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County safety efforts result in savings


Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in All Government

Robert Goede, MCIT Risk Management Consultant, presented a biannual update for the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust at the board’s May 26 meeting. The Trust is a joint powers entity organized to provide property, casualty, and worker’s compensation coverage. It’s board is made up of member county commissioners, county auditors, and county coordinators. The Trust had its beginnings with the collaborative efforts of a group of county commissioners over 35 years ago.

Goede praised Fillmore County for its 5 year history of maintaining its workman compensation losses at a less than anticipated level. This allows the county to enjoy a lower worker’s compensation contribution. In 2015 savings for Fillmore County due to this reduced cost are $42,518. He concluded that this is a reflection of safety efforts on the part of the county. Goede asked the board to “keep up the good work,” adding it pays off in the end.

Last year the county received a $118,879 dividend. Dividends received by member counties dropped off significantly in 2013 and 2014 due to reduced investment returns. Dividends are not guaranteed. However, varying dividend amounts have been returned to members from MCIT’s fund balance since 1991.

Other business in brief

• Approval was given for contract renewal with the Institution Community Work Crew (ICWC) House Building Program. Chief Deputy Tony Weber explained that this contract with the state allows the county to house low risk inmates that work in the Sentence to Serve program. He described the program as being basically a work release program for prisoners that are in the last year of their sentence. Weber added that most of these guys have been hard workers. If an inmate doesn’t work out, he is sent back to the state. Bakke maintained that it really has been a successful program. The county gets $55 per day to house each of these inmates.

• Brenda Pohlman, coordinator of the Toward Zero Death (TZD) grant, reported on some crash statistics for the county during 2014. There were two fatal crashes (one being a motorcyclist) and seven serious injury crashes. Most crashes in Fillmore County involve a single vehicle running off the road. Drivers or passengers not wearing their seat belts contribute to serious injuries or death numbers. There have been no fatal crashes in the county to date in 2015. Every other month meetings are held, which include peopl .....
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Government this week - 6.1.15

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, June 1, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, June 1, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. • Tuesday, June 2, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, 9 a.m. • Tuesday, June 2, Houston School Board, 5 ..... 
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Peterson approves bid for County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner At a special meeting of the Peterson Council, Wednesday, May 20, the city council voted unanimously to approve the bid for the reconstruction and utility work of County State Aid Highway 25. Two bids were received by the county, ..... 
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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Sheriff Kaase visits Canton

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase introduced himself at the beginning of the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on May 13. After sharing a bit about his background, Sheriff Kaase discussed his plans for the future stating, “I don’t f ..... 
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Preston questions timeliness of MnDot invoice

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

An invoice from MnDot requesting final payment for work related to the 2005 Highway 52 reconstruction project was once again discussed at the May 18 Preston City Council meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Preston received a final payme ..... 
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Legislative priorities wasted away

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All Government

A mediocre, disappointing 2015 legislative session ended seconds before midnight Monday, May 18. Over four months ago when the 89th session kicked off members of the Republican controlled House, the DFL controlled Senate, and Governor Mark Dayton al ..... 
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