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Dec. 16, 2008

December 16, 2008
The Journal

SYNOPSIS OF COUNTY BOARD MEETING

December 16, 2008

Members present: Seeboth, Berg, Guggisberg, Lochner and Potter, along with

County Administrator Enter, County Attorney Olson and District 3 Commissioner-Elect

Dove.

M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to accept the Minutes of 2-2-08 and authorize publication of

the Synopsis of same, carried.

M/Guggisberg, 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 0:30 AM this date 2- 6-08 for the Law

Enforcement Labor Services, Inc. (LELS) Locals #94 and #98 and for the two (2)

AFSCME Collective Bargaining Units (Courthouse and ighway) pursuant to MS

3D.03, carried.

At 9:02 AM, State Senator Dennis Frederickson met with the County Board and

various department heads to discuss pending legislative issues including: Forecasted

state revenue short-fall through 6-30-09 and for state FY 20 0-20 , and possible

effects on local units of government; the Association of Minnesota Counties proposal

for Minnesota Redesign regarding Governance, Flexibility and Transparency;

suggestions for revision of the Green Acres assessment law; concern of cost shifts to

local units of government; levy limit legislation; Drug & Gang Task Force fundingneed

for special levy authorization; evaluating mandates on local units of government; Drug

Court; Public ealth issues; Family Services issues; Probation Agent funding;

Transportation; and Workforce concerns. Chairman Lochner thanked Senator

Frederickson for attending the County Board meeting and for his service in the

Minnesota State Senate.

M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to authorize the payment of General Government claims in

the amount of $ 86,909.75, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to approve the following Liquor Licenses requested by

the River Valley Dutchmen Snowmobile Club, Inc.: 3.2 Liquor License at their

clubhouse location of 24927 Main St. Essig, MN in Milford Township for the period of

- -09 thru 6-30-09; and a "One Day" Liquor License on -24-09 at the Golden Gate

Campground located in ome Township, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to schedule the date for the 2009 County Board of Appeal

(BOA) and Equalization Meeting for 6- 6-09 at 9 AM in the Commissioner Room 204

of the Brown County Courthouse, with the Board continuing the BOA and

Equalization Meeting at 6:30 PM on 6-22-08, carried.

M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to approve the Multi (2) Lot Preliminary Plat Application #P-00098

by FORMTEXT Lynn & Jane Ahlness known as Ahlness Third Subdivision on

property described as FORMTEXT Lot Block Ahlness Second Subdivision, Sec.

3-T 08N-R3 W, Lake anska Township, Brown County. Property being platted is an

existing farmstead. Owners would like to separate house & garage from existing farm

use buildings, with ( ) condition listed, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve the Final Plat single lot split by Verlin Goering

known as Goering First Subdivision on property described as being in Sec.

22T 0NR3 W, Milford Township, Brown County Minnesota, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to schedule a public hearing for the proposed Brown County

Park Ordinance revisions as recommended by the Park Commission for 0 AM on -20-

09 in the Commissioners Room 204 of the Brown County Courthouse, New Ulm,

MN, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve using Park Director Laine Sletta as the

"authorized agent" for the MN DNR open waters permit application and WCA no

loss/exemption application for the project to remove sediment from the Mound Creek

County Park south sediment basin/pond, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to authorize an amount of $ ,000 from the Water Plan

fund to be designated to Brown Nicollet Community ealth as funding support for the

Children's Water Festival, carried.

At 0:37 AM, Chairman Lochner convened a Closed Session for Labor Negotiation

Strategy Planning, pursuant to M.S. 3D.03, for the LELS, Inc. Locals #94 and #98

Sheriff's Department Collective Bargaining Units; and for the two (2) AFSCME

Collective Bargaining Units (Courthouse and ighway). This session was attended

by Commissioners Seeboth, Berg, Guggisberg, Lochner and Potter, along with

County Administrator Enter, County Attorney Olson, Sheriff offmann,

Commissioner-Elect Dove, Personnel Director Crabtree, and Attorney Frank Madden

via telephone at 0:38 AM. The Closed Session adjourned at 0:55 AM.

