language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to local government; removing, extending, or modifying certain mandates upon local governmental units; changing requirements for a qualified newspaper;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 168.33, subdivision 7; 306.243, by adding a subdivision; 326B.145; 331A.02, subdivision 1; 344.18; 365.28; 375.055, subdivision 1; 375.12, subdivision 2; 382.265; 383B.021; 384.151, subdivision 1a; 385.373, subdivision 1a; 386.015, subdivision 2; 387.20, subdivisions 1, 2; 415.11, by adding a subdivision; 429.041, subdivisions 1, 2; 469.015; 471.661; 473.862; 641.12, subdivision 1; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 14; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 373.42; 384.151, subdivisions 1, 3; 385.373, subdivisions 1, 3; 386.015, subdivisions 1, 4; 387.20, subdivision 4.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
(a) In addition to all other statutory fees and taxes, a filing fee of:
(1) $4.50 is imposed on every vehicle registration renewal, excluding pro rate transactions; and
(2) $8.50 is imposed on every other type of vehicle transaction, including pro rate transactions;
except that a filing fee may not be charged for a document returned for a refund or for a correction of an error made by the Department of Public Safety, a dealer, or a deputy registrar. The filing fee must be shown as a separate item on all registration renewal notices sent out by the commissioner. No filing fee or other fee may be charged for the permanent surrender of a title for a vehicle.
All of the fees collected under paragraph (a), clause (1), by the department, must be paid into the vehicle services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705. Of the fee collected under paragraph (a), clause (2), by the department, $3.50 must be paid into the general fund with the remainder deposited into the vehicle services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705.
Beginning with the first report filed by June 30, 2003, Each municipality shall annually report by June 30 to the department, in a format prescribed by the department, all construction and development-related fees collected by the municipality from developers, builders, and subcontractors if the cumulative fees collected exceeded $5,000 in the reporting year. The report must include:
(1) the number and valuation of units for which fees were paid;
(2) the amount of building permit fees, plan review fees, administrative fees, engineering fees, infrastructure fees, and other construction and development-related fees; and
(3) the expenses associated with the municipal activities for which fees were collected.
No newspaper in this state shall be entitled to any compensation or fee for publishing any public notice unless it is a qualified newspaper. A newspaper that is not qualified must inform a public body that presents a public notice for publication that it is not qualified. To be qualified, a newspaper shall:
(a) be printed in the English language in newspaper format and in column and sheet form equivalent in printed space to at least 1,000 square inches, or 800 square inches if the political subdivision the newspaper purports to serve has a population of under 1,300 and the newspaper does not receive a public subsidy;
(b) if a daily, be distributed at least five days each week. If not a daily, the newspaper may be distributed twice a month with respect to the publishing of government public notices. In any week in which a legal holiday is included, not more than four issues of a daily paper are necessary;
(c) in at least half of its issues each year, have no more than 75 percent of its printed space comprised of advertising material and paid public notices. In all of its issues each year, have 25 percent, if published more often than weekly, or 50 percent, if weekly, of its news columns devoted to news of local interest to the community which it purports to serve. Not more than 25 percent of its total nonadvertising column inches in any issue may wholly duplicate any other publication unless the duplicated material is from recognized general news services;
(d) be circulated in the political subdivision which it purports to serve, and either have at least 500 copies regularly delivered to paying subscribers, or 250 copies delivered to paying subscribers if the political subdivision it purports to serve has a population of under 1,300, or have at least 500 copies regularly distributed without charge to local residents, or 250 copies distributed without charge to local residents if the political subdivision it purports to serve has a population of under 1,300;
(e) have its known office of issue established in either the county in which lies, in whole or in part, the political subdivision which the newspaper purports to serve, or in an adjoining county;
(f) file a copy of each issue immediately with the State Historical Society;
(g) be made available at single or subscription prices to any person or entity requesting the newspaper and making the applicable payment, or be distributed without charge to local residents;
(h) have complied with all the foregoing conditions of this subdivision for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the notice publication;
(i) between September 1 and December 31 of each year publish a sworn United States Post Office periodicals-class statement of ownership and circulation or a statement of ownership and circulation verified by a recognized independent circulation auditing agency covering a period of at least one year ending no earlier than the June 30 preceding the publication deadline. When publication occurs after December 31 and before July 1, qualification shall be effective from the date of the filing described in paragraph (j) through December 31 of that year; and
(j) after publication, submit to the secretary of state by December 31 a filing containing the newspaper's name, address of its known office of issue, telephone number, and a statement that it has complied with all of the requirements of this section. The filing must be accompanied by a fee of $25. The secretary of state shall make available for public inspection a list of newspapers that have filed. Acceptance of a filing does not constitute a guarantee by the state that any other qualification has been met.
