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Public safety/threat awareness training for county employees


Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County Board at their March 11 meeting approved training sessions for their employees to better prepare them to handle threats and deal with potentially dangerous situations that they may face at the workplace.

It is a sign of the times that this kind of training “designed to give employees the ability to recognize and assess these threats and give them the tools to de-escalate the threat” is considered necessary when dealing with certain factions of the public.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained that he had tried to arrange the training sessions last year. Wabasha County did the training last year and will repeat it this year. The training is designed for anyone who deals with the public on a regular basis, due to increased hostility from some of the public.

The two personal safety training sessions will cost the county $1,200. They will take place in April in room 108 of the office building. Jensen said they should focus on employees doing customer service. Each session will be open to about 40 employees. The training stresses the importance of inter-agency communication, situational awareness, and interpreting non-verbal communication.

Other Business In Brief

•County Engineer Ron Gregg was given approval to advertise for bids for the surface treatment of CSAH 12 from Highway 52 to Highway 43. He explained that the road will be improved with a process called micro surfacing. With this process a first pass is made to fill ruts and a second pass is made to apply the finish coat. This preservation process costs about $50,000 per mile. The process will give the road another five to seven years before it will again be evaluated. Surfacing treatments like micro surfacing and chip sealing extend the life of a road assuming the road is not too broken up for the treatments to work. Gregg noted that chip sealing only costs about $18,000 per mile, but it is not effective on a road with ruts.

Approval was also given to advertise for bids for a box culvert replacement project in Beaver Township.

•Lantha Stevens, Director of Nursing, asked the board to approve their application to participate in the Preconception Health Care Grant Program, Minnesota Department of Health. The program is designed to work with women age 15 to 44 (child bearing age) and their partners through screening and counseling to improve health and pregnancy outcomes.

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Rushford ends union battle

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

More than one year after the city council first made the decision to set the date for termination of Public Works employee Curt Courrier, the ongoing saga is over and Courrier is back to work for the city. In and prior to December 2012, Rushford ..... 
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Fountain City Council reviews financial statements

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall. By a motion made by Jim Schott and seconded by Chad Wangen the Consent Agenda items were approved including minutes from the February 6, 2014 meeting, Treasure ..... 
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Peterson weighs effects of assessment policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 road reconstruction project isn’t slated until 2015, the City of Peterson is wasting no time lining up all the details of the massive undertaking. A shared project with the county, the city is getting some relief on the large price t ..... 
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Village sticks with road option, waits for input

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Having received detailed road management and improvement recommendations and plans, the Village moved forward the discussion of a potential $1 million bonding on an improvement option. At a Tuesday, February 24 special meeting, the council debated t ..... 
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Fragmented support for NTC’s request to get state bonding

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

A resolution was adopted at the Preston City Council’s March 3 meeting to reaffirm its support of the National Trout Center (NTC) building project. In 2012 a unanimous resolution was approved stating that the City of Preston will serve as the fi ..... 
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County adopts updated priority listings of its bridges

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the county board’s March 4 meeting a resolution was adopted rating the county’s deficient bridges. The list provides a ten year plan to replace, rehabilitate, or remove these bridges if and when funding is available. The list is required by ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses parking at Church Hill

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Church Hill Condominiums developer Dan Anderson approached the Lanesboro City Council about a parking issue that has been in question for some time now. He stated the property line goes right down the middle of the parking lot. Right now, people who ..... 
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Chatfield to forgo billing for extra water and sewer costs

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield encourages residents with drinking water temperature of 40 degrees or lower to run their water continuously to prevent freezing of lateral water lines, a water main freezing, or a broken water main. Councilors approved the averaging of eac ..... 
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