Houston County commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10, from 9-10:15 a.m. at the historic county courthouse in downtown Caledonia.
Commissioners in attendance include Chairman Greg Myhre, Teresa Walter, Robert (Bob) Burns, Eric Johnson, and Dewey Severson.
Chairman Myhre called the meeting to order and led commissioners and the public in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioners approved the May 10 meeting agenda with the addition of one item to the consent agenda, and the May 3 meeting minutes.
The approved consent agenda included rehiring Eliana Babinski as a temporary employee to assist with the 2022 elections, the purchase of a wide format plotter and scanner for $10,527 and computer equipment for a total of $17,263.50. Facilities Manager Tess Kruger confirmed that both IT requests are budgeted for.
The commission approved Justin Mark’s request for a CUP for a single-family dwelling on less than 40 acres in an agricultural district in Houston Township dependent upon eight conditions outlined by the planning commission.
Michael Rogich and Amanda Bennett’s request for a CUP to convert a commercial building into a single-family dwelling and storage units in a general business district in Caledonia Township was approved with four conditions.
Commissioners approved Consolidated Energy Company request to operate a liquid propane storage facility in the agricultural district of Spring Grove Township.
The commission passed a resolution authorizing Mark Olson, emergency management director to sign and execute the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program on behalf of Houston County with Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Commissioners accepted Houston County Surveyor Eric Schmitt’s recommendation to approve the quote for the 2023 aerial imagery flights – 6” aerial photos, a subscription to Pictometry Connect, minus the Reveal 3D Textured Mesh for a total cost of $77,620 with the condition that Schmitt confirm that the price was not previously negotiated. “The aerial photos are taken every three years,” explained Schmitt. He confirmed that this is a three-year contract and six year pricing.
The commission approved Facilities Manager Tess Kruger’s request to approve the Collaborative Design Group contract for the construction documents, bidding, and construction administration of the Historic Courthouse roof replacement. Total cost is $10,070.
The next regularly scheduled Houston County Commission meeting is Tuesday, May 24, at 9 a.m. in the County Commission Board Room 222, located on the second floor in the Historic County Courthouse, Caledonia, or via the county conference call line (312) 626-6700 enter ID: 994-7297-7175 and password 368422. Public attendees are requested to mute their line until addressed.