Training request on board agenda

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will consider a child protection training request for a recently hired family services employee on Tuesday.

The five-day Corner House basic interview training not conducted by the Department of Human Services (DHS) costs $1,100 plus expenses. It is considered essential for new child protection workers who have not worked in other counties, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA). County funding would come from approved, unattended annual conferences.

Commissioners will also:

Receive a DHS report of 2005 to 2012 child protection assessment and investigation ratios in Brown, Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Renville, Sibley and Watonwan counties.

Participate in an informational meeting with Watonwan County commissioners at noon in the Brown County Joint Law Enforcement Center Training Room.

Brown County Family Services Director Tom Henderson has been providing Watonwan County with 24 hours of administrative services a month. He has examined human and social services and the income maintenance part of agency administration, emphasizing efficiency and effectiveness.

Henderson is working on improving efficiency and reducing levy costs, increasing the board’s confidence in the agency, helping them hire a new director and making needed administrative structure changes.

Henderson wrote in his family services consent agenda that so far, a statistical search of the county indicates a well-functioning agency. He added that the board will interview the best-qualified director applicants in the coming weeks.

Consider approval of $507,000 in 2014 AgBMP loan funds. The program provides low-interest loans to farmers interested in implementing conservation practices to prevent or reduce feedlot and farm field runoff, or projects that reduce existing water quality problems caused by agriculture activities or failing septic systems.

The loan contract involves money that will be used for septic systems, ag waste management projects and conservation tillage equipment. The county water planning department proposes budgeting $250,000 for ag waste management, $200,000 for conservation tillage and $57,000 for septic systems. The office has historically not had erosion control funds requested but would be able to change the allocation to complete a project, if requests are received.

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

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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