Commissioners to transfer land for veterans
cemetery next Tuesday during special ceremony
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 5:02 AM
The Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery has financial backing from the Department of Veterans Affairs in the amount of $10 million, unequivocal support from county and city governments and support from thousands of veterans and their families who will benefit from the cemetery.
At the Oct. 8 Fillmore County Board of Commissioners regular meeting, it was announced that a transfer-of-land ceremony would be held next Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. in the lower board room of the county courthouse.
County Coordinator Karen Brown detailed the commissioners on what would take place during the ceremony which will revolve around the transfer of the land deed from the county to the state.
Legislators, media, and members of area veterans organizations will be invited to the meeting which will also be open to the public.
The county has received and reviewed 14 applications for the county coordinator position which will be vacated by Brown at the end of the year. The applications are still coming in and Human Resources Director Kristina Kohn asked the board about beginning the first round of interviews.
After some discussion, it was determined the full board would interview no less than five candidates beginning the afternoon of Oct. 15.
In other human resources news, Commissioner Duane Bakke asked if the federal government shutdown had led to the furlough of any federally reimbursed positions within Community Services. Kohn said she wasn't aware of any impact, since daily work was still being performed. She speculated that the WIC program would be the first to see any impacts.
Upon recommendation by Kohn, the board approved the hiring of a Case Aide for Community Services as well as an internal posting for a vacant Child Support Enforcement Aide position.
CSAH 23 Bridge
The bridge on County Road 23, which was washed out during the June 23 flash flooding event, was approved to be constructed by Minnowa Construction for $81,847. The bridge will receive federal reimbursement from FEMA and state reimbursement as well.
The board also approved Minnowa Construction to install a culvert on Colt Road in Norway Township for $155,999. The money will be paid out of the township funds.
County Engineer Ron Gregg noted that both projects came in below the engineer's estimates.
The board also approved the purchase of a MuniBody (municipal combination truck body) and snow equipment for a county tandem truck for approximately $98,000.
The commissioners also handled the following items during their meeting.
An access permit for Gene and Darlene Merkel in Bloomfield Township along County Road 12 was approved.
Salary requests were heard by the board from Sheriff Daryl Jensen and Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter. Jensen requested a 3.5 percent increase to his base salary, plus a $6,000 added adjustment as compensation for being the assistant emergency manager. His salary request was $89,744, or 94.5 percent of the 2013 average. Boelter requested $76,640 which was 95 percent of the 2008 regional average.
Jensen reported that the go-live date for the county's new record management and dispatch software system through LETG was Oct. 9.
Commissioner Chuck Amunrud shared that he and Brown has met with the administrator from Winona County over the continued sharing of the Community Services Director position. Amunrud said the partnership will continue and other collaborative efforts were talked about as well. The meeting was brought on following the resignation announcement of the current Social Services Manager at the end of the year.
An airport update included discussion on possible building tee hangars along the taxiway, which could be rented by private aircraft owners. Bakke reported that fuel sales were doing well, but that all the 2013 fuel would have to be used by the end of the year. The county is also looking at getting a courtesy car for people to use who fly in to the county airport. The board wanted to ensure liability associated with the vehicle didn't fall on the county.