Rail Authority again rejects Zip Rail
The Dodge County Board dealt with a variety of mostly routine issues at last week’s meeting with the most discussion centering on a renewal of the waste hauler license for Skeveland Enterprises in Claremont. The board also met after their regular meeting as the Regional Rail Authority to elect officers for that group and again express their disapproval of the proposed Zip Rail high-speed train connection between the Twin Cities and Rochester.
2016 hauler licenses for firms approved as waste haulers were on the agenda with the board approving licenses for six companies and granting Skeveland a license that runs through August.
At last year’s license approvals, the board had indicated Skjeveland might not be granted a license for 2016 unless the business location in rural Claremont was in compliance with its conditional use permit.
County Environmental Services Director reported that as of Jan. 26, the firm was not in compliance but that owner Chris Skjeveland had informed him he intends to relocate the business by the end of July 2016.
Board members agreed that they would approve a provisional license to collect and transport solid waste in the county from Feb. 15 to Aug. 23, 2016 when a public hearing will be held to determine compliance with the permit. If the company is in compliance at that time, commissioners said, they will approve a license until February of 2017.
Commissioner David Erickson pointed out that the company serves an area that many other haulers do not and that the issue is not the service they provide to customers but only that there are noncompliance issues with the conditional use permit.
In a separate action, haulers licenses were approved for Veit Container Corp., Waste Management Inc., Hometown Haulers LLC, Gibson Sanitation LLC, Garbage Man of Rochester LLC and Advanced Disposal Service.
The board also approved a request by Sheriff Scott Rose that the county take Rob Hovland’s previous duty as a temporary patrol sergeant into consideration when setting his pay for his new permanent assignment to that position.
Rose said Hovland was appointed to the temporary position by former Sheriff Jim Jensen to fill a vacancy caused by a medical leave. He asked that this previous service be credited to him as he assumed the permanent position.
There was disagreement among board members with Commissioners John Allen and Rodney Peterson objecting to the request. A motion to deny the request was rejected on a three to two vote and a subsequent motion to approve the request was approved with Commissioners Steven Gray, Tim Tjosaas and David Erickson voting in favor.
In other actions, the board:
•Approved an increase in on-call drivers pay requested by Veterans Services Officer Todd Nelson;
•Approved the personnel agenda;
•Appointed Kevin Asprey as a member of the Extension Committee;