M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to approve the following three (3) contracts with New Ulm

Medical Center for calendar year 2009: Consolidated Chemical Dependency

Treatment Fund Purchase of Service and ost County Contract; Addendum Use,

Occupancy and Support Services Agreement related to rental of space at the Bridge

on Center building by NUMC; and Letter of Agreement Between New Ulm Medical

Center and Brown County Family Services for the participation of Dave Schaetzke,

Licensed Psychologist, on the Brown County Pre-Placement Team, carried.

At AM, Representative-Elect Paul Torkelson met with the County Board and

various department heads to discuss pending legislative issues including: Forecasted

state revenue short-fall and potential effects on local government; pending revenue

un-allotment by the Governor; concern of cost shifts to local units of government; the

Association of Minnesota Counties proposal for Minnesota Redesign regarding

Governance, Flexibility and Transparency; Family Services issues; levy limit

legislation; Drug & Gang Task Force funding and need for special levy authorization;

Green Acres pending revisions; Drug Court; Public ealth issues; Need for an alcohol

fee for detox costs; Transportation; evaluating mandates on local units of government;

and Workforce concerns. Chairman Lochner thanked Representative-Elect Torkelson

for attending the County Board meeting to review county legislative concerns.

At :54 AM, Chairman Lochner recessed the meeting and the County Board

participated in a Brown County istorical Society luncheon, and reconvened at : 5

PM.

M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to approve the Memorandum of Agreement between Brown

County Public ealth and the Brown County Sheriff's Office for continued health

services at the jail for the period of - -09 thru 2-3 - 0, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Guggisberg, to accept the quote received from Treat's ome Center

in the amount of $2,757.49 (includes sales tax) for the installation of C. and A. Allstar

carpet in Dayroom "B" and "C" in the Brown County Jail; and the quote for carpet

installation received from Paul enle Installation in the amount of $848, with funding

provided by the non-levy Jail Commissions Account, carried. An additional quote was

received from New Ulm Furniture.

M/Berg, S/Potter, to authorize the implementation of a Pay to Stay County Jail

Program effective - -09 for sentenced inmates in the Brown County Jail per

Minnesota Statute 64 . 2, Subd. 3 with a fee of $20 per day assessed to straight time

Brown County inmates; and to enter into a contract with Financial Consultants

Company, Inc., Foley, MN, to collect unpaid inmate accounts, carried. It should be

noted the unpaid accounts would include pay to stay, medical, dental, and any other

correctional services provided that can be charged back to the inmate.

M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to accept and file the January-November 2008 Budget

Report (Cash Basis and Unaudited) which reflects activity at 9 .7% of the budget

year as follows: expenditures of $23,522,200.32 or 93. %, and revenues of

$23,98 ,95 .43 or 95.4%; and the November 2008 Supplemental Budgets Report

noting expenditures of $ ,76 ,025.37 or 4.4%, and revenues of $ ,572,067.67 or

4.7% of annual budgeted activity, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to adopt the certified levy for 2009, in the amount of

$ 0,823,757 resulting in a 6. 9% increase from the 2008 certified levy; and to adopt

the 2009 Brown County Budget for revenues and expenditures in the amount of

$27,50 ,382 which resulted in a 8.8% increase from 2008; and instructed the County

Administrator to both certify the adopted levy to the Brown County Auditor/Treasurer

and submit the summary of the adopted 2009 Brown County Budget for publication,

carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to accept and file the following Public ealth Update: Advisory

Committee Meeting Minutes; " eart of New Ulm" Community ealth Promotion

Project; Community ealth Assessment and Action Plan (C AAP) Proposed Timeline

and Plan; Statewide ealth Improvement Project (S IP); Community Engagement

Collaborative; Agency Evaluation; ome ealth Aide and omemakers Positions

Offered; MSU Student Reflection; MN Train Software Program; and Medical

omes/ ealth Care omes, carried.

