SYNOPSIS OF COUNTY BOARD MEETING
December 23, 2008
Members present: Seeboth, Berg, Guggisberg and
Potter, along with Lay Board Members Kuster and
Mohr. Commissioner Lochner was excused. Also in
attendance were County Administrator Enter, County
Attorney Olson, District 3 Commissioner-Elect Dove
and Family Services Director enderson.
M/Berg, S/Guggisberg, to accept the Minutes of 2-6-
08, as amended 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
2 PM this date 2-23-08, 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,
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve two (2)
Purchase of Service Agreements with Greater
Minnesota Family Services and Brown County Family
Services for Family Group Decision Making Services
for CY 2009 (fiscal host agreement and Brown County
agreement) and the Family Group Decision Making
Acceptance of Grant Award in the amount of $8 ,575,
carried, with Berg dissenting. It should be noted
Contract No. is to flow state grant monies to Greater
Minnesota as a host county contract for the five-county
grant involving Watonwan, Sibley, Brown, Blue Earth
and Nicollet Counties in the amount of $8 ,575; and
Contract No. 2 is to flow supplemental dollars in the
amount of $6,996.40 to Greater Minnesota on behalf
of Brown County.
M/Berg, S/Guggisberg, to approve the Lease
Agreement to purchase garage space from Sleepy
Eye Bus Service, Inc. for CY 2009 at the cost of $95
per month, carried.
M/Potter, S/Berg, to approve Res. No. 2008-29 to
adopt the revised Drug and Alcohol Policy for Brown
County Family Services/Brown County eartland
Express Transit Employees, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to accept the bid received
for sale of county surplus equipment (one 998 El
Dorado Bus) in the amount of $3,0 0 from Superior
Transit Sales L.L.C., Becker, MN, carried. An
additional bid was received from Besner Bus &
Equipment, Savage, MN.
M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to approve the Guardian and
Conservator Purchase of Service Agreement with
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota for CY 2009
with a 2% COLA, carried. It should be noted this
contract rate would be $53.30/hour and the total
expenditures for the contract would not exceed
$64,000 with 40 clients receiving services at any given
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve the County
Attorney Fraud Services Contract County of Brown
State of Minnesota Plan of Cooperation with the
Brown County Attorney's Office to provide services to
the county for fraud in the Income Maintenance and
Medical Assistance Programs for CY 2009, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to approve the Contract
Addendum for 2009 between MRCI-New Ulm and
Brown County uman Services to provide a 2%
increase on the five services provided through an
existing host county contract for EASE, Community
Based Extended Employment, and Facility Based
Extended Employment, carried.
M/Potter, S/Guggisberg, to approve the Purchase of
Service Agreement ome and Community Based
Waiver Services Assisted Living/Customized Living
(effective - -09 replacing contract of 0- -07 to 9-30-09)
for assisted living/assisted living plus services at
St. John Lutheran ome in Springfield, MN, carried.
M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to accept and file the Social
Service Case Action Listing dated 2-23-08, carried.
M/Berg, S/Potter, to accept and file the Families
First Children's Collaborative Annual Report 2008 and
the Three Counties for Kids Annual Report 2008
regarding the activities and grants of the two
collaboratives for the past year, carried.
M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to approve the Agreement
Between New Ulm Public Schools, Sioux Trails Mental
ealth Center, Brown County Social Services, and
Three Counties for Kids Collaborative for School
Based Mental ealth Services for the period of 7- -08
thru 6-30-09, for Brown County to be party to this
contract to provide school based mental health
services in the New Ulm District 88 School System,
carried, with Potter dissenting.
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve the
appointment of Kurt Andersen as FT Financial Worker
Spanish in the Family Services Dept., at the annual
salary of $33,558 (Grade XI, Entry) contingent on
passage of a pre-placement physical and with a
projected start date of -5-09, carried.
M/Berg, S/Seeboth, to approve the Purchase of
Service Agreement between Brown County Family
Services and Counseling Services of Southern
Minnesota, Inc. for CY 2009 for in home and outpatient
services including travel with a 2% COLA for 2009,
M/Potter, S/Guggisberg, to approve the South
Country ealth Alliance (SC A) Outpatient Behavioral
ealth and Rule 25 Assessment Provider Participation
Agreement with SC A to provide Chemical
Dependency Rule 25 assessments for $200 each,
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve the Purchase of
Service Agreement for financial counseling services in
the amount of $ ,700 with Lutheran Social Service for
CY 2009, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to authorize the
payment of Family Services administrative claims in
the amount of $38,822.97, carried.
