Nobles County upgrades commissioners’ boardroom, allowing for livestream meetings – The Globe

WORTHINGTON — The room where the Nobles County Board of Commissioners meets contains VHS tape machines, and on Tuesday the board voted unanimously to upgrade.

The new equipment will be all digital and allow for live streaming of commission meetings, County Administrator Bruce Heitkamp said.

Allison Heidebrink, the administrative assistant who records the meetings, will also make it possible to simplify the recording process, which she says currently uses around five different systems.

The county received two bids for the proposed technology overhaul and accepted the $95,072 offer from epa Audio Visual, Inc.

The upgrades include multiple 55-inch displays replacing the 40-inch displays on the sides of the room, as well as an additional new display. Two ceiling-mounted cameras capture the podium and audience, and ceiling microphones are also installed. In addition, an eight-microphone system is reused to provide amplification. A web conferencing system combines the room’s camera system and audio system for conferences. Other audio elements and devices are also included in the project.

The controls for the system are located on the secretary’s desk behind the boardroom table and allow for camera switching, conference control and volume control.

Mental Health Crisis Center

The board also approved the use of $30,000 in grant funds from outside organizations to fund adjustments to plans for the county’s mental health crisis center, which will be located in the Prairie Justice Center’s former Kids Peace Space. Pope Architects had increased the fees due to changes in the scope of the project.

In other news Tuesday, the board:

  • Recognized Michelle Ebbers, CHS Administrator, and the WIC team: Stephanie Ross, Alli Orr, Danille Smith, LeeAnne DeRuyter and Claire Henning with the May Excellence in Performance Award.
  • Tax relief for KJSM Investments through the Nobles Home Initiative for both units of a two unit condominium on Cherrywood Lane. Commissioner Bob Paplow abstained from voting because he is an employee of Johnson Builders and Realty.
  • Raised the spending limit for the Nobles County drainage coordinator from $5,000 to $20,000, with the proviso that he must keep the board and his manager informed of spending.
  • PrimeWest is recommended for single plan health insurance for Nobles County and PrimeWest and Blue Plus for those with MinnesotaCare. The Minnesota Department of Human Services requested the recommendation but is unable to follow it.
  • I hear advisor Joshua Schuetz, through Community and Economic Development Associates, will be working with the county to find solutions to the area’s child care shortages.
  • Appointment of Kathy Wieneke to Nobles County Park Board vacancy.

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