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Prescription drug drop-off volume increases


Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen reported at the Fillmore County Board’s May 6 meeting that participation in the 2014 National Take Back Initiative (Prescription Drug Drop Off Program) was way up from last year.

The drop off program designed to give residents a safe way to dispose of unused or outdated drugs took place on April 26 at six locations including Rushford, Lanesboro, Chatfield, Spring Valley, Harmony, and the Sheriff’s Office in Preston.

Jensen said during the last collection they collected about 100 pounds. This year there was a very positive response with 220 pounds of drugs being dropped off. The drugs will be incinerated. Jensen suggested that the increased participation was in part due to information about the program being dispersed by cities via utility bills and the advertisements on KFIL radio.

A digital in-car radio camera for the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala squad car was approved at the state contract price of $4,970 from Digital Ally. Jensen said it will replace the last VHS camera (analog technology). It will be paid for out of sheriff contingency funds.

An addenda to the 2013 Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) contract between the Minnesota Department of Safety and the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office was approved. The addenda restricts use of funds for lobbying. TZD funds are used for traffic enforcement.

Other Business In Brief

•County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman reported that the county passed 2014 pay equity certification requirements at all levels. The county is in compliance with the Minnesota Local Government Pay Equity Act. She thanked Audrey Inglett, coordinator’s office, for her efforts to complete the report.

•An access permit for Brothers Farmland LLP, Section 20, Bloomfield Township was approved. Zoning administrator Chris Graves explained the additional access was requested to provide an access on the south side of their property off County Road 3. Current accesses are on the east side on 121st Avenue.

•An access permit for Ty and Dacia Bestor, Section 26, Bristol Township was approved. Graves said the new access off County Road 15 will be north of their home where land is coming out of CRP and will be farmed again. Access for farm equipment through the farm site is not feasible.

•The board approved the ratification statement (two year commitment) and payment for the PH-DOC maintenance and support agreement between Xerox State and Local Solutions, Inc. and Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative (MCCC). Lantha Stevens, Director of Nursing, reported that the county’s share of payment is $19,084. Chairman Chuck Amunrud commented that we need to be part of it. Over 30 community health agencies in Minnesota use the services.

•The resignation of Douglas Marin, Custodian, was approved with thanks for eight years of service, effective May 9. Approval to hire a full time replacement custodian from a list of previous candidates (October 2013) was approved.

•The hire of Terri Root as a replacement eligibility worker was approved effective May 23 as recommended by the Hiring Committee.

•Law enforcement does background checks on potential candidates for hire. Commissioner Tom Kaase asked who reviews the background check. At this time, only the Human Resources officer reviews the background check. Kaase felt more than one person should review the information. Amunrud suggested the information could go through the Hiring Committee as part of the process. Jensen said law enforcement checks local records and activity in Minnesota courts. He said their records do not go beyond the State of Minnesota. Kaase would like to see improvements made to the hiring process.

•A resolution to apply for an educational grant from Winneshiek County Solid Waste Agency was approved. The funds are to be used for educational efforts to reduce waste volume and to encourage recycling. Commissioner Marc Prestby noted this is an annual application, which allows the county to get some funds back from Winneshiek County Solid Waste Agency.

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