Greater than two years later — and after two requests for proposals that noticed no response from potential facility operators — there has but to be progress.
Throughout a Thursday morning Nobles County Board of Commissioners work session, Neighborhood Providers Administrator Stacie Golombiecki mentioned her division is all in favour of contracting with a guide or mission supervisor to advance the hassle. The concept got here from discussions her workplace has had not too long ago with representatives from the state’s Division of Human Providers behavioral well being division, in addition to skilled consultants who labored on an identical mission in southeast Minnesota’s Olmsted County.
The county received’t obtain the bonding funds for the ability’s transform till an operator is secured.
Golombiecki mentioned she and a workers member thought it is perhaps finest to again up and ask suppliers what they might want to supply companies within the county. With that, they’d like to rent a mission supervisor.
“We don’t wish to hand over on the mission — we have now a lot assist, particularly right here within the southern area,” Golombiecki mentioned. “We have now an acute consciousness of the necessity.
“You hear the person tales on a regular basis — if we simply had a short-term therapy facility, even when it’s 5 to seven days, we’d remove a lot of the transporting,” she added.
Golombiecki mentioned the ability must be accomplished by Dec. 31, 2022 with a view to get the bonding cash.
“If we will discover somebody who may work on this full-time, with out different tasks, I feel we will make it,” she added. “We’d like somebody who is aware of the intricacies of grownup psychological well being packages.”
Because it was a piece session, commissioners couldn’t act on the matter. Golombiecki hopes to assemble extra data and current it to the board later this month for consideration.
With Deputy County Administrator/Emergency Administration Director Bruce Heitkamp slated to imagine the position of Nobles County Administrator inside 4 weeks, commissioners on Thursday mentioned filling the place he’s vacating.
Beforehand, the emergency administration director was a stand-alone workplace. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Heitkamp mentioned it was essential for emergency administration to work intently with county administration. Commissioner Justin Ahlers agreed.
“Over the last yr, by way of what has occurred with the pandemic, having a deputy county administrator/emergency supervisor has been our saving grace,” Ahlers mentioned. “I totally assist leaving this place in place.”
Heitkamp mentioned he’s “hypersensitive” about departments with one worker, such because the veterans companies and drainage techniques.
“No one could be on an island,” he mentioned. “I actually do see the advantage of being up right here, near the administration division. I’d prefer to hold that relationship with administration and emergency administration.”
When Heitkamp was employed for the twin place, 60% of his time was devoted to emergency administration, with 40% spent studying county administration in mild of Johnson’s deliberate retirement. If the twin place was continued, Johnson steered emergency administration may very well be the first focus of the job
Ahlers mentioned he sees the worth in having a deputy county administrator.
Extra dialogue is anticipated at a future Nobles County Board of Commissioners assembly.
Heitkamp mentioned the Nobles Residence Initiative program — the five-year tax abatement program supplied on new house building — is slated to sundown on the finish of 2022. With the success of this system, he mentioned there ought to be some dialogue with different communities and college districts inside the county to gauge curiosity in persevering with it.
Commissioner Bob Demuth steered the subject be added to the following agenda for the following month-to-month assembly of county commissioners, Worthington Metropolis Council members, ISD 518 members and representatives from Minnesota West Neighborhood & Technical School.