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Public safety/threat awareness training for county employees

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County Board at their March 11 meeting approved training sessions for their employees to better prepare them to handle threats and deal with potentially dangerous situations that they may face at the workplace.

It is a sign of the times that this kind of training “designed to give employees the ability to recognize and assess these threats and give them the tools to de-escalate the threat” is considered necessary when dealing with certain factions of the public.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained that he had tried to arrange the training sessions last year. Wabasha County did the training last year and will repeat it this year. The training is designed for anyone who deals with the public on a regular basis, due to increased hostility from some of the public.

The two personal safety training sessions will cost the county $1,200. They will take place in April in room 108 of the office building. Jensen said they should focus on employees doing customer service. Each session will be open to about 40 employees. The training stresses the importance of inter-agency communication, situational awareness, and interpreting non-verbal communication.

Other Business In Brief

•County Engineer Ron Gregg was given approval to advertise for bids for the surface treatment of CSAH 12 from Highway 52 to Highway 43. He explained that the road will be improved with a process called micro surfacing. With this process a first pass is made to fill ruts and a second pass is made to apply the finish coat. This preservation process costs about $50,000 per mile. The process will give the road another five to seven years before it will again be evaluated. Surfacing treatments like micro surfacing and chip sealing extend the life of a road assuming the road is not too broken up for the treatments to work. Gregg noted that chip sealing only costs about $18,000 per mile, but it is not effective on a road with ruts.

Approval was also given to advertise for bids for a box culvert replacement project in Beaver Township.

•Lantha Stevens, Director of Nursing, asked the board to approve their application to participate in the Preconception Health Care Grant Program, Minnesota Department of Health. The program is designed to work with women age 15 to 44 (child bearing age) and their partners through screening and counseling to improve health and pregnancy outcomes.

•Christina Bakken was hired as a replacement Social Worker effective April 11.

•The board intends to start union negotiations early in the summer. Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, said the earlier start date would allow for open discussion and input from department heads.

•Heidi Jones, Accounting Technician for Auditor/Treasurer, explained that they have determined that they have a bad printer head which has been used for passport photos. The camera and printer were purchased in 2006. A new printer and slave flash are needed to get acceptable passport photos at a total cost of $744.65. The purchase was approved, to be paid for from the revenue raised from passport photos.

•Semcac was not awarded the 2014-2016 RSVP program grant. Catholic Charities-Common Good RSVP will be serving the county in this area as of April 1.

Semcac requested that the balance of the $1,500 appropriation from the county for RSVP be re-allocated to the Semcac Senior Dining Program. The board approved the re-allocation.

•County Attorney Brett Corson and Greenleafton Wastewater Facilitator Sheila Craig were given the authority to solicit a law firm with the necessary expertise to do a septic ordinance and other legal work that needs to be done to move the Greenleafton wastewater project forward. The attorney fees will be paid through the grant process.

Corson said the property for the facility has been acquired. A sewer ordinance needs to be drawn up and easements need to be drafted. The easements are needed across the properties where the sewer line will run.

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