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County to offer Emergency Communication Network


Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained the CodeRED proposal at the September 25 county board meeting. Jensen said there are 8,000 phone numbers in the data base for Fillmore County.

Once residents subscribe to the emergency notification service at no cost to the subscriber, they will have severe weather notifications on their phone immediately when the National Weather Service issues a bulletin. The county will pay an annual fee, which for 2013 will be $13,125. This includes both CodeRED and the severe weather service. The cost will be paid for with 911 funds.

The system allows notification of a large number of people in a short time. The service can be used for community and staff notifications and for checking daily with at-risk individuals. Jensen demonstrated an audible alert via his iPhone of a missing person. It was suggested that notices be delivered through utility bills to let people know about the availability of the service which they need to subscribe to in order to receive.

The board approved the proposal for the communications network subject to final language approval by the county attorney. The first agreement will be from October 1, 2012, through year’s end of 2013.

The 2013 Toward Zero Death grant agreement ($12,960) with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety was approved. The county acts as the fiscal agent for Preston and Chatfield. The grant pays for overtime and additional dispatch time.

The Joint Powers agreement with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was renewed for 2012-2013. Jensen said they have helped with recent cases. They concentrate on investigating and combating crimes against children through the use of computers. There is no cost to the county.

Current dispatcher Dan Dornink will fill the post of the Harmony-Mabel-Canton deputy as of September 28.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lawsuit

County attorney Brett Corson explained that Hennepin County filed a federal court class action lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to recover deed transfer taxes for real estate they have sold over the last six and one-half years. The suit was filed in August on behalf of all Minnesota counties. The counties are to get three percent of this tax with the rest going to the state. The lawsuit contends that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not exempt from Minnesota’s deed transfer tax.

Corson said he would be spending none of his time on this. Hennepin County was asking for a simple motion of support. There would be no cost to Fillmore County if nothing is recovered, as Hennepin County will absorb the cost. If there is a recovery from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Fillmore County could be responsible for a maximum of 10 percent of the cost and fees associated with the lawsuit. The board offered their support. No formal agreement was entered into.

Other Business In Brief

•Sheila Craig, Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative, said they received two survey quotes for the Greenleafton waste water project. The board approved the low quote from Schwartz, Spring Valley.

Warfield Messer and Dodd Appraisals, Rochester, were approved to make the appraisals.

•Preliminary approval had been received from Mayo Health Systems to contract with the county for Medical Examiner services effective January 1, 2013. They have agreed to provide the services for $2.75 per capita or $57,381, an amount which has been budgeted. County coordinator Karen Brown said they will use our current investigators.

Sheriff Jensen supported the move to Mayo as there would be less travel time for the investigators. He noted they did have a good relationship with Dr. Thomas. Brown said they still have to enter into the agreement with them.

•A contract with the Developmental Achievement Center was approved for Fillmore County Public Health to provide nurse consultation services beginning October 1. The contract is for one year at a rate of $50 per hour.

•The board accepted a grant from UCARE. The grant had been applied for with Houston County. Fillmore County’s portion of the grant is $12,750 and to be targeted toward obesity reduction among youth and teenagers.

•The new county engineer, Ronald Gregg, will start October 19.

•The request to resign for retirement of Alice Terbeest, Office Support Specialist, effective January 31, 2013, was accepted with thanks for her 25 years of service to the county.

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