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Commissioners to talk with legislators

January 20, 2014
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer ( , The Journal

By Fritz Busch

Staff Writer

NEW ULM - State Sen. Gary Dahms and State Rep. Paul Torkelson will discuss legislative issues with Brown County commissioners for up to an hour beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the courthouse commissioner's room.

Issues to be discussed include road & bridge funding and weight restrictions, County Assessor accreditation, Family Services including simplification, uniformity and eligibility alignment, Public Health including the MNSure rollout update and Brown County affects, increasing probation officer funding, PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association) contribution increases, workers' compensation changes including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arising in employee's duties and how it could raise workers' compensation insurance costs, public data, data subjects and data inventory policy required in MS (Minnesota Statute) 13.025, Minnesota River Board status and recommendations, among others.

Commissioners will also consider:

The Auditor-Treasurer's 2013 delinquent county taxpayer report with a .6968 percent unpaid, down from .9590 in 2012, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA). The direct payment program has increased in volume tremendously in late 2013. Taxpayers are scheduling tax payments via online bill pay services, according to the RBA.

Highest 2013 unpaid percentage was Hanska Special Assessments 11.1219 percent; Sleepy Eye Special Assessments 9.7169 percent; New Ulm Special Assessments 6.5076 percent, according to the RBA. Total county township/city unpaid were $198,912.59, 1.8349 percent. Total county school district unpaid were $60,165.34, .95960 percent.

Setting a letting date for the CSAH 30 project, from the west county line to TH 4 for cold, in-place recycle, overlay & aggregate shouldering work. The highway has many pavement cracks and needs rehabilitation, according to the RBA. The project will be funded with federal and state aid funds. The highway department recommends setting the letting date for 10 a.m., Wed. Feb. 26, 2014 at the courthouse. The project is anticipated to begin Monday, June 2 and take 50 working days to complete.

Setting a letting date for edge line rumble striping on CSAH 10 to CSAH 27, CSAH 24 from TH 4 to TH 15, and CSAH 25 from CSAH 11 to CSAH 13. The project is intended to reduce run off the road crashes on 24.5 miles of road, according to the RBA.

The project will be funded with federal and state aid funds. The recommended letting date is 10 a.m., Wed. Feb. 26, 2014 at the courthouse. The project is anticipated to begin Monday, July 21 and take 20 working days to complete.

Authorizing the County Veteran's Services Office to buy six Soldier's Rest graves at $375 each for $2,250 from the Home Cemetery Association, Sleepy Eye. The current balance is four graves, which could be consumed by as few as two deaths. Brown County's federal plot grant receipts will pay for the purchase, according to the RBA.

Accepting the $725.84 low quote from Furniture Gallery, Sleepy Eye, to replace carpeting in two probation offices. Other quotes were $836, Retzlaff's Floors & More, and $883,10, New Ulm Furniture Co. Inc.

Approving purchase of a Ricoh MPC45503 System Copier got $7,772 from Metro Sales, Inc., Mankato for the Family Services Income Maintenance Unit. A $9,634 bid for a Canon Image Runner Advance 5255 color copier was received from River Bend Business Products, New Ulm.

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