Minutes February 23, 2010 HS
Wabasha County Human Services Board
Meeting of February 23, 2010
The Human Services Board of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the County Services Building, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota at 9:00 a.m., February 23, 2010 in accordance with MS 402.01 to 402.10. The previous meeting was recessed to this time and place. The following members were present: Commissioners Dwelle, Hall, Norman, Riester, and Windhorst Laurie Hodgson attended this meeting during Judy Barton’s absence. Absent: None
RIESTER – DWELLE
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the agenda, with the following changes. Removed items 5C and 5E
Adopted Unanimously.
RIESTER – WINDHORST
WHEREAS, the Minutes of the January 26, 2010 meeting have been presented for review and that no changes have been made to the Minutes;
BE IT RESOLVED, the Human Services Board accepts the Minutes as an accurate reflection of the content and actions taken at its previous meetings.
Adopted Unanimously
RIESTER – WINDHORST
WHEREAS, the Director of Social Services has advised that all Income Maintenance case actions are in conformance with State, Federal, and County laws, rule, regulations and policies;
BE IT RESOLVED, that all Income Maintenance case openings, closings, suspensions, grant changes and any other action affecting client eligibility and payments documented in the Department on listing of proposed case actions, (through MAXIS computerized client files and reports, and MMIS II), Director's Actions, abstracts of payment, and reports of refunds and cancellations for the period 1/27/10 through 2/22/10 are hereby approved.
WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services have advised that all Public Health and Social Services case actions are in conformance with State, Federal and County laws rules, regulations and policies;
BE IT RESOLVED, that all Public Health and Social Services case openings, closings, payments, placements and licensing actions as documented in the Department on Agency listing for Licensing actions, case records, record of Social Service plan, purchase of service abstracts, reports of refunds and cancellations, payment authorizations and computer printouts for 1/27/10 through 2/22/10 are hereby approved.
WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services have advised that all personnel actions are in conformance with State and Federal law, Merit System rules, existing labor agreements and personnel policies;
BE IT RESOLVED, that all personnel actions for 1/27/10 through 2/22/10 for employees of the Departments of Public Health and Social Services as documented in the Department on proposed personnel actions listing, personnel abstracts, payroll reports and personnel actions forms are hereby approved.
WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services have advised that all Public Health claims and, Social Services and Welfare claims against the County submitted for payment for 1/27/10 through 2/22/10 have been reviewed and are eligible for payment pursuant to all applicable rules, regulations, laws and policies;
BE IT RESOLVED, that all bills as listed on listing of warrants and claims against the Public Health, Social Services and Welfare funds and warrant registers shall be approved as valid claims against the County and are hereby approved for payment.
WHEREAS, the Directors of Public Health and Social Services have advised that employee requests to attend conferences and/or training have met approval of Administration, and are within the budgetary guidelines of the Agency;
BE IT RESOLVED, that all requests presented by the Directors of Public Health and Social Services are hereby approved.
Adopted Unanimously.
WINDHORST – DWELLE
Whereas, the Wabasha County Human Services Board is required to form a Human Services Advisory Committee under Minnesota Statute Chapter 402 and to appoint membership to the committee; and
Whereas, the nominations of Ms. Janine Zarling, Ms. Deborah Peterson and Ms. Carly Schmalzreidt have been brought forward to serve on the Advisory Committee and is recommend for appointment to the Committee by Smith;
Now therefore be it resolved, the Wabasha County Human Services Board appoints Ms. Janine Zabel, Ms Deborah Peterson and Ms. Carly Schmalzreidt to the Wabasha County Human Services Advisory Committee, effective February 1, 2010.
Approved Unanimously
RIESTER – DWELLE
Whereas, Wabasha County Human Services Board provides Home Health Aide services though the Public Health Services, and
Whereas, the Public Health Services recently had a resignation of a full-time Home Health Aide and wishes to increase the hours of a current employee to full-time; and
Whereas, the director of Public Health Services recommends the increase in hours for this position;
Now therefore be it resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Human Services hereby authorizes the increase of hours to a current employee to make the position full-time. Ms. Ashley Jacoby is the effected employee.
