Chippewa County Land and Resource Manage­ment Director Scott Williams met with the Board to discuss the availability of an additional $200,000 in funds to be used for loans administered by the county for septic system upgrades in Chippewa County. The board authorized the Chair­man and Audi­tor/Treasurer to execute a loan agreement with the MPCA in the amount of $200,000, and to prepare a General Obligation Note in the amount of $500,000.

Williams also discussed the possible construction of a cold storage building on the property where Shop #1 is located. An 80 by 120 foot building is being proposed to house equipment and vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department, Ag. Inspector, Land and Resource Management, and General Revenue Fund. Funds were included in the 2017 budget for this project, and Williams was authorized to obtain plans and specifications for the building to be used in the bidding process.

In other business,, Assistant to the Engineer Kevin Enevold­sen met with the board to discuss a resolution requesting the State of Minnesota to conduct an aggregate resource mapping project for Chippewa County. The study would assist the county in land use decisions, locating additional aggregate resources, and help ensure continued economical aggregate resources for economic development. The resolution was adopted.

Enevoldsen also requested approval of an expenditure to Asphalt Surface Technologies Corp. in the amount of $47,080 for seal coat material. The request was approved as requested. Accounts payable in the amount of $265,278.21 was considered and payment approved. License Bureau director Sandy Hodge met with the board to discuss remodeling plans for the License Bureau and the possible addition of an additional employee in the License Bureau.

The board authorized the hiring of a full time employee by the License Bureau in Pay Grade 4. The board also discussed an agreement with Geronimo Energy to participate in a community solar garden as a way of reducing the county’s electrical power costs. Contingent upon a review by the county attorney, the Chairman and Auditor/Treasurer were authorized to execute the agreement.

Eric Lynner of Monte­video was appointed to fill the vacant position on the Chippewa County housing and Redevelop­ment Authority Board of Directors effective immediately. Chairman Jim Dahlvang and Jeff Lopez were appointed to meet with representatives of the city of Montevideo to consider changes to the joint powers agreement and bylaws for the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital. The first meeting of the group will be on June 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s room in the Courthouse.

The board also discussed extending the agreement with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission to administer the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program on behalf of Chippewa county for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2017 and ending on June 30, 2018.