Fence viewers must be paid for their services by the person employing them at the rate of $15 each for each day's employment. $60 must be deposited with the town or city treasurer before the service is performed. Upon completion of the service, any of the $60 not spent to compensate the fence viewers must be returned to the depositor.
A tract of land in a town becomes town property after it has been used as a public burial ground for ten years if the tract is not owned by a cemetery association. The town board shall control the burial ground as it controls other town cemeteries.
The county commissioners in all counties, except Hennepin and Ramsey, shall receive as compensation for services rendered by them for their respective counties, annual salaries and in addition may receive per diem payments and reimbursement for necessary expenses in performing the duties of the office as set by resolution of the county board. The salary and schedule of per diem payments shall not be effective until January 1 of the next year. The resolution shall contain a statement of the new salary on an annual basis. The board may establish a schedule of per diem payments for service by individual county commissioners on any board, committee, or commission of county government including committees of the board, or for the performance of services by individual county commissioners when required by law. In addition to its publication in the official newspaper of the county as part of the proceedings of the meeting of the county board, the resolution setting the salary and schedule of per diem payments shall be published in one other newspaper of the county, if there is one located in a different municipality in the county than the official newspaper. The salary of a county commissioner or the schedule of per diem payments shall not change except in accordance with this subdivision.
Individualized itemized accounts, claims or demands allowed by the county board pursuant to section 471.38, subdivision 1, need not be published pursuant to subdivision 1, if the amount allowed from each claim is $300 or less. The official proceedings following the itemization of accounts required shall contain a statement showing the total number of claims that did not exceed $300 and their total dollar amount.
In all counties of this state where the amount of clerk hire now or hereafter provided by law for any county office shall be insufficient to meet the requirements of said office, the county officer in need of additional clerk hire shall prepare a petition and statement setting forth therein the amount of additional clerk hire needed and file the same with the county auditor, who shall present the same to the board of county commissioners at the next meeting of said board. If the board of county commissioners shall grant said petition by majority vote of all members elected to the board, then the amount of additional clerk hire requested in said petition shall thereupon become effective for said office. Said board shall act on any such petition within 60 days from the time it has been filed with the county auditor. If the board of county commissioners shall determine that the amount of additional clerk hire requested in said petition is excessive and more than is necessary for said office, it shall fix the amount of such additional clerk hire to be allowed, if any, and notify such officer thereof. If said county officer or any taxpayer of the county shall be dissatisfied with the decision of the board of county commissioners, the officer may, at the officer's own expense, within ten days after the decision of said board, appeal to the district court. The district court, either in term or vacation and upon ten days' notice to the chair of the board of county commissioners, shall hear such appeal and summarily determine the amount of additional clerk hire needed by an order, a copy of which shall be filed with the county auditor.
No per diem payment shall be allowed county board members for service on the county board or any other county body. County board members shall pay for parking in county owned parking facilities where payment is required. County board members may be allowed mileage for use of their personal automobile at a rate per mile.
The Hennepin County board may set the salary of board members by resolution limited to that subject. The salary must be stated as a fixed dollar amount. Adjustments in commissioners' salaries shall be adopted by the county board by resolution prior to a general election to take effect January 1 of the succeeding year. Any resolution that makes an adjustment must state the change and the resulting salary for a member as fixed dollar amounts.
(a) The county board of each of the counties specified in subdivision 1 annually shall set by resolution the salary of the county auditor which shall be paid to the county auditor at such intervals as the board shall determine but not less often than once each month.
(b) At the January meeting prior to the first date on which applicants may file for the office of county auditor the board shall set by resolution the minimum salary to be paid the county auditor for the term next following.
(c) In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of county auditor the board may set the annual salary for the remainder of the calendar year at an amount less than was set for that year.
(d) The board, in any case specified in this subdivision, may not set the annual salary at an amount less than the minimums provided in this subdivision but it may set the salary in excess of such minimums.
(e) The salary of the county auditor shall not be reduced during the term for which the auditor was elected or appointed.
(f) In the event that duties are assigned to the auditor which are in addition to duties as auditor, additional compensation may be provided for the additional duties. The county board by resolution shall determine the additional compensation which shall be paid and specify the duties for which the additional compensation is to be paid.
