditional Use with the installation of a footing tile 

and utilization of granular back fill to lower the 

water table.



6. Proper facilities will be provided which will eliminate 

any traffic congestion or traffic hazard which may 

result from the proposed use.



7. The feedlot is not greater than the feedlot standards 

allowed in the A-1, Prime Agriculture Zoning District. 



8. That the proposed use is consistent with the County 

Land Use Plan.



9. That the proposed use does not include residential 

development.



10. That the proposed use does not include industrial 

development.



11. That the applicants have stated the need to expand 

their agricultural operation.



NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Blue Earth County 

Board of Commissioners, that the request for a Conditional Use 

Permit to expand a total confinement swine operation, in an A-1 

Zoning District, is granted with the following conditions: 



1. The confinement barns conform with the site plan 

attached to this report.



2. An updated MPCA Certificate of Compliance is issued 

before a construction permit is issued on the proposed 

request.



3. A Blue Earth County Feedlot Permit is issued before a 

construction permit is issued for the total confinement 

barns.



4. A Blue Earth County Construction Permit is issued 

before building begins.



5. A minimum of one footing tile inspection pipe is 

included in the building design and construction of 

each concrete pit.



6. MPCA requires that perimeter drain tile should be 

located at least one (1) foot deeper than the pit 

bottom. Native material must be excavated and walls 

back filled with granular material (pit run gravel or 

equivalent).



7. The land application of manure must be on the land 

described and complies with standards set forth in 

Attachment A-1, Manure Management Summary and 

Attachment A-4, Manure Application Setbacks. 



8. The applicant obtain a Department of Natural Resources, 

Water Appropriations Permit .



9. The disposal of dead animals shall be consistent with 

the Minnesota Board of Animal Health regulations. 

Applicant shall provide an enclosed location for the 

pick up of dead animals.





10. Adequate measures will be taken to minimize or control 

offensive odor, fumes, dust, noise, or vibrations so 

that none of these will constitute a nuisance. 



This resolution shall become effective immediately upon its 

passage and without publication.



The motion carried. 96-28



Mr. Karl Duncanson, applicant spoke in favor of the request 

and Ms. Cindy Smith, Danville Township, made comments. After 

discussion Commissioner More moved and Commissioner Barnes 

seconded the motion to approve the following: 



RESOLUTION GRANTING A

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT

TO CONSTRUCT A RUN-OFF CONTROL BASIN

SECTION 5, MAPLETON TOWNSHIP



WHEREAS, Duncanson Farms Inc., owner of the following real 

estate in the County of Blue Earth, Minnesota, to wit: 



West 11 acres of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast 

Quarter and the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter except 

3.13 acres and 2.89 acres highway Section 5, Mapleton Township, 

T105N-R26W,



has applied for a Conditional Use Permit to expand an existing 

storm water run-off control basin in an A-2, Limited Agriculture 

Zoning District; and



WHEREAS, the Planning Agency of the County has completed a 

review of the application and made a report pertaining to said 

request (CO 02-96 ), a copy of said report has been presented to 

the County Board; and



WHEREAS, the Planning Commission of the County on the 3rd 

day of January, 1996, following proper notice, held a public 

hearing regarding the request and, following the hearing, adopted 

a recommendation that the request for a conditional use permit be 

granted; and



WHEREAS, the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners finds 

that:



1. That the proposed runoff control basin will facilitate 

better management of runoff and manure application. 



2. The Conditional Use will not be injurious to the use 

and enjoyment of other property in the immediate 

vicinity for the agricultural purpose already permitted 

in the immediate vicinity of the site.



3. That the predominate use in the area is agriculture and that 

the Conditional Use will not impede the normal and orderly 

development and improvement of surrounding vacant property 

for the agricultural uses in the area.



4. Soil conditions are adequate to accommodate the proposed use 

with a perimeter drain tile to lower the water table. 



5. According to the Surface Water Hydrology Atlas, it 

appears that a county tile line is near both proposed 

sites.



6. The feedlot is not greater than the feedlot standards 

allowed in the A-2, Agriculture Zoning District. 



7. The proposed use is consistent with the County Land Use 

Plan.



8. That the proposed use does not include residential 

development.



9. That the proposed use does not include industrial 

development.



10. That the applicant has stated that he needs to expand his 

runoff storage capacity. Staff estimates approximately 4 

million gallons necessary for eight months storage. 1 

million gallons currently provided with existing runoff 

control basin.



NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Blue Earth County 

Board of Commissioners, that the request for a Conditional Use 

Permit, to expand an existing storm water run-off control basin 

in an A-2 Limited Zoning District, is granted with the following 

conditions:



1. The runoff control basin location conforms to the site plan 

attached to this report, and shall provide eight months 

storage, in conjunction with existing runoff control basin, 

of storm water and manure runoff.



