Weather Forecast


Dakota County Board, Jan. 20, 2009

Summary of Proceedings

Dakota County Board of Commissioners

January 20, 2009

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners met at 9:04 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, in the Boardroom, Administration Center, Hastings, Minnesota. All County Board members were present. The minutes of the County Board meeting, held January 6, 2009, were approved as presented and entered in Commissioners' Record MM.


The following revisions were made to the agenda: 1) Added to the consent agenda Item 7.5 - Approval Of 2009 Pay Equity Implementation Report; 2) Moved the following from the consent agenda to the regular agenda for discussion Item 6.1 - Adoption Of "Aggregate Resource Preservation Property Tax Law" County Termination Option; and 3) Added to the regular agenda Item 12.4 - Appointment To Human Services Advisory Committee.



The Deputy Director of Adult Services introduced Item 11.1 - Authorization To Execute Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) With Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) For Family Unification Program (FUP). She responded to questions regarding youth who are no longer eligible for foster care and expectations of clients receiving the vouchers. Supported the CDA application to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for 100 FUP vouchers. Authorized execution of a MOU with the CDA for the program.

Community Corrections:

Approved the 2009 work plan for the Community Corrections Advisory Board to study the following topics: 1) Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Justice System, 2) Effects of Trauma on Female Offenders, 3) Juvenile Detention Alternatives Update, 4) Adult and Juvenile Drug Court Updates, and 5) Current issues and trends in criminal justice. Approved the 2009 Human Services Advisory Committee work plan to work on the 2010-2014 Community Health Assessment and Action Planning (CHAAP) process with staff.

Authorized submission of a grant application to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for the Adult Drug Court program.

Employment And Economic Assistance:

With concurrence of the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board, authorized execution of a grant agreement with the Metropolitan Council in the amount of the grant awarded. Authorized execution of a contract with DARTS for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) transportation services. Amended the 2009 Employment and Economic Assistance budget to add MFIP performance improvement plan funds.

Public Health:

Authorized execution of a contract with Superior Home Health Care, Inc. for home health care services.



The Operations, Management and Budget Director presented Item 13.1 - Adoption Of Legislation Position - Federal Economic Stimulus Initiative. Discussed including the Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Project to the list of potential Dakota County infrastructure projects for economic stimulus funding. Supported including the following elements in an economic stimulus initiative: 1) Job creation through infrastructure investments for roads, bridges, and transit; digital infrastructure (i.e., expanding broadband access); energy efficiency; and "environmental infrastructure" projects; 2) Restoration of Targeted Case Management funds and Child Support incentives eliminated in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005; 3) Extension of Unemployment Insurance benefits, reducing stress on economic assistance programs administered by Dakota County; 4) Increased funding for Child Care, to allow members of working families to remain in the labor force; 5) Additional funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps); 6) Increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage payments to States, to assist states in meeting health care needs without diverting funds from other programs; and 7) Funding for Dakota Healthy Families, as an innovative approach to support self-sufficiency of families. Lockridge Grindal Nauen Federal Relations Group communicates these interests to the members of the Congressional Delegation.


Environmental Management:

Received a presentation from Jim Stark, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD), and Scott Grant, Rosemount Operating Facility, regarding Item 10.1 - MMCD 2008 Review And 2009 Program. Mr. Stark responded to questions regarding cleaning up areas that contribute to mosquito breeding, such as tires or containers, and community education. He also reviewed the 2009 levy and budget for the MMCD.


Endorsed Barb Schmidt to represent District H on the Metropolitan Council Parks and Open Space Commission.


Adopted the Northwest Northfield Highway Corridor Study, County Project (CP) 97-66.

Authorized execution of a contract with SRF Consulting Group, Inc. to perform final design services for Cedar Avenue Transitway (CP 23-59, CP 23-64, and CP 23-70).

Authorized entering into reimbursement agreements with Progressive Rail Incorporated for railroad signal and crossing improvements on County Road 96, CP 96-02 in Greenvale and Waterford Townships.

Authorized execution of a joint powers agreement with Washington County for demolition of Bridge 5600. Both Counties are to obtain any permits or authorizations from the State of Minnesota required removing the bridge's structures and supporting piers from the Mississippi River. Dakota County will utilize a dual-track approach to the bridge, allowing other entities to develop and present proposals for funding the possible reuse of the Dakota County portion of the bridge until the removal deadline, June 15, 2009. Amended the Transportation Capital Improvement Program budget.


Assessing Services:

Received the Semi-Annual Market Value Abatement Report.

Discussed Item 6.1 - Adoption Of "Aggregate Resource Preservation Property Tax Law" County Termination Option. Staff responded to questions from the Board regarding classification provisions of the law. Terminated participation in the Aggregate Resource Preservation Property Tax Law in Dakota County effective upon adoption of this resolution.


County Board:

Appointed the following individuals to the following Dakota County Advisory committees: 1) Farmland and Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee: Henry Tressel, Mitchell Cookas, William Hager; 2) Special Board of Appeal and Equalization: John Adamich; and 3) Human Services Advisory Committee: Elizabeth Campbell (chair), Aaron Virdure, John Gulla.

Received a Legislative Update.

Employee Relations:

Authorized execution of Labor Agreements with the following: 1) Law Enforcement Labor Services Licensed Supervisors unit, 2) Law Enforcement Labor Services Licensed Deputies unit, and 3) Teamsters Local 320 Jail Employees unit.

Approved the 2009 Pay Equity Implementation Report and authorized submission of the report to the Minnesota Management and Budget Department.

Financial Services:

Received the Report On Invoices Paid in December 2008.

The County Board meeting was adjourned at 10:33 a.m.

The next regular Dakota County Board meeting will be held February 3, 2009, 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.