Morrison County Social Services Department commended

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

County Board Chair Duane Johnson conveyed to Social Services Department Director Brad Vold commendation for a job well done, contained in a letter sent by Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) commissioner.

In reading Jesson’s letter aloud at the County Board meeting Tuesday, Johnson said, “It is my pleasure to commend you and your staff for perfect performance in meeting DHS Human Service financial reporting requirements for calendar year 2012. All key quarterly fiscal report for programs your county participates in were submitted to our financial operations divisions on or before the report deadlines and in perfect order.”

Jesson also wrote, “I know this accomplishment requires planning, an efficient operation and teamwork within your county. … Please congratulate your management and staff on this superb effort.”

The submission of 32 reports covering four calendar quarters are covered by the letter.

Commissioner Jeff Jelinski said, “It’s fantastic what they’re doing — all done as a team. Very often, in any walk of life that we’re in, it’s easy to point a finger for something done wrong but it’s not often that we get to say ‘you done good,’ and they did just that.”

“Our employees do what they have to do, working with people — bottom line is, they do an excellent job,” said Johnson. “We want to let people know. When they do a good job they need to know it.”

“It’s very commendable. They really stay on top of things,” said commissioner Randy Winscher.

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Other business coming before the Morrison County Board Tuesday included:

• Recognizing the Upsala girls and boys basketball teams. “We congratulate them for their participation in state tournaments,” said Board Chair Duane Johnson;

• Authorizing the resolution to enter into an agreement with Crow Wing County in the operation of the Household Hazardous Waste Program;

• Approving the Public Works department’s 2013 seasonal bids abstract for equipment rental, bituminous material, winter maintenance sand and calcium chloride. “This will allow the department to utilize the contractors we need at the time in the best interests of the county,” said Public Works Director Steve Backowski;

• Approving a bid for calcium chloride application to Tri-City Paving for $87,888.95 for application on approximately 30 miles of county road and several miles of road in Bellevue Township, according to the current agreement with the township;

• Approving the 2013 road program contract to Anderson Brothers Inc. for $4,808.151. “This includes a number of agreement projects with Little Falls Township and the city of Little Falls,” Backowski said;

• Proclaiming April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in Morrison County, recognizing the good work of community professionals and supporting the efforts of parents, extended family, friends and neighbors of children to provide a safe and loving environment for children;

• Proclaiming April 21-27 to be National Volunteer Week;

• Approving the delegate agreement with South Country Health Alliance. “This allows them to pay us for the community care connector position,” said Social Services Director Brad Vold;

• Approving the hiring of a 1.0 full-time equivalent account technician to fill a vacancy;

• Approving the hiring of a community health educator at 14 hours per week, funded by a Drug-Free Communities grant;

• Approving a 2013 new establishment license as well as an on-sale and Sunday liquor license for Western Liquors in Cushing and 2013 seasonal establishment renewal licenses for Pine Ridge Golf Course in Motley and Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls;

• Approving a 2013 tobacco license renewal for Pine Ridge Golf Course;

• Approving a request by Carvin Buzzell of Lakin Township to waive late fees of $1,500 per permit for two conditional use permits, based on his obtaining more information for the applications;

• Approving the annual renewal for a 2 a.m. closing for the Canteen Supper Club in Little Falls; and

• Learning about a meeting of the Minnesota Heartland Tourism Association Thursday at 10 a.m. at the A.T. the Black and White Cafe, with a topic of attracting visitors to Central Minnesota.

The next regularly scheduled Commissioners’ meeting will be Tuesday, April 9 at 9 a.m. in the board room of the County Government Center.

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