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December 1, 2010

December 1, 2010
The Journal

Members present: Seeboth, Berg, Lochner, and

Potter along with Administrator Enter and County

Attorney Hinnenthal.

M/Lochner, S/Berg, to accept the Minutes

of 11-23-10 and authorize publication of the

Synopsis of same, carried.

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

General Government claims in the amount of

$64,036.08 (subject to a $761.50 repair attributed

to JD#9), carried.

M/Potter, S/Berg, to accept and order filed the

reports on county drainage ditch matters, carried,

with Lochner dissenting.

M/Lochner, S/Potter, to authorize six (6)

Drainage Ditch Repair requests, carried.

M/Potter, S/Lochner, to approve regular

employee status for Matt Steffen, MW II, and for

Cindy Marti, Assessment Technician, carried.

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

Highway Dept. Monthly Construction Projects

Update and Maintenance Projects Update,


M/Berg, S/Potter, to authorize the purchase

of the following computer equipment in the state

contract amounts: Two (2) Dell OptiPlex 780

Minitower Computers @ $864.23/each; two (2)

Dell 24" Flat Panel Monitors @ $240.00/each; and

two (2) Dell AX 510 Stereo Soundbar speakers

@ $31.32/each; plus sales tax in the amount of

$156.13, for a total amount of $2,427.23, with

funding provided by Water Plan funds through the

Natural Resources Block Grant, carried.

M/Lochner, S/Berg, to approve the use of

SCORE funds for the publication of an educational

recycling/green newspaper insert on recycling,

new recycling coordination, waste and other

environmental topics that affect the citizens of

Brown County, carried.

The County Board further reviewed the 2011

Committee Memberships and by consensus,

agreed to consider the final draft listing at the next

County Board meeting.

Correspondence C-1 thru C-7 were accepted

and filed.

Seeboth reported on the Help Me Grow

committee and on Child Care information.

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

Family Services Dept. legislative proposals for the

legislator visits in the December Board meetings

as relates for the 2011 legislative session:

Welfare Fraud Issues - Medical Assistance,

Cash Assistance, EBT Cards, Food Support

Eligibility, Restructuring of the Welfare Fraud Unit;

Collections Issues; and Budget Issues, carried.

Calendars were coordinated for the next two

week period.

At 5:30 PM, Chairman Seeboth recessed the

Regular meeting to reconvene at 6:00 PM this

date in the District Courtroom.

At 6:00 PM, Chairman Seeboth reconvened

the Regular Meeting to conduct the 2011

Proposed Budget and Levy Public Hearing in

the 3rd floor District Courtroom of the Brown

County Courthouse located in New Ulm, MN.

Commissioners Seeboth, Berg, Lochner, and

Potter were in attendance, along with County

Administrator Enter, County Attorney Hinnenthal,

Auditor/Treasurer Helget, and Administrative/

Personnel Assistant Koch. Also in attendance

were fifteen (15) Brown County department

heads and staff; four (4) members of the general

public; and media representative Fritz Busch of

the Journal.

Chairman Seeboth convened the 2011

Proposed Budget and Levy Public Hearing.

Informational handouts were distributed to those

in attendance prior to the meeting.

At 6:01 PM, Administrator Enter presented

Brown County's proposed budget for 2011,

reviewing the handouts as provided. The

proposed 2011 Brown County levy noted was

$11,427,170 which reflected a 5.0% increase from

the 2010 levy in the amount of $10,883,019. The

Brown County Summary Budget Statement noted

adopted 2010 and proposed 2011 revenues by

fund and department, with the 2011 Brown County

Budget Revenues projected at $26,486,283. The

adopted 2010 and proposed 2011 expenditures

by fund and department were also presented in

chart and graph form, with the proposed 2011

Expenditures budgeted at $26,486,283 which

represented a 6.8% decrease from 2010. The

proposed 2011 Expenditures by category as a

percentage of total budget were noted as follows:

18.3%-General Government; 6.2%-Public

Health Nursing; 34.0%-Human Services; 20.7%-

Road and Bridge; 0.6%-Conservation/Natural

Resources; 1.6%-Culture/Recreation; and

18.6%-Public Safety.

Administrator Enter addressed additional

budget information as follows: Projected

Brown County Employer Costs for employee

compensation/benefits for 2011 totaling

$13,918,951 or 52.6% of the total proposed

budget; Comparison of estimated market values

for total agriculture properties and total nonagriculture

properties. Administrator Enter

also noted that preparation of the budget is a

lengthy process and departments continually

look for ways to limit the need for property taxes

by seeking grants and reviewing departmental


At 6:15 PM, Chairman Seeboth called for

testimony from the public regarding the proposed

2011 Brown County Budget and levy. There was

no testimony from the general public received.

Chairman Seeboth expressed thanks to those

in attendance, and also thanked the department

heads and staff for their efforts in preparing

the draft 2011 budget and for controlling

expenditures in 2010. It was noted that the

County Board will consider adoption of the final

payable 2011 property tax levy and budget at

the regular County Board Meeting at 9:30 AM

on Tuesday 12-14-10 in Room 204 of the Brown

County Courthouse.

There being no further business, Chairman

Seeboth adjourned the Public Hearing and the

Regular Meeting at 6:17 PM.

The Official Minutes of the Regular Meeting

of December 1, 2010 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

iinformation may be directed to the County

Administrator's E-Mail Address: cntyadmn@ Home Page Address:



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