The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse in Monte≠video. Commis≠sioners present were David Nordaune, David Lieser, Matt Gilbertson, and Chairman Jeffrey Lopez. Jim Dahlvang was absent.

The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse in Monte­video. Commis­sioners present were David Nordaune, David Lieser, Matt Gilbertson, and Chairman Jeffrey Lopez. Jim Dahlvang was absent.

County Attorney David Gilbertson provided a report of the activities in his office during the month of Oct. 2018. The commissioners then gave reports on various meetings that were attended and discussed any special developments that occurred during that month, followed by Auditor/Treasurer Michelle May’s report of the activities of her department during that month as well.

The board next discussed making contributions to VEBA/H.S.A. accounts for county employees. Contributions will be made on a quarterly basis starting on Jan. 1, 2019 for all applicable employees of the county.

County Sheriff Stacy Tufto met before the board to provide a report of the activities in the sheriff’s office during the month of Oct. 2018.

Next before the board was County Engineer Steve Kubista who provided a report of the activities of the Highway Dept. during the month of October. Kubista presented a request for approval of final payment for SP 12-070-007 in the amount of $4,698.52 to ID Sign Solutions. A motion was made to approve the final payment, which was passed.

The board next discussed the realignment of CR 4 in Maynard under project SAP 12-604-014; no action was taken.

The board discussed the following items on the consent agenda:

The minutes of the Oct. 16, 2018 regular meeting as amended, in addition to the next regular meeting on Nov. 20, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the courthouse in Montevideo; the Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative Joint Powers Agreement; the lease extension for the USDA office until Dec. 31, 2020.

All items on the consent agenda were approved.

Next the board discussed the demolition and clean-up of the Mock’s Gas Station tax-forfeited property; no action was taken.

IT Director Ken Menning met before the board to discuss public Wi-Fi at the courthouse. The board directed Menning to upgrade the current Wi-Fi service for increased capacity for public usage and to bring back any issues to the IT Steering Committee Meeting in December.

Bids for the 2019 Aggregate Surfacing were opened at 1:30 p.m. The bid from Central Specialties, Inc. of Alexandria was $729,054 and the bid from Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg was $741,060. A motion was made to accept the bid from Central Specialties in the amount of $729,054, which was approved.

The board next discussed the Montevideo Veterans Home; no action was taken.

Drainage Inspector Josh Macziewski met before the board to present an update on the construction of a lateral to Branch 3 of Lateral D of County Ditch #22. He requested to increase the beaver trapping fees to $100 in county ditches. A motion was made to increase the fee to $100 as requested, which was approved.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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