State Sen. Andrew Lang, Rep. Tim Miller, and Veterans Home Committee Chair Marvin Garbe met with the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners at their regular board meeting on Tuesday, July 5.

The trio were on hand to update the board on the stature of the Veterans Home Project. The signing of the bonding bill by Gov. Mark Dayton was welcome news.

The Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse was filled to capacity with many of the Veterans who have supported the project wince its inception 11 years ago.

Garbe expressed his thanks to those veterans, to the community, and the Board of Commissioners for their support over the years. He also acknowledged all the work that Sen. Lang and Rep. Miller did to see that the three outstate veterans homes were included in the bonding bill.

Sen. Lang and Rep. Miller both spoke of the determination and perseverance of local and area supporters of the veterans home, and they were also very thankful for the local and area support for the project.

In other business, the board heard a report from Steve Kubista on the activities of the Highway Department during the month of May.

Kubista presented two quotes for the replacement of the fire suppression system at the Highway Shop. Johnson Controls provided a quote of $14,289 for the project, while a quote of $12,490 was received from Protection Systems.

Kubista recommended approval of the quote from Johnson Controls because the specifications met Fire Marshall Code and were also more complete. After discussion, the board approved the quote from Johnson Controls.

The board next discussed the 2017 Financial Report for the Highway Dept. and the five-year construction plan. A public hearing has been set for August 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. to hear public comments on the five-year construction plan.

Kathy Schwantes, U of M Regional Director, Kati Birhanzl, 4-H Program Coordinator, and Kari Hendrickson, Office Support Assistant, all met before the board to discuss the Chippewa County 4-H Program and Extension Services. Summer Assistant Justine Jaenisch and Extension Intern Kathryn Madson were introduced to the board.

Schwantes presented the Memorandum of Agreement for 4-H/Extension Services for 2019, 2020, and 2021 to the board. After discussion, the board approved the agreement.

Tom Warner, Desirae Sharp, and Zach Bothun from the Chippewa County Soil & Water Conservation District provided an update of projects and service offerings to the board.

Kristi Fernholz of the Upper Minnesota Regional Development Commission met with the board to provide an update on the PACE program. She presented an amendment for contracted services to provide marketing and outreach to businesses regarding the PACE program. The amendment was adopted by the board.

Heidi Rauenhorst of the Hawk Creek Watershed District also provided an update to the board.

Items on the consent agenda which were approved by the board included:a bid for the Airport Taxiway Construction and Wind Cone Relocation; a Contract Amendment #1 with SEH for Airport Taxiway Engineering Services; the Police & Fire PERA Resolutions for Cody Hiepler and Jeff Jerve; and a resolution establishing an Absentee and Mail Ballot Board. Also approved by the board was a resolution declaring Aug. 24, 2018 as American Legion Day.

The board discussed proposed changes to the Emergency Management Contract which was previously approved on May 1, 2018. The board approved the Emergency Management Contract with Tim Bergeland as amended. The date for the next regular board meeting was set for June 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse in Montevideo.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.