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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Faith & Area Tyler Tribute - Page 13 PUBLIC NOTICE PIJBLIC NOTICE Fish house on wheels needs to be registered Question: One of my friends saw me getting my ice-fishing house ready for the upcoming season. I put permanent wheels on it for easier transport. My buddy told me I now have to register it as a trailer. I think he is wrong; what is required? Answer: Your friend is correct. Within the last few years, Driver and Ve- hicle Services (DVS), the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) and the Depart- ment of Natural Resources (DNR) determined that a fish house on wheels does meet the require- ments of a trailer. It must be registered and com- ply with all of the normal laws concerning trailers such as lights, wheel fend- ers, brakes if over 3,000 pounds, safety chains and size (height and weight) limits. DVS has notified dealers that fish houses on wheels are considered trailers. Anyone in the business of selling them has to have the appropriate dealer's license. Registration is re- quired for enclosed trail- ers with cargo doors that haul all-terrain vehicles or other cargo and are used as a fish house; other trail- ers manufactured for use as a fish house; recreation- al trailers used seasonally as a fish house. These vehi- cles must be registered in Ask a Trooper Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha  Minn. State Patrol  one of the trailer classes. Recreational trailers must be registered in the recre- ational class. Keep in mind that the trailer registration re- quirement is separate from any fish house license that DNR may require. For questions about licenses for fish houses, contact DNR at 888-646-6367 or www.dnr.mn.us WCA tax volunteers put the "FUN" in refund It's that time of year again! In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, many people stop to think about ways they can help oth- ers. If you are a person who would like a time- limited volunteer oppor- tunity, helping people at the Western Community Action free tax clinic is for you. And we need you this year--now more than ever. Now, I knowthat you may be thinking, "Taxes? I'm not qualified!" or "Taxes? That doesn't sound fun at all!" But how do you think you would feel if giving a few hours of your time would help put THOUSANDS of dollars back in the pockets of hardworking families? And, you don't have to be an accountant to volun- teer. Western Community Ac- tion, in partnership with United Way of Southwest Minnesota, AccountAbility MN; te MN Department of Revenue, the Internal Revenue Service and many other community part- ners, is again taking steps to help ensure that low-in- come taxpayers receive the full tax credits and refunds that they are entitled to, and you can help. The Tax Clinic is admin- istered by Western Com- munity Action, but relies on volunteers for its opera- tion. Volunteers who share their time and talents may be trained as IRS-certified tax preparers. Each return Western Community Action By Angela Larson Community and Family Support Director that is prepared by a vol- unteer is also reviewed by an experienced preparer before being electronical- ly-filed. Want to volunteer, but not interested in preparing taxes? No problem! Caring and friendly volunteers are needed to be Tax Site Assistants as well. These volunteers will welcome customers to the tax clinic, talk to them about the pro- cess, screen their docu- ments and make them feel comfortable. They may also meet with custom- ers interested in learning more about other benefits and assistance they might be eligible for. These vol- unteers are greatly appre- ciated, as without them, the Tax Clinic would not be possible. Between ]an, 23 and , April - t2,.. 20 k 4;.-Western .... Community Action will again be hosting a FREE Tax Preparation Clinic, with FREE e-filing and FREE pre-paid debit cards. Direct Deposit is avail- able and encouraged so your refund gets to you very quickly. This service will be made available to low-to-moderate-income individuals and families. This year, locations have expanded. The first will be at Western Community Action's building, 1400 South Saratoga Street in Marshall. Tax preparations will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays. The second will be held at Western Community Action offices in Jackson. That site will only be open on Thursday afternoons and evenings. We also will have locations in Windom, Slayton and Redwood Falls, with dates and locations yet to be de- termined. Much of