Smile, it’s time for Faribault County to take a new photo.
Brandee Douglas, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) coordinator for Faribault County, was at the Faribault County Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, October 19 to seek funding for orthogonal imagery (top to bottom) and oblique (360 degrees) at high resolution.
“Many different county departments use this imagery on a daily basis,” Douglas explained. “The county assessor, the director of public works, the drainage official, the sheriff’s department and planning and zoning all rely on imagery for a variety of purposes. “
Douglas presented contracts with Pictometry International Corp. of Rochester, New York and Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative. The cost of the contract over a six-year period is $ 198,600 or $ 33,100 per year and the quality will be improved over the previous product.
“All departments in the county can access and use the imagery. It is the base map for Beacon and other web maps, and integrates with internal software ”, Douglas shared. “Imagery helps in the maintenance and creation of GIS data, enabling the county to provide quality data to the public. “
The board of directors unanimously approved the contract.
Bonnie Christiansen and Michelle Klinkner were also present at the meeting to provide an update on the University of Minnesota expansion.
“I am the regional manager for southern Minnesota”, Christiansen told the board. “I am based in Worthington.
Christiansen said the number of young people participating in 4-H has remained very stable in the region, especially compared to other regions.
“We believe that offering programs to our young people is essential”, said Christiansen. “We are reaching children of all socioeconomic status. “
Klinkner featured a video featuring Lauren Schavey, a 2021 Blue Earth Area graduate and longtime 4-H member.
“Being in 4-H taught me a lot of things” Schavey said in the video. “One of the most important lessons I have learned from 4-H is working with others. “
Klinkner spoke about the specific offerings available through 4-H.
“One of the most popular activities has been our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp”, Klinkner noted. “We are reaching out to children who are not traditional members of the 4-H club. “
Part of their job, according to Christiansen, is to listen to the needs of the community.
“I think it’s good that you contact the schools” added Commissioner Bruce Anderson.
Klinkner said he worked with Blue Earth Area to form a trap shooting team.
“United South Central already has a team”, Klinkner said. “We also want to contact Genesis Classical Academy. We have already been in contact with St. Casimir School in Wells.
The Director of Public Works, Mark Daly, was also present at the meeting.
“I had hoped to report that work on the County State Aid Highway 9 box culverts would be completed this week,” commented Daly. “However, there is more grading to do so I don’t think the project will be finished until the week of 25.”
Daly briefly touched on the plans for next year.
“The paving is planned for the SCF 31”, he said. “The resurfacing of County Road 58 in Kiester may or may not happen next year. It depends on whether the city decides to replace the sanitary sewers and water pipes as well, which would make it a much bigger project and delay the start time.
Community Workforce Coordinator Emily Davis attended the meeting to provide Commissioners with an update on how she contacts area students at Blue Earth Area and United South Central High Schools.
“COVID-19 has prevented us from having as many in-person events as we would have liked”, Davis shared. “We filmed 13 different business visits to the county to share with students from both districts. We also hosted virtual or in-person presentations when possible and met with businesses in the area to discuss the events we had planned for the coming year. We also developed many episodes of a production that we called “Pick Your Path Podcast”.
She shared with the board some of her goals for the current school year.
“We have organized and recruited professionals who will help conduct mock interviews on November 3-4. We also help the students to put them in contact with professionals within the framework of an observation internship ”, Davis commented. “We are working to start offering the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification, as well as other health care courses to students.”
Commissioner Bruce Anderson, who also sits on the board of directors of St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, expressed his gratitude to the students who have been offered CNA certification.
“We need health workers” Anderson said. “I appreciate the way you work with students who might be interested in the health care field. “
In other cases:
• The County Council has set 6:00 pm on December 21 as the time for the Tax Truth Hearing. The hearing will follow the regular council meeting, which will begin at 3:00 p.m.
• The Board of Directors voted to use the services of PFM Consulting to help determine how the US $ 2.65 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funds can be spent.
Speaking in favor of the decision to hire PFM Consulting, Commissioner Anderson said: “I don’t think it’s fair to put all of this on our county auditor (Darren Esser).”
• Training requests have been approved for DJ Bullerman of the Sheriff’s Department to attend the two-day annual winter conference of the Minnesota South Central Investigator’s Coalition; Jessica Blair, from the county auditor’s office, to attend the Minnesota Government Finance Officers Association course on interim government accounting; Merissa Lore and Dustin Anderson of the Drainage Department will attend the fall meeting of the Minnesota Viewers Association and the Minnesota Association of Drainage Inspectors.
• Commissioners voted 3-2 to deny a request by lawyer David Frundt on behalf of his client, Margaret Murphy, for a loan forgiveness on a home improvement loan the county had with Murphy through Minnesota Valley Action Council, dated 1995.