Le Sueur County Board OKs updates for security cameras for courthouse

Jake Keohen

Montgomery Messenger

The Le Sueur County Board accepted the annual report and donation from the UNIMIN Minnesota Corporation at its regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Chuck Collins of UNIMIN gave reports on the Ottawa and Kasota mining operations, a requirement of the conditional use permit (CUP) which was granted several years ago. Both plants have increased shipments over the previous year and are operating at full capacity.

Collins also presented the sixth annual donation of $7,500 to the Le Sueur County Historical Society at Ottawa, a sign of cooperation and support which is to continue well into the future.

Following Collins' presentation, the county board accepted the reports and set reclamation bonding totals for both plants. The commissioners were unanimous in offering their praise for the way UNIMIN operates their plants and cooperates with the public if complaints are submitted.

Also at Tuesday's meeting:

• Human Services Director Sue Rynda gave her monthly report of activity in the department. She also introduced new staff member Erica Miller, an office support specialist, and received approval of the Food Support Employee Training (FSET) Contract with the MN Valley Action Council (MVAC), The TriMin Contract for computer support and the Sunhaven Home and Community-Based Services Contract for public health nursing.

• Following presentations by Don Reak of the county parks department and a representative of the Ney Environmental Education Foundation, the board approved their request. The Ney Foundation will retain some of the funds from the CRP acreage and the farm rent for operating expenses as stated in the agreement between the county board and the foundation. For the remainder of 2007, they will retain the $7,700 for CRP. For 2008-09, $7,700 plus $2,300 from farm rent will be retained for a total of $10,000 per year. The parks department will then have $6,600 of the rent for yearly maintenance.

• Veterans Service Officer Jim Golgart was given permission for out-of-state travel to the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and a January executive board meeting in South Carolina. Golgart serves as treasurer of the National Association of Veterans Service Officers and was asked to attend the November 11 ceremony with the association president.

• The resignation of Karen Gerhardson, financial worker in the human services department, was accepted.

• Sheriff Dave Gliszinski was given approval to purchase updated security cameras for the courthouse from Reliance Telephone in East Grand Forks at a total cost of $8,970. Included are a digital video recorder, cameras for court administration, courtrooms A and B, holding cell, attorney conference room, courtroom hallway and two work stations for bailiff monitoring. The sheriff was also given approval to sell confiscated vehicles on the internet.

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