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Commissioners' minutes

September 2, 2008
The Journal



September 2, 2008

Members present: Seeboth, Berg, Guggisberg,

Lochner and Potter, along with County Administrator

Enter and Assistant County Attorney Hinnenthal.

M/Berg, S/Potter, to accept the Minutes of 8-26-08

and authorize publication of the Synopsis of same,


M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to authorize the pay-ment

of General Government claims in the amount of

$180,612.87, carried.

M/Berg, S/Potter, to receive and order filed the

report by A/T Helget noting that the JD #48 BE&B

ditch authority held a teleconference earlier this date

and scheduled a Hearing on the Preliminary Engi-neer's

Report for Repair of JD #48 BE&B for 1:30 PM

on 9-15-08, in the Blue Earth County Courthouse,

Mankato, MN, carried.

M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to authorize three (3)

Drainage Ditch Repair requests, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to approve the pur-chase

of furniture from General Office Products in the

state contract amount of $3,217.59 for the GIS posi-tion;

and to authorize the purchase of GIS software

from ESRI in the amount of $6,312.78 for the GIS

position, with funding for this software from the

Recorder's LRF Fund, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to authorize the purchase

of a Harloff medication delivery cart in the amount of

$1,181.25 from Claflin Medical Equipment, with fund-ing

from the Jail Commissions account, carried. Addi-tional

quotes were received from Moore Medical and

from Taffaro Marketing Group, Inc. DBA Medical

Superstore Online.

Correspondence C-1 thru C-7 were accepted and


Berg reported on the Region 9 meeting on 8-27-

08; Lochner reported on the CHS budget meeting

and on Area 11 matters.

M/Seeboth, S/Guggisberg, to accept the low quote

for the Law Enforcement Center rooms and hallway

carpet replacement project from Design Home Cen-ter

in the amount of $6,624.88, carried. Additional

quotes were received from New Ulm Furniture and

from Retzlaff's Floors & More.

Calendars were coordinated for the next two week


M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to approve Res. No. 2008-21

calling for a public hearing on an addition/remodeling

project by Highland Manor, Inc., d/b/a Oak Hills Living

Center under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 469, with

respect to the application for issuance of private activ-ity

bonds to finance health care facilities, carried.

County Administrator Enter presented the draft

2009 Brown County budget, reporting that adjusted

total draft 2009 budgeted expenditures in the amount

of $27,495,887 reflect an increase of 8.8 percent from

the 2008 budget of $25,266,257. The County Board

discussed the state levy limit regulations and it was

noted that the proposed property tax levy for 2009 in

support the total budget is 39.4 percent compared to

40.3 percent in 2008. M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to revise

the proposed levy to S10,823,762 to qualify for

exemption from the Truth in Taxation public hearing

requirement as determined by the MN Dept. of Rev-enue

and as a cost saving measure, carried, with

Lochner dissenting.

M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to establish the 2009

proposed property tax levy for certification to the

County Auditor/Treasurer in the amount of

$10,823,762 which represents an increase of 6.19

percent over the total 2008 certified levy and approve

the "Payable 2009 PT Form 280" as revised for sub-mission

to the MN Dept. of Revenue-Property Tax

Division, carried. It was further noted that the final

2009 budget and levy will be adopted by the County

Board in December.

M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to support a decision to

submit a letter of interest to the DNR for a new grant

opportunity for Native Shoreland Buffer Incentives

Program Grants ($75,000 each) during 2009-2011,

M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to approve the addition of .2

FTE to the current .8 FTE Public Health Nurse posi-tion

for Michelle Buerkle, effective 10-27-08, to pro-vide

Personal Care Assistant assessments, and to

decrease the Maternal and Child Health position

vacated by Mary Bohlmann from .8 to .6 FTE effec-tive

with the hiring of a new person; and to authorize

advertisement to fill the .6 FTE Public Health Nurse

position vacancy, carried.

There being no further business, Chairman Lochn-er

adjourned the Meeting at 10:23 AM.

The Official Minutes of the Regular Meeting of

September 2, 2008, are on file in the County Admin-istrator's

Office and may be viewed during normal

business hours, M-F, 8AM-5PM. Correspondence

and requests for additional information may be direct-ed

to the County Administrator's E-Mail Address:; Home Page Address:



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