Probation report on County Board Agenda

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will receive a 2013-2014 Brown County Probation Department Plan on Tuesday.

Probation Director Les Schultz wrote in his report that for the second straight year, probation supervises what the court believes to be low-risk offenders that were assigned to Court Administration to review in the past, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

“Of greatest concern is the dramatic increase in out-of-home placements for two years in a row,” Schultz wrote. “In addition, we are keeping an eye on the drop in adolescents arrested in 2013. … I believe you will be impressed with the professionalism and dedication that comes from this department.”

Out-of-home placements cost Brown County $498,781 in 2013 and $406,814 in 2012, according to the report. Adult probation offenders climbed from 753 in 2009 to 776 in 2010, 797 in 2011, 968 in 2012 and 1,107 in 2013.

Adult offenders with successful probation continued to improve since 2009 with 81 percent in 2009, 89 percent in 2010, 96 percent in 2011, 97 percent in 2012 and 98 percent in 2013, according to the report.

Commissioners will also consider:

The County Assessor’s quarterly report with 2013 preliminary ratios used for 2014 assessments. Local Board of Review meetings will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 21 at the Comfrey Community Center; 9 a.m., Monday, May 5 at New Ulm City Hall; 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 6 at the Springfield Community Center; and 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13 at Sleepy Eye City Hall. The Brown County Board of Equalization meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, June 16 in the courthouse commissioners room.

The 2014-2015 feedlot work plan and delegation agreement and 2013 feedlot annual report. In 2014, the County will develop a list of feedlots that have never been inspected and will begin inspections by township. Staff will continue to inspect feedlots proposing construction and those renewing a conditional use permit.

The board meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 4 in the courthouse commissioners room.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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