Board to consider Watonwan contract

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will consider a contract with Watonwan County to purchase Chemical Dependency Rule 25 Assessment Supervision Services at today’s meeting.

Last April, Watonwan County asked Brown County if it could provide supervision for its chemical dependency counselor for a few months. Brown County has a certified, licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) while Watonwan County did not and needed one, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

After a few months of using the service, the service is needed for a longer time. After consulting with the county administrator, it was determined Brown County needed a written agreement.

The Social Service Expenditure and Grant Reconciliation (SEAGR) rate is established by the state department for each county. It includes salary, fringe benefits and overhead costs. The amount changes quarterly. Brown County rates vary from $60 to $80 an hour.

The Watonwan county attorney will need to re-approve the Brown County assistant attorney’s changes as of July 16. The process is similar to a recent Sibley County contract Brown County entered into.

Commissioners will also consider:

2015 health insurance renewal reflecting about a 4 percent increase of Health Partners HP/2600/5200 with a Health Savings Account base plan, with payment of county/employee share according to personnel policy and union contracts. Health Partners notified the insurance committee that the $2,500 HSA must change to $2,600 due to 2015 IRS rules change.

Authorizing the county administrator to attend the AGRIP (Association of Governmental Risk Pools) Governance and Leadership Conference, Oct. 5-8, in Savannah, Georgia. Registration, lodging and travel expenses will be paid by MCIT (Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust).

The MCIT executive director suggested that the county administrator, as an MCIT board member, consider attending the training session to further MCIT goals and work.

Today’s board meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the courthouse commissioners room.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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