Minutes March 24, 2015

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of March 24, 2015

 

The Board of County Commissioners of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the Wabasha County Courthouse, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

 

The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Wobbe.

The following Commissioners were present: Goihl, Hall, Key, Springer, Wobbe

 

SPRINGER - GOIHL

Motion to approve the agenda.

Adopted Unanimously

KEY - SPRINGER

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Claims

Meal Vouchers

Per Diems

Minutes: March 17, 2015

Resolution No.: 2015-070

Whereas, the Wabasha County Human Services Board has accepted the resignation of Tiffany Nelson effective March 6, 2015; and; and

Whereas, Ms. Nelson has been employed by Wabasha County Social Services as a Eligibility Worker; and

Whereas, the Wabasha County Personnel Committee has recommended the filling of the vacancy created by Ms. Nelson's resignation;

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, the Director of Social Services hereby be authorized to fill the Eligibility Worker vacancy in order to maintain normal operations of the Social Services Department.

Resolution No.: 2015-071

Whereas, due to anticipated staffing changes Wabasha County Social Services is expecting a vacancy for a temporary Eligibility Worker; and

Whereas, the Social Services Director recommends filling this vacancy in order to maintain normal operations for the department; and

Whereas, the Wabasha County Personnel Committee has recommended filling this temporary vacancy should the current incumbent accept a permanent position;

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that, the Director of Social Services is hereby authorized to fill the temporary Eligibility Worker position should the current incumbent accept a permanent position. This temporary position is approved through December 31, 2016.

Adopted Unanimously

SPRINGER - KEY

Resolution No. 2015-061

Be It Ordained by the Board Chairman and Commissioners of the County of Wabasha, Wabasha County, Minnesota, as follows:

Section 1. That the Wabasha County Code shall be amended by adding a new Chapter 1, as follows:

 

CHAPTER 1

EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND CHECKS

Section:

1 APPLICANT'S FOR COUNTY EMPLOYMENT

PURPOSE: The purpose and intent of this section is to establish regulations that will allow law enforcement access to Minnesota's Computerized Criminal History information for specified non-criminal purposes of employment background checks for the positions described in Section 2.

2 CRIMINAL HISTORY EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: The Wabasha County Sheriff's Office is hereby required, as the exclusive entity within the County, to do a criminal history background investigation on the applicants for the following positions within the county, unless the county's hiring authority concludes that a background investigation is not needed:

Employment positions:

Full-time Employees

Part-time Employees

Intern Employees

Volunteer Employees

Other positions that work with children or vulnerable adults

(Do not need to include sworn deputy positions in this ordinance as these are already authorized and covered by Minn. Stat.626.87, Subd. 1; please note that the county will not obtain all of the criminal data authorized under the Child Protection Background Check Act (Minn. Stat. 299C.61 & 62) on positions working with children by using the county's sheriff's office to conduct background checks – the county must access those records by using the service provided by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and paying the associated fee)

In conducting the criminal history background investigation in order to screen employment applicants, the Sheriff's Office is authorized to access data maintained in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehensions Computerized Criminal History information system in accordance with BCA policy. Any data that is accessed and acquired shall be maintained at the Sheriff's Office under the care and custody of the chief law enforcement official or his or her designee.

A summary of the results of the Computerized Criminal History data may be released by the Sheriff's Office to the hiring authority, including the County Administrator or other county staff involved in the hiring process.

Before the investigation is undertaken, the applicant must authorize the Sheriff's Office by written consent to undertake the investigation. The written consent must fully comply with the provisions of Minn. Stat. Chap. 13 regarding the collection, maintenance and use of the information. Except for the positions set forth in Minnesota Statutes Section 364.09, the county will not reject an applicant for employment on the basis of the applicant's prior conviction unless the crime is directly related to the position of employment sought and the conviction is for a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor with a jail sentence. If the County rejects the applicant's request on this basis, the County shall notify the applicant in writing of the following:

A. The grounds and reasons for the denial.

B. The applicant complaint and grievance procedure set forth in Minnesota Statutes Section 364.06.

C. The earliest date the applicant may reapply for employment.

D. That all competent evidence of rehabilitation will be considered upon reapplication.

Section 2. That the Wabasha County Code shall be amended by adding a new Chapter 2, as follows:

CHAPTER 2

LICENSE BACKGROUND CHECKS

Section:

1 APPLICANT'S FOR COUNTY LICENSES

PURPOSE: The purpose and intent of this section is to establish regulations that will allow law enforcement access to Minnesota's Computerized Criminal History information for specified non-criminal purposes of licensing background checks.

2 CRIMINAL HISTORY LICENSE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: The Wabasha County Sheriff's Office is hereby required, as the exclusive entity within the County, to do a criminal history background investigation on the applicants for the following licenses within the County:

County licenses:

Employees of liquor establishments;

Gun permits,

Minnesota Responds Volunteer,

Medical Reserve Corp Volunteer,

Day Care License

Mentorship and Internship Programs

In conducting the criminal history background investigation in order to screen license applicants, the Sheriff's Office is authorized to access data maintained in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehensions Computerized Criminal History information system in accordance with BCA policy. Any data that is accessed and acquired shall be maintained at the Sheriff's Office under the care and custody of the Sheriff or his or her designee. A summary of the results of the Computerized Criminal History data may be released by the Sheriff's Office to the licensing authority, the County Administrator, or other county staff involved with the license approval process.

Before the investigation is undertaken, the applicant must authorize the Sheriff's Office by written consent to undertake the investigation. The written consent must fully comply with the provisions of Minn. Stat. Chap. 13 regarding the collection, maintenance and use of the information. Except for the positions set forth in Minnesota Statutes Section 364.09, the county will not reject an applicant for a license on the basis of the applicant's prior conviction unless the crime is directly related to the license sought and the conviction is for a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor with a jail sentence. If the County rejects the applicant's request on this basis, the County shall notify the applicant in writing of the following:

A. The grounds and reasons for the denial.

B. The applicant complaint and grievance procedure set forth in Minnesota Statutes Section 364.06.

C. The earliest date the applicant may reapply for the license.

D. That all competent evidence of rehabilitation will be considered upon reapplication.

Section 3. That this ordinance shall take effect upon its passage and publication.

Adopted Unanimously

KEY - HALL

Resolution No.: 2015-072

Whereas, Kathleen Evers, PHN has just completed her 34th year of employment with Wabasha County, and

Whereas, Kathleen has given her notice of retirement for April 10, 2015

Now therefore be it resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that they accept the retirement notice of Kathleen Evers, effective April 10, 2015 and offer their heartfelt thanks for her many years of service to the residents of Wabasha County.

Adopted Unanimously

 

Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.

 

GOIHL - KEY

Motion to recess to the County Commissioners' Road Tour. Meet at the Wabasha Highway Shop, 821 Hiawatha Drive West, March 31, 7:30 a.m.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

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