SYNOPSIS OF COUNTY
Aug. 26, 2008
Members present: Seeboth, Berg, Guggisberg,
Lochner and Potter, along with Lay Board Members
Mohr and Kuster. Also in attendance were County
Administrator Enter, Assistant County Attorney Peter-son
and Family Services Director Henderson.
M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to accept the Minutes of 8-19-
08 and authorize publication of the Synopsis of same,
M/Seeboth, S/Guggisberg, to approve the 2009
operating budget for the Brown County Heartland
Express at $639,978; the 2009 capital expense budg-et
for one replacement bus at $62,000; and $35,000
capital expense for dispatch software, carried. It was
noted that the State/Federal share will cover 85 per-cent
of approved operating expenses and 80 percent
of approved capital costs.
M/Berg, S/Potter, to approve Res. No. 2008-20 to
enter a contract with the State of Minnesota, Dept. of
Transportation for 2009 to provide Heartland Express
public transportation service, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve the Bus Wash-ing
Services Contract between MRCI-New Ulm and
Brown County Heartland Express for bus washing
services by MRCI at a rate of $19.70 per bus plus MN
state sales tax for the period of 9-1-08 thru 8-31-09,
M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to accept and file the Annual
Consolidated Chemical Dependency Treatment Fund
Program Review 7-1-07/6-30-08, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to accept and file the
Social Service Case Actions Listing dated 8-26-08,
M/Potter, S/Seeboth, to apply to the State of MN,
Dept. of Commerce, for FFY 2009 contract to admin-ister
the Lower Income Home Energy Assistance Pro-gram,
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to authorize the payment
of Family Services administrative claims in the
amount of $768.80, carried.
M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to accept and file Family Ser-vices
Correspondence Items #142 and Consent
Agenda Items #146, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to approve the appoint-ment
of Tricia Niebuhr as an Assistant Brown County
M/Berg, S/Potter, to approve the four year appoint-ment
(1-1-09 thru 12-31-12) of Judith Friesen as
Brown County Assessor, carried.
M/Potter, S/Guggisberg, to approve the appoint-ment
of Mary Decock as a FT Intensive DWI Super-vision
Probation Agent, contingent on passage of
pre-placement physical and background check, at the
annual starting salary of $37,673 with a start date of
M/Seeboth, S/Guggisberg, to award the contract
for the Brown County Jail Food Service to A'viands of
St. Paul, MN, carried. Additional bids were received
from: A. H. Hermel Company, North Mankato, MN;
New Horizon Foods, St. Michael, MN; and CBM Food-service,
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Correspondence C-1 through C-4 were accepted
Potter reported on the SWCD meeting on 8-25-08.
Calendars were coordinated for the next two week
M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to authorize the
deposit of an additional $100,000 of undesignated
reserve funds to the county septic account for disper-sal,
carried. It should be noted that $300,000 had pre-viously
been designated by the County Board for the
county septic loan program.
M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to approve the State of MN
Dept. of Agriculture Cooperative Agreement for
Waste Pesticide Collection and authorize the Board
Chair to sign same on behalf of Brown County, car-ried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to authorize one (1)
Drainage Ditch Repair request, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to accept and file the
update on Drug Court activities as presented by 5th
Judicial District Court Manager Brenda Pautsch and
Brown Nicollet Watonwan Drug Court Coordinator
Laurie Mayo, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to table consideration of
the request to approve the addition of .2 FTE to the
current .8 FTE Public Health Nurse position for
Michelle Buerkle, effective 10-27-08, to provide Per-sonal
Care Assistant assessments and to decrease
the Maternal and Child Health position vacated by
Mary Bohlmann from .8 to .6 FTE, effective with hir-ing
of a new person, until the 9-2-08 County Board
meeting, motion to table carried.
M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to approve to adjust reim-bursement
of travel time for Home Health Aides and
Homemakers from one hour per 40 miles driven to
one hour per 50 miles driven, effective 9-1-08, car-ried,
with Lochner dissenting.
M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to approve the request
of Public Health, using existing staff, to initiate a Den-tal
Fluoride Varnish program for children ages 1-18,
which will target children who do not have regular
access to preventive dental care, do not have dental
insurance or are low income, and especially those
who also live in rural areas with private well water
lacking in fluoride, with the understanding that the
approval is on a six month trial basis, carried.
There being no further business, Chairman Lochn-er
declared the Meeting adjourned at 11:52 AM.
The Official Minutes of the Regular Meeting of
Aug. 26, 2008, are on file in the County Administra-tor's
Office and may be viewed during normal busi-ness
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