The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session last Tuesday, Feb. 6. The board heard a report from Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. about proposed improvements to the taxiways at the Montevideo-Chippewa County Airport.

Improvements to the taxiways need to be made before construction can begin on new hangars in 2019. The costs for the improvements would be shared by both the city of Montevideo and the county, with an estimated cost to each of $20,000.

The city approved to proceed with construction at the previous evenings city council meeting. After discussing the matter, the board also approved to proceed with construction of the taxiways.

The board received requests for funding from three groups. The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway Alliance requested $50, the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission requested $18,199, and the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council requested $750. All requests were approved by the board.

The board accepted $50,000 from the BWSR Drainage Records Modernization Grant to update the current record keeping system. The Auditor/Treasurer and board chairman were authorized to execute the agreement.

Also accepted by the board was a state of Minnesota Voting Equipment grant in the amount of $46,450.35.

The board authorized the hiring of Justine Jaenisch for the position of Extension Summer Support Staff.

The disbursement of $451,623 from the 2018 Township Road Allotment was authorized by the board.

The board set the date for the County Board Appeal and Equalization, which will take place on June 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse in Montevideo.

County Sheriff Stacy Tufto met with the board to discuss the various activities of his department during January, 2018.

Tufto reported that Deputy Sheriff Brian Hanson submitted a letter of resignation which was effective as of Jan. 19, 2018. Tufto requested authorization to begin the process of hiring a replacement deputy sheriff. The board approved the request.

County Engineer Steve Kubista presented the 2017 Assigned Fund balances for Equipment Capital Outlay at $810,000, and for Land and Building Capital Outlay at $189,440.

The Commissioners discussed the canvassing for the Feb. 13, 2018 special election. The canvas has been set for tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 16) at 3;00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse. Commissioners Lieser and Dahlvang will participate on the canvas board. The board approved the purchase of five iPads from CDW Government at a total cost of $2.097.64. The iPads will be used by the commissioners.

Joey Buseman, county Building Maintenance Supervisor, discussed the installation of a new Courthouse generator with the board. Buseman was directed to sell the old generator in an online auction.

Buseman also presented a quote from Chappel Central Heating and Plumbing for the replacement of the heating system control boxes and baseboard valves in the south wing of the Courthouse. No action was taken at this time.

Drainage inspector Josh Macziewski requested that the board set a preliminary hearing date for the construction of a new lateral to County Ditch 22 Lateral D to Branch 3. The board set the date for the preliminary hearing for March 9, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse.

Macziewski also discussed the permitting process for an underground manure pipeline. The board directed him to draft a permit agreement.

Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital Chairman Mark Rekow, Interim Administrator Chuck Bruhn, and city council members Marvin Garbe and Nathan Schmidt discussed changes to the Hospital Joint Powers agreement that would allow a member of the medical staff to serve as a voting member on the Hospital Commission. No action was taken at this time.

The board discussed a loan agreement with the Chippewa County Fair to discuss the construction of a garage at the Chippewa County Fairgrounds to house buses. A 14 year loan agreement at 3 percent annual interest for the cost of construction. The terms of the agreement would be reviewed every three years. A motion was made and passed to approve the loan agreement.

The next county board meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse at 1:30 p.m.

There being no more business, the meeting was adjourned.