Commissioners to hear chemical dependency report, statistics

Will consider update bridge priority list

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will receive a chemical dependency report and information on substance abuse changes in the past year at their Aug. 27 board meeting.

The board meeting starts at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the courthouse commissioner’s room.

Information received includes county-specific data on chemical dependency treatment and total expenditures for chemical dependency treatment paid from the Consolidated Chemical Dependency Treatment Fund (CCDTF) for the past five fiscal years.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) reform has been discussed often at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and in the legislature the past two years. Updates will be provided on what has changed and what is being proposed.

Commissioners will also consider:

• Entering into an agreement between Brown County Heartland Express and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to purchase a bus in 2020 at a cost not to exceed $88,000. Brown County’s share would be 10 percent of the cost.

• The introduction of three new Human Services staff including adult mental health client case manager Joshua Hopkins and new child protection workers Danielle Maher and Haley Krumm.

• An updated bridge priority list of structurally deficient bridges or ones requested to be replaced by a township. Bridges on the list are eligible for bridge bond funds.

Earlier this year, MnDOT directed counties to consider scheduling replacement of large, corrugated metal culverts that have deflected (bent) 10 percent or more. Brown County has nine bridges with corrugated metal culverts, five of which have deflected more than 10 percent. They have been included on the list. Three are on township roads. Two are on county roads.

The bridge list includes the CSAH 8 bridge over the Minnesota River estimated to cost $1,500,000 to replace in 2022. Federal funds would pay $960,000 of the cost.

Other bridges on the list are on CSAH 10 and 7.

• Scheduling a special board meeting at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 to do human services director position interviews. A special meeting to select a position finalist is set for 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25.