Commissioners to consider T-CPR agreement

Landfill contract revisions proposed

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider an agreement between Allina Health Emergency Medical Service and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office for Telephonic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Program (T-CPR) on Tuesday, April 20.

Allina Health Emergency Medical Service will serve as the T-CPR instruction provider on behalf of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. The services required to be in effect by July 1, 2021, will be provided at no cost to the county.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed into law at requirement on May 30, 2019 for the establishment of a telephonic cardiopulmonary resuscitation program effective July 1, 2021, with available grants for reimbursement of public safety answering points for the cost of appropriate training.

Brown County operates a 911 Public Safety Answering Point in New Ulm and wishes to secure TCPR services for 911 callers in the County service area through the service.

Allina Health Emergency Medical Service is an established Public Safety Answering Point with the ability to provide T-CPR services.

Brown County wishes to contract with Allina to provide T-CPR services to the County and Allina is willing to provide such services to the terms of the agreement.

Commissioners will also consider:

• An agreement between the Blue Earth and Brown County Sheriff’s Offices to access the National Crime Information Center’s Criminal Justice Data Network data base on behalf of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

The agreement will allow the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office to access the network for entering wanted and missing persons, stolen property, records checks, and telecommunication messages between terminals.

This is necessary to implement the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for Blue Earth County to access dispatch systems for Brown County, if needed.

• A county drainage ditch spraying quote. All open ditch drainage systems were quoted for ground spraying and have ditch buffers. Ground sprayers spot spray buffers and ditch slopes.

Bills are based on gallons of herbicide used at the prescribed rate per acre to calculate acres sprayed.

Quotes per acre are DBi Services $305, L&M Road Services $310, and AIP Management $307. There were 366.45 acres sprayed in 2020. Last year the rate was $315.

• A GEI Consultants, Inc. proposal for landfill construction including engineering, construction monitoring for quality assurance and required Cell 21 construction document preparation. Total cost is estimated at $96,100.

• Proposed contract revisions with Mathiowetz Enterprises, Inc. as recommended by the Solid Waste Advisory Commission (SWAC) to operate the Brown County Landfill effective April 1, 2021 for the rest of the contract.

Mathiowetz Enterprises President Julie Anderson told the SWAC that due to high landfill traffic, its time to add another landfill person to assist in fee collection, monitor loads, direct traffic and provide information to landfill visitors.

The cost of a second employee would be about $8,970 on Saturdays and an additional $31,200 for five hours a day, Monday through Friday.

Anderson suggested closing the landfill gate at 4:45 p.m. during the week, 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, having a $15 minimum load fee for one-half yard, and adding an automatic gate to limit people from arriving after posted hours.

• The meeting begins at 9 a.m., April 20 at the Brown County Law Enforcement Center Training Room until further notice. Zoom access is available by calling 507-233-6600.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nu



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