Friday, July 3, 2020

County postpones decision on Hwy. 14 access study

The Dodge County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting last week during which they adjusted the Waste-to-Energy {WTE} service charge for waste haulers, postponed action on whether or not to help share the cost of a Highway 14 Access Study and received an update on third quarter financials.

The change to the WTE charge for licensed hauler services will increase from 22% of sales price to 24%. The charge for “self-haulers” will increase from $146/ton to $154/ton.

Licensed haulers collect the WTE service charge from their customers and remit payment to the county. The increase in the service charge may add 50 cents to $1 per month to the garbage bill of a typical household, the county said.  The service charge increase for self-haulers is paid when depositing solid waste at the County Transfer Station. Both increases are effective March 1.

Over the past 30 plus years two or three access studies have been conducted to the portion of Highway 14 between Kasson and Rochester, County Engineer Guy Kohlnhofer said, with a consensus being reached in none of the studies.

Olmsted County and MnDOT have now initiated a new study with the intention of reaching a decision on access locations. Dodge and Olmsted counties are both parties to the decision with Kasson, Byron, MnDOT and Olmsted County as the lead agency.

The latest study is expected to cost about $250,000 and Olmsted County has asked that Dodge County participate financially and commit to an amount not exceeding $10,000.

Kohlnhoffer recommended the board approve the cost share agreement as County Road 15 is one of the potential access roads.

Board Chair John Allen expressed concerns about financially participating saying that because there was no agreement to earlier studies “it’s coming back to haunt us.” He said he is not really in favor of spending another $10,000.

Other board members expressed concerns and it was decided to table further discussion and a decision to a meeting when the entire board was present. Commissioner Tim Tjosaas was absent and Commissioner David Kenworthy had to leave before the Highway 14 discussion.

County Administrator Jim Elmquist gave a short update of third quarter financials. Overall, he said, both expenditures and revenues are tracking as expected. He pointed out expenditures normally are low in the third quarter because Human Services second half payout is made in December and the third quarter revenues are also generally low because the second half property tax payment is made in December.

Ryan DeCook, director of Land Records, asked the commissioners to approve the 2020 assessment agreements. The county provides assessment service to Dodge County townships as well as Claremont, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Kasson, Mantorville and West Concord.





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