Fraud services contract is on county board agenda

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will consider a 2014 Brown County Attorney Fraud Services Contract on Tuesday.

A 2 percent increase was added to the 2013 rate, with the new rate at $168.18 per hour, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA). The amount varies considerably from year to year, depending on the number of cases.

The agreement among the State of Minnesota, Brown County Family Services and the Brown County Attorney’s Office calls for fraud prosecution services pursuant to Food Stamp Act of 1997 requirements and the Social Security Act, according to the RBA. The department and attorney seek to establish cooperative procedures for effective enforcement and prosecution of Food Support and Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) rules and regulations, investigation and prosecution of Food Support and MFIP fraud cases, and for effective enforcement, investigation and prosecution of other welfare fraud cases, according to the RBA.

Commissioners will also consider:

Accepting a $92,700 clean water project grant including a GIS license purchase, drainage management software, a seasonal employee hire and iPads to be used in the field. Brown County must match 25 percent ($22,925) of the grant, which can be done as in-kind reimbursement.

A work plan must be submitted for review and approval by March 17. Brown County will look at the 25 percent match with items such as wireless access for the iPads, programming iPads for field use, administrative costs and labor.

Setting letting dates for Surface Rehabilitation Projects on CSAH 13, 16, 22 and 29 for cold, in-place recycle and overlay surface rehabilitation. The five segments have many pavement cracks.

The projects will be primarily funded with state aid funds, but some local levy funds will be used as shown in the current five-year program. The Highway Department recommends a letting date for 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 12 at the courthouse. The projects are anticipated to be done from July to September.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse commissioners room.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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