County notes 12/12/12

Child support enforcement decree pact OK’d

A 2013 cooperative agreement with the Washington County Community Services Department and Sheriff’s and County Attorney’s offices was approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The new agreement is the same agreement as in past years. Community Services, the WCSO and County Attorney worked together to serve more than 7,000 families needing child support and collected almost $26 million in child support.

The agreement is required by state law and helps compensate costs the child support agency and other county offices incur providing child support enforcement services.

 County renews contract with Tubman

Tubman will continue providing shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, help with orders of protection for victims and families of domestic violence along with community presentations under a contracted renewed Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The contract is expected to cost $155,000. Tubman works with the county as the contact point for the lethality assessment protocal, a risk assessment tool used by law enforcement officers in the county to help identify dangerous offenders in domestic violence cases and connect victims with services.

Tubman has worked with 484 criminal cases and assisted with 74 protection orders through September. The agency is on track for increased numbers over 2011 with one quarter of the year remaining.

Board OK’s, extends environment-related contracts

Two environment-related contracts were approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The board extended an agreement with Dynamic Recycling to continue processing electronic waste received by the county’s Environmental Center in Woodbury. Dynamic Recyling has processed electronic waste at the center since it opened in fall 2009. Last year, Dynamic recycled nearly 1.7 million pounds of electronic waste collected at the center and remote sites.

The contract extension costs an estimated $200,000. The fee is paid from county environmental charge revenue and a state grant.

Commissioners also approved a contract with Olsen, Thielen & Co. to audit the county environmental charge.

The audit includes a review of waste haulers and waste transfer stations. From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, the company audited 31 waste haulers and transfer stations for compliance. The 2013 audit will revisit some previously reviewed firms and any newly-licensed haulers.

The CEC is a 37.5 percent charge on garbage service that’s been collected since the mid-1980s. CEC revenue is used for waste services such as the Environmental Center, household hazardous waste collection, recycling grants to cities and townships, environmental education and operation of the Newport resource recovery facility.

Board renews juvenile therapy programs

Contracts for multi-systemic therapy for juveniles were approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

MST offers community-based, in-home therapy for high-risk juvenile offenders and their families for three to five months. The services specifically focus on reducing out-of-home placement costs and preventing new offenses committed by juvenile offenders.

Forty-eight families have participated in MST since 2011, with all youths referred to the program facing two months or longer of out-of-home placement. Eighty percent of the youths involved in MTS continued to live at home, 92 percent attended school and 83 percent were not arrested for a new offense.

The program was extended to families served by Community Services, with five families using the service.

Cost of MTS oversight is a maximum of $45,000 and includes programming, clinical supervision and training costs for one year. The maximum costs for therapy-related services is $183,000.

Company to provide drug testing, monitoring

RS Eden will provide drug testing, electronic home monitoring, GPS and all transdermal alcohol testing, include the transdermal alcohol device under a contract approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The services cost $93,400 and will be used by Community Corrections Department juvenile and adult division agents.

Walter re-appointed to RCWD board

John Walter of Hugo was re-appointed to a three-year term on the Rice Creek Watershed District Board of Directors Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

Walter’s appointment was recommended by District 1 Commissioner Dennis Hegberg and is for a term expiring Jan. 18, 2016.

Under state law, watershed districts deal with several water-related issues including groundwater protection and regulations.