2. An MPCA Interim Feedlot Permit is issued before a 

construction permit is issued on the proposed request. 



3. A Blue Earth County Construction Permit is issued before 

construction begins.



4. A Blue Earth County Feedlot Permit is obtained. 



5. A minimum of one tile inspection pipe is included in 

the basin design.



6. The County tile line must be located and included in 

the engineers plans so that the proposed basin will not 

be injurious to the surrounding watershed. 



7. The applicant shall test for chlorides and nitrates 

twice annually and provide MPCA and Blue Earth County 

Environmental Services with test results (April, 

August).



8. The land application of manure be on the land described and 

complies with standards set forth in Attachment A-1, Manure 

Management Summary and Attachment A-4, Manure Application 

Setbacks.



9. The applicant obtain a Department of Natural Resources, 

"Water Appropriations Permit".10. The disposal of dead animals shall be consistent with the 

Minnesota Board of Animal Health regulations. Applicant 

shall provide an enclosed location for the pick up of dead 

animals.



11. Adequate measures will be taken to minimize or control 

offensive odor dust, fumes, noise, or vibrations so that 

none of these will constitute a nuisance. 



This resolution shall become effective immediately upon its 

passage and without publication.



The motion carried. 96-29



The next item heard was a Preliminary Plat from Ms. Shirley 

Duree, Mankato for Bittersweet Bend Subdivision Section 3, 

Decoria Township. No Action is required at this time. 



Ms. Ann Stapleton, V-tek and Mr. Mike Guillemette, 

applicant, were present to discuss the compromise they worked 

out. After discussion Commissioner Barnes moved and Commissioner 

More seconded the motion to approve the Conditional Use Permit: 



RESOLUTION GRANTING A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 

OPERATION OF A SOLID WASTE COMPOSTING FACILITY 

SECTION 31, LIME TOWNSHIP



WHEREAS, Southern Minnesota Construction, owner of the 

following real estate in the County of Blue Earth, Minnesota, to 

wit:



The North 32 acres of the East half of the Southwest Quarter 

of Section 31, Township 109 North, Range 26 West, and all of 

the east 15.5 acres of the South 30 acres of the Southeast 

Quarter of the Southwest Quarter North of callway, and the 

North 19 acres of the South 48 acres of the East half of the 

Southwest Quarter of Section 31, Township 109 North, Range 

26 West, described as follows: Commencing at a point on the 

West line of said tract at the North line of the right of 

way of the Chicago, Great Western Railway, being 591 feet 

North of the South line of said section; thence North 380 

feet to within 20 feet of a certain fence; thence East 642 

feet; thence South along the West line of Widell tract 300 

feet to the North right of way line of railway; thence West 

along said right of way line to the place of beginning; 

containing 5.03 acres, more or less, excepting portion of 

premises heretofore conveyed to the Northern States Power 

Company by warranty deed recorded in Book 149 of Deeds, page 

545.



has applied for a Conditional Use Permit to operate a solid 

waste, in-vessel composting facility in an I-2, Heavy Industrial 

Zoning District, and



WHEREAS, the Planning Agency of the County has completed a 

review of the application and made a report pertaining to said 

request (CO 06-96), a copy of said report has been presented to 

the County Board; and



WHEREAS, the Planning Commission of the County on the 6th 

day of January, following proper notice, held a public hearing 

regarding the request and, following the hearing, adopted a 

recommendation that the request for a conditional use permit be 

granted; and



WHEREAS, the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners finds 

that:



1. The Conditional Use is of the same general character as uses 

established on the site.



2. The Conditional Use will not be injurious to the use and 

enjoyment of other property already permitted in the 

immediate vicinity.



3. Establishment of the Conditional Use will not impede the 

normal and orderly development and improvement of 

surrounding vacant property for the predominate, industrial 

uses in the area.



4. Adequate utilities, access roads, drainage and other 

necessary facilities have been or are being provided. 



5. Adequate measures have been or will be taken to provide 

sufficient off-road parking and loading space to serve the 

proposed use.



6. Geological concerns for protection of ground water due to 

shallow bedrock are adequately addressed in the design of 

the proposed use.



7. The proposed use is consistent with the County Land Use 

Plan.



8. The proposed use is consistent with the County Solid Waste 

Plan and provides a beneficial waste management opportunity 

for residents and businesses in Blue Earth County. 



NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Blue Earth County 

Board of Commissioners, that the request for a Conditional Use 

Permit, in an I-2, Heavy Industrial Zoning District, is granted 

with the following conditions:



1. The MPCA issues a solid waste processing permit for this 

facility as required by State statute.



2. The applicant obtain an annual solid waste license from Blue 

Earth County each year the facility is in operation. 



