STATE OF MINNESOTA

MINNESOTA LIMITED 

LIABILITY COMPANY

ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION

Minnesota Statutes Chapter 322C

The individual(s) listed below who is (are each) 18 years of age or older, hereby adopt(s) the following Articles of Organization:

Article 1. Limited liability company name: Equity Builders LLC.

Article 2. Registered office and agent(s), if any at that office: Tong Xioing, 8619 W. Point Douglas Rd. S., Ste. 220, Cottage Grove, MN 55016.

Article 3. Perpetual.

Article 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities, I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath: Tong Xiong.

Dated June 26, 2020.

Filed with the State of Minnesota.

Published in 

The Country Messenger 

July 1 and July 8, 2020

WASHINGTON COUNTY

2020 COUNTY BOARD OF

APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION

June 16, 2020

Commissioner/Chair Fran Miron called the 2020 Washington County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting to order at 5:01 p.m. Present are Commissioner/Chair Fran Miron, Commissioners Lisa Weik,  Wayne Johnson, Stan Karwoski, Gary Kriesel, and Deputy Administrator/Auditor-Treasurer Jennifer Wagenius.  Also in attendance were County Administrator Kevin Corbid and Property Records and Taxpayer Services Director Debra Ledvina and Deputy Director Joanne Helm.

Commissioner/Chair Miron welcomed all attendees and explained that the purpose of the meeting is to review the 2020 classification and valuation concerns of the property owners that brought their appeals before the Board. 

Deputy Administrator/Auditor-Treasurer Wagenius administered the oath to the Washington County Board of Appeal and Equalization members. The required swearing-in form was signed and notarized.

County Assessor Bruce Munneke introduced the assessment staff in attendance.  He gave a recap of the 2020 assessment, summarized the Local Board and Open Book meeting appeals, reviewed the appeals format for tonight’s meeting agenda and stated that there are no State increases this year.  This year, due to Covid-19 property owners were given an option to attend via WebEx.

Eleven properties are on the meeting agenda.  There are no walk-ins to add to the appointment list.  A synopsis of each case is below. 

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 1

Martin Romain 

PID 34.030.20.31.0193

City Oak Park Heights

Land 257,000

Building 263,600

Total 520,600

Martin Romain appeared before the Board via WebEx stating that the value of his property is too high.  He presented a packet which referenced one property that sold and two properties that are currently listed for sale.  He feels he overpaid for the property by $100,000 and the value should be $450,000-$470,000.  This information will be reviewed by the Board and staff.

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 2

Donald Selbitschka

PID 30.029.21.42.0024

City Oakdale

Land 105,000

Building 174,600

Total 279,600

Donald Selbitschka appeared before the Board via WebEx stating that the value of his property is too high due to the current economic effects of Covid-19.  It was explained that the 2020 values are based on the sales that occurred between October 1, 2018 and Sept 30, 2019 and that any market adjustments due to the current economic condition will be considered for the next assessment year.  He referenced a property at 6547 23rd St N which has a sale pending.  It was explained that this sale is outside of the sales period that was used when establishing the assessment year 2020 values.  

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 3

Randi Torgerson

PID 28.030.20.44.0067

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 227,100

Total 667,100

Randi Torgerson appeared before the Board stating that the value of her property is too high, her house is older, she has a small tuck under garage, and her house and deck are smaller than the comparables.  It was explained that all differences in the homes have been adjusted for.  No additional documents were presented. 

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 4

Kathleen Newman

PID 28.030.20.44.0066

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 241,200

Total 681,200

Kathy Newman appeared before the Board via WebEx stating that the value of her property is too high, she has problems with her basement, the garage is small and the house is old.  She stated that she did not receive the county comparable sheet prior to the meeting.  Staff will sent it as soon as possible.  No additional documents were presented. 

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 5

Derek Olson

PID 28.030.20.44.0068

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 244,800

Total 684,800

Cory Buettner appeared before the Board on behalf of the property owner Derek Olson.  He stated that the land value of the property is too high due to the small lot size.  He noted that the five properties brought before the Board all have the same land value and they all had the same land value increase despite size differences.  It was explained that there is no size adjustment on lots that are less than one acre.  Also, adjustments due to size difference are not substantiated by market sales.  No additional information was provided.

