The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 8 am in the Courthouse in Montevideo. Commissioners present were Chairman Jeffrey Lopez, David Nordaune, David Lieser, Matt Gilbertson and Jim Dahlvang.

Auditor/Treasurer Michelle May gave a report on activities of the Auditor/Treasurer’s Department during the month of June 2018.

County Recorder Amy Rodeberg met before the board to discuss Fraud Alert Services offered by Fidlar Technologies. The services monitor, identify, and notify individuals when a document indexing their name is recorded with the Chippewa County Recorder’s Office, and in addition allow individuals to monitor for fraudulent activity.

A motion was made to approve Fidlar’s offer for a lump sum fee of $7,500 and annual maintenance of $1,500, and the cost would be funded by the Recorder’s restricted funds. The motion was approved.

The board discussed a Veterans Honor Rewards program, but no action was taken.

County Recorder Rodeberg presented proposed fee schedule changes for the Recorder’s Office. A motion was made to approve a new fee of $150 for a Property Report and a new fee of $200 for a 40 year Search. The motion was approved.

A motion was made to approve a new fee of $20 for Ordination filings. The motion passed.

County Attorney David Gilbertson provided a report to the board of the activities in his office during June 2018.

Blake Knisley, Bruce Freske, and Stacy Salvevold from U.S. Fish & Wildlife met before the board to discuss a habitat easement on parcel 06-107-2200 located in Kragero Township. A motion was made and approved to certify the acquisition of the permanent easement.

Sheriff Stacy Tufto met before the board to provide a report of the activities at the Sheriff’s Office during June 2018. The board and Tufto discussed performance review practices and directed Tufto and May to research possible improvements to the County’s performance review policy and procedures.

Tufto also presented an invoice from Motorola Solutions, Inc. for annual service and maintenance on dispatch equipment of $14,849.88. A motion was passed to approve the payment of the invoice.

County Engineer Steve Kubista met with the board to provide a report of the activities of the Highway Department during June 2018.

Kubista requested approval and final payment on CP 35-002 in the amount of $4,957.35 to Snortum’s Nurseries, Inc. A motion was made to accept the project and authorize the final payment. The motion passed.

The board discussed replacing two railroad crossings on CR-15 at a cost of $70,421.50 to the county. A motion was made to approve Agreement #2018-4 with the Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company for the replacement of the crossings. The motion was approved.

Kubista presented two quotes for a 2018 Tilt Deck-Over Trailer. Quotes were received from Ziegler CAT of $12,745 and Truemann Welters of $12,171.84. A motion was approved to purchase the trailer from Ziegler.

Drainage Inspector Josh Macziewski presented two quotes for the purchase of a Ranger. The board directed Macziewski to research the cost of a second Ranger and extended warranty options; no action was taken.

Michelle May presented her six month self-evaluation to the board and discussed her performance. A motion was made to accept the evaluation, satisfactory completion of the probationary period, and recommend a salary change to Grade 14, Step 12 effective July 2, 2018. The motion was approved.

The following items on the consent agenda were approved:

The minutes of the June 19 regular meeting; the date for the next regular meeting set for July 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse; the IT Committee recommendation to purchase a new server for $11,450.01.

A motion was approved to hire Holly Buseman as the License Bureau Clerk I at Grade 4, step 1.

A motion was made to approve the 2018-2020 Labor Agreement with AFSCME #65. The motion was approved.

A motion was made to approve the Joint Powers Agreement with the State of Minnesota to designate Chippewa County as a Recount Official for the 2018 Primary Election. The motion passed.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.