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Fillmore County enters into Pilot Project to treat chemical dependency


Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The county board approved an agreement for Fillmore County's participation in the "State-County Chemical Health Care Home Pilot Project" at their August 10 meeting. The Region 10 southeast counties, including: Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona were approved for the pilot program through the state legislature last year.

Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center coordinates programs for the 10 participating counties and Olmsted County will act as the fiscal agent. The funding for the project includes both state and federal monies.

Community Services Administrator Tom Boyd said it is a two- year project which will hopefully save money. The project will allow more flexibility. More support will be provided through housing in an attempt to improve outcomes for expensive chemical dependency cases which are continually going to jail or detox.

Sheriff's Department

•Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained Lexipol, a subscription service, approved by the Minnesota Sheriff's Association and committed to by all 87 of the state's sheriff departments. Lexipol is a subscription through a web site that provides law enforcement with state and federal law best practices and helps build policy for the sheriff's office.

Jensen noted the service can be customized for their own needs. The service aids in developing policies that are acceptable and that will stand legally. Jensen added Lexipol has never lost a civil case, suggesting the policy positions will help protect the county from liability issues.

The service provides daily training bulletins lasting about five minutes for employees. It compels employees to know the department's policy.

The board gave its approval pending approval of the subscription agreement by the county attorney. A payment of $1,319 was approved to Lexipol for the subscription for the rest of 2010. The agreement is for three years and the subscription rate is about $2,600 per year.

•An upgrade was accepted for current radios and cameras in the amount of $8,633.00. The sheriff said the jail inspector had recommended the upgrade.

•Jensen discussed use of the state's mobile data system. He explained when the state patrol replaces "tough books," they make the patrol car computers available to other law enforcement agencies. Spring Valley wants to put one in each car. There would be no cost to the county. The city of Spring Valley would .....
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Burr Oak sidewalk

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young explained the school district is prepared to work with the city to make a sidewalk a reality along Burr Oak Avenue starting at the school's driveway. The city council agreed at their August 9 meeting to pay for one-th ..... 
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Harmony approves EDA loans

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed the progress of the third Street project at their regular meeting on August 10. They approved a payment to TLC Excavating for the work that has been completed so far. The first payment was for $43,048.

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Ostrander's curb repair

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn; all council members were present.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.
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Rushford library project sees changes

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Monday, August 9th, meeting of the city council saw at least two frequently-debated issues moving forward. First up, Dan Munson, chairman of the Library Board, addressed the council with a status of efforts to raise funds for the construction of ..... 
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County DFL not surprised

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

It's that time of year again-the return of political advertisements, door-knocking and election season. Less than 1,800 eligible voters in Fillmore County turned out for the primary election held statewide on August 10. The Primary-in which voters s ..... 
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Lanesboro approves adding sales tax question to ballot

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 2, the council approved adding a sales tax question to the ballot during the general election. The question would be whether or not residents would approve having a one-half percent sales tax added ..... 
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County to seek lower interest rate

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, discussed his analysis for potential interest savings on the county's 2003 capital improvement bonds for the remodeling and addition to the Fillmore County Courthouse at the board's August 3 meeting. Commissioner ..... 
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Wanted: ambulance director

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

For some time the city of Preston has been working on a policy manual for the ambulance service and a director job description. The council approved the ambulance director's job description and the advertisement to fill the position on a part time b ..... 
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