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County to receive various Minnesota grants


Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County Board at their October 22 meeting accepted several grants. Commissioners Tom Kaase and Chuck Amunrud were absent. Chairman Randy Dahl expressed his condolences with the recent passing of Amunrud’s brother and Marc Prestby’s father.

VSO Jason Marquardt explained the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs was providing a $10,000 grant to be used for office enhancement and outreach to make veterans aware of VA services. The grant amount is based on population. The board accepted the annual grant. Commissioner Duane Bakke suggested they put together a plan to use the funds that may now be expected on an annual basis. Community Services Director Beth Wilms said they will come back with a five year plan.

A 2013-2014 Fillmore-Houston Community Health Services Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant for $100,000 was accepted. The grant is split between the two counties based on population with 51 percent for Fillmore and 49 percent for Houston. Director of Nursing Lantha Stevens noted that the funds are targeted toward making healthy choices including participation in sufficient physical activities, practicing good nutrition, and curbing tobacco use.

The board approved an application for the Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) tax software grant. Auditor/treasurer Shirl Boelter noted state legislators authorized $300,000 grant funds to aid counties in paying for PRISM. Fillmore County’s portion of that total is approximately $3,500. These funds will cover part of the cost for the new tax program mandated by the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The intention of the new software is to “improve the efficiency and quality of the data we receive from the counties.” County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt noted the grant funds will help with the cost of the new software, but they don’t yet know what the full cost will be.

Other Business In Brief

•The county will replace 17 PCs and seven laptops as recommended by the Technology Committee. Most of the replacements have been made necessary due to the announcement by Microsoft that they soon will no longer support the XP operating system.

•The board certified the 2014-2015 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) agreement. Social Services Manager Gail Bunge said the agreement details how we will serve the population with consolidated funds. It has been posted on the web page.

•County Coordinator Karen Brown reviewed the annual safety report. Brown said the county is trending pretty well and below the state average on the accident incident rate. Injuries that have occurred are related to slip-falls. Fillmore County received the MCIT award for safety a couple of years ago and a Governor’s Safety Award this year. Bakke praised department heads and the Safety Committee for their efforts.

•Final payment was approved in the amount of $23,889.90 to J and L Steel and Electrical Services for the airport runway lighting and navigational aid installation.

•County Engineer Ron Gregg said the county had entered into an agreement with Stantec for additional work for CSAH 35. Stantec is also doing work for Harmony, Minn. The cost will be shared by the city. There is an hourly contract not to exceed $75,000. The city will pay 29 percent.

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