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 6

Ronald Nelson

PID 28.030.20.44.0101

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 151,900

Total 591,900

Ronald Nelson appeared before the Board stating that the land value is too high.  He also stated that his lot is below street level so a lift station is required to get the sewage from his house to the street.  No additional documents were presented.

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 7

Cory Buettner

PID 28.030.20.44.0069

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 316,300

Total 756,300

Cory Buettner appeared before the Board stating that the land value of the property is too high due to the small lot size.  He noted that the five properties brought before the Board all have the same land value and they all had the same land value increase despite size differences.  It was explained that there is no size adjustment on lots that are less than one acre.  Also, adjustments due to size difference are not substantiated by market sales.  No additional information was provided.

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 8

Gregory Genz & Kathleen Burke

PID 35.028.22.44.0010

35.028.22.44.0026

35.028.22.44.0028

City Newport

Land 55,200

109,700

2,700

Building 0

323,400

0

Total 55,200

433,100

2,700

Total Value 491,000

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 9

Roderik Negus

PID 04.032.20.33.0010

City Scandia

Land 191,500

Building 92,700

Total 284,200

Roderik Negus appeared before the Board stating that the value of his property is too high.  He stated the Local Assessor Pat Poshek thoroughly reviewed his property in 2019 and reduced the value at that time.  In July 2019 a tornado brought down several large trees which still need to be cleaned up, the septic system failed and drained into the basement so it needs to be gutted, the chimney is crumbling and water is coming in and the foundation is leaking.  He feels the lake quality on Bone Lake has deteriorated.  No additional information was provided.

Did Not Appear

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 10

Roderik Negus

PID 05.032.20.14.0007

City Scandia

Land 239,500

Building 193,100

Total 432,600

Roderik Negus appeared before the Board stating that the value of his property is too high.  He stated the Local Assessor Pat Poshek thoroughly reviewed his property in 2019 and reduced the value at that time.  Since then the deck is crumbling and someone fell through it, the siding is falling off, he had ice dams this winter so the roof is leaking, and it has poor insulation so the pipes freeze.  He feels the lake quality on Bone Lake has deteriorated.  No additional information was provided.

Did Not Appear

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 11

Stan Koch & Sons Trucking Inc.

PID 20.027.21.14.0004

City Cottage Grove

Land 1,003,000

Building 997,200

Total 2,000,200

The Board recessed at 6:49 pm.

The Board reconvened at 7:09 pm. 

The Board confirmed that the property owners for appeal number 8 and 11 had not arrived.  Chair Miron stated that since all appeals have been heard and it is after 7:00 p.m. a motion can be made to recess this meeting.  

Commissioner Kriesel made a motion to recess the meeting.  It was seconded by Commissioner Weik.  The motion carried.  

All County Board members signed the County Board Certification form.

The first meeting of the 2020 Washington County Board was recessed at 7:15 pm.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

2020 COUNTY BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION

2nd Meeting - June 23, 2020

Commissioner/Chair Fran Miron called the second meeting of the 2020 Washington County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting to order at 11:33 a.m.  Present are Commissioner/Chair Fran Miron, Commissioners Lisa Weik, Wayne Johnson, Stan Karwoski, Gary Kriesel, and Deputy Administrator/Auditor-Treasurer Jennifer Wagenius.  Also in attendance were County Administrator Kevin Corbid and Property Records and Taxpayer Services Director Debra Ledvina and Deputy Director Joanne Helm.

The following cases were reviewed.

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 1

Martin Romain

PID 34.030.20.31.0193

City Oak Park Heights

Land 257,000

Building 263,600

Total 520,600

The owner is contesting the current value of $520,600.  He purchased the property in August 2019 for $570,000.  The property is a unique penthouse with a panoramic view in three directions.  Staff recommends no change.

Commissioner Kriesel made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Karwoski seconded the motion.  The motion carried. 

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 2

Donald Selbitschka

PID 30.029.21.42.0024

City Oakdale

Land 105,000

Building 174,600

Total 279,600

The owner voiced concerns about the effects of the current economic conditions, Covid-19, on his value.  County Staff will monitor the potential impact on value in the next assessment year.  Staff recommends no change.

