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BLUE EARTH – The towns of Bricelyn, Delavan, Elmore and Frost have taken a new step in being able to launch a broadband project to install fiber optic cable in their towns, thanks to a grant program.

Annie Nichols, a specialist from the Faribault County Economic Development Authority (EDA), attended the Faribault County Council of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday to provide an update on the project.

“The first step was to carry out an environmental assessment”, Nichols told the commissioners. “This has been completed and we are awaiting the green light from DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development) to publish it for review by other government agencies.”

Nichols has asked the commissioners to schedule December 21, at their regular meeting, for a public hearing on the matter.

“This grant is money from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security) Act”, Nichols reminded the board. “I would also ask you to consider contracting with CCG Consulting to prepare the necessary documentation in accordance with state and federal regulations. CCG Consulting is a full service telecommunications consulting company with extensive knowledge of grant programs.

The Board of Directors passed a motion to hire CCG Consulting to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) and contract for an ISP (Internet Service Provider) and Engineer for the project.

Central Services Director Lexi Scholten was also present at the meeting to ask the board to approve the hiring of three people to work in the sheriff’s department.

The board approved the hiring of Erin Beske as administrative coordinator, Kasta Amundson as full-time dispatcher / jailer and Vincent Do as part-time assistant.

The council also has:

– Approved DMT (Datamaster Transportable) recertification offered by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) for alcohol testing training for Sheriff’s Department employees, Jennifer Howard and Melissa Sonnek

– Voted to approve the request of Kasta Amundson of the Sheriff’s Department to take a two-day training course for the Minnesota Court Information System (MNJIS) from the BCA.

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