this is dependent on the number of volunteers we are able to recruit this season. Training for all volun- teers will begin in January 2014, but we are recruit- ing for those positions now. Don't forget--if you volunteer at the tax clinic you also have the oppor- tunity to have your taxes done free oFcharge as well, regardless of your income! (Some exceptions : apply with regard to complex self-employment returns.) If you are interested in learning more about the program or would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact Lori Lerohl in Mar- shall at 507-537-1416 (extension #2139), lori. lerohl@wcainc.org, Mi- chelle Jensen in Jackson at 507-847-2632 (extension #3102), michelle.jensen@ wcainc.org or Angela Lar- son (extension #3106) an- gela.larson@wcainc.org Commercial drivers required to certify by January 2014 Some Minnesota com- mercial licensed drivers, including school bus, semi- tractor trailer and garbage truck drivers could lose their commercial driving privileges by the end of January if they don't take action to comply with fed- eral and state regulations. Approximately 115,000 (46 percent) of Minneso- ta's 250,000 Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders have not provided self-certification of their commercial driving status and, in some cases, proper medical documentation. Non-exempt interstate and intrastate drivers must provide a current medical examiner's cer- tification along with any waivers required to main- tain commercial driver status. Exempt interstate and intrastate drivers do not need to provide a med- ical examiner's certificate but do need to complete a self-certification form. The deadline to provide all documentation is Jan. 30, 2014. Commercial driver heart attacks or other physical impairments lead to 3,000 crashes nationally each year and many result in fa- talities or serious injuries, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administra- tion estimates. CDL holders not in com- pliance on Jan. 30, 2014, *IMPORTANT PROPERTY TAX HOMESTEAD NOTICE* * This will affect the amount of property tax you pay in 2014 and it may affect your eligibility for a property tax refund. Please contact your county assessor to file a homestead application on or before December 15, 2013 if one of the following applies: You purchased a property in the past year and you, or a qualifying rela- tive, occupy the property for homestead purposes on December 1, 2013 or You, or a qualifying relative occupy a property for homestead purposes on December 1, 2013 and the prop- erty was previously classified as non- homestead. A qualifying relative for homestead purposes depends on the type of property. For residential property, a qualifying relative can be a parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandpar- ent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the owner. This relationship may be by blood or marriage. For agricultural property, will be downgraded to a Class D license, leaving most drivers unable to le- gally engage in inter- or in- trastate commercial driv- ing. The Minnesota Depart- ment of Public Safety Driv- Drivers continues on page 15 a qualifying relative can be a child, grandchild, sibling, or parent of the owner or of the spouse of the owner. Once you havo been granted the homestead classification, no further applications are necessary unless they are specifically requested by the coun- ty assessor. You must also contact the assessor by December 15, 2013 if you are the property owner, or a qualifying relative of the property owner, and the use of the property has changed during the past year. If you should sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the home- stead classification, you are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status. Failure to notify the county assessor within this 30-day period is punishable by recalculation of tax as non-homestead, in addition to a pen- alty equal to 100 percent of the home- stead benefits. PIPESTONE COUNTY ABSEBSOR'8 OFFICE, 507-826-6750 (Printed Ix, November 20, 2013 in the Tyler Tribute} Submitted photo Catholic United Financial recognizes volunteer work Teresa Citterman, Karen Miller and Ft. Ron Huberty, on behalf of St. John Cantius Parish, are pictured receiving $1,000 as part of a matching grant from Catholic United Financial and $500 for volunteer work done by the parish from Catholic United Financial sales rep Dan Markell. Submitted photo St. Cyril and Methodius Council 307 Members of the St. Cyril and Methodius Council 307, Catholic United Financial, are pictured after Mass