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County awarded grant for AEDs

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Government

Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, announced at the board’s August 28 meeting that the county was awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration to supply AEDs throughout the county. The grant program’s purpose is to provide access to emergency devices in rural areas.

Funds for the Automated External Defibrillators (AED) will come in three phases over three years. The three year total grant is for $179,618 and will include training for use of the devices. No matching funds are required. During the first year AEDs will be put into each of the county law enforcement vehicles. In the second year AEDs will be supplied for all local city and county buildings. In the third year devices will be supplied for swimming pools, libraries, and the main entrance to the bicycle trail at Preston.

Cities will take over responsibility for the AEDs that are supplied to them. Kohn said the devices are for those critical few minutes when there is a heart event. Chairman Tom Kaase remarked that lives will be saved.


Before the county board meeting started this day, the proposed preliminary levy increase was at 12.29 percent. Board members continued the arduous process to trim more from the budgets of Social Services, Public Health, Veteran Services, Highway, Airport, Extension, and the eleven other areas reviewed by the county coordinator. At the end of the day, the board managed to bring the numbers down to the neighborhood of a 10 percent increase.

The county is to receive about $160,000 less in County Program Aid from the state than in 2012. In addition, this will be the first year that there will be no funding from the former Market Value Credit program. At this point the county has been estimating a 15 percent increase in health insurance costs for employees.

The county’s obligation to the Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Joint Powers Board for Corrections represents a three percent increase to the levy from 2012. A new formula is being used for 2013 and 2014 which requires Fillmore County to pay 8.53 percent of net expenditures. The total estimated obligation for 2013 is $367,842 which is a 104 percent increase over 2012 ($179,971).

Social Services Manager Gail Bunge said they are going to take in revenue where possible. Community Services Beth Wilms stated it will be a performance issue for the staff if they are not billing for their services. Wilms asked if we only want to do mandated services or do we want to do intervention and prevention?

Commissioner Randy Dahl remarked that there has been a dramatic increase in case loads and reductions in aid. Wilms commented that by statute we have to provide mandated services as long as dollars are available to do that. She asked what is mission critical? Dahl opined that early intervention, prevention save money in the long run.

Other Business In Brief

•The CUP for Hidden Valley Campground, Tom and Shelly Kraetsch, Preston Township, was approved as recommended by the Planning Commission. They can expand their campground from 31 to 41 sites, including five tent sites and five camping cabin sites. There is a condition requiring a sign to be placed where the campground driveway ends and Dale Loeffler’s private drive begins. It should read “private drive, no turn around, no parking beyond this point.”

•Approval was given for Brent Kohn, Highway, to bid on a used excavator at an upcoming sale. The county currently rents one when needed. Kohn explained if they owned one, they have more uses for it. When they rent one for a week, they can’t be sure conditions weather-wise will allow for its use, but are responsible for the rent regardless of use.

•Three resolutions for grant funding to pay a portion of three bridges including on CR #115 in Canton Township, CSAH 12 in Carimona Township, and CSAH 12 in Arendahl Township were approved. The county is required to pay any cost of the structure in excess of the grant or return any funds not required, based on the final estimate. The grants are from the Minnesota State Transportation Fund.

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