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Goodhue County Board briefs

New chair, vice chair selected

Former Vice Chair Dan Rechtzigel was unanimously named 2013 chair of the Goodhue County Board at Tuesday's meeting, the first official meeting of the year. He replaces Commissioner Richard Samuelson in the position.

Commissioners also unanimously selected Commissioner Ron Allen as 2013 vice chair of the board.

Commissioners take the oath

Goodhue County Commissioners Ron Allen, Dan Rechtzigel and Ted Seifert took an oath of office at Tuesday's meeting, promising to fulfill their duties for another term.

All three were up for re-election in November and each incumbent came away with the win in his respective district.

Peggy Trebil was selected to continue working as county assessor for the next four years, so she also took an oath at the meeting.

Salaries determined for elected officials

At Tuesday's meeting, Human Resource Director Melissa Cushing presented the board with the 2013 proposed wages for both the Goodhue County attorney and sheriff.

"We determined what the pay should be based on experience, statutory obligations and performance," Cushing said.

Commissioners voted to approve Goodhue County Attorney Steve Betcher's salary as $127,098 and Sheriff Scott McNurlin's salary as $124,566.

Both elected officials received a step increase that was effective at the beginning of the year and a general wage adjustment that was equivalent to what county employees receive. The adjustment included a 0.75 percent increase on Jan. 1. Another 0.75 percent increase will come on March 31.

County names official newspaper

The board voted 5-0 to designate the Republican Eagle as the county's official publication for 2013.

The R-E's bid was the only one the county received. It was a joint bid with the other members of the Goodhue County Editorial Association and includes an arrangement for the county to print in three area weekly newspapers as well: Cannon Falls Beacon, Kenyon Leader and News-Record of Zumbrota.

Rates from last year, which were set at $2.50 per line for the first insertion, were raised to $2.62 for 2013.

"It is an increase, but it's been a few years since we've had an increase," County Administrator Scott Arneson told the board.

Meeting watch

Tuesday's County Board meeting lasted 50 minutes. All members were present.

-- Compiled by Regan Carstensen, staff writer