(a) The county board of each of the counties specified in subdivision 1 annually shall set by resolution the salary of the county treasurer which shall be paid to the county treasurer at such intervals as the board shall determine but not less often than once each month.
(b) At the January meeting prior to the first date on which applicants may file for the office of county treasurer the board shall set by resolution the minimum salary to be paid the county treasurer for the term next following.
(c) In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of county treasurer the board may set the annual salary for the remainder of the calendar year at an amount less than was set for that year.
(d) The board in no case may set the annual salary at an amount less than the minimums provided in this subdivision but it may set the salary in excess of the minimums.
(e) The salary of the county treasurer shall not be reduced during the term for which the treasurer was elected or appointed.
(f) In the event that duties are assigned to the treasurer which are in addition to duties as treasurer, additional compensation may be provided for the additional duties. The county board by resolution shall determine the additional compensation which shall be paid and specify the duties for which the additional compensation is to be paid.
(a) The county board of each of the counties specified in subdivision 1 annually shall set by resolution the salary of the county recorder which shall be paid to the county recorder at such intervals as the board shall determine but not less often than once each month.
(b) At the January meeting prior to the first date on which applicants may file for the office of county recorder the board shall set by resolution the minimum salary to be paid county recorder for the term next following.
(c) In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of the county recorder the board may set the annual salary for the remainder of the calendar year at an amount less than was set for that year.
(d) The board in any case specified in this subdivision may not set the annual salary at an amount less than the minimum provided in subdivision 1 but it may set the salary in excess of such minimums.
(e) The salary of the county recorder shall not be reduced during the term for which the recorder is elected or appointed.
(f) In the event that duties are assigned to the county recorder which are in addition to duties as county recorder, additional compensation may be provided for the additional duties. The county board by resolution shall determine the additional compensation which shall be paid and specify the duties for which the additional compensation is to be paid.
(a) The sheriffs of all counties of the state with less than 75,000 inhabitants according to the 1960 federal census shall receive yearly salaries for all services rendered by them for their respective counties, not less than the following amounts according to the then last preceding federal census:
(1) in counties with less than 10,000 inhabitants, $6,000;
(2) in counties with 10,000 but less than 20,000 inhabitants, $6,500;
(3) in counties with 20,000 but less than 30,000 inhabitants, $7,000;
(4) in counties with 30,000 but less than 40,000 inhabitants, $7,500;
(5) in counties with 40,000 or more inhabitants, $8,000.
(b) In addition to such salary each sheriff shall be reimbursed for all expenses incurred in the performance of official duties for the sheriff's county and the claim for such expenses shall be prepared, allowed, and paid in the same manner as other claims against counties are prepared, allowed, and paid except that the expenses incurred by such sheriffs in the performance of service required of them in connection with insane persons either by a district court or by law and a per diem for deputies and assistants necessarily required under such performance of such services shall be allowed and paid as provided by the law regulating the apprehension, examination, and commitment of insane persons; provided that any sheriff or deputy receiving an annual salary shall pay over any per diem received to the county in the manner and at the time prescribed by the county board, but not less often than once each month.
(c) All claims for livery hire shall state the purpose for which such livery was used and have attached thereto a receipt for the amount paid for such livery signed by the person of whom it was hired.
(d) A county may pay a sheriff or deputy as compensation for the use of a personal automobile in the performance of official duties a mileage allowance prescribed by the county board or a monthly or other periodic allowance in lieu of mileage. The allowance for automobile use is not subject to limits set by other law.
(a) The county board of each of the counties specified in this section annually shall set by resolution the salary of the county sheriff which shall be paid to the county sheriff at such intervals as the board shall determine, but not less often than once each month.
(b) At the January meeting prior to the first date on which applicants may file for the office of county sheriff the board shall set by resolution the minimum salary to be paid the county sheriff for the term next following.
(c) In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of county sheriff, the board may set the annual salary for the remainder of the calendar year at an amount less than was set for that year.
(d) The board in any case specified in this subdivision may not set the annual salary at an amount less than the minimum provided in this subdivision, but it may set the salary in excess of such minimums.
(e) The salary of the county sheriff shall not be reduced during the term for which the sheriff was elected or appointed.
