SYNOPSIS OF COUNTY BOARD MEETING
October 7, 2008
Members present: Seeboth, Berg, Guggisberg,
Lochner and Potter, along with County
Administrator Enter and County Attorney Olson.
M/Berg, S/Guggisberg, to accept the Minutes of
9-23-08 and authorize publication of the Synopsis
of same, carried.
M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to schedule a Closed
Session for labor negotiation strategy planning to
be held in the Commissioners Room 204 of the
Brown County Courthouse, New Ulm, MN at
approximately 10:35 AM this date 10-7-08, for the
Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc. (LELS)
Locals #94 and #98 and for the two (2) AFSCME
Collective Bargaining Units (Courthouse and
Highway) pursuant to MS 13D.03, carried.
M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to authorize the payment of
General Government claims in the amount of
M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to deny the request
received from the Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch
asking election officials/governing bodies to
sponsor an advertisement promoting "The Right to
Vote is a Privilege," carried.
M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to authorize one (1)
Drainage Ditch Repair request, carried.
M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to accept and file the
update on the Official Proceedings of the Public
Hearing on Joint Ditch 48 Between Brown and
Blue Earth Counties that was held on 9-15-08,
approving the Findings and Order of the Joint
Drainage Authority of Blue Earth and Brown
Counties for the Repair of Joint JD#48, and the
Findings and Order for the Appointment of
Viewers to ReDetermine the Benefits of JD #48,
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to accept and file the
Cash/Management Investment Report for the
month of September 2008, reflecting an invested
balance of $14,302,167.46 with an average yield
of 2.92%, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to schedule the
General Election Canvass Board for 9:00 AM on
11-7-08; and to appoint Commissioners
Guggisberg and Berg to serve on the General
Election Canvassing Board, with Commissioner
Lochner as alternate, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to ratify a contract
between the General Security Services
Corporation (GSSC) and the Brown County
Sheriff's Office to provide security for persons
committed to the Brown County Jail which require
security while on medical transfer to the Twin
Cities metropolitan area, and understanding that
MCIT will be requested to review and comment on
the contract, carried. It should be noted the length
of the contract would be one (1) year from the time
the contract is signed.
M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to accept the MN DNR
Off-Highway Vehicle (ATV) Enforcement Grant
Contract #1320145 in the amount of $4,204 for
fiscal year 2009, and authorize the County Board
Chair and County Administrator to sign same on
behalf of Brown County, carried.
M/Berg, S/Potter, to accept and file the
following Extension Program Update: 4-H
Program Coordinator and Summer Intern Reports;
Ag Agent Report; and Nutrition Education Report,
M/Seeboth, S/Guggisberg, to approve regular
employee status for Sheila Flindt, PT Office
Support Specialist; and for Marea Mohr, Deputy
Recorder/RE/Vital Statistics, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to authorize the use
of SouthPoint Federal as the new Health Savings
Account vendor effective 1-1-09, carried.
The County Board reviewed the Employee
Recognition Day held annually, and by consensus,
agreed to continue special recognition in the
annual banquet format of previous years.
M/Berg, S/Potter, to approve the appointment of
Melissa Hoffmann as the Regular PT MCH Public
Health Nurse (24 hrs/wk) for the Public Health
Dept., at the hourly rate of $21.0193 (Grade XVI,
Entry) contingent on passage of the pre-placement
physical and with a projected start date
of 10-20-08, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to approve the
appointment of Paul Severson as a Regular PT
Dispatcher in the Sheriff's Dept. at the hourly rate
of $15.8951 (Grade XI, Entry) contingent on
passage of the pre-placement physical,
psychological and background check and with a
projected start date of 11-3-08, carried.
At 10:10 AM, Chairman Lochner convened a
Public Hearing on the Proposed Project and the
Issuance of Private Activity Bonds to Finance
Health Care Facilities in an estimated amount not
to exceed $6,400,000 at the request of Oak Hills
Living Center. It was noted that the Public Hearing
Notice affidavits of publication were on file. On 9-
16-08, the City of New Ulm consented to the
issuance of obligations by the County to finance
the project. No members of the general public
were present at the public hearing.
M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to approve Res. No. 2008-
23 giving preliminary and final approval of the
issuance and sale of a Health Care Facilities
Revenue Note, Series 2008 (Oak Hills Living
Center Project) in the aggregate amount of not to
exceed $6,400,000 and authorizing execution of
documents relating thereto on a project by
Highland Manor, Inc., d/b/a Oak Hills Living
Center under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 469,
M/Berg, S/Guggisberg, to approve the request
of Mr. & Mrs. Eldon Lendt to have their cremated
remains buried within the Soldier's Rest plots of
Mrs. Lendt's parents (Ernest & Teresa Lake) in
Lots 129-130 Soldier's Rest in the New Ulm
M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to accept and file the
Brown County Veterans Service Office 3rd
Quarterly Board Report and the Veterans Service
Officer Annual Fall Conference Report, carried.
M/Seeboth, S/Guggisberg, to approve the Solid
Waste Advisory Committee recommendation to
raise the tipping fee at the Brown County Landfill
by $1.25 (current fee of $13.25/cubic yard) to
$14.50/cubic yard effective 1-1-09, motion failed,
with Guggisberg, Berg, Potter and Lochner
M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to raise the tipping fee
at the Brown County Landfill by $1 (current fee of
$13.25/cubic yard) to $14.25/cubic yard effective
1-1-09, carried, with Seeboth dissenting. It should
be noted that $2.50/cubic yard will continue to be
placed in the Landfill Trust Fund and $11.75/cubic
yard will be placed in the Landfill Operating Fund.
Correspondence C-1 thru C-15 were accepted
Guggisberg reported on the MRCI and Three
Rivers RC&D meetings on 10-6-08; Berg reported
on the Enterprise North meeting of 10-6-08 and
the recent meeting of the new South Central
Minnesota Regional Radio Board; Seeboth
reported on the updated LMC Public Purpose
Expenditures document; and Lochner reported on
Calendars were coordinated for the next two
At 11:10 AM, Chairman Lochner convened a
Closed Session for Labor Negotiation Strategy
Planning, pursuant to M.S.13D.03, for the LELS
Locals #94 and #98 Sheriff's Department
Collective Bargaining Units; and for the two (2)
AFSCME Collective Bargaining Units (Courthouse
and Highway). This session was attended by
Commissioners Seeboth, Berg, Guggisberg,
Lochner and Potter, along with County
Administrator Enter, County Attorney Olson,
Sheriff Hoffmann, Highway Engineer Stevens and
Personnel Director Crabtree. The Closed Session
adjourned at 12:10 PM.
There being no further business, Chairman
Lochner adjourned the Meeting at 12:10 PM.
The Official Minutes of the Regular Meeting of
October 7, 2008, are on file in the County
Administrator's Office and may be viewed during
normal business hours, M-F, 8AM-5PM.
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