The Crow Wing County Board can check off four more accomplishments from its list of 2002 goals.
County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr. updated the board Tuesday on progress in regard to goals and objectives. Accomplishments this year included the establishment of a countywide transportation system, completion of redistricting, adoption of a dog ordinance and appointments to the Crow Wing County Parks Advisory Commission.
In other county business, the commissioners:
Appointed Erik Bonde of Brainerd to the Crow Wing County Human Rights Commission.
Appointed Dale Armstrong of Bethel and Brainerd to the Thirty Lakes Watershed District Board.
Approved a proposal with Good Neighbor Home Health Care of Baxter for nursing and related services for the Crow Wing County jail. In the proposal, Mary Gilmore, a registered nurse at Good Neighbor, will assist inmates and staff at the jail for $39 per hour. Sherrie J. Christensen, administrator at Good Neighbor, said in a letter to the county that Gilmore has experience in working in a jail setting.
Previously, the county used nursing services with the Crow Wing County Public Health Department. Jerry Negen, corrections supervisor for the county sheriff's department, said public health does not want to provide the service anymore because of staffing cuts and liability reasons.
Agreed to rezone .65 acres in Unorganized Territory from rural residential to residential as requested by Jean Plestad.
Authorized Sheriff's Deputy Jim Guida to attend the Coast Guard Marine Patrol Officer School in Yorktown, Va.
Agreed to buy an Alpina Sherpa dual-track snowmobile from Snow Implements for $19,671 for the park department pending county attorney approval.
Received a copy of a letter to Alan Richardson of the National Institute of Corrections from Negen requesting an evaluation of the county's criminal justice system.
In the letter, Negen said, "We currently had a staffing analysis completed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections Jail Resource Center using your guide. That showed that Crow Wing County is short 24 positions in both facilities. In an attempt to address these important concerns we have, we are requesting assistance of NIC in how the entire system operates in Crow Wing County."
Awarded a bid to Widseth, Smith and Nolting, an architecture and engineering firm, for $35,785 to perform landfill environmental monitoring.
Heard that out-of-home placements are $231,978 under budget.
Appointed Barbara Brandt, Garrison, to the Health Advisory Commission.
Decided to close the courthouse at noon Dec. 24.
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