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County Board to hear child care licensing report

November 27, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will hear a child care licensing report at today's meeting.

Brown County Licensing Social Worker Denise Kamm prepared an agenda for the board to learn about rules, laws and responsibilities of counties.

Rules allow up to 12 children for a provider alone and 14 children in family day care with a helper.

In the past few months, Minnesota study commissions have recommended a number of changes for 2013.

Other agenda items include:

A 2013 Greater Minnesota Family Services (GMFS) Family-Based Contract with a 2 percent COLA (cost of living allowance) hike, the first rate increase in three years, according to GMFS. Additional services to be added involve youth and adolescent groups at a reduced rate.

A considerable amount of the $42,247 county contract cost for the first 11 months of 2012 are covered by Medical Assistance. From January through August 2012, GMFS provided $157,000 of children's mental health services that actually cost Brown County $33,4,00, according to a letter to Brown County Family Services from GMFS Chief Executive Officer George Dubie.

Approval of a $1,044 Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) LexisNexis Accurint software grant award from Oct. 2012 through June 30, 2013 to help counties find relatives and families with adoption and permanency foster care issues.

Agencies will be allowed to use the same software for income maintenance, child support and other departments via the office support supervisor computer.

Counties that have used the software on a trial basis find it very helpful in locating relatives of children where family members have lost track of one another. It is not uncommon that these relatives are capable and willing to help out when the Minnesota family can't care for their children anymore.

Approval of a $134,976 2013 Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) Employment Services Contract.

Replacing a County Ditch 33 open ditch culvert that is severely rusted and starting to collapse. The landowner requests the culvert through a field crossing be repaired because it is the main crossing used to harvest crops.

Estimated cost to replace the culvert with a similar, 72-inch metal pipe using state bid pricing is $9,000. A 72-inch concrete pipe is estimated to cost $27,000. Installation costs are estimated at $5,000.

Renewal of a consulting services contract with Madden Galanter Hansen, LLP, Plymouth for assistance as needed to address union contract matters. Hourly rates would rise (3.2 percent) from $124 to $128 an hour for basic labor relations services and from $129 to $134 an hour for arbitration and administrative hearing representation.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse commissioner's room.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at



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