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Monday, August 27, 2007 - Tuesday, August 28, 2007


AUGUST 27 & 28, 2007


The Board convened on Monday, August 27, 2007 at 9:30 AM with all members present: Pickar, Huegel, Boge, Schueth, Mattke. The meeting was called to order at 9:30 AM. Mail was opened and distributed.


Motion by Mattke, Seconded by Schueth, to approve agenda for August 27 & 28, 2007. All Ayes, with Motion Carried.


Motion by Schueth, Seconded by Huegel, to approve meeting minutes of August 20 & 21, 2007.  Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.


Assistant County Engineer John Murray met with the Board to discuss road departmental activities.


Jeff Heil, representing Ruan Securities, met with county officials to discuss bonding for roads and bridges.  New law has been passed effective July 1, 2007, allowing counties to issue general obligation bonds for bridges, roads and culverts.  Funding has been difficult to obtain for road maintenance as well as new road infrastructure.  Road use tax revenues are undergoing changes, with revenues generally declining, especially to rural counties. The new legislation allows counties to issue bonds payable from all taxable property in the county, rather than the prior restriction of rural property only.  Current overall county data was reviewed, along with general obligation bonding procedures. County officials will now discuss and define priority road projects, the appropriate debt level, and equitable taxpayer repayment.


EMS Director Ken Rasing met with the Board to update them on ongoing ambulance services discussion.  Chief Dispatcher Barb Hemesath and Sheriff Marty Larsen were also present for the discussion. Rasing is seeking input on behalf of the county ambulance services, with a county-wide meeting on September 6, 2007.


Supervisor Boge left the meeting at 11:50 AM.


Motion by Mattke, Seconded by Schueth, to approve August 27, 2007 as hire date for Danielle Myers, as part-time homemaker health aide.  Roll Call: Four Ayes. Motion Carried.


Motion by Schueth, Seconded by Huegel, to adjourn at 12:05 PM. Roll Call: Four Ayes, with Motion Carried.


The Board convened on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 9:30 AM with all members present: Pickar, Huegel, Boge, Schueth, Mattke. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Pickar. Mail was opened and distributed.


CPC Sheila Kobliska met with the Board for several items of business:


Case Management Reports for July 2007 were reviewed, received and filed. 


Newly hired part-time employee for the Osage office was reviewed.  Motion by Huegel, Seconded by Mattke, to approve hire of Marcia Mork as part-time scheduled clerical at $9.00 per  hour effective September 7, 2007.  Roll Call: All Ayes. Motion Carried.


CPC updates included completed DHS meetings for co-occurring disorders formerly known as dual diagnosis. An individualís client services were reviewed. The shared building concept for delivery of mental health services was reviewed.   CPC requested and recommended case management staff be considered exempt to hourly paid staff by reason of professional job and license requirements.  Current office accommodations will be hygienic lab tested for air quality.  A joint magistrate, law enforcement and mental health staff meeting is planned to facilitate future mental health committals.


Board members spoke with Midwest Group Benefits Inc., regarding a current joint issue of health insurance of funding and changing plan documents to include instant enrollment of newborns. Current plan documents require enrollment within 31 days, while Wellmark requires enrollment with 61 days, and one plan administered thru Midwest has newborn instant enrollment.  The Board authorized payment for newborn charges of approximately $2300 and will review possible amendment to plan documents allowing for instant newborn enrollment. 


Discussion proceeded to a request by the Board for information regarding Medicare supplement coverage payment or reimbursement by the county.  This is possible when an actively employed subscriber or contract dependent reaches Medicare eligibility. Midwest officials stated that an employer cannot pay Medicare supplement coverage directly, but can reimburse an employee or dependent for expense of a qualified plan for medical and prescription costs until retirement. Plan document language will be proposed and reviewed by the Board prior to any change consideration.


Approval for purchase of the CSB directory sign was deferred to next week, pending sign wording, expected life and warranty information.    


The Board received and filed IDNR Manure Management  Annual Update for Zwanziger LLC  (ID#59516) located at 1351 260th St., Nashua located in Section 3 of Bradford Township.


Motion by Boge, Seconded by Huegel, to adjourn at 11:40 AM.  All Ayes, with Motion Carried.





                                                                        Virgil M. Pickar, Jr., Chairman

                                                                        Board of Supervisors







Judy A. Babcock, Auditor














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