Commissioners consider child protection worker

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider a request for a fifth child protection worker for the Human Services Department Tuesday.

Permanency cases involving termination of parental rights are increasing, according to the request. There are 16 children who will not be reunited with their parents and it takes time to find permanent homes.

In addition, the complexity and intensity of certain cases is higher than experienced in the agency in a long time. Compensation time put in for by four child protection workers is close to maxing out and the four workers and supervisor are stressed and overwhelmed with the current workload.

Commissioners will also consider:

• Purchase of service agreements for the transportation of children and youth in foster care placement for Springfield and Red Rock Central school districts.

• Authorizing application for the Minnesota Housing and Finance Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program for 2019-2021. In the past biannual grant cycle, Brown County had 95 screened applicants and 19 qualified applicants. Blue Earth County had 747 screened applicants and 93 qualified applicants.

• An engagement agreement to prepare Brown County cost allocation plans for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Bids received were $3,500 for each year from Government Management Group (GMG) of Lakeville and $3,250 from DeNovo Consulting Solutions of Chaska.

Brown County has worked with GMG for many years. Since they are familiar with Brown County accounting processes and have provided services with the utmost professionalism and timeliness, the Auditor-Treasurer’s staff recommends Brown County continue with GMC in the future to provide reporting continuity.

Cost allocation preparation results in about $90,000 in federal reimbursement each year.

• Appointing two county commissioners, Auditor-Treasurer Prochniak, Financial Manager Rutscher and County Administrator Enter to review professional services reviews to conduct the county’s annual audit.

Audit services have cost the county an average of $66,533 per year since 2010. It is hoped to enlist the services of a form that provides cost savings to the county, works well with staff and can provide a thorough audit of our financial statement.

• A resolution supporting adequate transportation funding. Additional revenue wold improve the possibility of TH 14 conversion to four lanes from New Ulm to Rochester. The last Highway 14 segment would be approved if the governor’s funding package is approved.

• An $8,217.65 quote from Bargen Inc. of Mountain Lake to furnish and install Replay on the license bureau lot and alleys. An estimate to seal the lot with normal oil and chips is $7,500. Neighboring properties wil pay for their half of alley ceiling.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the courthouse second floor commissioner’s room.

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