10/3/2012 11:49:00 AM Dodge County
Commissioners hire legal counsel
for dispute with SEMMCHRA
By Tara Lindquist
Tuesday, September 25, at its regular meeting the Dodge County Commission approved hiring attorney Thomas J. Radio from Best & Flanagan Law Office, Minneapolis, to represent the county in its ongoing effort to sever ties with the Southeast Minnesota Multicounty Housing Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA).
In a memo, Dodge County Attorney Paul J. Kiltinen said commissioners had decided in 1996 to sever membership in SEMMCHRA and discontinue contributing to the budget of the agency, although continuing to use SEMMCHRA as the appointed representative in Dodge County for distribution of Section 8 housing vouchers. Other member counties have declined to release Dodge County from the group and are now asking the county to contribute to the administrative expenses of processing Dodge County Section 8 vouchers or SEMMCHRA will discontinue providing the service in the county. Kiltinen said an appeal to Representative Tim Walz had also been rebuffed. He said the only apparent recourse is litigation and that a search for an attorney with the requisite experience came up with Radio. He recommended the board retain Best & Flanagan in its effort to become excluded from SEMMCHRA and reinstate the Section 8 housing voucher program in Dodge County.
The board also approved the membership of the county joined the TH14 Partnership for 2013. This is a group of counties and municipalities who have joined together as an advocacy organization supporting the four-lane expansion of Highway 14 from Rochester to New Ulm. The cost to the county is $1,500.
The board also approved:
purchase of a vehicle for Human Services Dept.;
a Public Health request for 2013 TZD Safe Roads Grant resolution;
final payment to Minnowa for SP 020-624-017, Highway Dept.;
purchase of an M100 Precinct Counter for the Kasson District for the November Election;
a joint powers agreement with the 3rd Judicial Court to allow for the running of background checks using its network;
the Emergency Operation Plan from Emergency Management Director Matt Mass;
a revolving loan fund modification request for the Kasson State Theater;
a grant application for a Mantorville property to receive up to $1,500 for implementing improvements to benefit water quality;
payment of the bills
The board will meet again on October 9 at 9:30 am.