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Inaction at the federal level does affect us locally

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The federal sequester cuts effect on Semcac programs was noted by Commissioner Randy Dahl at the county board’s February 4 meeting.

Reporting on a recent Semcac Board of Directors meeting, Dahl explained the yearly federal budget cut (sequester) affects a lot of programs. For example, several senior dining sites that allow seniors to congregate and socialize while dining will be closed across the 10 county area. Seniors will be offered nutrition alternatives like Meals on Wheels.

Dahl insisted they [Congress] need to fix things, declaring “inaction at the federal level does affect us locally.” He continued, noting we can all agree that there are federal programs that none of us want. However, some people think everything that these agencies do is a handout. Dahl admitted there is some abuse, but maintained that most programs do help people and save society money. He ended his remarks repeating that the sequester affects really good programs.

AEDs for Eagle Bluff

Due to the county not having to pay sales taxes on AED purchases, the county will be able to purchase two more AEDs than originally planned in the second year of purchases made possible through a grant. Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, researched the best place to go with the two AEDs. She spoke to Eagle Bluff’s director and learned they have one AED which is older technology and a different brand than is being purchased by the county.

Eagle Bluff has two campuses and they have been moving the AED to one or the other where they think there will be the most risk. Seventeen thousand people visit Eagle Bluff every year. Most schools in the county take students there annually. Kohn noted emergency departments are familiar with the brand being purchased by the county and it is compatible with their equipment.

The donation of the two additional AEDs to Eagle Bluff was approved.

Other business in brief

•County Recorder David Kiehne asked the board if the Canton Lift Station Contract should be recorded. He said the clerk in Canton had called to ask if the contract was on file. The agreement was made in 2006 and was on file at the Highway Department. The agreement concerns three separate entities.

Commissioner Duane Bakke suggested they should have a data base in the county for agreements. This would make them simple to find years down the road, even with turnover of employees and officials.

The board approved the recording of the Canton contract and asked that the Technology Committee determine how to make agreements easy to locate in the future.

Kiehne also presented the recorder’s annual compliance report. The biggest change in 2013 compared to 2012 was the near doubling of the number of e-recordings completed.

•Changes in the Wykoff Law Enforcement Agreement were approved. Sheriff Daryl Jensen noted the county has agreements with the cities of Spring Valley, Canton, Wykoff, Harmony, and Mabel. Jensen said the Wykoff contract is for a county law enforcement presence for at least two hours per day spread over most of a 24 hour period.

•Lee Ann Howard, Fillmore County 4-H program Coordinator, gave an update on 4-H programs. Currently, there are 232 youth and 80 adults enrolled. The Project Bowl regional contest is in March. Areas of competition include dairy, general livestock and poultry.

The board approved the hire of a summer intern. The position pays $11/hour. The board encourages Fillmore County residents to apply.

•A posting for a replacement Eligibility Worker for Community Services was approved. Kohn said because of the social services work volume there is a need to fill that position.

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