Washington County Notes

WashCo_logoAppointments made to 3 panels

Four Washington County residents were appointed Tuesday to three county committees by the Board of Commissioners.
The appointments were John Rheinberger of Stillwater to the Personnel Board of Appeals; Kris Roberts of Woodbury and Tracy Klein to the Mental Health Advisory Council, and Anthony Tedesco of Woodbury to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals.
Rheinberger will serve his first term on the Personnel Board of Appeals that expires Dec. 31, 2015.
Roberts represents consumers on the Mental Health Advisory Council and Klein represents Willow Haven. Both will serve terms until Dec. 15, 2015.
Tedesco fills an unexpired term on the Board of Adjustments and Appeals to Dec. 31.
All three committees are set up by state law. The Personnel Board of Appeals makes findings and reports to the County Board on appeals filed by applicants, employees or department heads for alleged arbitrary or capricious actions by the County Board on final rules or alleged discrimination by the personnel director in examination procedures or lists of eligible candidates.
The Mental Health Advisory Council brings a community perspective and provides advice to the County Board on issues presented to the council by county departments. The council also reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations on the local mental health system and coordination of care  between regional and community-based treatment centers.
The Board of Adjustments and Appeals has exclusive authority to hear and decide appeals and review actions by the county zoning administrator and rules on appeals by land owners denied a building permit.

Child panel presents report

Washington County Child Protection Citizen Review Panel members presented the group’s annual report to the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
Panel Chairman Guy Sederski presented the report outlining cases reviewed and recommendations on areas that need more study.
Sederski said the group reviewed 13 cases of children returning to foster care within a year of previous foster care placement to determine factors that might have influenced the re-entry rate and offer recommendations for action.
The panel also reviewed eight requests to reconsider findings of maltreatment; looked at infant safe sleeping, and monitored progress of cases involving non-custodial parents in child protection cases with regular reports to the Community Services Department, Sederski said.
Panel recommendations include focusing on children re-entering foster care and finding ways to reduce those cases and re-activating infant safe sleeping efforts, especially in licensed family day care.
The County Board authorized the Citizen Review Panel in 1999. The group was implemented jointly with the state Department of Human Services and five counties participating in the panel. DHS provides staff support to the panels and $3,000 per panel annually to cover costs.

Camp gambling license OK’d

The Disabled Veterans Rest Camp can conduct an Oct. 6 raffle after the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the camp’s gambling permit Tuesday without a 30-day waiting period.
The permit now goes to the State Gambling Board for its approval.
The raffle will be conducted at the Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake near Marine on St. Croix.

Board to use e-documents

The Washington County Board of Commissioners expects to save at least $5,000 in the next four years when board members begin receiving board-related documents electronically in the spring.
Commissioners approved a $1,500 stipend Tuesday to buy equipment to receive documents electronically. Commissioners accepting the stipend must personally own a device able to connect to the county computer network, allowing the commissioner to receive the weekly board packet digitally.
Commissioners approved a technology and equipment stipend in the 2013 county budget to provide themselves with equipment to receive board agenda packets electronically, access county e-mail and calendars. Commissioners also can receive and review agendas and information from joint powers boards, committees and other organizations they serve on sending information electronically.
County officials said the move to electronic delivery of board packets will generate savings in staff costs, printing and postage.

Stantec to design roundabout

Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., was awarded a $78,416 contract to design a roundabout at Radio Drive and Military Road in Woodbury by the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
This latest county roundabout project is part of the county’s 2013 Capital Improvements plan.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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