Commissioner Karwoski made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Weik seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 3

Randi Torgerson

PID 28.030.20.44.0067

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 227,100

Total 667,100

Staff reviewed the site values of all five Broadway properties as compared to current sales and feels equalization of the land has been obtained.  Staff previously offered a $25,000 reduction to the building value.  Staff also reviewed the county records regarding the attached tuck-under garage and recommends an additional $9,000 reduction in building value.  Staff recommends the value be reduced to $633,100.

Commissioner Kriesel made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Karwoski seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 4

Kathleen Newman

PID 28.030.20.44.0066

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 241,200

Total 681,200

Staff reviewed the site values of all five Broadway properties as compared to current sales and feels equalization of the land has been obtained.  Staff previously offered a $25,000 reduction to the building value.  Staff recommends the value be reduced to $656,200.

Commissioner Kriesel made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Karwoski seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 5

Derek Olson

PID 28.030.20.44.0068

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 244,800

Total 684,800

Staff reviewed site values of all five Broadway properties as compared to current sales and feels equalization of the land has been obtained.  Staff previously offered a $25,000 reduction to the building value.  Staff recommends the value be reduced to $659,800.

Commissioner Kriesel made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 6

Ronald Nelson

PID 28.030.20.44.0101

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 151,900

Total 591,900

Staff reviewed site values of all five Broadway properties as compared to current sales and feels equalization of the land has been obtained.  Staff previously offered a $25,000 reduction to the building value.  Additionally they recommend a $20,000 reduction is the land value due to the low elevation of the lot and the need for a lift station to remove the sewage from his house to the street.  Staff recommends the value be reduced to $546,900.

Commissioner Kriesel made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Johnson seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 7

Cory Buettner

PID 28.030.20.44.0069

City Stillwater

Land 440,000

Building 316,300

Total 756,300

Staff reviewed site values of all five Broadway properties as compared to current sales and feels equalization of the land has been obtained.  Staff previously offered a $25,000 reduction to the building value.  Staff recommends the value be reduced to $731,300.

Commissioner Kriesel made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Miron seconded the motion.  The motion carried. 

Did Not Appear

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 8

Gregory Genz & Kathleen Burke

PID 35.028.22.44.0010

35.028.22.44.0026

35.028.22.44.0028

City Newport

Land 55,200

109,700

2,700

Building 0

323,400

0

Total 55,200

433,100

2,700

Total Value 491,000

The three parcels listed are on the Mississippi River.  The property owner did not appear before the Board but provided one page of an appraisal which shows a value of $512,400.  No additional information was provided.  Staff recommends no change.

Commissioner Johnson made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Karwoski seconded the motion.  The motion carried. 

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 9

Roderik Negus

PID 04.032.20.33.0010

City Scandia

Land 191,500

Building 92,700

Total 284,200

The Local Assessor worked with the owner on establishing a baseline value in 2019 which takes into consideration the property owners concerns with the building.  The owner also has concerns with the water quality of Bone Lake and the negative effect on the market value.  The increase in value was based on current sales on Bone Lake.  Staff recommends no change and will monitor possible water quality effects on future value.  

Commissioner Miron made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Kriesel seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case 10

Roderik Negus

PID 05.032.20.14.0007

City Scandia

Land 239,500

Building 193,100

Total 432,600

The Local Assessor worked with the owner on establishing a baseline value in 2019 which takes into consideration the concerns with the building.  The owner also has concerns with the water quality of Bone Lake and the negative effect on the market value.  The increase in value was based on current sales on Bone Lake.  Staff recommends no change and will monitor possible water quality effects on future value.

Commissioner Miron made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Weik seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

Did Not Appear

AY 2020 Estimated Market Value

Case11

Stan Koch & Sons Trucking Inc.

PID 20.027.21.14.0004

City Cottage Grove

Land 1,003,000

Building 997,200

Total 2,000,200

The property owner did not appear before the Board.  Staff revived the information the owner provided.  Staff recommends no change. 