M/Berg, S/Potter, to set the date of Wednesday afternoon on 2- 8-09 for the Public

ealth Annual Meeting, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve the appointment of Robin Bandow and Alice

illesheim as the Regular PT omemakers for the Public ealth Department at the

hourly rate of $9.7 27 (Grade V, Entry) contingent on passage of the pre-placement

physical and with a projected start date of -5-09, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to approve the appointment of Amber Roesch as Long Term

Temporary Regular PT (Average 32 hrs/wk) Juvenile Work Crew Leader at the hourly

rate of $ 5.895 effective 2-29-08, carried. Projected long term temporary

appointment is to fill a vacated position due to a military leave.

M/Berg, S/Potter, to approve regular employee status for Rich Ruch, FT General

Foreman, carried.

M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to deny the request for an Employee Education Grant Program

as suggested by the Personnel Policy Committee, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Guggisberg, to approve Res. No. 2008-28 Adopting the Revised

Version of the Employee Personnel Policy for the County of Brown, Minnesota,

carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to approve the following 2009 Supplemental Budgets: Law

LibraryRev. and Exp.: $20,950; Sheriff ContingentRev. and Exp.: $9,000;

Snowmobile SafetyRev. and Exp.: $3,56 ; Jail CommissionRev. and Exp.: $9,000;

9 Emergency Tele.Rev. and Exp.: $ 4,975; Septic Loan Prog.-$368, 86; Building

FundRev. $9, 45 and Exp. $7,568; Ditch FundRev. and Exp.: $3 8, 89; Landfill

Fund-Rev. $924,050 and Exp. $839,477; SCORERev. $89, 55 and Exp. $72,847,

carried.

M/Berg, S/Potter, to accept and file the following ighway Department Monthly

Update: 2008 Construction Projects Update; Future Construction Projects Update;

and Maintenance Projects Update, carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve the 2009 Departmental Conference Schedules

and Association/Membership Dues Listing, understanding that further review is

pending with respect to state funding reductions to Brown County, carried.

M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to designate $2,000,000 to the following funds for cash flow

purposes in the year 2009 - Revenue Fund: $750,000; Family Services: $750,000;

and Road and Bridge: $500,000; and to designate the following reserves for specific

purposes - Revenue Fund: $70,000 for Vested Comp Accruals, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to schedule a public hearing for 0:00 AM on -6-09 for

miscellaneous fees additions/revisions pursuant to MS 373.4 , carried.

M/Guggisberg, S/Lochner, to accept the quote received in the amount of $ 7,455

from Chuck Spaeth Ford, Inc. for a 2009 Ford Fusion SE (vehicle fully meets

requested specifications) replacement automobile for the agency mental health

needs using South Central Community Based Initiative funds, carried. Additional

quotes were received from the following: Bob Schuck Chevrolet-2009 Chevrolet

Malibu LT; Jensen Motors, Inc.-2009 Pontiac G6; Kohls Weelborg-2009 Chevrolet

Malibu LT; and Maday Motors-2009 Dodge Avenger SE (vehicle not fully meeting

requested specifications).

M/Berg, S/Potter, to authorize selling the current 2006 Ford Taurus (blue) to Sioux

Trails Mental ealth Center for $6,775 per the blue book value pending Sioux Trails

Mental ealth Board approval, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Potter, to authorize the payment of Family Services administrative

claims in the amount of $ 7,435.44, carried.

M/Seeboth, S/Lochner, to approve a salary in the amount of $9 ,200 effective - -09

for the Brown County Family Services Director, with respect to the responsibilities

and duties of the Family Services Director and Family Services Director enderson's

experience, qualifications, and performance, carried, with Berg and Potter dissenting.

M/Seeboth, S/Lochner, to approve a salary in the amount of $94,250 effective - -09

for the Brown County ighway Engineer, with respect to the responsibilities and

duties of the ighway Engineer and Engineer Steven's experience, qualifications, and

performance, carried, with Berg and Potter dissenting.

