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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION September 6, 2022 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting

The Board of Commissioners met at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: Commissioners Larry Anderson, Norman Holmen, Donna Gravley, Kevin Stevens, Tom Appel, County Attorney Nick Anderson, County Coordinator Kelly Thongvivong, Auditor/Treasurer Donna Torkelson, Kathy Marsh, Gale Bondhus, Kyle Pillatzki, Nick Klisch, Dan Quade, Jason Purrington, Paul Johnson, Gale Bondhus, Angie Piltaver, Greg Ous, Ann Wolf, Linda Fransen, Pam Gahler, Jason Nieson, Jon Diemer, Ray Sweetman, Don Williamson, Michael Johnson, Dennis Johnson, Lowell Warner, Bruce Byers, Michael Johnson, Colton Knudson, Scott Knudson, Klay Walinga, and Joel Alvstad.

Routine Items — approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to approve the agenda as amended; to approve the minutes of the August 16, 2022, regular meeting and the August 23, 2022, work session; to approve September warrants in the amount of $562,496.88 and broken down as follows: County Revenue Fund — $37,283.32, County Building Fund — $310.56, Ditch Fund — $14,894.39, Taxes and Penalties Fund — $37.50, Road and Bridge Fund — $504,525.96, Waste Abatement/ Score Fund — $135.00, Landfill Enterprise Fund — $5,310.15; adjournment.

Personnel Items — approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to move Mitchell Chmielewski, Veterans Service Officer, to permanent full-time status effective September 14, 2022; to approve a per diem for Commissioners Holmen and Anderson for their attendance at the Wilmarth Excel Generating Plant tour on August 24, 2022; to close the meeting at 10:34 a.m. to discuss strategy for upcoming labor negotiations; to open the closed session at 10:56 a.m.

Additional Action Items — approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote:to accept low bid from Hometown Sanitation in the amount of $995,000.00 ($199,000 per year) for the 2023 – 2027 recycling; to allow the Board Chair to sign the Board Ratification Statement between MCCC and Strategic Technologies Inc. for the time period of January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2025; to approve the Professional Services Agreement with Schneider Geospatial, LLC., for GIS/NextGen 911 maintenance; to sign the 2023 Service Contract for Safe- Assure as safety consultants and approve payment in the amount of $8,444.42; to approve signing of the FY2023 BWSR-MPCA SSTS Program Grant Agreement; to approve the Credit Card User Agreement as amended; to recess as the County Board and to convene as the Ditch Authority; to accept the Findings and Order as such or subsequently amended, and order that a contract be prepared and awarded for the repair of County Ditch #35 and under County Road 10 if needed; to allow C&K Construction to work with the landowners to camera, as needed, other areas of County Ditch #35 to evaluate for issues; to adjourn as the Ditch Authority and to reconvene as the County Board.

S/Donna Torkelson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Donna Gravley, Board Chair S/Kelly Thongvivong, County Coordinator


OFFICIAL PUBLICATION September 19, 2022 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Work Session

The Board of Commissioners met at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: Commissioners Tom Appel, Donna Gravley, Kevin Stevens, Norm Holmen, Larry Anderson; County Coordinator Kelly Thongvivong, Kathy Marsh, Nick Klisch, Kyle Pillatzki, and Gale Bondhus. Chairman Gravley called the meeting to order. Motion by Holmen, second by Stevens, unanimous vote to approve the agenda as amended. Chairman Gravley led follow- up discussion regarding two positions (Ditch Inspector and GIS) that have been discussed at previous meetings and whether the board wanted to proceed with hiring. After much discussion, both job descriptions should be reviewed and brought back to a future meeting. Commissioner Appel led discussion on the possibility of the part-time Landfill Scale Operator moving to fulltime. After much discussion, motion by Appel, second by Anderson, unanimous vote to allow the part-time Landfill Scale Operator to work up to 130 hours per calendar month. Commissioner Appel led a short discussion on an email he received from the County Attorney regarding a Legal Secretary position. Chairman Gravley led the review and discussion of the proposed 2023 budget and what different levies would look like. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:18 a.m.

S/Donna Torkelson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Donna Gravley, Board Chair S/Kelly Thongvivong, County Coordinator


Regular School Board Meeting Minutes August 15, 2022 5:30 pm

The meeting was called to order by Chair Chad Pedersen at 5:37 pm. Roll call conducted by School Board Clerk, Julie Brugman. Members present: Matt Gohr, Pam Hoek, Chad Eken, Audi Nickel, Tom Fast, Julie Brugman, Chad Pedersen Others present: Nicki James, Shawn Naas, Michelle Larson, Brandon Henning That the Proposed Agenda be approved as presented. Motion by Brugman. Second by Nickel. Approved. That the Consent Agenda be approved as presented: minutes from previous meeting, monthly bills, donations, open enrollment, policies, lane change, MSHSL membership renewal. Motion by Eken. Second by Nickel. Approved. The following reports were available for school board member review and comment: Meet and Confer dates, upcoming School Board meetings, Superintendent’s Reports.

Motion: To approve the cost for adult lunch prices Motion by Nickel. Second by Gohr. Approved.

Motion: To approve the MLPS 22-23 COVID Preparedness Plan. Motion by Hoek. Second by Fast. Approved.

Motion: To approve the 2022-23 Activities Handbook. Motion by Fast. Second by Nickel. Approved.

Motion: To approve the 2022-23 Security & Crisis Plan. Motion by Brugman. Second by Hoek. Approved.

Motion: To approve the resignation of Melanie Merlo as paraprofessional. Motion by Brugman. Second by Hoek. Approved.

Motion: To approve the resignation of Diane Radtke as paraprofessional. Motion by Nickel. Second by Gohr. Approved.

Motion: To approve the hire of Lana Kestner as Assistant Cross Country Coach. Motion by Fast. Second by Hoek. Approved.

Motion: To approve the hire of Isaac Hildebrandt as Assistant Football Coach. Motion by Eken. Second by Nickel. Approved.

Motion: To approve the hire of Jordan Kirk as a Junior High Football Coach. Motion by Brugman. Second by Hoek. Approved.

Motion: To approve Lila Penner as Part-time High School Secretary and Parttime Paraprofessional. Motion by Fast. Second by Eken. Approved.

Motion: To approve Emma Stade as a Paraprofessional. Motion by Hoek. Second by Gohr. Approved.

Motion: To approve Noelia Bjerken as a Paraprofessional. Motion by Brugman. Second by Gohr. Approved.

Motion: To approve the posting for a Head Baseball Coach. Motion by Nickel. Second by Hoek. Approved.

Motion: To approve volunteers for the 2022 Fall Play. Motion by Gohr. Second by Eken. Approved.

Motion: To approve the adjusted starting rates of pay for Charlotte Fast, Elizabeth Hofmann and Joshua McBeth. Motion by Fast. Second by Brugman. Approved.

Motion: To approve the substitute rates of pay for custodians, paraprofessionals, secretaries and teachers. Motion by Gohr. Second by Eken. Approved. Other items discussed were 2022 Teacher Workshop, removal of a fuel tank, auditorium floor, facility projects, parking lot project.

Motion: That the school board meeting be adjourned. Motion by Nickel. Second by Gohr. Approved. Time: 7:05 pm.