If you are pregnant and not able to take care of your baby, a new program is here to help you.
Safe Place for Newborns is a program that started to help women who cannot care for their child. St. Joseph's Medical Center and Crow Wing County Social Services Department sponsored this program.
Don Ryan, county attorney, told commissioners Tuesday that Safe Place means a mother could leave an unharmed newborn at the emergency room of the Brainerd hospital and will not be turned away. The hospital will care for the baby and provide medical attention until the baby is placed in an appropriate home.
This program is to prevent a child from being disposed of in a garbage somewhere, said Bonnie Groneberg of St. Joseph's. "The whole idea is to save the baby."
Commissioners accepted a donation from the medical center for up to $100,000 for the detoxication center and a grant from St. Joseph's Foundation for $7,500.
The board agreed to terminate the county's old self-insurance health agreement. Commissioners decided to go fully insured in April with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The new plan will be effective May 1.
Jill Bedow, county resident, expressed her concerns about the welfare fund. Bedow, who has lived in the county for six years, was upset about where the money was going and wondered why there is no money/services for the disabled.
She asked why a majority of the money goes to the Aid to Families and Dependent Children, which is now called Minnesota Family Investment Plan.
Sue Beck, county welfare director, said that the money is spread on a case-by-case basis and often the money comes from the state. She also said that many people don't meet the requirements to receive the federal funding, while others do.
"We do the best we can to meet the needs and many are adequate," she said. "We will continue to work on it."
Beck agreed to look further into some of Bedow's concerns.
Another change order for the Crow Wing Detention Center was approved. The change order was for about $7,000 pertaining to the telephone system. So far, there have been $148,000 in changes.
County Sheriff Dick Ross will be purchasing six portable radios for $6,000 along with 15 sets of bunk beds with ladders.
Kyle Linstad, full-time dispatcher, and Richard Peterson, full-time deputy, handed in resignations. Ross was given permission to fill the positions. Gae Bock, correction officer, is taking a maternity leave beginning in July. Ross has a person in mind he plans to ask to fill in while she is gone.
Commissioners approved a contract that will allow the county to receive money back from Social Security for inmates that are in custody and receiving benefits. Ross expects the county to receive about $4,000-6,000 as a result.
Ross also plans to apply for a grant from the Bureau of Justice for $10,000. The county will be required to contribute $1,000.
A contract with the county and Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway for the Memorial Weekend Bracket Shootout was approved. In the contract, field officers will be paid their overtime rate, plus $10 an hour.
Commissioners agreed to pursue bids for well upgrades and erosion control for the new landfill. The solid waste department excavated the area to be constructed for Cell 3 and 4, but due to the amount of leachate, a system involving the collection of water or snow melt that goes through the garbage, it has gained additional air space in Cell 2 and construction of Cell 3 was delayed.
Douglas Morris, county solid waste officer, said work still needs to be accomplished to address erosion control on some of the back slopes and monitoring wells.
Paynesville Farmers Union Co-op will control the noxious weeds as part of the county's 2000 spray program at $55 an hour. A total of $3,000 is budgeted for this task.
The board agreed to withdraw its request to be a party in the annexation issue between Brainerd and Baxter. The mayors agreed to meet to start the process of resolving issues to prevent arbitration. The land in question is north of both cities and involves over 1,500 acres.
Commissioners took action on several zoning requests. A zone change from agricultural to rural residential, as requested by Lloyd Bordwell of Deerwood Township for 20-acre parcel, was denied because the request was not consistent with the county comprehensive plan and would cause spot zoning.
The board also denied a zoning change for William Desrocher of Oak Lawn Township. He wanted to rezone a 20-acre piece from green space to rural residential. It also was not compliant with the comprehensive plan. The legal description also was unclear.
A zone change from green space to agricultural was approved as requested by Raymond Johnson of Mission Township. The parcel is 40 acres and it will be used for year- round residential use. Curt Veith, Fort Ripley Township, received the same zoning change for a 105-acre piece. Property of John and Joan Ramig of Maple Grove Township was rezoned from agricultural to rural residential. The property is nine acres and will be used for year-round residential use.
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