3. The applicant report any spills, complaints, or violations 

of the MPCA Solid Waste Permit to the Waste Management staff 

in the Environmental Services Department. 



4. Any significant change in the operation, including materials 

accepted, or ownership of the facility shall be cause for 

review, modification or termination.



5. All leachate be disposed of or treated in a manner 

consistent with MPCA and Blue Earth County requirements. 



6. Materials accepted will be limited to source separated waste 

food, waste produce, waste grain waste, waste silage, waste 

grain, and waste feed.



7. Odor minimization practices shall be applied as practicable. 

These shall include keeping the area free of spilled 

materials; handling windrows when wind conditions are 

favorable after 5:00 pm.



8. The asphalt liner and sump area shall be kept in good, 

impermeable condition.



9. The permit shall be effective for a period of five years 

after which it may be reviewed, modified or terminated by 

the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners. 



10. The applicant shall begin construction of the composting 

facility at the proposed location no later than June 1, 

1997.



This resolution shall become effective immediately upon its 

passage and without publication.



The motion carried. Commissioner Bennett abstained. 96-30 



Mr. David Twa, County Administrator, presented the December 

1995 Financial Report as an informational item. 



Pursuant to publication, bids were received, opened and 

reviewed with the following results:



PROJECT: House at 225 South Fifth Street, Mankato, MN 



BIDDER:	AMOUNT OF BID:

Mr. Will Dallenbach, Mankato, MN	$2,000.00



Commissioner Bennett moved and Commissioner More seconded the 

motion to award the bid to Mr. Will Dallenbach, Mankato, MN in 

the amount of $2,000.00. The motion carried. 96-31 



Commissioner Barnes moved and Commissioner Bennett seconded 

the motion to award a contract with Mankato Plumbing & Heating, 

Mankato, MN for full demolition of 217 and 221 South Fifth and 

partial demolition of 225 South Fifth, Mankato, MN. The motion 

carried. 96-32	Commissioner Barnes moved and Commissioner

Bennett seconded the motion to approve a contract with Johnson 

Control:



RESOLUTION



RESOLVED, That Commissioner Colleen Landkamer, 

Chairperson of the Blue Earth County Board of 

Commissioners, and David Twa, County Administrator, on 

behalf of Blue Earth County, are hereby authorized to 

enter into and designated to sign a contract with 

Johnson Controls, Inc., pursuant to Statue 471.345 for 

the amount of $1,053,918.00 and planned service 

agreement costs as proposed in the Performance Contract 

Project Summary.



BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that Stephen Michel, Physical 

Plant Director, on behalf of Blue Earth County, is 

hereby authorized to approve progress payments for the 

above said contract.



The motion carried. 95-33



Chairperson Landkamer presented to Mr. Wendell Turner, 

Senior Social Worker, a retirement plaque and thanked him for his 

years of service.



Mr. Dennis McCoy, Deputy County Administrator, presented the 

following Human Service items for the Boards consideration. 



Commissioner Bennett moved and Commissioner More seconded 

the motion to approve the following:



An agreement with Professional Building Partners for 

the Second Step space at 201 North Broad Street. 



Approval of a STRIDE Program contract addendum with 

MRCI which defines MRCI's responsibilities for the 

Worker Protection Program. Also, approve an agreement 

with the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust (MCIT) to 

provide coverage to program participants. This is due 

to legislation passed in 1995 indicating counties must 

provide worker's compensation coverage for community 

work experience programs.



The motion carried. 96-33



The meeting recessed at 12:11 p.m.



The meeting reconvened at 1:30 p.m.



Chairperson Landkamer presented Mr. Raymond Smothers, 

Maintenance Supervisor and Mr. Darrell Lewis, Heavy Equipment 

Operator, retirement plaques and thanked them for their years of 

service.



Pursuant to publication, bids were received, opened and 

reviewed with the following results:



PROJECT: Red Jacket Trail Trestles Decking & Hand Rails 



BIDDER:	AMOUNT OF BID:

Timme Construction Co., Endeavor, WI	$ 93,511.65

Global Spec Construction, Burnsville, MN	$ 96,702.95

Robert Carlstrom Construction, Mankato, MN $124,943.85 

M & K Construction, Walnut Grove, MN	$130,081.00

Minnowa Construction, Inc., Harmony, MN	$139,316.00

Jay Brothers, Forest Lake, MN	$154,584.50

Myron Miller Construction, Waterville, MN $168,453.50 

Glenwood Bridge, Inc., Glenwood, MN	$184,152.10



Commissioner Barnes moved and Commissioner Bennett seconded the 

motion to recommend that the State award the contract to the low 

bidder Timme Construction, Inc., Endeavor, WI in the amount of 

$93,511.65. The motion carried. 96-34



PROJECT: Land at Vernon Center Shop



BIDDER:	AMOUNT OF BID:



Ms. Barbara Peterson, Vernon Center, MN	$201.00



Commissioner Bennett moved and Commissioner More seconded the 

motion to award the bid to Ms. Barbara Peterson, Vernon Center, 

MN in the amount of $201.00. The motion carried. 96-35 



PROJECT: Right-of-way on CSAH 9, Lantz Subdivision 



BIDDER:	AMOUNT OF BID:



No bids were received.



