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County to participate in National Take Back Initiative

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen provided details to the county board at their April 8 meeting about the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative for drug collection.

Jensen explained that with participation in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) program there will be drop off boxes at six locations including Chatfield, Harmony, Lanesboro, Rushford, Spring Valley, and the sheriff’s office in Preston. The collection of prescription drugs will have a very minimal cost to the county, only for drop off boxes and transportation to the incinerator.

The collection will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a safe way to dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired drugs. Commissioner Tom Kaase explained that this disposal method prevents individuals from flushing drugs, which allows the substances to get into our groundwater. Jensen said it is best not to flush any drugs. Kaase added that no questions will be asked when drugs are dropped off.

Jensen maintained that the program helps to keep these prescription drugs out of the hands of young people.

The DEA’s intention is to have a convenient and safe method of disposal and to educate the public about the potential abuse of prescription medications.

Other Business In Brief

•County Engineer Ron Gregg presented three bids for construction on CSAH 35 in Harmony. The low bid from A-1 Excavating, Inc. of $930,189.75 was approved contingent on approval by the City of Harmony. It was 3.5 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate.

•Kaase reported on the CSAH 1 right of way meeting recently held in Spring Valley, saying it was a good meeting. He praised Gregg on his presentation to the 80-90 people who attended to have their questions and concerns addressed. Gregg noted that county surveyor Jeff Brand worked on the maps that were part of the presentation.

•A $25 group annual membership payment for 2014 was approved for the Southeastern Minnesota Association Regional Trails (SMART) program.

•ITC Midwest LLC’s request to terminate the lease agreement adjacent to the substation at Spring Valley was discussed. The company has not used the property as expected to house vehicles and equipment. They have offered to make the 2014 payment of $2,200 and to complete the fence or to remove it. Commissioner Marc Prestby was concerned about the language concerning the fence. It was decided to bring it back at the next meeting after they get more information.

•A transfer agreement for AEDs was approved and will be required to be completed before AEDs will be given to collaborative members.

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