9/17/2013 12:45:00 PM Dodge County Commissioners
Special election February 4
By Gretta Becay
A special election will be held Feb. 4 for central Kasson residents to elect a county commissioner for District 2. The district is bordered by Main St on the south and 16th St. on the north.
The Dodge County Commissioners approved the election schedule at their Sept 10, 2013, meeting in order to fill the vacancy left by the August 28th death of Lyle Tjosaas who had served as a commissioner since 2003.
The term expires Dec 31, 2014, observed Commissioner David Erickson, so next November the seated commissioner will have to run for re-election, if they choose to.
Filing dates for interested candidates are from Oct. 1 through Oct. 15. A primary election will be held Dec. 10, if one is required. Absentee ballots will be available beginning Dec. 20 and that voting closes Feb 3.
The polling place is the north gym of the Kasson-Mantorville high school. For more information, the county website is www.co.dodge.mn.us and the phone number is (507) 635-6239.
In other business, the commissioners elected Erickson as chair of the board and commissioner Rodney Peterson as vice-chair for the remainder of this year.
The commissioners approved the 2014 preliminary property tax levy at about $11.3 million. Erickson reminded the board that this is the highest the tax could be, (barring the county issuing a bond issue between now and December), but the amount could go down.
County Administrator Jim Elmquist said if property valuations in the county go up, taxes for property owners would increase even if the tax levy remained the same as last year.
Sandra Schaefer, county coordinator for subsurface sewage treatment systems reported to the board that a $20,902 low-income grant from the state pollution control agency had been received and asked the board to approve approximately $9,900 of this for the renovation of a septic system at a residence on 210th Ave near Dodge Center. The board approved the grant.
The commissioners approved the following recommendations from the planning commission as presented by Melissa DeVetter, zoning administrator:
Eugene Leckness - a conditional use permit to allow the expansion of an existing feedlot of 600 head of beef cattle or 270 animal units to 999 head of beef cattle or 999 animal units. The property is about 80 acres in Hayfield Township.
Garwin McNeilus - an interim use permit (IUP) for a dwelling on less than 53 acres in the ag district in Wasioja Township.
Mrs. Sherman Stoflet - an IUP for a dwelling on less than 53 acres in the ag district in Milton Township.
Duane Horning - an extension of an IUP for one year.
Jeff Franzen - an extension of an IUP for one year.
Emergency Management Director Matt Maas reported that radon gas levels in the basement of the old section of the courthouse are now below the level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency as being 'safe' for residences. The county had installed an exhaust fan system, which moves air from beneath the basement floor to the outside. Now Maas will continue to monitor the amount of radon gas in the problem areas in case the levels rise with the coming of cold weather.
Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
Representatives from the state Department of Health will meet with the commissioners, administration, and employees whose offices had the highest levels and who were relocated to other areas of the building last spring. Then it will be decided whether the employees can return to their old offices.
The commissioners will meet again at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse Sept 24.