Commissioner Johnson made a motion to accept staff recommendation.  Commissioner Karwoski seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  

Assessor Munneke directed the Board to the Valuation and Classification list of staff recommendations included in their packet.  It is a list of properties where the appraisers met with the owners after the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization and owners who requested an appointment at the County Board Appeal and Equalization, the appraiser met with the taxpayer and was able to resolve the issue.  Each item on the list was reviewed.

Commissioner Weik made a motion to approve the list as submitted.  Commissioner Karwoski seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  

All County Board members signed the County Board Certification form.

Commissioner/Chair Miron thanked the staff for all the hard work involved with this process and that it is appreciated.  He also thanked Commissioner Kriesel and Auditor-Treasurer Wagenius for all the additional time spending reviewing the above cases.  

Assessor Bruce Munneke recognized Al LaBine who will be retiring before the end of the year.  He has been with the county for 21 years, he has been an asset to the County and will be greatly missed.  

Auditor-Treasurer Wagenius made a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Karwoski seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  The 2nd meeting of the 2020 Washington County Board was closed at 12:25 pm.

Published in 

The Country Messenger 

July 8, 2020

Summary of Proceedings

Washington County Board

of Commissioners

June 2, 2020

Present were Commissioners Fran Miron, District 1; Stan Karwoski, District 2; Gary Kriesel, District 3; Wayne Johnson, District 4; Lisa Weik, District 5. Board Chair Miron presided.

Commissioner Reports

– Comments – Questions

Commissioners reported on meetings and other events that they attended.  Please see archived web streaming of the board meeting for full commissioner reports at www.co.washington.mn.us, under “County Board”.

Community Services

Approval of the following actions:

- Recognition of the 2020 Washington County Family Child Care Provider of the Year, Brenda Ewy, of St. Paul Park.

General Administration

Approval of the following actions:

- May 12, 2020, County Board meeting minutes.

- COVID-19 Accommodation Policy.

- Authorize $250,000 in 2020 contingency funds to pay for emergency expenses related to COVID-19.

- County Administrator Kevin Corbid reported there is no board meeting scheduled on June 9, but requested a board workshop only on June 9.

- Workshop Only meeting scheduled on June 9, 2020. No official county business or votes will take place during Workshop Only meetings.

- A resolution declaring a Local State of Emergency for the safety and protection of life and property was issued on May 30, 2020, by County Administrator Kevin Corbid and Board Chair Fran Miron.

- Board correspondence was received and placed on file.

Property Records &

Taxpayer Services

- Board workshop to review assessment year 2020 local appeals and adjustments in preparation for the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.

Public Health & Environment

- Approval of comment letter to Lower St. Croix One Watershed One Plan Policy Committee in response to their Draft Plan.

Public Works

- Approval of Agricultural License Agreement No. 13445 with Mike Slater.

Sheriff’s Office

Approval of the following actions:

- Law Enforcement Tier One Membership Agreement No. 13451 with the Health and Emergency Response Occupations (HERO) Center.

- Joint Powers Agreement No. 13455 with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office for the purchase and use of an armored multi-terrain rescue vehicle.

A complete text of the Official Proceedings of the Washington County Board of Commissioners is available on the county’s website: www.co.washington.mn.us, under County Board, or for public inspection at the Office of Administration, Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater, MN.

Published in 

The Country Messenger 

July 8, 2020

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

CITY OF MARINE ON ST. CROIX

PLANNING COMMISSION

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

7:30 pm, Village Hall,

121 Judd Street

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. to consider a variance for an accessory building for Dan Willenbring at 400 Tanglewood Lane. 

Details are available at the City Office during regular office hours.

Dated this 1st day of July, 2020

By: Suzanne Dammann, Assistant City Clerk

Published in 

The Country Messenger 

July 8, 2020

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

CITY OF MARINE ON ST. CROIX

PLANNING COMMISSION

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

7:30 pm, School Property, 550 Pine Street

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Marine on St. Croix Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. regarding the proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance. Details and copies of the draft ordinance are available at the City office during regular business hours and the City website. 

Dated this 1st day of July, 2020

By: Suzanne Dammann, Assistant City Clerk

Published in 

The Country Messenger 

July 8 and July 15, 2020

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