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Fillmore Family Advocates looks to courthouse for office space

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner

Anne Detlefsen addressed the county board at their December 10 meeting to update them on the progress of establishing Fillmore Family Advocates and to see if she might be provided with temporary office space for the organization. It is being established to replace the former Fillmore Family Resources (FFR) which lost needed funding to continue operation.

In a letter to the commissioners, Detlefsen writes, “Facing down family violence takes a community to decide it simply isn’t acceptable.”

The new organization has acquired a certificate of incorporation from the state with 501(c)3 status pending. It has a temporary advisory board and its near term goal is to provide victim advocacy with a volunteer staff, secure donated office space and to fund raise. Detlefsen has been operating out of the extension office, which does not provide adequate privacy. She has been volunteering her time. The goal is to have two full time staff by summer and to develop a volunteer base. As income grows they will have paid staff.

The focus is on providing community education and awareness, emergency shelter, a supervised exchange program, and prevention programming. Over a three-year period they hope to grow their services and have six full-time staff.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud asked about grant writing. Detlefsen said she had written grants for FFR and will be seeking grants. Sheriff Daryl Jensen assured the board that every board member of the FFR will support the new concept.

A couple of possibilities in the courthouse that could be used as an office space were discussed. Commissioners appeared to be in favor of providing office space if possible. A couple of options will be explored.

AED Kickoff Program,

Public Event

Sheriff Jensen maintained the odds are so much better with the availability of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) for saving a life. Fillmore County was awarded a competitive three-year grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration Division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide AEDs throughout the county. The grant is intended to make AEDs accessible in rural communities that have longer average response times. The grants will be dispersed over three years contingent on available funding and will total over $171,000.

On Wednesday, December 19, 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. a kick-off event celebrating the award will be held in the boardroom in the courthouse. The guest speaker will be Dr. Roger White, Mayo Clinic Department of Internal Medicine/Cardiovascular Disease and co-medical director of Mayo’s Medical Transport/Gold Cross ambulance service. Jensen and county commissioner/Rochester police officer Tom Kaase will also be speaking.

Other Business In Brief

•Sheriff Jensen requested and received approval to purchase 10 ARMER radios with two “0” match grants totaling $32,238.53. The radios will be purchased from Motorola Solutions with a fourth quarter discount of $400 per radio. These will be duel head radios to be used in fire and EMS vehicles. Jensen explained that the grants don’t provide for the warranty, which will be $121 per radio. The $1,210 for the warranties will be the responsibility of the county. Chairman Kaase noted that the county had requested 40 radios free of charge at the Regional Radio Board. Fillmore County will not get all of the 40, but will get 27 radios free of charge.

•Terry Schultz, Building Maintenance, requested and received approval to purchase a snow blower at the lower quote of $1,300 from Preston Equipment.

•Ronald Gregg, Highway, outlined a detour agreement with MnDot for the period of time they will be working on Highway 16 from Spring Valley to the north edge of Preston. The detour will be on CSAH 12 from Spring Valley and CSAH 5, and Highways 80 and 52. The detour will be used while culverts are being replaced on Highway 16. The agreement allows for about $4,500 payment to the county for reduced life of the county roads. The agreement was approved.

A second agreement with MnDot was approved for a Highway 16 detour for the section between Preston and Lanesboro. The detour will be on CSAH 17 and CSAH 8. Reimbursement for use of county roadways will be $3,060.

•The first payment to Schwab, Inc. for $17,575 was approved for the ongoing remodel of the Highway Administration Building.

•Kaase noted that the Minnesota Veteran Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito at the recent Association of Minnesota Counties annual conference had said that he was impressed with the site of the proposed Veterans’ Cemetery adding it will be a showcased as a model for other cemeteries.

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