Thirty automated external defibrillators (AED) and corresponding supplies will be placed throughout the county due to a roughly $68,680 grant Fillmore County received through the federal government.

The new equipment will be installed as the second part of a three-year initiative in public places such as city halls, libraries and other public locations. Last year, $36,425 was spent on AEDs installed in police squad cars. The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of the AEDs at its meeting on Dec. 17.

The board otherwise dealt with a variety of items mostly related to Human Resources and Social Services.

Wanda Jensen from the Workforce Development, Inc., location in Preston presented information on its non-profit organization, which provides training and career planning services. Jensen said approximately 189 dislocated workers in Fillmore County are enrolled in its programs with a placement rate of roughly 53 percent.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud noted that numbers had been higher during the recession, but were still up from years past. The board approved the purchase of a service agreement with the organization. The commissioners also approved the purchase of service agreements with Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center and Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center for mental health services.

The board approved an increase of the number of intermittent deputies from seven to nine in order to give the sheriff's office more flexibility in keeping shifts staffed. The deputies are on call and do not receive benefits or guaranteed hours. In related action, the board approved the hire of three intermittent deputies.

Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, told the board that she had created a photo album from pictures taken during the groundbreaking ceremony at the state veterans' cemetery. She asked them how the county would go about allowing the public to acquire the book. Kohn suggested they work with an online retailer to sell the book via the web.

Commissioner Tom Kaase said that the county could sell it themselves and then appropriate the profits to the Memorial Day Fund. It was determined that the board would decide on specific action following obtaining permission from veterans and setting a final price for the album.

Highway Engineer Ron Gregg received approval to submit final payments to ICON Constructors LLC for two bridge projects in Chatfield and Carimona townships. The projects cost over $39,000.

Following up a discussion had at the Dec. 3 county board meeting on the County Road 5 bridge, which was closed, the commissioners amended that meeting's minutes to reflect that repairs to the bridge would cost at least $500,000 and not $41,000 as was shared previously.

New coordinator and board clerk Bobbie Vickerman was approved to participate in SE MN Leadership, 2014 Leadership Growth Group Program. She also received the board's approval to assist Winona County with its quarterly reports in Community Services. This would not impact her duties with Fillmore County and will occur on upcoming Saturdays.

The next board meeting will be Dec. 24.