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Third District Commissioner Amunrud to retire

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud announced his impending resignation, effective May 27, at the county board’s May 13 meeting.

Amunrud who is half way through the second year of a four year term commented that serving as District 3 county commissioner since 2003 has been an intense and good job, worth every sleepless night. He maintained that the current county board has been very effective.

Amunrud thanked everyone, explaining that due to both his health and his wife’s health, the job has gotten to be too much for him. His wife and kids tell him it is time to go fishing. For their retirement they plan to move to southeast Wisconsin near Lake Michigan.

Since there will be two and one half years left in Amunrud’s four year term, by statute a special election will be required to fill the open seat. Auditor/treasurer Shirl Boelter said the board could call for a special election which can run concurrent with the next primary and general election. This is the least costly option. Candidates will run for a two year term and the winner will be sworn in soon after the election is certified later in November.

There will only be four commissioners on the board from June through November until the District 3 commissioner- elect is sworn in.

A resolution was adopted to print notices in the local papers that there will be a special election due to the impending resignation to fill the open District 3 seat to run concurrent with this year’s primary and general elections.

Storhoff Letter to the Editor

Commissioners discussed a letter to the editor of the Bluff Country Reader that appeared in the May 12 issue written by Merwood Storhoff. Amunrud said Storhoff alleges that some county officials failed to do their jobs, adding the letter is not fair and not right.

County Attorney Brett Corson insisted they are very cautious when looking at abuses or misuses of the law. He said he has met with Storhoff many times. The adjacent landowners who own the quarry have done a number of things to address Storhoff’s concerns and more. They have done everything asked of them and are complying with the law. The Sorum Quarry is operated by Lyle and Gaylen Sorum, located in Amherst Township.

Corson said the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and SWCD people have been out there and they all agree with us. Commissioner Tom Kaase added that the MPCA did a study and found there were not any violations that needed to be addressed. The engineer hired by Storhoff did an assessment and zoning administrator Chris Graves discussed the assessment with Storhoff. Kaase remarked that Storhoff can’t come to accept what has been found in the assessment.

Amunrud insisted they follow very strict rules, stating, “I am offended by this accusation.” Kaase said Storhoff has spoken with commissioners individually and they have directed him to Corson, so the county attorney can explain everything.

Commissioner Randy Dahl said they have to deal with federal, state, and Fillmore County regulations. He maintained that the public is encouraged to participate and the public has participated in formulating ordinances.

Corson has faith that the people of Fillmore County realize that they have to make choices and that we apply the law fairly and equally.

Commissioner Duane Bakke asked Corson to prepare a document containing a total history of the correspondence regarding Storhoff’s complaints including a record of responses, assessments, and everything that has been done. It will be made available for review. The board expects to review the document at its May 27 meeting.

Other Business In Brief

•A permit was approved, as recommended by Graves and county engineer Ron Greg, for Mervin L. Moen, County Road 21, Section 28, Pilot Mound Township to build a new access. Moen is expanding his feedlot requiring a lot of fill and will need the new access to get to his new building. Feedlot officer Mike Frauenkron is working with Moen on the feedlot expansion.

•The county board meeting on June 24 will begin at 2:30 p.m. That evening at 6:30 p.m. the Board of Appeal and Equalization Hearing will be held in the board room.

•Shirl Boelter reviewed rules for tax forfeitures. Cities and townships have 60 days to determine if the parcels should be approved for public auction, auction to adjacent property owners, or to request a conveyance to the city or township for public use. A list of 2014 proposed tax forfeited land for public sale was provided.

•This is an election year. Boelter discussed election equipment and the possibility of a couple of precincts being asked to become Mail Ballot Precincts for the 2016 election. For precincts with a small number of voters it could be more efficient to mail out ballots and eliminate the need for four election judges at the precinct voting location.

Sixteen percent of voters registered on Election Day in 2012. Registering voters at the polling place is a long process for election judges. Boelter’s office will be encouraging people to register online.

The Primary Election will be on August 12 and the General Election will be held on November 4.

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