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County Board continues telecommuting program


Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Government

Social Services Manager Gail Bunge praised telecommuting as an efficient and productive program at the county board’s November 26 meeting.

Since the program was initiated, it has been reviewed on an annual basis. Each worker undergoes an annual review. There are currently three employees in the Social Services division that telecommute. The board approved a continuance of the program.

Deb Ristau, Financial Assistance Supervisor, asked that the board consider adding an additional eligibility worker to the telecommuting program. She explained that two eligibility workers would stagger days in the office, making the best use of limited office space. Equipment to set up an additional telecommuter including laptop, docking station for home office, etc. would cost $1,554.60. Fifty percent of the cost would be reimbursed with a net cost to the county of $777.30.

Telecommuting employees are expected to handle an increased work load. Ristau discussed the challenges with the new eligibility assistance program. She acknowledged that the new eligibility system has caused some confusion. They are expecting over 400 new cases mostly due to managed care changes which aren’t part of the Affordable Care Act.

The board approved the addition of an eligibility worker to the telecommuting program.

iDoc5, land use records

Recorder David Kiehne discussed the use of iDoc5 software which would allow people to access land records. Approval was given to sign a contract with Tyler Technologies to host the software with an annual maintenance fee of $1,800.

Kiehne said the public will be able to go to the web based program and get access with the use of a credit card. A fee schedule for the online access was approved. Users can use the site at rates set for one hour, one day, one week, one month, or annually. The program is expected to provide a net positive revenue stream.

Other Business In Brief

•An agreement with Winona County for Community Services administration was renewed for 2014. Fillmore County is responsible for 33 percent of the costs associated with the shared community services director. The county’s total comes to $46,999.28 which is a 4.8 percent increase over 2013.

•The low bid from Minnowa Construction ($241,900) was accepted to replace a bridge on Grosbeak Road in Carrolton Township.

•An agreement is being worked on which would turn back to the state the portion of CR 118, including three bridges, that is located within the borders of Forestville State Park.

•Possible road projects for next year were discussed. Projects are dependent on funding. Commissioner Duane Bakke said they were working on maintenance programs to extend the life of county roads. Highway engineer Ron Gregg stressed that it was critical to apply the best pavement restoration program for the condition of the road.

The recommended permanent closure of a bridge on Lost Loop Road near Chatfield was discussed. Commissioner Tom Kaase asked Gregg to accompany him to have a conversation with residents that live on the road to explain why the bridge needs to be closed.

•Final payment of $5,756.36 to O’Day Equipment LLC was approved for the fuel system installation at the county airport. Chairman Randy Dahl thanked all that helped to get the system up and operating.

•A Feedlot Performance grant agreement with the state was approved. The grant funds are for credits gained in 2012.

•Payment in the amount of $3,056.25 was approved to Scheevel and Sons, Inc. for building the new access to farmland and the Marzolf property. The old access went across what will be the SE State Veterans Cemetery.

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