10/28/2013 2:21:00 PM Dodge County Commissioners
Human Services receives award
By Gretta Becay
The Dodge County Human Services department received an award from the state Department of Human Services for their 10 out of 10 score for customer service for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - formerly referred to as food stamps.
Staffers from the state evaluated county staff practices in regard to ten customer service standards, explained Director Jane Wilcox Hardwick. There is a photo of the group on page 14.
The county received an 'unmodified' (formerly called 'unqualified') opinion from the state for the audit of the county financial statements as of Dec 31, 2012. Commissioners discussed the audit during their committee of the whole meeting.
The commissioners discussed one of the parcels of land the county owns across Seventh St East from the courthouse. The commissioners discussed selling the parcel and asked Director of Land Records Ryan DeCook to give them more information about encroachments on the lot and whether the lot was buildable.
The commissioners also discussed a memo from the state Department of Transportation about $700,000 in federal funds MnDOT has received to stabilize both sides of Highway 57 where it runs by the courthouse.
The county would have to kick in $70,000. The county would also need to stabilize its portion of the rock face and redirect its drainage. The project is scheduled for 2016.
County Administrator Jim Elmquist remarked that Building Operations Supervisor Roger Friedt is getting bids to fix the leaky basement door into the Dodge County Historical Museum across Highway 57 from the courthouse.
The commissioners approved:
Changes to the short-term disability leave policy. New employees must now wait one year before they are eligible to take the 90-day leave.
The county's solid waste plan, which will be in effect for 10 years.
The tobacco license fee for licensed vendors for the year 2014 of $250.
A $100,000 state Department of Health grant for Dodge and Steele counties with the goal of reducing obesity and tobacco use in the counties.
The commissioners wiil meet again at 9:30 a.m. Nov 12 at the courthouse.