Summary of Proceedings
Dakota County Board of Commissioners
July 22, 2008
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners met at 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, in the Boardroom, Administration Center, Hastings, Minnesota. All County Board members were present. The minutes of the County Board meeting, held July 1, 2008, were approved as presented and entered in Commissioners’ Record LL.
The following items were pulled from the consent agenda: 1) Item 7.4-Authorization To Execute Contract Amendment With Tunheim Partners To Provide Additional Funding For The Smoke-Free Homes And Cars Campaign; and Item 7.12-Selection Of Preferred Alignment For The Mississippi River Regional Trail From Spring Lake Park Reserve To The City Of Hastings.
Received a presentation of “Instant Access Permit System For Oversized Transportation” and “One Stop Access For Contract Data And Documents” achievement awards received from the National Association Of Counties; and the “Recognition Of Center For Digital Government 2008 Digital Counties Survey Award” that was received. The Dakota County Information Technology Director presented the awards and recognized staff who lead the efforts for the projects.
Authorized execution of an amendment to the agreement with Fujitsu Consulting, Inc. for software system testing professional services on the County Attorney’s case management system.
Employment And Economic Assistance:
Proclaimed August 2008 as Child Support Awareness Month in Dakota County.
Authorized execution of an amendment to the contract with Tunheim Partners to add funds to the total contract amount to continue the “Respect My Ride” smoke-free cars campaign for youth and young adults.
Authorized submission of a letter of support for a Certificate of Need for Dakota County Receiving Center, Inc. Cochran Programs to increase bed capacity to expand residential chemical dependency treatment services to serve adult women in order to seek licensing from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Authorized execution of Joint Powers Agreements with Anoka and Ramsey Counties for detoxification and commitment hold services.
Authorized execution of contracts with Guild Incorporated and Mental Health Resources, Inc. to participate in the Minnesota Supportive Housing Demonstration Project.
Amended the 2008 Social Services budget to reflect increased revenue for crisis response services and homeless families subsidies.
OPERATIONS, MANAGEMENT, AND BUDGET
Received a presentation on the 2008 Legislative Report and a schedule for Development of the 2009 Legislative Program for Dakota County from Executive Director Keith Carlson, John Tuma, and Bob Vanasek from the Minnesota Inter-County Association.
Received the Report On Invoices Paid in June 2008.
Office of Planning, Evaluation, And Development:
Authorized execution of a contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota to accept the Active Living Minnesota Phase II Grant. Ratified the reappointment of Kathleen Gaylord, Dakota County Commissioner, to continue to serve on the Active Living Minnesota planning committee. A 0.5 FTE from the Office of Planning will be dedicated to the Active Living by Design project for the duration of the grant. Amended the 2008 Office of Planning budget.
Authorized execution of contract amendments with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, for State Homeland Security Grants (Contract Nos. 2007-HSGP-00546 and 2007-HSGP–00466).
Authorized execution of a Cooperative Agreement with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to fund business and household waste pesticide management.
Farmland And Natural Areas:
Authorized execution of a cost sharing Joint Powers Agreement with the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization for reimbursement for costs incurred by the Dakota County Farmland and Natural Areas Program (FNAP) for acquiring conservation easements and installing buffers on the Dennis McNamara and Gary Hoffman, Greg and Dan Stoffel, and the Bonnie Wilmar properties along the Vermillion River. Amended the 2008 FNAP budget.
Authorized expenditure of funds from FNAP to acquire the Gelhar-Emrick permanent natural area conservation easement and amended the 2008 FNAP budget.
Authorized execution of a revised 2007 Cooperative Agreement with the United States Commodity Credit Corporation to secure additional fiscal year 2008 Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program funds.
Parks And Open Space:
Authorized execution of a joint powers agreement with the City of Inver Grove Heights for the potential new alignment of a section of the Mississippi River Regional Trail (MRRT); contingent upon approval by the Inver Grove Heights City Council. Directed staff to conduct further public review of the new Concord Avenue and Cahill Avenue route as a potentially preferable MRRT alignment for this segment, and to return to the County Board with a final recommendation on the preferred alignment for this remaining trail segment.
Authorized appraisal of and negotiation of acquisition for the James and John Weber property and the Elizabeth Ahlers property within and adjacent to Miesville Ravine Park Reserve. Directed staff to return to the County Board with results of negotiations.
Directed staff to prepare a feasibility study of the County Road (CR) 87 trail alignment alternative and return to a future Physical Development Committee meeting for selection of a preferred alignment, based on a comparison of the CR 42 and 87 findings; and to request an extension of the federal transportation grant deadline for the necessary additional time needed from the Transportation Advisory Board at the earliest appropriate date.
Authorized execution of an agreement with the City of Rosemount for County Project 38-40, and amended the 2008 Transportation Capital Improvement Program budget.
Authorized execution of the Joint Powers Agreement between Dakota County and Goodhue County related to the ownership of Byllesby Dam, contingent on approval by the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners. The name of the joint county advisory committee is changed from the Byllesby Parks Committee to the Byllesby Advisory Committee.
PUBLIC SERVICES AND REVENUE
Elected to retain five percent of aggregate tax revenues for administration of the program.
Elected to begin the process of terminating participation in the Aggregate Resource Preservation Property Tax Law in Dakota County.
Scheduled a public hearing for 9:00 a.m. on August 5, 2008, to consider termination of Dakota County application of the Aggregate Resource Preservation Property Tax Law.
Received a Semi-Annual Market Value Abatement Report.
Property Taxation And Records:
Approved the application from the County of Dakota for the conveyance of a parcel of tax-forfeited land located in Burnsville, as recommended by the Dakota County Treasurer-Auditor.
Approved the following plat, having been approved by the respective City Council, and submitted it to the Property Taxation and Records Department for recording: ABF Addition, Eagan.
COUNTY BOARD/COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
Accepted petitions from the Nininger Town Board from residents of Nininger Township with opposing views on the use of County Road 87 as an alignment of the Mississippi River Regional Trail through Nininger. Accepted from the Nininger Town Clerk the excerpt of the July 15, 2008 Town Board meeting minutes.
Scheduled a Special County Board meeting for August 12, 2008, at 9:00 a.m., at the Western Service, Apple Valley, MN, for the purpose of awarding the construction bid for the Wescott Library renovation project.
Authorized execution of the Labor Agreement with the Teamsters Local 160 Transportation Maintenance unit, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Agreement and those contract modifications submitted to the Dakota County Board
The County Board meeting was adjourned at 12:10 p.m.
The next regular Dakota County Board meeting will be held August 5, 2008, at 9:00 a.m.
The full text of the official proceedings of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners is available for public inspection at County Administration, Administration Center, 1590 West Highway 55, Hastings, Minnesota.