The Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners conducted the following business at its Jan. 21 meeting. Written by Joel Stottrup.
Rotunda display purchase
The board authorized spending $1,950 to purchase a rotunda form display from Ziegler’s Woodwork & Specialty in Foreston.
Jail report for December 2013
During December, the Mille Lacs County Jail boarded inmates from the counties of Benton, Stearns and St. Louis and also boarded Minnesota Department of Corrections release violators and privately paid per diem inmates. The total income from boarding prisoners for all of 2013 was $455,525. The jail in December took in $20,271 in booking fees, $425 in miscellaneous recovered fees and $16,997 in pay-to-stay fees. Approximately $493,219 was taken in during 2013 from those three sources.
The board approved eliminating the recently vacated position of technical clerk IV in the auditor-treasurer’s department.
Solid waste licenses
The board approved solid waste licenses for eight haulers. They are Steinbrecher Companies, Jim’s Mille Lacs Disposal, East Central Sanitation, Veit Container Corp., Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Public Works, Garrison Disposal, Wayne’s Sanitation, and Quality Disposal. The solid waste license application fee is $75 and the license fee is $250 regardless of service or number of trucks working within the county.
Mille Lacs Academy agreement
The board approved a purchase of service agreement renewal with Mille Lacs Academy for 2014. The per diem rates are a 2.9 percent increase over the old rates. Mille Lacs Academy, located in Onamia, is state licensed to provide therapeutic supervision and mental health treatment to children in Mille Lacs County.
The board approved a detoxification services agreement between the county and the Central Minnesota Mental Health Center for 2014 at a daily rate of $420 per client. The 2013 rate was $325. More than just the $420 could be charged, provided necessary and agreed-upon medical care is rendered that is not included in the regular program. When the Health Center provides transportation, the county shall reimburse it $70 for each trip.
The board approved seven fiscal agreements between Isanti County, the host for the Region 7E Adult Mental Health Initiative, and various mental health providers to provide housing, vocational, psychiatric, dialectical behavior therapy, administrative and crisis funding services in 2014.
Labor agreement with engineers
The board approved a labor contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 49 for Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2016. The employees moved to a new pay scale on Jan. 1 this year with an average pay increase of 3 percent under the agreement. On Jan. 1, 2015, they will receive a 2 percent increase and a step increase on the pay scale in June 2015. During 2016 they will receive a 1 percent increase and a step increase on the pay scale.
The board approved an agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local union representing the assistant county attorneys for Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2015. The employees will be compensated in accordance with Appendix A, with the exception of Shauna Ryan and Heather Zee, who shall be paid $35.15 per hour until such time when they are promoted to the position of ACAII. The general adjustment for the assistant county attorneys will be a 1 percent increase in 2014 and 1.5 percent in 2015, with a step increase in each year.
Electronic medical documentation
The board approved contracting with Community Health Information Collaborative to make the county’s community and veteran services department compliant with a federal regulation requiring inter-operable electronic medical documentation systems by 2015. The county has a state grant to fund startup and first-year licensure expenses relating to the initiation of technology for this. The cost to the county will be $600 per year starting in 2015.
Land use update
The county is going to update its land-use regulations, and as a result, the board appointed members to the steering committee to oversee the work for 12-18 months. The members will be Mille Lacs County Commissioners Dave Oslin and Tim Wilhelm, county Planning Commission Members Ross Habeck and Paula Soderberg, with Robert Hoefert as an alternate, and citizens Ross Kutil, David Olson, Kyle Weimann, Chris Carlson, Travis Johnson, Loren Lueck, Mel Johnson, Keith Vanderpoel, Wayne Bekius and Carla Vita.
The county’s cash
The board received a written report on its cash balances for December 2013 and the rest of the year. It shows the general fund cash balance in December 2013 at close to $9.44 million.