Approved Unanimously
WINDHORST – HALL
Whereas, the Department of Social Services has been active in a regional redesign effort of Social/Human Services in our region; and
Whereas, the Human Services Board is in support of continued efforts to bring about a better partnership with the State of Minnesota that will result in improved services to our county residents in a time of fewer public funds being available to serve clientele needs; and
Whereas the Southeast Minnesota Community Transformation Contract moves the counties in SE Minnesota toward outcomes that are based upon quality services, a regionalized approach (when possible), the delivery of service that requires a resident travel no further than currently required, and a strengthened relationship with the Minnesota Department of Human Services; and
Whereas, this Transformation Contract will be used in an application process to seek funds to facilitate the goals set forward; and
Whereas, the Social Services Director of Social Services recommends approval of the Transformation Contract;
Now therefore be it resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Human Services hereby approves the Southeast Minnesota Community Transformation Contract. This document will be forwarded to the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners for their consideration.
Approved Unanimously
DWELLE – RIESTER
Whereas, Wabasha County Public Health Services has received an ARRA Immunization Operations Funds grant in the amount of $6,128; and
Whereas the Director of Public Health Services has determined the Agency is in need of new equipment (refrigeration units) to store vaccines; and
Whereas, the purchase of refrigeration equipment is within the allowable guidelines of the ARRA grant funds; and
Whereas, the Public Health Services Director recommends the purchase of refrigeration equipment to store vaccines;
Now therefore be it resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Human Services hereby accepts the ARRA Immunization Operations Funds grant in the amount of $6,128. A portion of this grant will be used for the purchase of refrigeration equipment.
Approved Unanimously
DISCUSSION and INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

Environmental Health Services Report
Suzie West reported on 3 items that have been high on her priority list for the past month: sending letters to the food/beverage/lodging operators to make sure they are still in business, working with a potential buyer of the Anderson House, and working with the owners of the Anchor Inn as it considers changing licensure from lodging to a bar.
Darrin Thompson is focused on 2 primary areas: updating the septic system ordinance and completion of the straight pipe inventory at Lake Zumbro.
Straight Pipe Inventory Update
Sheila Harms and Sheila Craig were present to update the Board on the straight pipe inventory that is underway. The project is expected to be completed in early summer 2010. There are an estimated 105 properties that have been identified in Wabasha County. Notifications will be sent to property owners when corrective action is needed. Should the property owner not comply, by updating their septic system, then additional notices are sent. The goal is to significantly reduce the amount of waste water that is discharged directly into Lake Zumbro.
County Health Rankings
Laurie Hodgson, PHN from Public Health presented on the County Health Rankings released by the Wisconsin Public Health Institute, through a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She described the different categories for health factors and health outcomes and what comprised each category and talked about Wabasha County’s standing in the different categories. There was some discussion about the various statistics and about running an article in local newspapers to inform the public.
Child Support Annual Report
Lisa Schuth-Stuhr gave an update on the child support services provided by three staff in the Social Services Department. She outlined the 5 primary areas of service and discussed the current status of the potential to regionalize child support services. Following her presentation, questions were asked by the Board members to clarify services.
Disability & Waivered Services Annual Report
Marci Hitz provided this annual update and had 2 Social Workers attending with her: Lynette Lachinski and Jennifer Blattner. Marci explained the type of services that are provided in the disability services area. She also explained how the Federal waiver provides funding for client services. The County has 3 staff that has about 120 open cases. It was also pointed out how staff becomes involved with monitoring services to maintain program integrity, by saving funds where applicable.
Board Chair Norman thanked the Social Workers for their dedicated efforts, especially as March is “Social Worker” month in the nation
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PHS/SS Miscellaneous
Terry Smith shared 3 items for discussion.
First: Chemical Dependency Pilot Project article: The Pioneer Press has an article explaining the CD Pilot project in the February 17th edition. The article did an excellent job of providing the basic details on the pilot project. Second: A list of potential budget cuts suggested by the Governor was shared. This is an early indication of the direction we may see as budget cuts are discussed at the Legislative Session. Third: Shared a memo from the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC). AMC is releasing the memo to the press and highlights potential areas that might be targeted for reductions, to save additional State funds. It is not explained in the document if the reductions in State spending will result in additional spending by counties.
HALL – WINDHORST
Being no further business to come before the Board, motion was made and duly carried at 10:50 a.m. to recess this meeting until 9:00 a.m. on March 23, 2010.
Adopted Unanimously
 

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