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Yellow Medicine County funds 4-H and fuel

September 26, 2012
By Steve Browne , Marshall Independent

GRANITE?FALLS?- The Yellow Medicine County Board voted to sign a three-year contract with the University of Minnesota Extension to fund the position of 4-H coordinator at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

The position is a University Extension employee though the salary is funded by the county. The contract calls for a salary of $52,000 for 2012 and a roughly $1,000 increase in 2013 and again in 2014. Amelia Ryan is the current 4-H coordinator.

The agreement also specifies that the county will provide office space, supplies, phone and Internet connectivity.

The Yellow Medicine County 4-H has about 130 members and serves 250 to 300 people through other programs.

The board voted to contribute $1,000 to the Prairie 5 energy assistance program, which provides help with heating costs to low-income families through the winter.

At the recommendation of Family Services Director Peggy Heglund, the board voted to enter into a Purchase of Services Agreement with Debra Griebel, CPA, to provide expert advice and testimony in child support cases. Services are to be paid for at a rate of $50 per hour plus telephone and gas expenses, with a total cost of no more than $300 per case, unless authorized by the director.

The service would involve figuring the value of assets and recommending how much child support an absent parent would be required to pay.

"It's for difficult cases on an as-needed basis," Heglund said.

At the request of Lyon County Environmental Administrator Paul Henriksen, the board renewed Yellow Medicine County's membership in a 12-county solid waste commission and authorized the $1,500 membership fees.

The board also renewed the recycling agreement with Lyon County for 2013-2015. The contract maintains the present fee structure of $1,500 per year plus a fee per ton.

In other business, the board voted to re-appoint County Assessor Connie Erickson for another four-year term.

On the recommendation of County Attorney Keith Helgeson, the board voted to join in a lawsuit brought by Hennepin County on behalf of all Minnesota counties against the federal housing agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over unpaid taxes.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, seeks $10 million from the agencies for not paying the Minnesota Deed Transfer tax. The Deed Transfer tax is owed whenever a house is sold.



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