County approves lease, administrator review

During their Feb. 21 meeting, the Carver County Board of Commissioners approved a lease with New Germany and approved an outstanding rating for Carver County Administration David Hemze.

The board, acting as regional rail authority, approved a motion to lease a portion of land off of County Road 30 to New Germany. The space was previously rented by United Farmers Cooperative. It’s about a half mile long by 300 feet wide and holds a 40 foot by 60 foot metal storage building.

Carver County Parks Director Martin Walsh said he thought the lease was a good idea and explained that New Germany had already taken steps to help United Farmers Cooperative clean up the space. The board approved the motion to enter into a lease agreement with New Germany unanimously.

Next on the agenda was the review of a performance evaluation for Carver County Administrator David Hemze.

Employee Relations Director Kerie Anderka presented comments from a closed meeting discussion on Hemze.

“Mr. Hemze has presented sound judgement and skill in his hring decisions to shape the org and has established a solid leadership team,” she said. “The work hes done extends throughout organization and has been demonstrated by many successes at every level. His outstanding performance and contributions have benefitted this community and are appreciated by the board.”

The county staff recommended an overall rating of outstanding for Hemze’s 2016 performance, which the board unanimously approved.

“I think we agreed in the closed meeting that we could do worse,” Commissioner Tom Workman said. “It’s been a good year. Dave get high marks from the board and I agree.”

Hemze said he was grateful for the praise, but said he would not have been as successful without the help of others in Carver County.

“The county sherriff and commissioners around me deserve more credit than I do, so I appreciate that,” Hemze said.

The next Carver County Board of Commissioners meeting is March 7 at 9 a.m.