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September 23, 2008

September 23, 2008
The Journal


September 23, 2008

Members present: Seeboth, Berg, Guggisberg,

Lochner and Potter, along with Lay Board

Members Kuster and Mohr. Also in attendance

were County Administrator Enter, Assistant

County Attorney Berg and Family Services

Director Henderson.

M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to accept the

Minutes of 9-16-08 and authorize publication of

the Synopsis of same, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Lochner, to approve to add a

tenth Financial Worker to the Income Maintenance

Unit, carried.

M/Berg, S/Potter, to approve the Home and

Community Based Waiver/DT&H Service Contract

Amendments with the following contracted

waivered/DT&H service organizations in the

county to receive a 2% COLA effective 10-1-08:

Brown County Public Health; Galvin Rehabilitation

Services; Adaptive Recreation Services, Inc.;

Lutheran Social Services; MRCI-New Ulm;

Enterprise North, Inc.; Golden Home Care Plus,

Inc.; Habilitative Services, Inc. (HSI); MBW

Company, Inc.; Volunteers of America Care

Facilities d/b/a Adult Day Services; and Allina

Health Systems d/b/a New Ulm Medical Center

Home Care and Hospice, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to approve the Home and

Community-Based Waiver Services Assisted

Living/Customized Living Contract Amendments

with the following contracted assisted

living/customized living facilities to receive the 2%

COLA effective 10-1-08: Welcome Home Health

Care; St. John Lutheran Home; Sleepy Eye Area

Home Health, Inc.; Ridgeway on German and

Ridgeway on 23rd; Prairie Senior Cottages; Oak

View Apartments; Comfrey Community Health

Care Building, Inc.; and Volunteers of America

Care Facilities d/b/a Countryside Retirement

Community, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve the Semi-Independent

Living Services (SILS) Contract

Amendments for the following SILS service

providers with revisions effective both on 7-1-08

and 10-1-08: MBW Company, Inc.; and Habilitative

Services, Inc., carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to approve the Purchase

of Service Agreement Greater Minnesota Family

Services and Brown County Family Services Dept.

(1-1-09 to 12-31-09) for one full time professional

family based worker for 2009 in the total amount of

$73,318 less any third party collections, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve the

Contract with Greater Minnesota Family Services

Targeted Case Management to establish targeted

case management for child welfare at a rate of

$318 per month and mental health at a rate of

$642 per month, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to accept and file the

Social Service Case Actions Listing dated 9-23-

08, carried.

M/Berg, S/Potter, to approve the Apartment

Lease: Agreement to lease an unfurnished crisis

apartment with Convenience Merchandising LLC

at $425 a month for the year beginning11-1-08

thru 10-31-09, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Guggisberg, to approve the

Memorandum of Understanding for a SAMHSA

federal grant for "Underage Substance Abuse

Coalition" to provide space, telephone and

Internet service for the coalition coordinator,


M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to authorize the payment

of Family Services administrative claims in the

amount of $1,537.15, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to accept and file the

following Family Service Correspondence Item#I

and Consent Agenda Items #1 thru #7, carried.

Chairman Lochner convened a Closed Session

to consider Social Services Payments.

M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to authorize the

payment of Social Services payments in the

amount of $21,614.37, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to accept and file the

update on the idea of permanent funds for the

Brown Nicollet Cottonwood Water Quality Board to

have a full time permanent coordinator position,


M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to give preliminary

approval to nine (9) 2009 Personnel Policy

recommendations as presented and to consider

the proposed Employee Education Grant Program

as a separate Board action at a future date,


M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to approve the premium

rates for 2009 for the Medica Health Plans: Base

Plan MIC 500 Single $548.46, Family $1,480.84;

Optional Plan MIC 300 Single $578.40, Family

$1,561.68; and Optional Plan MIC 2500-100%

HSA Single $414.81, Family $1,119.74 with

payment of County share/employee share

according to 2008 Personnel Policy and Union

Contracts; and to continue the employer

contribution of $1,100 under the MIC 2500-100%

HSA plan into the employee's single or family HSA

which will be deposited semi-annually and pro-rated

for any new employees during the year, with

the understanding that the $1,100 is part of the

county share consistent with the Base Plan MIC

500 county share; and to continue the payment of

the HSA fee for the employee for the

administration cost by a qualified trustee, carried.

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

quote to supply and install roofing snow fence and

gutter system at the south and east entrances of

the Brown County Community Services Building

(CSB) from Sandmann Roofing Systems in the

amount of $4,950, carried. Additional quotes were

received from Gag Sheet Metal Inc. and from

Laraway Roofing, Inc.

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

Drainage Repair requests, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to approve the

purchase of eleven (11) Soldier's Rest Grave Plots

from New Ulm Cemetery in the amount of $550

each, for a total amount of $6,050, carried, with

Seeboth dissenting.

Correspondence C-1 through C-12 were

accepted and filed.

Berg reported on the AMC Environmental &

Natural Resources Policy Committee meeting;

Guggisberg reported on the AMC General

Government Policy Committee meeting; Lochner

reported on the AMC Public Safety Policy

Committee meeting; and Seeboth reported on the

Middle School meeting about possible future use.

Calendars were coordinated for the next two

week period.

There being no further business, Chairman

Lochner declared the Meeting adjourned at 12:10


The Official Minutes of the Regular Meeting of

September 23, 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:; Home Page




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