M/Potter, S/Berg, to accept and file Family Service
Correspondence Items # thru #3 and Consent
Agenda Items # thru #8, carried.
At 0:46 AM, Vice-Chairman Seeboth convened a
Closed Session to consider Social Services
Payments, whereupon M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to
authorize the payment of Social Service payments in
the amount of $73,333.54, carried.
M/Berg, S/Potter, to accept and file the November
2008 Monthly Reports of Activity for the Brown County
Sheriff's Dept., carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to accept the equipment
from the Responder Based Knowledge (RBK)
Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program
(CEDAP) grant for an Insight Technologies-Mini
Thermal Monocular V2 valued at approximately
$ 3,500, carried. It should be noted the Federal
Government CEDAP equipment grant pays for the
equipment, travel (airline ticket), motel and two of the
three meals per day during the training that will be in
Washington, D.C. from 2-9/ 0-09 with the travel dates
being the day before and the day after the scheduled
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to accept and file the
report on the ignition interlock system recently
approved by the District Court that will be
implemented in the repeat DWI offender program as
well as with probation violators, carried.
M/Berg, S/Guggisberg, to authorize the purchase of
Testday Lite random drug screening program
equipment in the amount of $3,400 that will assist in
the administration of drug screening programs with
funding provided by the juvenile drug court grant,
carried. This system will also be used for our ISP DWI
offenders as well as other high risk offenders on a
M/Guggisberg, S/Potter, to approve Res. No. 2008-30
for final acceptance and payment for the SP 08-090-
0 bike path project in and near Sleepy Eye in
Brown County, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to approve Res. No. 2008-3
adopting revised Rules and Regulations Governing
Soldiers' Rest Cemeteries, carried.
Correspondence C- thru C-8 were accepted and
Potter and Guggisberg reported on the recent
Water Quality Board meeting held on 2- 8-08.
Calendars were coordinated for the next two week
M/Berg, S/Potter, to accept and file the update on
the status of A/T Office projects including accounting,
elections, GIS update, conversion, and GRM update,
and related process changes that have been adopted
in the Auditor/Treasurer's Office this past year, carried.
M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to accept and file the
Auditor/Treasurer's Cash Management/Investment
Report for mid-December 2008 which reflects a
balance of $ 4,636,736. 9 with an average yield of
M/Guggisberg, S/Seeboth, to approve the
abatement of penalty and interest request from
Thomas Magnum, of River View Partnership, on
Parcel 00 .570.062.00.3 0 (Multi-family housing
project at 24 2 North Broadway, New Ulm) in the
amount of $5,074, contingent upon receipt of all real
estate taxes and special assessments due and upon
the sale of the property as represented, motion failed
with Berg and Potter dissenting.
M/Berg, S/Potter, to deny the abatement of penalty
and interest request from Thomas Magnum, of River
View Partnership, on Parcel 00 .570.062.00.3 0
(Multi-family housing project at 24 2 North Broadway,
New Ulm) in the amount of $5,074, motion failed, with
Guggisberg and Seeboth dissenting.
M/Guggisberg, S/Berg, to authorize the
Auditor/Treasurer Office to distribute the 2008 interest
income to the following designated funds: Nursing,
Road & Bridge, Family Service, Building, Park, E-9 ,
Capital Improvement, Ditch, Landfill, Landfill Trust,
Revenue Fund, and to the Eternal Flame Account,
understanding that actual distribution will be reported
to the County Board in January, 2009, carried.
M/Potter, S/Berg, to authorize the temporary
transfer from CD 74 in the amount of $ 04,000 to
various ditches with deficits in the Ditch Fund, and to
authorize the transfer in January 2009 from various
ditches back to CD 74 to repay the temporary
loans/transfers taken in December 2008, carried.
At 2:05 PM, the County Board congratulated
Commissioner Charles Guggisberg who received the
2008 Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC)
"Outstanding Service Award" at the AMC Annual
Conference held in Duluth, MN on 2-8-08 recognizing
his dedicated service to AMC, to the community, and
for 20 years as Brown County Commissioner.
At 2: 3 PM, Vice-Chairman Seeboth 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 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 2: 5 PM. The Closed
Session adjourned at 2:28 PM.
There being no further business, Vice-Chairman
Seeboth declared the Meeting adjourned at 2:28 PM.
The Official Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Dec.
23, 2008, are on file in the County Administrator's
Office and may be viewed during normal business
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