The Board of County Commissioners of Fillmore County, Minnesota met in regular session this 12th day of July, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners' Board Room, Fillmore County Courthouse, in the City of Preston.
The following members were present: Commissioners Marc Prestby, Randy Dahl, Mitch Lentz, and Harry Root. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent. Also present were: Audrey Inglett, Office Support Specialist/Clerk pro tem; R. Ross Reichard, M.D. and Monica Kendall, M.S., P.A. (ASCP), F-ABMDI, Southern MN Regional Medical Examiner Office; Tim Penny, Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and Sue Kolling, SMIF Board Member; Thomas Kaase, Sheriff; Tony Chladek, Rushford City Administrator; Ronald Gregg, Highway Engineer; Bonita Underbakke; Karen Reisner, Fillmore County Journal; and Gretchen Mensink-Lovejoy, Republican-Leader.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
On motion by Root and seconded by Lentz, the Board unanimously approved the amended agenda.
On motion by Root and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously approved the following Consent Agenda:
1. July 5, 2016 County Board minutes, as presented.
2. Payment of Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. invoice #1067453 in the amount of $2,222.80 for Greenleafton Community Sanitary project professional services for May 7, 2016 through June 10, 2016.
3. Payment of 2016 2nd quarter invoice of $14,769.77 to Mayo Clinic for medical examiner/autopsy services in accordance with agreement and 2016 budget.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Root, the Board unanimously approved payment of the following Commissioners' warrants:
The Auditor's warrants were reviewed.
R. Ross Reichard, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner; and Monica Kendall, M.S. P.A. (American Society for Clinical Pathology), of the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office, were present.
Chief Medical Examiner Reichard presented an annual update of the medical examiner services and introduced Monica Kendall, M.S., PA (ASCP) to the Board as the Supervisor of the Central Office Investigators. Dr. Reichard reported that the main duties of the Office of the Medical Examiner are to determine the cause and manner of death and certify deaths that are reported to the medical examiner. The cause of death is the disease process or injury that resulted in death and the manner of death is the circumstance of the death, such as natural causes, homicide, suicide or an accident. The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office investigates sudden, violent, unexpected and suspicious deaths that occur in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona Counties. Dr. Reichard reported several of the field investigators are from Fillmore County. Dr. Reichard advises that all deaths should be reported to the Medical Examiner. In 2015, Fillmore County had 114 cases reported to the Medical Examiner and 84 of these were declined, not certified by the Medical Examiner's Office, after investigation. Of the 114 cases reported, 98 of the deaths were of natural causes and 16 were accidental or unnatural. Of the natural deaths, throughout the country, it was noted that cardiac deaths are reported to have been higher than the cancer deaths. For Fillmore County, we had 34 cancer related deaths and 23 cardiac related deaths in 2015. Dr. Reichard reported that the main unnatural cause of death is falls. Falls occur mainly in the elderly. Of the 16 unnatural deaths reported in 2015, 10 were falls. Fillmore County had 1 reported drug related death and no homicides or suicides in 2015.
Dr. Reichard stated that he was proud of the quality of death investigations in Fillmore County, stating that they are among the best in the State. The death scene investigation reports filed by the investigators are very thorough. Dr. Reichard thanked the Board for their support of the medical examiner program.
Tim Penny, President & CEO, and Sue Kolling (Board Member) of Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF) were present.
Mr. Penny presented an annual review of SMIF. Mr. Penny stated the SMIF focus areas are early childhood development, economic development and community development. SMIF had 40% of funding invested in early childhood development and training with a large number of book distribution made. SMIF works close with local Economic Development Authority (EDA) offering loans, grants and assistance to businesses in the area. Business loans were given to Featherstone Fruits & Vegetables LLC in Rushford and to The Driftless Fly Fishing Company in Preston.
President and CEO of SMIF Penny introduced Sue Kolling, SMIF Board Member, from Spring Valley to the Board. Ms. Kolling stated that she is extremely proud of our County and that we have a great partnership with SMIF. The money that we raise stays right here in Fillmore County.
Mr. Penny further stated that SMIF is celebrating 30 years of business. Commissioner Dahl offered his thanks to Mr. Penny for all that the Foundation does for the County.
Thomas Kaase, Sheriff, was present.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Lenz, the Board unanimously approved to start the process to establish a part-time jailer eligibility list as recommended by the Sheriff. Applications from the public and regular County employees will be received in the Coordinator's Office until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Root, the Board unanimously approved to hire part-time jailer Gregory Melartin as a full time jailer effective Friday, July 15, 2016, as recommended by the Sheriff.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Root, the Board unanimously approved the quote from Horsman Fence in the sum of $950.00 to rebuild and repair the chain link fence at the Fillmore County Jail as recommended by the Sheriff.
The Citizen's Input portion of the meeting was opened at 9:30 a.m.
Tony Chladek introduced himself to the Board as the new City Administrator for the City of Rushford. Chladek stated that he has been getting out and meeting people.
The Citizen's Input portion of the meeting was closed at 9:35 a.m.
A review of the calendar was done and the following committee reports and announcements were given: Prestby: On the Commissioners' calendar it shows that the Technology/Land Records/GIS committee meeting was changed to 12:00 noon on July 19th and stated that it had been discussed at a prior Technology/Land Records/GIS committee meeting to change the time of the meeting to 8:00 a.m. The Technology/Land Records/GIS committee members will be notified to see if the time for the meeting could be changed to 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19th. The Department Head meeting will be at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Ronald Gregg, Highway Engineer, was present.
On motion by Root and seconded by Dahl, the Board unanimously approved to advertise for the County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 15 surface reconditioning project SAP 023-615-016 as recommended by the Engineer.
On motion by Dahl and seconded by Root, the Board unanimously approved to advertise for the Pilot Mound Township Bridge replacement Project SAP 023-599-131 as recommended by the Engineer.
The committee reports and announcements continued: Lentz: Development Achievement Center (DAC); Dahl: SEMCAC Open House is at 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. today, celebrating 50 yrs.; Root: Solid Waste and Fillmore County Fair is next week, July 19-24, 2016; and Prestby – none.
On motion by Root and seconded by Lentz, the Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:50 a.m.