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Magnus appointed to Governorís Panel

February 28, 2013

Murray County Board of Commissioners
By Dorothy Bloemendaal

Staff Writer



Murray County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, February 19. Congratulations were extended to Commissioner Gerald Magnus, chairman of Murray County Board of Commissioners as he was appointed to the Governorís panel of the Greater Minnesota Advisory Panel. He will represent southern Minnesota.

Commissioner Dave Thiner questioned a submitted warrant on maintenance of a sheriffís department vehicle. He will visit with the sheriff to discuss how often the vehicles are brought in for service and the routine maintenance.

A public hearing is scheduled for March 19 at 9:00 a.m. with a request for a new liquor license for Breezy Point. A first time license has not been issued in over 20 years in the county. The license is for On Sale, Off Sale and Sunday Liquor.

The board approved the Pre-and Post-Issuance Compliance Policy and Procedures document relating to the general obligation sewer revenue crossover refunding bonds. Closing for the $2,605,000 bond sale is scheduled for March 7.

Approval was given to increase the rate of rental space at the Southwest Health and Human Services building.

An agreement for transportation services for Murray county residents was signed. This is a yearly contract and the IRS rate is charged.

The job description of a seasonal part time employee for the recycling center was approved. Recruitment for an employee for this position will begin immediately.

Murray County Medical Center, Redwood County, Southwest Health Ad Human Services, and Lyon County have been meeting together to research health insurance for employees. The group met on February 8 and selected Marsh & McLennan Agency to assist the group to go out for bid for health insurance later this year. There are 644 employees in the group.

Dean McDaniel has sold his home on Lake Shetek and is no longer eligible to serve on the SAWS committee. Commissioner Robert Moline expressed the necessity of an application to be considered for this position.

The board accepted a letter sent by the medical staff at Murray County Medical Center. No action was taken as the investigation is on going.

Carpet or flooring will be replaced in the auditor/treasures office, highway department office and the extension office. Auditor/treasurer Heidi Winter will receive estimates.

Mary Fischer gave a slide presentation of the Southern Prairie Community Care collaboration. This organization focuses on early intervention and prevention allowing medicaid populations to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Twelve counties in Southwest Minnesota have bonded together to provide a one care plan for each client. Care may include medical services, public health, human services, corrections treatment, housing, transportation, inpatient facilities, outpatient facilities, emergency departments, and other community services and support. An integrated electronic record will be used in which providers of both medical and community based services will have access to all information while critical service decisions are being mad. Fischer is the executive director and is based in Lyon County. It is expected to begin serving Medicaid and Minnesota Care clients in January, 2014.

Peter Ford presented, in the open forum, a petition from citizens in the Iona area in regards to the plowing of Highway #267 after a snowstorm. It is a state highway and the state is responsible for its maintenance he was told. The county is willing to plow the road if paid by the state. He was given contact numbers to state his case.

Six bids were received for the Murray Township bridge project. River Ridge construction of Redwood Falls submitted the low bid of $309,921. The completion date is July, 2013.

Permission was given Randy Groves for purchase of budgeted shop items for the highway department. Replacement of NAPA Air Compressor, tire changing machine, pneumatic tire bead breaker, an 18 piece wrench set for hydraulics and and portable gas air compressor for a total of $11,692.

To comply with a Steve Sundquist donation agreement at West Lake Sarah Park, trees will be planted on the property line. Cost for the trees including planting, fabric and mats is $585.09. Murray County Soil & Water will do the planting and supply the trees.

The parks department was given permission to trade in three lawn movers at a cost of of $4,061.25.

The parks department recommended the End-O-Line Park be closed on Monday and Tuesday with the exception if a holiday falls on either of those days when the park will then be open.

The board accepted the recommendation of the parks department event permit for activities at Murray County Parks. The application includes the picnic area or picnic shelter reservation, amplified sound, permission to display event advertisement. If a food vendor is involved a copy of the vendorís license must be available on-site at the event. A complete application of the permit is available at the parks directorís office. Director Justin Hoffman has three applications for weddings at the parks this summer. Hoffman said the liquor license for the pool tournament at the 4-H building was in compliance.

Jim Reinert reported on the 48th Governorís Conference he attended on February 12-14 in Minneapolis. It was emphasized how we need to do more with less and cross training was important in times of pandemic events and to also practice the cross training.

Commissioner David Thiner attended a Heron Lake Watershed meeting. He is very supportive of the watershed district and its assistance in the Fulda area. Although there was a lot of discussion most of related to the internal workings of the office, he said. Perhaps the mission statement needs to be updated.


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