LWV Observer - Georgiana Campbell
All commissioners were present.
Considerable business awaited the commissioners as December began.
Community Health Board: Mary Ho presented for approval a Grant Agreement with MDH (the Minnesota Dept. of Health). The agreement provided for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention and also for Intervention Follow-Up. The commissioners gave their approval.
Public Health: Mary Ho asked for renewal of a contract providing Oral Health Services.There was a second contract, this one with Northfield Hospital which offers Prepared Childbirth Education Classes. Those contracts were approved by the commissioners. There were also three interpreter contracts that were renewed and approved by the commissioners.
The U.S. Census will be taken in 2010, and census representatives in our area were present at this meeting to explain the procedure and answer questions. The 2010 Census is a short form with only 10 questions. Answering these questions according to directions is very important as is the plan to get a complete count. Paul Knutson is the Dept. Head of the Assessor's Office. He reviewed the procedures involved if property has been damaged but not damaged enough to qualify for disaster credit. If that is the case, the property owner may be given an adjustment in valuation (which can mean an adjustment in the amount of taxes to be paid). The commissioners approved the requests for abatements they had received.
Social Services: Mark Shaw - He alerted commissioners and staff that there will be children's mental health legislation before next year's state legislature.
Administration: Gary Weiers - Schedule of January Board Meetings ----Jan, 5, 12, 19, and 26.
Weiers also pointed out that the "Phased Retirement Option" which will be available to employees next year may be an important issue to consider. There will be an opportunity for employees to exercise some choice as to when they will retire and, of course, a need to plan how they can time their retirement to fit their plans.