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Fillmore County may participate in a chemical and mental health program redesign


Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve-county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any of the counties. The southeast region is applying to form the South East Minnesota Chemical Health/Dual Recovery Results Accountability Initiative as a pilot program. The central administration would probably be located in Rochester with hubs in Owatonna and Winona and service centers in each of the other counties.

The plan would coincide with Governor Tim Pawlenty's philosophy which envisions 15 Human Service Delivery Centers Statewide. It would also be in line with the Association of Minnesota Counties Redesign Project which wants government to be more flexible, transparent and efficient. It would coordinate the Chemical Dependency fund along with behavioral health and general health.

The model expects a decrease in overall costs for inpatient services. Chemical and mental health services would be integrated. However, at this time there are not chemical health/dual recovery services already in place regionally. The question is, if there would be enough funding available to establish the regional program, how can they take the separately run programs and bring them together smoothly and efficiently?

Other Social Service Business

• The board approved a revised county Burial policy which was effective as of July 1. The county is required by state law to provide burial for indigent persons and assume financial responsibility. The law was last changed in 1992. The first choice for a county burial is direct cremation unless cremation is contrary to beliefs or wishes of the deceased, in which case the county would provide immediate burial. Assets available would be applied to county burial costs.

Originally the policy stated, "The county does not pay for interment of ashes." Commissioner Marc Prestby wanted the language changed to take into account religious beliefs. The board decided to just change the language to include under other burial costs the county will cover: "Vault/grave box and urn." The policy will be reviewed biennially. Boyd noted the county has provided four burials so far in 2009.

• Boyd said there are eight to ten children in the Children's Mental Health Day treatment program. The collaborative effort is paid in part by mental health grant mon .....
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Historic bridges complicate improvement plans

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Commissioner Tom Kaase reported on a meeting concerning two bridges in Fillmore Township scheduled for rehabilitation or replacement at the Fillmore County Board's July 14 meeting. The meeting involved County Engineer John Grindeland, Kaase, townshi ..... 
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Chatfield Councilors agonize over Burr Oak Avenue decision

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Chatfield City Council held a closed door meeting lasting about 70 minutes discussing the Burr Oak Avenue extension project at their July 13 meeting. They had the closed door meeting due to the possibility or potential litigation if they go forward ..... 
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Rushford downtown motel group falls short of goal

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

"As a group, we'll support whatever any other motel developer in town wants to do," said Daryl Thompson, representing the group known informally as the "Downtown Motel Group" in Rushford.

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Harmony City Council discusses roads and assessments

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council approved a public hearing that will be held during their council meeting on August 10. The city will be paving 5th Avenue Southeast from 1st Street to Center Street and is planning on assessing 25 percent of the total cost t ..... 
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Graves looks for clarification of zoning laws

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves was trying to unmuddy the water on several points at the July 16 Planning and Zoning meeting. He asked what kind of sewer systems should be required for the Amish community? He explained according to the legislative ..... 
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Spring Valley working on bike trail

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

The bike trail through Spring Valley took another step toward completion at the July 13th meeting. The Council approved the bid of Rochester Sand and Gravel to surface the bike trail from the Sewage Treatment Plant to the City Farm, a distance of 2. ..... 
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Davids and Ropes meet with Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Senator Sharon Ropes and Representative Greg Davids spent some time in Lanesboro this week. They spoke to the public and the City Council during the joint meeting with the Public Utilities Commission on July 6.

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Preston local government aid more than anticipated

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said at the council's July 6 meeting that the reduction of funds from the state is "good news compared with what we thought it would be." This last month Governor Tim Pawlenty made known a $300 million reduction in Loc ..... 
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