The Carver County Commissioners met on September 3 to discuss a few significant items. The first of these was the adoption of the CareerForce Proclamation, next was the preliminary 2020 water management organization levy, and finally a resolution that would dissolve the Crow River Organization of Water if approved.
CareerForce is actually not new itself, but simply a new name for Minnesota’s workforce system. The system works with a network of businesses, government, and non-profits in order to help Minnesotans find their career. The hope is help people get jobs through training, and helping employers find jobs throughout the state.
For example, one resident in Carver County received marketing and creative director training through the county and CareerForce, according to Kate Probert, income support manager for Carver County. The system doesn’t just do training, either. According to Probert, they even help jobseekers with certain barriers, such as mental illness, find careers that work with them. In 2018, CareerForce served of 9000 residents in total from all walks of life, youth to elderly.
“I want to acknowledge the hard work of our team members,” said Probert.
With all this in mind, the board approved the new proclamation from CareerForce as part of Minnesota’s workforce rebranding.
CareerForce is located at the government center in Chaska, next to the Health and Human Services area on the 1st floor. There are signs directing residents on where to go if they are interested in finding them for help.
The next item on the agenda was the approval of the preliminary 2020 levy for the Water Management Organization(WMO). The WMO covers all the ponds, rivers, and other bodies of water that aren’t part of other watershed districts. It covers roughly 300 square miles in the county, according to Paul Moline, PWM Manager.
The levy covers a variety of things, including operations, projects, soil and water conservation, programs, and invasive species. Operation cost the most, taking up almost half of the levy, with the rest taking progressively smaller chunks.
The preliminary levy would be $802,802, an increase of $37,823 from last year’s levy. There are a few reasons for this. One is the increase in staff costs, which is part of operations. The WMO also has to match the grants it received, which totaled to $500,000 from the state. This is spread over three years, so not everything is covered this year necessarily. The county is also seeking to receive more grants over the next few years, so putting aside some funding for those future matches is part of the reasoning. Finally, various city projects and requests are part of the budget, adding to the levy needs.
The levy isn’t the only funding the WMO receives. They also receive funding from cities for their projects, many grants from the state, and from local agreements throughout the county. So even with some staff increases and projects coming to the WMO, the increase is only a 4.9 percent increase, affecting the average home is about $1.25 in the WMO.
There is a decrease to the levy though, and that is the dissolving the Crow River Organization of Water. It’s a partnership of nine different counties throughout the state. Moline presented on this item as well, and according to him there are a number of reasons that the counties are dissolving the Crow Organization.
The Organization was formed to improve the water quality on the Crow River throughout the areas it flows through, as nothing like that existed when it was formed. Now the counties are more able to cover their own portions as they have their own organizations now like the county WMO. Dissolving the Organization would simply remove a layer from the actions taken regarding the Crow River for the county.
Knowing that they had the WMO, and the other counties had already to dissolve the organization, the county approved to dissolve the Crow River Organization of Water.