County Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting June 19, 2018 The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners met for the annual County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:43 p.m. at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Presiding over the meeting was Chairman Donna Gravley. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: Commissioners Tom Appel, Jim Schmidt, Donna Gravley, Norm Holmen, and Kevin Stevens; County Coordinator Kelly Thongvivong, Auditor/Treasurer Jan Johnson, County Attorney Nick Anderson, Kathy Marsh, County Assessor Gale Bondhus, Deputy Appraiser Alan Coners, Senior Appraiser Karla Ambrose, and John Tibodeau. John Tibodeau (15.014.0100) questioned the $6,600 estimated market value increase on a concrete floor and retaining wall as he feels it should be tax exempt. Motion by Schmidt, second by Stevens, unanimous vote to make no change on Parcel 15.014.0100 owned by John Tibodeau. Tibodeau and the County Assessor should work together to see if there is documentation to state the concrete floor is tax exempt. Bondhus presented assessment valuation changes and statistics from 2017 to 2018 to the Board. Value changes were made based on qualifying sales that took place in the county from 10/01/16 to 09/30/17. Bondhus presented 2018 new construction changes and comparisons by district from 2017 to 2018 as well as valuation changes by property type from 2017 to 2018. Bondhus updated the board on Tax Court cases that have been finalized or still pending. Bondhus presented the County Assessor recommendations to the board as follows: recommendation to reduce the house taxable value by $12,300 as the inside of the building has deteriorated on Parcel 12.006.0401. Motion by Schmidt, second by Johnson, unanimous vote to reduce the house taxable value by $12,300 as the inside of the building has deteriorated on Parcel 12.006.0401 owned by James Dick et al. Due to the change, the adjusted 2018 estimated market value on the house/garage/1 acre is $85,100. Motion by Holmen, second by Stevens, unanimous vote to accept the remainder of assessments as presented. There being no further business, Chairman Gravley declared the meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m. S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Donna L. Gravley, Board Chair S/Kelly Thongvivong, County Coordinator
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION June 19, 2018 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting The Board of Commissioners met at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: Commissioners Tom Appel, Donna Gravley, Kevin Stevens, Norm Holmen, Jim Schmidt; County Coordinator Kelly Thongvivong, County Attorney Nick Anderson, Auditor/ Treasurer Jan Johnson, Kathy Marsh, Nick Klisch, Gale Bondhus, Alan Coners, Karla Ambrose, and John Tibodeau.
Routine Items — approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to approve the agenda; to approve the minutes of the June 5, 2018 meeting; to approve June warrants in the amount of $201,750.35 and broken down as follows: County Revenue Fund — $83,559.71, County Building Fund — $725.20, Ditch Fund — $252.53; County Revenue Fund — $5,408.31, Road and Bridge Fund — $63,250.33, Waste Abatement/Score Fund —$5,286.02; Landfill Enterprise — $43,268.25; adjournment.
Personnel Items — approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to move Austin Crowell to permanent full-time status as Heavy Equipment Mechanic as of June 21, 2018; to hire Alex Yonker as Heavy Equipment Operator at the rate of $17.64 per hour pending successful completion of all hiring requirements; to advertise for a seasonal position at the parks department for the period of August 1 to October 31, 2018; to approve a Sick Leave Donation request for an employee who has requested donations of leave as per Personnel Policy #170; to allow cell phone reimbursements for Jay Elness ($60) and Kevin Paulsen ($30) for usage of their personal cell phones retro to June 1, 2018; to declare that the County offices were officially closed as of 1:00 p.m. on June 12, 2018, due to the power outage that affected some areas of Windom for an extended period of time and in accordance with County Policy No. 420.
Additional Action Items — approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to approve resolution 18-06-19 accepting MnDOT Agreement No. 1031324; to allow the Chair and Auditor/Treasurer Board of Commissioners ◆ COTTONWOOD ◆ to sign the agreement between Cottonwood County and the Windom Eagles Remote Control Model Airplane Club with the term of the lease agreement to end on December 31, 2018. S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Donna L. Gravley, Board Chair S/Kelly Thongvivong, County Coordinator
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION June 22, 2018 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Emergency Meeting The Board of Commissioners met at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: Commissioners Donna Gravley, Tom Appel, Kevin Stevens, Jim Schmidt; County Attorney Nick Anderson; Chief Deputy Auditor/ Treasurer Brenda Anderson; Kathy Marsh, Paul Johnson, David Bucklin, Kelly Heather Pfarr, James Amundson, Wendell Fredin, and Joel Alvstad. Commissioner Norm Holmen was absent.
Additional Action Items — approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to adopt resolution declaring a state of emergency due to the heavy rain and flooding event of June 20 and 21, 2018 that has caused a significant amount of public property damage. S/Brenda Anderson, Chief Deputy Auditor/ Treasurer S/Donna L. Gravley, Board Chair S/Kathy Marsh, Human Resources Technician