Published 10:41 am Friday, September 22, 2023
Regular Session of the Mower County Board of Commissioners
Summary of Minutes July 11, 2023
The Mower County Board of Commissioners in and for the County of Mower, Minnesota, met in Regular Session July 11, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. at the Government Center in Austin, Minnesota. All members present, viz: Mike Ankeny, Chair; Jerry Reinartz, Vice-Chair; Polly Glynn; John Mueller; Dan Sparks; and Trish Harren, County Administrator.
The following is a chronological summary of the Board meeting. All action items unanimously approved
unless otherwise noted:
Agenda adding the ratification of the Chair’s approval on 6/30/23 for the Four Daughters Liquor License
renewal effect 7/1/23 and deleting the duplicated inclusion of Health & Human Services accounts
payable under General Business
Consent agenda items approved: 1) Minutes of 6/27/23; 2) Commissioner Warrants;
3) annual Tobacco License for Freeborn County Coop Oil Co.; 4) Resolution #55-23 for LG220 Lawful
Gambling Exempt Permit for St. John the Baptist Church for raffle 9/10/23; 5) Appoint Valerie Sheedy
to the SELCO Board for first three-year term 7/1/23-6/30/26; 6) Appoint Taggert Medgaarden to the
Austin/Mower County Homeownership Fund Board to fill remaining vacant term expiring 12/31/2023
and to appoint for first full-three-year term effective 1/1/24-12/31/26; 7) Authorize County Administrator
to submit letter of support for Recovery is Happening Out Patient Treatment Services; and 8) Ratify
the Board Chair’s approval on 6/30/23 of the Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery, LLC full on sale
and Sunday renewal of annual liquor license
Alysha Carlisle, Community Resource Navigator in the Mower County Jail, provided the Board with a
program update. Ms. Carlisle works with the jail population serving as a bridge to services such as
food and housing support to give the inmates tools for success when released. Jail, Attorney and
Health & Human Services staff praised the work that has been done with this new program.
The Chair recessed regular board meeting at 9:35 a.m. for the Health & Human Services Board.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES BOARD:
Health & Human Services accounts payable $285,026.82
New Life Treatment Center Purchase of Service Agreement for detox services
Health & Human Services Director Crystal Peterson provided an update on Long Term Care Coordination
Services and Grant applications for the Homelessness Grant and the Health Equity Grant.
Purchase of Service Agreement renewals effective 7/1/23-6/30/24for the following:
Social service actions
Adjourn the Health & Human Services Board
The Regular Session of the Board was reconvened at 10:04 a.m. for regular business items.
Add two .5 FTE temporary financial worker positions in Health & Human Services to be funded by a
Department of Human Services medical assistance aid that has been awarded to counties to help
manage the influx of Medical Assistance renewals post-pandemic
Extra Duty Pay Agreement between Mower County and the Social Services Manager
Authorize the Human Resource Director to execute dislocated worker agreements associated with a
program with Workforce Development to provide dislocated workers on-the-job training with employer
reimbursement up to fifty percent for the cost of the training.
Proclamation #01-23 County Staff Appreciation Day July 25, 2023
Authorize the purchase of two squads from Austin Automotive (one at $44,139.88 and one for $44,214.88)
Soil & Water Conservation District Director Cody Fox provided the Board with an update pertaining to a
Cedar River Flood Mitigation Project located in Red Rock Township along CR 19 & CR46. Two
embankment “dams” are proposed to handle run-off in the Dobbins Creek watershed to slow flow and
to catch field debris at an estimated engineer’s cost of $589,000.
By consensus the Board selected July 21 and July 24 for County Administrator interviews
The Mower County Board of Commissioners Attest:
BY: /S/ Mike Ankeny By: /s/ Trish Harren
A complete set of minutes is on file at the office of the Mower County Auditor and Mower County Administrator’s office. In addition, Minutes can be viewed at the Mower County Website at www.co.mower.mn.us.