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SE Minnesota ramps up redesign of human services


Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

Community Services Administrator Tom Boyd reviewed a presentation given a little over a week ago at an Association of Minnesota Counties Health and Human Services policy committee meeting held in Rochester. He related to the Fillmore County board on October 5 the intention to work through the process by the end of this year so an outline of proposed changes can be ready for the state legislature to consider when they convene. Legislation will probably be necessary to provide the flexibility needed to implement the framework.

The twelve southeastern Minnesota counties, with a total population of about 500,000, are trying to design a framework to make a more efficient and consumer friendly system. They seek to improve collaboration between the counties and the state. More effort will be made to measure performance and outcomes. The focus is on being proactive and to determine what works in the region with flexible partnerships while maximizing use of resources.

Boyd noted there are challenges in building a workable remodel with the differences among the counties in their employee compensation and technological capacities. Also, how is financial responsibility and accountability to be determined?

County human service agencies, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and a public strategies group are working to build the framework. The public strategies group is comprised of people outside of the system to provide new ideas.

The process is expected to cost in excess of $400,000. Funding has come from in-kind contributions, the Bush Foundation, and county funding. Changes could involve public health and correction departments.

The plan is to develop a framework that can handle increased human service capacity without the need for staff increases, which would result in increased costs. Boyd noted a national trend of an abrupt increase over the last couple of years in the number of food stamp cases. Even more people will be eligible after November 1 because of a change in eligibility requirements. The federal government pays for food stamps, but the county is responsible for the administration of the program. The number of AFDC cases has been relatively constant over the last twelve years.

Chairman Duane Bakke questioned how the changes could affect Fillmore County expenses. He said our cost per capita is less than larger counties. He said there are greater inefficiencies in the larger counties. Commissioner C .....
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Preston refinances bond

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, came prepared with a proposal to refinance three bonds (1998, 2003, and 2005) totaling $1,460,000 at the city council's October 4 meeting. After refinancing expenses, the city will save about $130,000 in redu ..... 
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Tim Penny's visit with Lanesboro about SMIF

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Government



There was a public hearing before the regular council meeting in Lanesboro on October 4. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain to the audience and answer any questions about the proposed tax abatement.

Bubany sa ..... 
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CRV minutes

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The September 7th, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland (8:14 p.m. following ambulance duty), Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinso ..... 
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CRV Minutes

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The August 3, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Ad ..... 
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Rushford waiting on FEMA funding

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the Monday, September 27th council meeting may have been shorter than usual, there was certainly no lack of pressing topics.

Persistent FEMA issues continue to plague the forward-minded city. Out-going administrator Windy Block notifie ..... 
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Chatfield gets water quality award

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers presented a Water Fluoridation Quality Award for 2009 at the September 27 meeting. The Minnesota Department of Health named the city deserving of the award from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention ..... 
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Industrial Park still a concern for Spring Valley

Fri, Oct 1st, 2010
Posted in Government



The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday night and dealt with a couple of issues. City Administrator Deb Zimmer had received a request from Brian and Jennifer Niemeyer of 800 S. Washington Ave. requesting the council v ..... 
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Promotion to police sergeant for Preston

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz recommended the city council create a police sergeant position at their September 17 meeting. He explained it would be valuable to have someone with the authority to act in a supervisory role when he is not available or on ..... 
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