County board gives OK for personnel requests

The Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners gave its approval to several human resources requests as part of the meeting agenda for Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Recommendations from human resources were: Promote Erica Miller to a full time support enforcement aide in human services; post for an administrative assistant in human services; promote Teri Hopkins to a full time agency social worker in human services; post for a full time eligibility worker in human services; hire Andrew Nicolin as a full time environmental health specialist in public health; post for a full time highway maintenance worker position in the Montgomery shop, to replace the late Mike Barnett.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Dave Tietz appeared before the board requesting approval, which was granted, to replace two department scanners, with total cost for upgrades and maintenance of $3,900. Tietz also informed the board that Sarah Parsons has been hired as a temporary part time clerk for the front desk of the law enforcement center.

County Assessor Dave Armstrong received the OK to accept the Xerox Property Tax and CAMA Maintenance and Support Agreement, joining more than 30 other counties using the system. The agreement runs from March 1, 2013 to December 31, 2020, at a total cost of $263,000 to Le Sueur Co. “The program should be up and running by January 31, 2015,” commented Armstrong, when asked about start-up time for the program.

County Administrator/Engineer Darrell Pettis informed the board that bids for maintenance materials are in and will be tabulated. He also said an agreement has been reached in negotiations with four unions, with voting to be held in the near future.

Pettis also reviewed correspondence received from engineers and attorneys who specialize in county ditch matters. Review included a petition to construct a wetland bank on JD #2 near Lake Washington (Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties), and the need for joint boards to meet or be established, when ditches involve more than one county (for instance Blue Earth, Rice, Le Sueur).

The commissioners received notice of the next Le Sueur County Officials Association meeting, to be held in Montgomery on Thursday, Feb. 28, with location to be announced.