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County's new management system profiled

Beltrami County commissioners, at an extended work session Tuesday, will learn about implementing a new management philosophy to county government.

Strategy Aligned Management attempts to restructure government to performance standards, seeking to tag outcomes to the services provided.

That's different than today's government philosophy of paying for service infrastructure without regard of results. Commissioners now want to know if a service provides the desired results, such as preventing jail recidivism or cutting down on repeat welfare cases.

At Tuesday's work session, which starts at 1 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave., county staff will provide a report on its efforts to implement Strategy Aligned Management. Strategic objectives, performance measures and first-generation initiatives will be presented.

Also, between 3-5 p.m., commissioners will discuss 2010 legislative issues with Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook.

The County Board's regular business, when it meets at 5 p.m., includes approval of a lease agreement for the Lakeside Service Center, approval to hire a full-time public health nurse or registered nurse to provide complex case management to PrimeWest members, clarificationsought on a grant request by the Joint Economic Development Commission, and approval of Park and Trail Advisory Committee members.

In the JEDC dispute, the County Board earlier approved grants from the County Development Fund, including the JEDC, which had requested $30,000. The JEDC maintains it should receive $15,000, as it interprets a motion that the amount be given to the JEDC and that the remaining $15,000 come from the city of Bemidji.

County staff, however, are interpreting the measure as the JEDC doesn't get any money unless the city first puts up $15,000, which it has no indication of doing.

The County Board, at its last meeting, tabled a request to reappoint four at-large members to the Park and Trail Advisory Council to seek applications from more people. On Tuesday, commissioners will consider eight applications, with four for the general at-large post, two for tourism and one each for forestry and park/recreation.

Commissioners' consent agenda includes county bills and warrant payment listing, approval of set-up liquor license renewals and approval of a revised Paul Bunyan Telephone agreement.

Also, approval will be asked for an emergency mental health services agreement and of an extension of a Minnesota Family Investment Program Family Connections Program grant.