County Notes

Phone firm gets tower rent hike

The Somerset Telephone Co. will pay more in rent to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office after the company added equipment to the Somerset radio tower after the Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved an amended contract.

Somerset Telephone will pay $215 a month more, or $1,100 a month, to have its equipment on the WCSO’s Somerset tower. The $13,200 the WCSO receives annually from the tower lease is used to support the county’s 800 MHz public safety radio system.

Finance system update presented

The Washington County Board of Commissioners received an update Tuesday on a two-year, $2 million update to the county’s financial management system that launched Feb. 19.

The updatd JD Edwards EnterpriseOne software provides a web-based system that replaces paper-intensive business processes and offers efficiencies and resource savings. System users from all 12 county departments migrated 15 years of data to the new system.

The new system replaces the JD Edwards World software, which no longer had training for users. A consultant recommended the county migrate to the more contemporary JD Edwards EnterpriseOne system.

Chen joins WorkForce panel

Angela Chen of Woodbury was appointed to the Washington County WorkForce Investment Board Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

Chen lives in Commission District 2 and works in the human resources field.
The WorkForce Investment Board determines the most effective designation of administrative entities, grant recipients and program operators for the WorkForce service area; plans for collaboration, provides on-site review and oversight of program performance, and selects local priorities for service and target populations for programs.

MPCA to install monitoring well in Woodbury

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will be allowed to install a groundwater monitoring well in Washington County right-of-way at Woodbury and Commerce drives in Woodbury under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The MPCA monitoring well is part of a network to provide long-term information on the state’s groundwater quality. The agreement has the agency responsible for all costs and risks associated with the well installation and monitoring and will minimize any interference with the county’s use of the site.

The MPCA intends to maintain and monitor the Woodbury well indefinitely. But the agreement can be terminated by either party with a 60-day written notice to the other party. Sampling results and data collected from the monitoring well will be public information after being validated.