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County board continues telecommuting experiment


Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

Two employees in the social services department have been working at least in part at home through telecommuting. Community Services Director Tom Boyd reported on the trial program at the board's May 4 meeting. He noted the set up expense for the county for the two trial cases was about $1,800.

The two employees use remote access technology. A participating employee after being screened for suitability for the program enters into an agreement for a schedule with a mandatory review after one year. The trial period was to sunset on June 1, 2010. The intention of the program is to save the county money. Boyd reported that one full-time employee was reduced to a half-time employee. She has worked on family counseling projects. He said it has worked out very well. She has maintained a caseload. Without the telecommuting program a full time social worker would have been hired.

A second employee from social services started on the program at the beginning of this year. She is working from home two days per week and three in the office, and she has added cases to her caseload.

Boyd asked if the board would consider expanding the program to one or two more employees. Commissioner Marc Prestby suggested it stay as it is. The board voted to continue the program as it is and continue to monitor and review the current telecommuting employees.

A Director of Nursing appointment was approved effective May 14 for a candidate that has 22 years of experience working for Fillmore County as a Public Health Nurse. Julie Loven has been filling in as interim director. Boyd commented that her work has helped with the transition in the department. Her $500 per month additional compensation for working out of class will end May 14.

Land Records Work Flow Management System

Assessor Ron Vikre has been working over the past year to make changes to the Deed Log program. Vikre said over a year ago the effort started with Houston County. However, Houston County decided to leave their system as is. A proposal from StarTech Computing, Red Wing, to modify and add to the the Deed Log application, which was originally developed to specifications from Houston County, was approved.

The Technology Committee recommended the additional expenditure of about $12,000. The county originally spent over $4,000 to develop the program when it was working with Houston County. The modifications and additions to the system will help integrate informatio .....
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Mayors: Communities are at stake

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Government

Devastating, disproportionate and irresponsible. That's how Minnesota city leaders characterized Governor Tim Pawlenty's latest round of proposed cuts to local government aid (LGA). Mayors from across the state met in St. Paul today to reject the go ..... 
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County takes tentative steps toward ARMER

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen, at the county board's April 27 meeting, discussed where Fillmore County is in the process of inching toward ARMER interoperability. Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) was created by the Minnesota legislature in ..... 
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Bike trail ribbon cutting in Spring Valley

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

There was discussion at the Spring Valley City Council meeting regarding the proposed city campground east of the city. Leonard Leutink presented a preliminary plan to the Council. He explained that there is space for 20 sites, some of those are pul ..... 
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Ostrander discusses "no burn" policy

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Deputy Mayor Thompson. Mayor Linda Schwenn and Darrell Berg were absent.

Motion by Christenson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept th ..... 
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Canton approves new gravel

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mayor Donivee Johnson called to order the regular city council meeting for April. Others present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Seldon, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving. Cindy Shanks was absent. Ken Fabian and Barb Kerns were guests.

T ..... 
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Whalan prepares for parade

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mayor Larry Johnson called to order the April meeting of the Whalan City Council. Those present were: Johnny Halverson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson. David Rahn and Lolly Melander. The minutes of the March meeting were approved as read on a moti ..... 
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Chatfield earns favorable AA bond rating

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held on the intention of the city of Chatfield to issue General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds and a proposal to adopt the Capital Improvement Plan at the city council's April 26 meeting. City Clerk Joel Young introdu ..... 
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Rushford City Council drafts water offer

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

The ongoing topic of a water sale to the City of Rushford Village (CRV) consumed more than an hour of the exceptionally long Monday, April 26th, council meeting. Having received updated findings and a report from project engineer John Stewart, of BD ..... 
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