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Day treatment program on county board agenda

Program would be at detox building

February 28, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will consider today an Enterprise North, Inc. needs determination request for an additional day treatment and habitation facility program.

A new community need is emerging for a special, high-level staffed program for people age 18 and over who exhibit behavior needs and low intellectual functioning levels, according to the Request for Board Action.

Because the evaluation center detention program recently ended, 2,500 square feet of space could be remodeled for $20,000 or less to fill program needs. The space would be licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) for up to 18 residents. Three people are ready to enter the program immediately.

New Ulm and Brown County have evolved as a sub-regional residential center for the disabled in the county and to the west during the past 30 years, according to Enterprise North Director Mary Hippert and accountant Royce Wempen.

Commissioners will also consider:

A Spanish language interpretation/translation contract with Brown County Public Health and Katie Gogo at $25/hour.

A "hold harmless" agreement with St. Cloud State University, Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center, which is sponsoring a "Ride and Drive" April 19-20. Representatives from Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler will introduce new police vehicles. The Brown County Sheriff's Office will attend to view and drive the new vehicles.

A price quote of $25,050 or $27,850 for Liebert option with staging compressors, from Data Center Systems, Inc., Burnsville, for two Liebert Challenger 3000 models with matching air-cooled condensers and controls plus sales tax. The project includes a proposed courthouse-Law Enforcement Center (LEC) serve room consolidation project, and authorizes mechanical installation services and electrical services on a time and materials basis. Total project costs will be paid from Building Fund 14.

Membership in the Rural Minnesota Energy Board (RMEB), $2,000 annual dues plus $1,000 for new members; appoint a representative and alternate commissioner to serve on the RMEB.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. today in the courthouse commissioners room.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at



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