GRANITE?FALLS?- The Yellow Medicine County Board heard the half-year state of the budget from Finance Manager Michelle May at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
According to May, general fund revenues amounted to $6,222.000, or 54 percent of the original budget this year, as opposed to 49 percent last year. Expenditures amounted to 56 percent of the total budget at the half-year point, which May said were because of costs of implementing the ARMER emergency radio system.
On the recommendation of Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten, the board voted to enter into a six-county joint powers agreement with Redwood, Nobles, Murray, Pipestone and Lyon counties to share expenses to set up and maintain a shared logging system for law enforcement.
According to Flaten, the system would audio-record and store all law enforcement radio traffic. The cost to each county will be $9,000 after various grant monies are received and $4,000 per year per county for software upgrades, insurance and administrative fees.
At the request of Human Services Director Peggy Heglund, the board approved a temporary appointment of a social worker from November 2012 to May 2013 to fill in for two social workers taking leave of absence. Heglund told the board the temporary hire was necessary because of the coincidence of two social workers in the same department being pregnant at the same time, with their three-month maternity leaves occurring back-to-back. Total cost of the temporary hire is about $20,000.
Laurie Johnson, director of the Minnesota Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls, informed the board the Smithsonian Institution would be bringing one of its traveling exhibitions entitled "The Way We Worked," a photo exhibit of working in past times to the museum, from Sept. 6 to Oct. 20. The museum's regular season will be extended to accommodate the exhibit.