When the council determines to make any improvement, it shall let the contract for all or part of the work, or order all or part of the work done by day labor or otherwise as authorized by subdivision 2, no later than one year after the adoption of the resolution ordering such improvement, unless a different time limit is specifically stated in the resolution ordering the improvement. The council shall cause plans and specifications of the improvement to be made, or if previously made, to be modified, if necessary, and to be approved and filed with the clerk, and if the estimated cost exceeds $50,000, shall advertise for bids for the improvement in the newspaper and such other papers and for such length of time as it may deem advisable. If the estimated cost exceeds $100,000, publication shall be made no less than three weeks before the last day for submission of bids once in the newspaper and at least once in either a newspaper published in a city of the first class or a trade paper. To be eligible as such a trade paper, a publication shall have all the qualifications of a legal newspaper except that instead of the requirement that it shall contain general and local news, such trade paper shall contain building and construction news of interest to contractors in this state, among whom it shall have a general circulation. The advertisement shall specify the work to be done, shall state the time when the bids will be publicly opened for consideration by the council, which shall be not less than ten days after the first publication of the advertisement when the estimated cost is less than $100,000 and not less than three weeks after such publication in other cases, and shall state that no bids will be considered unless sealed and filed with the clerk and accompanied by a cash deposit, cashier's check, bid bond, or certified check payable to the clerk, for such percentage of the amount of the bid as the council may specify. In providing for the advertisement for bids the council may direct that the bids shall be opened publicly by two or more designated officers or agents of the municipality and tabulated in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered by the council. Nothing herein shall prevent the council from advertising separately for various portions of the work involved in an improvement, or from itself, supplying by such means as may be otherwise authorized by law, all or any part of the materials, supplies, or equipment to be used in the improvement or from combining two or more improvements in a single set of plans and specifications or a single contract.
In contracting for an improvement, the council shall require the execution of one or more written contracts and bonds, conditioned as required by law. The council shall award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder or it may reject all bids. If any bidder to whom a contract is awarded fails to enter promptly into a written contract and to furnish the required bond, the defaulting bidder shall forfeit to the municipality the amount of the defaulter's cash deposit, cashier's check, bid bond, or certified check, and the council may thereupon award the contract to the next lowest responsible bidder. When it appears to the council that the cost of the entire work projected will be less than $50,000, or whenever no bid is submitted after proper advertisement or the only bids submitted are higher than the engineer's estimate, the council may advertise for new bids or, without advertising for bids, directly purchase the materials for the work and do it by the employment of day labor or in any other manner the council considers proper. The council may have the work supervised by the city engineer or other qualified person but shall have the work supervised by a registered engineer if done by day labor and it appears to the council that the entire cost of all work and materials for the improvement will be more than $25,000. In case of improper construction or unreasonable delay in the prosecution of the work by the contractor, the council may order and cause the suspension of the work at any time and relet the contract, or order a reconstruction of any portion of the work improperly done, and where the cost of completion or reconstruction necessary will be less than $50,000, the council may do it by the employment of day labor.
All construction work, and work of demolition or clearing, and every purchase of equipment, supplies, or materials, necessary in carrying out the purposes of sections 469.001 to 469.047, that involve expenditure of $50,000 or more shall be awarded by contract. Before receiving bids the authority shall publish, once a week for two consecutive weeks in an official newspaper of general circulation in the community a notice that bids will be received for that construction work, or that purchase of equipment, supplies, or materials. The notice shall state the nature of the work and the terms and conditions upon which the contract is to be let, naming a time and place where bids will be received, opened and read publicly, which time shall be not less than seven days after the date of the last publication. After the bids have been received, opened and read publicly and recorded, the authority shall award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, provided that the authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Each contract shall be executed in writing, and the person to whom the contract is awarded shall give sufficient bond to the authority for its faithful performance. If no satisfactory bid is received, the authority may readvertise. The authority may establish reasonable qualifications to determine the fitness and responsibility of bidders and to require bidders to meet the qualifications before bids are accepted.
As an alternative to the procurement method described in subdivision 1, the authority may issue a request for proposals and award the contract to the vendor or contractor offering the best value under a request for proposals as described in section 16C.28, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (2), and paragraph (c).
If the authority by a vote of four-fifths of its members shall declare that an emergency exists requiring the immediate purchase of any equipment or material or supplies at a cost in excess of $50,000 but not exceeding $75,000, or making of emergency repairs, it shall not be necessary to advertise for bids, but the material, equipment, or supplies may be purchased in the open market at the lowest price obtainable, or the emergency repairs may be contracted for or performed without securing formal competitive bids. An emergency, for purposes of this subdivision, shall be understood to be unforeseen circumstances or conditions which result in the placing in jeopardy of human life or property.
Performance and payment bonds shall be required from contractors for any works of construction as provided in and subject to all the provisions of sections 574.26 to 574.31 except for contracts entered into by an authority for an expenditure of less than $50,000.
