PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Tuesday - December 17, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
Meeting called to order by Chairman Jeff Holst at 7:00 p.m. in the County Board Room at the Pierce County Courthouse. A quorum was established with roll call by County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm with 17 supervisors present. Also attending were Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence, Jason Matthys-Administrative Coordinator, Jerry Forss-Maintenance Supervisor, Julie Brickner-Finance Director, Wanda Kinneman-Insurance Coordinator, Ron Schmidt-Human Services Director, Chad Johnson-Highway Commissioner, Diane Odeen-resident City of River Falls.
Motion by J. Kosin/R. Mercord to adopt the agenda as presented; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by Supervisor R. Wood.
Public Comment on Issues Not Related to Agenda Items: HS Director R. Schmidt distributed a letter inviting Board members to a meeting to discuss the past five years of the CCS program to include its implementation, continual growth, & future.
AC J. Matthys explained that plans are being drafted to renovate some of the space in the Courthouse Annex to include office space for some departments as well as a new County Board room. He added that the old Board Room could then be utilized primarily by the Courts.
Commendations: A Commendation to Highway Dept. employee Jerome Johnson for 45 years of service to the citizens of Pierce County was read aloud by County Clerk J. Feuerhelm. Highway Commissioner C. Johnson indicated that Mr. Johnson was not able to be present to receive the commendation, but that he was certainly an exemplary employee for his entire tenure with Pierce County, adding that he has been a model employee.
Highway Department Equipment Purchase: In excess of $75,000 pursuant to §40-23(B) Pierce County Code: 67,000 lb. Wheel Loader. Hwy. Commissioner C. Johnson explained that the lowest responsible bid was from Fabick Cat, for a 2020 CAT 980M with a net cost of $169,998. Motion by B. Schroeder/L. Peterson to approve bid from Fabick Cat for a 2020 CAT 980M, 67,000 lb. wheel loader, in the amount of $169,998; motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
Fairgrounds Usage Report: Maintenance Supervisor J. Forss indicated that the information was being shared with all members so that they could see how often the grounds & buildings are being used. He added that it is far more than just the four days a year for the county fair.
RESOLUTIONS FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION
Res. 19-19 Transfer Remaining Jail/Sheriff's Dept. Building Project Fund Balance to Jail Assessment Fund.
First reading; motion by M. Kahlow/C. Bjork to suspend the rules, waive reading of resolution, & adopt on First Reading; motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Motion by J. Aubart/R. Wood to approve resolution 19-19 as presented; motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Res. 19-20 Amend Investment Policy. First reading; motion by M. Kahlow/S. Bjork to suspend the rules & waive reading of resolution; motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
Res. 19-21 Set General Fund Unassigned Fund Minimum Balance. First reading; motion by M. Kahlow/S. Bjork to suspend the rules & waive reading of resolution; motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
Res. 19-22 Transfer of Funds from General Fund for Hail Damaged Roofs & Related Roof Repair. First reading; motion by M. Kahlow/R. Wood to suspend the rules & waive reading of resolution; motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Supervisor B. Schroeder asked Supervisor J. Aubart about reservations he might have. Supervisor J. Aubart indicated that he simply had some concerns about the timing, the process that brought it to this point, & whether all the work needs to be done. Also, concerning was that only one contractor bid on all the roofs. Supervisors D. Reis & S. Bjork, members of the Building Committee, indicated that they felt this was too large & complex a project for the Building Committee to make the lone decision & approved to have a resolution move forward to the County Board so all members could be involved in the decision. Supervisor C. Bjork indicated that he felt that the life expectancies of the roofs were increased significantly at a cost that appeared to be reasonable when calculated over the expected life span. No action taken.
RESOLUTIONS FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION - None.
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION - None.
ORDINANCES FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION - None.
•MRRPC: Chair J. Holst explained that the Governor's Office is requesting the names of two individuals to be submitted to complete former member Jim Ross's term. He named Neil Gulbranson & Greg Place as individuals willing to serve in that capacity. Supervisor B. Schroeder further explained that for this particular committee members have specific appointments. More specifically, that one member is appointed by the Governor only, one by the County Board only, & one by the combination of the Governor & the County Board. Supervisor J. Aubart nominated Neil Gulbranson to the post. Supervisor D. Reis nominated Greg Place. Motion by R. Gilles/R. Mercord to confirm the two nominations to the MRRPC & forward to the Governor's Office for appointment.
Future Agenda Items: Resolutions 19-20 through 19-22
Next meeting date: Jan. 28, 2020; 7 p.m.; County Board Room, Courthouse.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m. by motion of R. Wood/B. Schroeder; motion carried unanimously.
Respectfully submitted by J. Feuerhelm, County Clerk
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