12/5/2018 12:06:00 PM Donation to Preston Veterans Home approved
By Karen M. Jorgensen
Dodge County Commissioners last week approved a donation to the new skilled nursing Veterans Home currently planned for Preston.
Seven of the 13 counties in southeastern Minnesota have so far approved donations to the home, Veterans Service Officer Todd Nelson told commissioners. Preston was one of three sites in greater Minnesota chosen for construction of a new veterans home.
The state of Minnesota has allocated $10.2 million in state funds for construction. The City of Preston will purchase and donate the 15-acre site and has pledged an additional $360,000 in cash. Fillmore County has also pledged $350,000 in cash. Individuals, organizations and counties have also pledged cash to the project. The federal government will match local and state contributions 2-1.
The home will be open to veterans from across the state but it is estimated that 55% of the residents will come from the "tier 1" counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted and Winona.
Board Chair Rodney Peterson said a veterans home in the area is needed although he would have liked to see it in a more central location than Preston.
In other business, commissioners denied property tax penalty and interest abatement requests from four property owners.
County Administrator Jim Elmquist reviewed the third quarter financials for the county saying that overall expenditures and revenues are trending normally.
The third quarter figures never track at 75 percent, Elmquist said, as the second half payout for Human Services is made in December and the second half property tax payment revenue is made to the county in December.
The Law Enforcement Labor Services Union Contract was 2019-2021 was approved.
A discussion on expense reimbursement, transportation and travel policy was tabled as was a CSAH 3 Bridge Construction Inspection contract.