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Commissioners Report: Crime Victims Rights Week

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution declaring the week of April 22-28 to be Crime Victims Rights Week at their April 24 meeting. Sarah Monroe of Victim's Services noted that April was also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The resolution highlighted the prevalence of crime. Twenty-three million Americans are victims of crime each year with over five million of them suffering violence against them.

JOBZ Land Swap

Rushford City Administrator Windy Block asked for and received county approval of a resolution relocating about six acres of the 51.8 acres approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for JOBZ acres (tax free zones). The Rushford City Council already had approved the modification. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) also voted to recommend the change in designation. A new Rushford City business, Riverside Electronics, is expected to benefit from the JOBZ program. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will also need to approve the boundary modification.

JOBZ (Job Opportunity Building Zones) was an initiative of Governor Pawlenty's to encourage economic growth in rural Minnesota. New or expanding qualifying businesses receiving the designation benefit from local and state tax exemptions.

Other Business

The purchase of 17 ergonomic chairs for the Public Health Department at a total cost of $8,476.04 from Schmidt-Goodman of Rochester was approved at the state bid price. Chairman Marc Prestby voted against. He felt similar chairs could be obtained at a more reasonable price and another quote should be sought. The chairs will match other furniture purchased several years ago.

Use of the conference room by county personnel for exercise or wellness activities during lunch breaks or after hours was approved. The wellness program will be on a voluntary basis. This would be a secondary use with meetings having priority. These activities would not be considered work related and would not be covered by the county's workers' compensation.

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