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Commissioners take on additional workload


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Government

County commissioners breezed through a short agenda at their June 3 board meeting. Due to the retirement of Third District Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, the remaining four commissioners will take on his committee assignments until after the special election is held in November. Each of the commissioners has several assigned committee duties.

Randy Dahl will add Community Health Services Advisory and Solid Waste/Recycling committees to his committee assignments. Duane Bakke will add Community Services, Labor/Management Safety Committee, and Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee to his assignments. Marc Prestby will add Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee and Wellness to his assignments. Tom Kaase will add Emergency Medical Service JPB, Workforce Development, Inc. JPB, and Library Committee to his assignments.

Community Services Director Beth Wilms was appointed to fill in on the AMC Health and Human Services Policy Committee.

The Board of Appeal and Equalization will be held in the commissioner’s board room at 6:30 p.m. on June 24. Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter will sit in on the Board of Appeals to have a full board and to assure that there can not be a tie vote. A motion was passed approving all the new appointments to fill the vacancies.

Bakke was also appointed to the Minnesota Water Quality Certification Program Advisory Committee.

Other Business In Brief

•Fireworks permits for Eagle Cliff on July 4 and Blakeslee Farm, Forestville Township, on July 5 were approved. Bakke asked Chief deputy Tony Webber if permit holders are required to notify their neighbors. Webber said he didn’t think so, but would mention it to Sheriff Jensen. Kaase requested that permit holders be asked to notify their neighbors that there will be fireworks.

•County Engineer Ron Gregg reviewed two bids for the replacement of a culvert bridge in Beaver Township. Minnowa Construction had bid $137,082 and Generation X Construction had bid $182,345. The contract was awarded to Minnowa Construction as recommended by Gregg.

•Jeffrey Brand’s appointment as the Fillmore County Surveyor for a four year period was to end June 25. The board reappointed Brand for another four year term. Dahl noted that Brand has done very good work and has streamlined the system.

•Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, had been asked to look into whether posting advertisements for vacant county positions on more than the county’s website and in the official paper has been paying off. Kohn’s survey of applicants showed that most were finding advertisements on the website or in the Fillmore County Journal-official paper, or hearing about vacancies from friends or relatives.

Kohn recommended a six month trial period where advertisements for vacant positions will only be posted on the county’s website and put into the official newspaper. Commissioners agreed to the trial period by consensus.

•The resignation of Tina Peters, Public Health Nurse, was accepted with much thanks for her years of service effective June 19.

•Jeff Woellert was hired as a replacement .5 FTE custodian effective June 6.

•The county board meeting on June 24 will be held at 2:30 p.m.

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