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SYNOPSIS OF COUNTY BOARD MEETING

October 7, 2008

October 7, 2008
The Journal

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

$85,045.29, carried.

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,

carried.

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,

carried.

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,

carried.

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

Cemetery, carried.

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

dissenting.

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

and filed.

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

Area 11.

Calendars were coordinated for the next two

week period.

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.

Correspondence and requests for additional

information may be directed to the County

Administrator's E-Mail Address:

cntyadmn@co.brown.mn.us; Home Page

Address; www.co.brown.mn.us.

 
 

 

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