M/Seeboth, S/Lochner, to approve a salary in the amount of $93,700 effective - -09

for the Brown County Administrator, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes (MS) 375A.06

and the Employment Agreement dated 9- 6-97, and with respect to the

responsibilities and duties of the County Administrator and Administrator Enter's

experience, qualifications, and performance, carried, with Berg and Potter dissenting.

Pursuant to MS 387.20, and with respect to the responsibilities and duties of the

Sheriff's Office and Sheriff offmann's experience, qualifications, and performance,

M/Seeboth, S/Lochner, to approve the 2009 Brown County Sheriff salary of $79,500,

carried, with Berg and Potter dissenting.

Pursuant to MS 386.0 5 and with respect to responsibilities and duties of the

County Recorder's Office and Recorder Kamolz's experience, qualifications, and

performance, M/Seeboth, S/Lochner, to approve the 2009 Brown County Recorder

salary of $59,750, carried, with Berg and Potter dissenting.

Pursuant to MS 384. 5 and 385.373, and with respect to the responsibilities and

duties of the Auditor/Treasurer's Office and A/T elget's experience, qualifications,

and performance, M/Seeboth to approve the 2009 Brown County Auditor/Treasurer

salary of $78,000, motion died for lack of a second to the motion.

Thereafter, pursuant to MS 384. 5 and 385.373, and with respect to the

responsibilities and duties of the Auditor/Treasurer's Office and A/T elget's

experience, qualifications, and performance, M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to approve

the 2009 Brown County Auditor/Treasurer salary of $77,330, motion failed, with

Potter, Berg and Lochner dissenting.

Thereafter, pursuant to MS 384. 5 and 385.373, and with respect to the

responsibilities and duties of the Auditor/Treasurer's Office and A/T elget's

experience, qualifications, and performance, M/Seeboth, S/Guggisberg, to approve

the 2009 Brown County Auditor/Treasurer salary of $77,000, motion failed, with Berg,

Potter and Lochner dissenting.

Thereafter, pursuant to MS 384. 5 and 385.373, and with respect to the

responsibilities and duties of the Auditor/Treasurer's Office and A/T elget's

experience, qualifications, and performance, M/Seeboth to approve the 2009 Brown

County Auditor/Treasurer salary of $76,000, motion died for lack of a second to the

motion.

Thereafter, pursuant to MS 384. 5 and 385.373, and with respect to the

responsibilities and duties of the Auditor/Treasurer's Office and A/T elget's

experience, qualifications, and performance, M/Berg, S/Potter, to approve the 2009

Brown County Auditor/Treasurer salary at the same level as in 2008 which is $75,075,

carried, with Seeboth and Guggisberg dissenting.

M/Potter, S/Berg, to approve the salary for County Commissioners for 2009 at the

same level as in 2008 which is $20,750; to continue the $500 additional salary in 2009

for the Brown County Board Chair; and to continue the per diem for County

Commissioners at $75 in 2009, carried, with Guggisberg and Lochner dissenting.

M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to approve the 2009 Brown County Committee Appointments

Listing noting that County Commissioner representation on Judicial Ditch Authorities

will be added to the list consistent with previous Board action, carried.

At 3: 4 PM, Chairman Lochner convened a Closed Session to consider Social

Services Payments, whereupon M/Seeboth, S/Berg, to authorize the payment of

Social Services payments in the amount of $288,564.22, carried.

Correspondence C- thru C- 2 were accepted and filed.

Berg reported on the Board of Equalization training received at the AMC Annual

Conference 2-8/ 0-08; Guggisberg reported on the Adult Drug Court Steering

Committee meeting on 2- 2-08; on the AMC Redesign Project meeting with the New

Ulm Journal Editor on 2- 5-08; and on MRCI matters; and Potter reported on the

RCRCA meeting of 2- 5-08.

Calendars were coordinated for the next two week period.

There being no further business, Chairman Lochner declared the Meeting

adjourned at 3:33 PM.

The Official Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Dec. 6, 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: YPERLINK

mailto:county.administrator@mail.co.brown.mn.uscntyadmn@co.brown.mn.us

Home Page Address: HYPERLINK www.co.brown.mn.uswww.co.brown.mn.us.

 
 

 

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