Commissioner Barnes moved and Commissioner Bennett seconded 

the motion to approve the following:



RESOLUTION

VARIANCE REQUEST

USE OF STATE AID FUNDS FOR LOCAL SHARE OF TRAFFIC 

SIGNALS AT TH 22 AND CSAH 54 AND AT TH 22 AND CSAH 83 



WHEREAS, MnDot, Blue Earth County and the City of 

Mankato have entered into an agreement to install 

traffic signal lights at the intersection of TH 22 and 

CSAH 54 (Hoffman Road) and the intersection of TH 22 

and CSAH 83, and



WHEREAS, MnDot has developed final plans for these 

improvements which were approved by MnDot prior to 

MnDot entering into a contract to construct these 

improvements, and



WHEREAS, MnDot has contracted to construct these 

improvements and the work is underway, and 



WHEREAS, Blue Earth County desires to use CSAH funds 

for its approximately $69,000 share of the improvement 

cost;



Whereas, Blue Earth County did not receive prior 

approval from the MnDot State Aid Engineer before MnDot 

entered into the construction contract,



RESOLVED, Blue Earth County requests a variance to 

State Aid Operations Rules Chapter 8820.2800 Subp. 2. 

which requires that final plans be approved by the 

MnDot State-Aid Engineer before awarding a contract. 



The motion carried 96-36



Commissioner Barnes moved and Commissioner More seconded the 

motion to approve the following resolution and send a copy to 

area legislators:



RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS 

AND GAS TAX INCREASE



WHEREAS, Minnesota is experiencing increased automobile 

and commercial traffic; and



WHEREAS, highway accidents and fatality rates are 

increasing on Minnesota highways; and



WHEREAS, Blue Earth County is supporting an increase in 

the Minnesota motor fuel tax for highway improvement; 

and



WHEREAS, the motor fuels tax is a user fee related to 

the amount of travel and therefore reflects the cost to 

the state and local government of providing and 

maintaining highways and streets; and



WHEREAS, the motor fuels tax is constitutionally 

dedicated to the Highway Users Tax Distribution Fund 

and the proceeds of the tax must be spent for the 

purpose of construction and maintenance of roads in 

Minnesota; and



WHEREAS, Blue Earth County residents and businesses 

benefit by the timely construction of state highways 

including TH 14, TH 22, and TH 169 improvements to 

allow for the movement of people and goods in Blue 

Earth County; by an increase in state funding to the 

county for the construction and maintenance of county 

state aid highways; and by an increase in funding to 

municipalities over 5000 population including the City 

of Mankato in Blue Earth County for the construction 

and maintenance of municipal state aid roads. 



NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED Blue Earth County 

supports an increase in the motor fuels tax to 25 cents 

per gallon and provide for the annual indexing of the 

tax at the rate of inflation; and



BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Blue Earth County urges its 

legislative delegation to support increasing and 

indexing the motor fuels tax during the 1996 

legislative session.



The motion carried. 96-37



Scott Fichtner, Environmental Services Director. Mr. Rick 

Hanna, Land Use & Natural Resources Administrator and Mr. Chuck 

Peterson, Land Use & Natural Resource Feedlot Specialist, updated 

the Board on Environmental Services issues. 



Commissioner Bennett moved and Commissioner Barnes seconded 

the motion to appoint Mr. Kevin Sorensen, Route 2, Box 79A, Lake 

Crystal, to the Board of Adjustments Committee. The motion 

carried. 96-38



Commissioner Bennett moved and Commissioner More seconded 

the motion to increase the Ditch Viewers Fee to $150 per day + 

expenses. The motion carried. 96-39



After discussion, Commissioner Barnes moved and Commissioner 

Bennett seconded the motion to change the amount to be paid to 

Ponderosa from $200,000 to $150,000. The $50,000 will be held 

until all things have been satisfactory completed on the project. 

The motion carried. 96-40



Commissioner More moved and Commissioner Barnes seconded the 

motion to approve the following Bills which include the change to 

Ponderosa:



Bills For Week of January 8-12, 1996



Grand Total $6,259,051.98



Bills for Week of January 15-19, 1996



Grand Total $3,367,101.29



Bills for Week of January 22-26, 1996



Grand Total $2,508,003.13



The motion carried. 96-41



Commissioner Bennett moved and Commissioner More seconded 

the motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:42 p.m. The motion 

carried. 96-42