The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Courthouse in Montevideo. Commissioners present were Nordaune, Lieser, Gilbertson, Dahlvang, and Chairman Lopez. First on the agenda was Sheriff Deputy Derek Olson, who presented an update on the 2018 and 2019 Towards Zero Deaths grant. Next, the board discussed a contract with Works Computing to upgrade the Checkpoint Firewall security configuration for the State Monitoring Project for $3,750. A motion was made to approve the contract, which was passed. Following the agenda, the board discussed the 2019 Preliminary Levy. The proposed levy is $10,715,569, which is an increase of 9.16 percent over the final 2018 levy. A motion was passed to approve the levy. The 2019 Preliminary County Levy to be collected is set as follows: The County Revenue Fund Gross Levy is $6,811,272. Less County Program aid is $348,460; Less PERA Aid is $11,822; and the Net Levy is $6,450,990. The Road & Bridge Fund Gross Levy is $1,388.875. Less County Program Aid is $72,654; Less PERA Aid is$3,330; and the Net Levy is $1,312,891. The Family Service Fund is $2,771,763. Less County Program Aid is $138,456; Less PERA Aid is $7,583; and the Net Levy is $2,625,724. The Library Fund Gross Levy is $261,957. Less County Program Aid is $13,703; Less PERA Aid is $0, and the Net Levy is $248,254. The Soil & Water Gross Levy is $82,000. Less County Program Aid is $4,290; Less PERA Aid is $0; and the Net Levy is $77,710. The Total Net Levy Gross Levy is $11,315,867. The Less County Program Aid is $577,563; Less PERA Aid is $22,735; and the Net Levy is $10,715,569. The amount to be spread to the taxpayers of Chippewa County is $10,715,569 for 2019 payable taxes, and the county set Dec. 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. as the Truth in Taxation Hearing. The meeting was closed to discuss the annual performance review of IT Director Ken Menning. After the discussion, the meeting was opened again and a motion to accept the satisfactory performance review for Menning was approved. The board then discussed the Per Capita Economic Development Fund available to areas within Chippewa County. A motion was made to require the Per Capita to be used within the physical boundaries of the requesting jurisdiction, which was approved. Several items on the consent agenda were discussed. Approved were the minutes of the September 4, 2018 regular meeting. The date for the next regular meeting is set for Oct. 2, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse in Montevideo. The meeting on Dec. 4 has been rescheduled to Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse in Montevideo. A resolution to waive the Amendment requirement for the Chippewa County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan was approved as follows: Minnesota Statutes 103B.301, comprehensive Local Water Management Act, authorizes Minnesota counties to develop and implement a Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan. Chippewa County currently has a state approved Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan that covers the period of 2014 to 2023. Chippewa County is required by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Board Order to complete an amendment of the goals, objectives, and action items of the Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan by Dec. 31, 2018. Chippewa County is participating in and intends to utilize the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s ten year approach to monitoring, assessing, and developing Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS), which are scheduled to be completed by June 2019 for the Upper Minnesota River Watershed (7.3 percent of Chippewa County is in the watershed), March 2017 for the Chippewa River Watershed (47.7 percent of ChippewaCounty is in the watershed), and September 2017 for the Hawk Creek Watershed (45 percent of Chippewa County is in the watershed). Chippewa County passed a resolution on February 20, 2018 to support the development of a comprehensive Watershed Management Plan and intends to work on developing the plan pending its selection as a recipient of a planning grant. The Hawk Creek One Watershed, One Plan is scheduled to begin in 2018 and Chippewa County will be an active participant. Be it resolved that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners requests from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources a waiver to the required amendment of the Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan in order to transition to Comprehensive Watershed Planning in accordance with Minnesota Statute 103B.801. The 2019 Board of Water and Soil Resources Natural Resources Block Grant Agreement was approved for $22,550. The $2 Per Capita Economic Development Appropriation to Clara City for $2,720 was approved, as was the $2 Per Capita Economic Development Appropriation to the City of Granite Falls for $1,648. Accounts are payable as follows: County Revenue $169,970.56; Road & Bridge $77,558.65; Human Services $650; Ditch $25,845.99; totaling $274,025.20. Some vendors receiving payments over $2,000 include: Midwest Asphalt Maintenance LLC, $42,980.88; MN State Auditor, $27,291.75; Nelson Oyen Torvik and Gilbertson, $24,368.76; Tostenson, Inc., $22,955.45; and Van HeuveIn General Contracting, $14,409.74. Altogether, vendor payments totaled $274,025.20. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.