(a) An authority need not require competitive bidding in the following circumstances:
(1) in the case of a contract for the acquisition of a low-rent housing project:
(i) for which financial assistance is provided by the federal government;
(ii) which does not require any direct loan or grant of money from the municipality as a condition of the federal financial assistance; and
(iii) for which the contract provides for the construction of the project upon land that is either owned by the authority for redevelopment purposes or not owned by the authority at the time of the contract but the contract provides for the conveyance or lease to the authority of the project or improvements upon completion of construction;
(2) with respect to a structured parking facility:
(i) constructed in conjunction with, and directly above or below, a development; and
(ii) financed with the proceeds of tax increment or parking ramp general obligation or revenue bonds;
(3) until August 1, 2009, with respect to a facility built for the purpose of facilitating the operation of public transit or encouraging its use:
(i) constructed in conjunction with, and directly above or below, a development; and
(ii) financed with the proceeds of parking ramp general obligation or revenue bonds or with at least 60 percent of the construction cost being financed with funding provided by the federal government; and
(4) in the case of any building in which at least 75 percent of the usable square footage constitutes a housing development project if:
(i) the project is financed with the proceeds of bonds issued under section 469.034 or from nongovernmental sources;
(ii) the project is either located on land that is owned or is being acquired by the authority only for development purposes, or is not owned by the authority at the time the contract is entered into but the contract provides for conveyance or lease to the authority of the project or improvements upon completion of construction; and
(iii) the authority finds and determines that elimination of the public bidding requirements is necessary in order for the housing development project to be economical and feasible.
(b) An authority need not require a performance bond for the following projects:
(1) a contract described in paragraph (a), clause (1);
(2) a construction change order for a housing project in which 30 percent of the construction has been completed;
(3) a construction contract for a single-family housing project in which the authority acts as the general construction contractor; or
(4) a services or materials contract for a housing project.
For purposes of this paragraph, "services or materials contract" does not include construction contracts.
The authority may accept a certified check or cashier's check in the same amount as required for a bond in lieu of a performance bond for contracts entered into by an authority for an expenditure of less than $50,000. The check must be held by the authority for 90 days after the contract has been completed. If no suit is brought within the 90 days, the authority must return the amount of the check to the person making it. If a suit is brought within the 90-day period, the authority must disburse the amount of the check pursuant to the order of the court.
By January 1, 2006, The governing body of each statutory or home rule charter city, county, school district, regional agency, or other political subdivision, except a town, must develop a policy that controls travel outside the state of Minnesota for the applicable elected officials of the relevant unit of government. The policy must be approved by a recorded vote and specify:
(1) when travel outside the state is appropriate;
(2) applicable expense limits; and
(3) procedures for approval of the travel.
The policy must be made available for public inspection upon request and reviewed annually. Subsequent changes to the policy must be approved by a recorded vote.
Comprehensive plans of counties shall contain at least the following:
(a) Except for the counties of Hennepin and Ramsey, a land use plan as specified in section 473.859, subdivision 2, for all unincorporated territory within the county;
(b) A public facilities plan which shall include all appropriate matters specified in section 473.859, subdivision 3, including a transportation plan, and a description of existing and projected solid waste disposal sites and facilities;
(c) An implementation program, as specified in section 473.859, subdivision 4.
Each county other than Hennepin and Ramsey shall prepare, with the participation and assistance of the town, the comprehensive plan for any town within the county which fails by December 31, 1976, to take action by resolution pursuant to section 473.861, subdivision 2 and shall prepare all or part of any plan delegated to it pursuant to section 473.861, subdivision 2.
A county board may require that each person who is booked for confinement at a county or regional jail, and not released upon completion of the booking process, pay a fee of up to $10 to the sheriff's department of the county in which the jail is located. The fee is payable immediately from any money then possessed by the person being booked, or any money deposited with the sheriff's department on the person's behalf. If the person has no funds at the time of booking or during the period of any incarceration, the sheriff shall notify the district court in the county where the charges related to the booking are pending, and shall request the assessment of the fee. Notwithstanding section 609.10 or 609.125, upon notification from the sheriff, the district court must order the fee paid to the sheriff's department as part of any sentence or disposition imposed. If the person is not charged, is acquitted, or if the charges are dismissed, the sheriff shall return the fee to the person at the last known address listed in the booking records.
Presented to the governor May 20, 2009
Signed by the governor May 22, 2009, 7:43 a.m.