on Saturday night. The council has members from Christ the King Area Faith Community headed by Spiritual Director Fr. Ron Huberty. Parishes include St. John Cantius of Wilno, Sts. Peter and Paul of lvanhoe, St. Dio- nysius of Tyler and St. Genevieve of Lake Benton. SUMMARY OF LINCOLN COUNTY BOARD MINUTES NOVEMBER 5, 2013 The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Board Chair Joan Jagt, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioners present were Joan Jagt, Larry Hansen, Curt Blumeyer, Rick Hamer and Don Evers. Also pres- ent were Auditor Kathy Schreurs and Attorney Glen Petersen. No conflicts of interest were noted. The Board approve consent agenda as follows: Minutes from October 15, 2013 Agenda November 5, 2013 agenda FY 2014 Snowmobile Maintenance Grant Agreement - $23,997.60 FY 2014 & 2015 State of Minnesota Hoard of Water and Soil Resources Natural Resources Block Grant Agree- mcnt (MPCA SSTS Upgrade) - $25,000, MPCS County Fecdlot - $38,648, Local Water Mgmt. - $15,488, Wetland Con- servation Act - $8,778, DNR Shore- land - $2,768, MPCA SSTS - $18,600, MPCA SSTS Add-On - $1,400 and au- thorize Board Chair to sign Vincc Robinson, LCEDC, reported that there are $300,000 of grant mon- eys available through the *Transporta- tion Altemativcs Program." The grant would require a 20 percent match. The proposed trail would include the abandoned portion of U.S. Highway 75 south of Lake Benton to the Lincoln/ Pipcstone County border. The Board approved allowing the Trails Task Force to submit a "Letter of Intent" for grant dollars from the Transportation Alternatives Program. Robinson reported that the repairs to the HRA "Twin Homes" are almost completed and that an "Open House" has been scheduled for November 14, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. At 9:15 a.m. Chair Jagt opened a Joint Hearing with the City of Ivanhoe. Mike Bubany, David Drown & Associ- ates, presented a proposal for a tax abatement revenue sharing plan for parcels located in the City of lvanhoe in order to assist with commercial fa- cility expansions. The City of Ivanhoe also opened the Joint Hearing with their Council Members Doyle Sorens- en, Craig Larson, Jim McKensey, and Shad Lipinski present. The Board ap- proved Resolution No. 39-2013 (Prop- erty Tax Abatement). The lvanhoe City Council also voted unanimously to approve their Reso- lution "Approving the Property Tax Abatement Related to the City of Ivan- hoe." Council member Lipinski ab- stained. Also in attendance were Ste- phen Guza and Mike Panka. The Board approved Tax Abatement Revenue Sharing Agreement between the City of Ivanhoe and the County of Lincoln and to authorize Chair Jagt to sign said Agreement. The City of Ivan- hoe also approved the Tax Abatement Revenue Sharing Agreement. Chair Jagt closed the Joint Hearing at 9:38 a.m. Robert Olsen, Environmental, re- ported that CD #2 cleaning has been completed. The final cost of the clean- ing was $6,597.50 plus attorney fees and reimbursements to the Environ- mental Office. Olsen reported that the City of Tyler has charged overages to the rural gar- bage dumpsters. In reviewing the Au- gust, September, and October billings, the overage charges were $830.00. In reviewing the Waste Management bill- ings for the same period for all of the other rural garbage sites in the county, there were no overage charges billed to Lincoln County. Olsen reported that he had tried to work out a solution to the problem with the City of Tyler but was told that the overage charges were part of city policy. Olsen reported that by changing the garbage company, the county would save approximately $3,000.00 per year. The Board ap- proved contract with Waste Manage- ment for rural garbage removal in the City of Tyler effective December 1, 2013 and authorize Chair Jagt to sign said contract. Olsen was asked to send letter to City of Tyler terminating the rural garbage pickup. Olsen reported that an Administra- tive Order had been sent to Andy Gup- till with regards to a zoning set-back violation. Guptill was granted a permit and a 50-foot variance to build a pole shed on his property in Diamond Lake Township. Dustin Hauschild, Highway Department, reported that they had staked a flag where the shed could be built per the county zoning ordinance including the variance. The poles had been dug and set for the shed when it was discovered that the contractor and/or owner had violated the set- back requirement and the building was positioned eight feet beyond the approved permit. Mr. Guptill was also in attendance and requested the Board to consider allowing a variance for the additional eight feet. Motion by Hamer, seconded by Evers, to allow the addi- tional eight feet and allow the contin- ued construction of the building as it stands. Commissioners Hamer and Evers voted in favor. Commissioners Hansen, Jagt and Blumeyer voted in opposition. Motion failed. The Admin- istrative Order will stand and eight feet must be removed from pale shed in or- der to be in compliance. Olsen reported the "Acceptance Hearing" for JD #28 is scheduled for November 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hendricks Community Center. Olsen reported that sediment sam- pling was done in Lake Benton Lake and that no curly leaf pondweed seeds were discovered. Olsen reported that it may be possible to not have to chemi- cally treat the lake for several years. Olsen reviewed a letter to be sent to the U.S. Environmental Protec- tion Agency commenting on the Con- nectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters regarding Docket ID No. EPA-HO-OA-2013-0582 and the reasoning as to why they proposed changes could make it more difficult for jurisdictional determinations over wetlands. The Board approved sending a letter to the EPAs and Army Corp of Engineers and other affected agencies and to authorize Chair Jagt to sign said letter on behalf of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Dustin Hauschild, Engineer's Assis- tant, gave the construction/mainte- nance and paving report. Hauschild reported that the Highway Department has approximately 9,000 tons of crushed gravel at the Manley Pit per their contract but still need to crush 2,000 to 5,000 additional tons over what has been contracted. As the department is still at the Manley Pit, they will crush the additional gravel that is needed. The Boai:d approved Resolution #37- 2013 (Final Payment). The Board approved Resolution 38- 2013 (Final Payment). The Board began discussion on the purchase of the Pictometry Program and continued the discussion to the next Board meeting. Jeanna Sommers, Emergency Man- agement/Safety Director, reported: that this week is Winter Awareness Week that she had attended a Safety Council Regional Meeting in Renville, MN where they toured a sugar beet plant a safety "walk-through" will be con- ducted at several county sites on No- vember 6, 2013 NIMS training was held on Novem- ber 4, 2013 for Board Members and Department Heads Architects from ISO Group and Baldridge & Nelson were interviewed on November 4, 2013 for the proposed law enforcement addition Craig Larson, Maintenance, reported that he is still checking companies that might be able to fix the sewer system. Committee Reports were given: Hansen - RSVP, Safety Meeting, Road Tour, Architect Interviews, NIM Training Blumeyer - SWHHS, Regional Radio Board, Road Tour, NIMS Training, Ar- chitect Interviews Hamer - Western Mental Health, Technology Committee, NIMS Jagt - SWHHS, Staffing Committee, Road Tour, NIMS, Architect Interviews, Extension Evers - HRA, Plum Creek Library, Hwy Labor Mgmt., Road Tour, NIMS, Architect Interviews Auditor Warrants were presented. The Board reviewed the Budget to Actual Year-to-Date Reports. The Board approved Commissioner Warrants # 06461-06532 for the follow- ing amounts: Revenue - $22,877.43, Road & Bridge - $101,606.78, Ditch - $8,556.99, Agency Fund - $13.95. The following bills were over $2,000.00 per M.S. 375.12: Bolton & Menk - $3,074.50, CliftonLarsonAllen - $2,550.00, CPUI - $4,381.39, Dean- gelo Brothers - $15,834.00, Kris Engi- neer - $3,994.84, Lyon Co. Auditor - $4,545.03, Prairie Pride - $14,154.54, Sterzinger Crushing - $53,437.50, Tyler Oil - $3,832.31, Victor Construc- tion - $3,800.00 and 62 payments less than $2,000.00 - $23,451.04. The Board approved applying for PRISM (Property Record Information System of Minnesota) Implementation Grant. Auditor Schreurs reported that there were no bids received at the Forfeited Property Auction although there has been interest in purchasing the prop- erty since the auction. Schreurs also reported that Strate- gic Planning Technology and Staffing meetings are being held and many is- sues are being discussed. The rest of the meeting was used to review proposed budgets for 2014. The Board adjourned at 2:23 p.m. FULL TEXT ON FILE AT THE AU- DITOR'S OFFICE, 1VANHOE, MN OR THE LINCOLN COUNTY WEBSITE AT LINCOLNCOUNTY-MN.US. (Printed lx, November 20, 2013 in the Tyler Tribute, Hendricks Pioneer and the Lake Benton Valley Journal) We're all ears ueshons? Comments? Story ideas? 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