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Window Closing on Increased ‘Cyber’ Coverage Limits Option

July 29, 2019

MCIT’s data compromise and CyberOne coverage limits increased for all county members beginning in 2019, with coverage limits remaining unchanged for all noncounty members. MCIT recognizes that members’ operations and appetite for risk differ. As such, MCIT negotiated with the administrator of its cyber-coverage the ability for all members to pursue increased limits of coverage …

Winona County Commissioner Joins MCIT Board

July 29, 2019

With the resignation of Waseca County Commissioner Dan Kuhns from the MCIT Board of Directors in May, a call for candidates was sent to all county commissioners, auditors and auditor-treasures. During its July meeting, the MCIT Board interviewed two individuals from a pool of six candidates. At the conclusion of the interviews, Winona County Commissioner …

Trend of Rate Reductions Ends with Increases for 2020

July 29, 2019

During the year, the MCIT Board makes a number of decisions that affect the financial landscape of the membership. None has a more dramatic impact on the bottom line for members’ annual budgets as the contribution rates.  Rates, when applied to an individual member’s unique exposures, translate to the cost of coverage for that member …

MCIT’s Loss Control Materials Earn National and State Awards

July 02, 2019

MCIT’s loss control materials earned a national first place award from the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) and two state first place awards from Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC). PRIMA Recognizes Quick Takes MCIT earned PRIMA’s Outstanding Achievement for Intergovernmental Risk Pool Product and Program for the series of Quick Take on Safety mini …

Minnesota Passes Sweeping Wage-theft and Employer Record Keeping Law

July 02, 2019

By Grant Collins, Attorney, Felhaber Larson During a special session over Memorial Day weekend, the Minnesota House and Senate passed an omnibus bill that creates new civil and criminal penalties for wage theft. The bill also creates new record keeping requirements for Minnesota employers, including the need to keep a signed wage statement for each …

MCIT Welcomes New Board Member

July 02, 2019

The MCIT Board of Directors welcomed Hubbard County Coordinator Eric Nerness to the board during its June meeting. He fills a vacancy created when former Brown County Administrator Chuck Enter left his post at the county and departed the MCIT Board in May. The MCIT Board includes one county administrator or coordinator. Per MCIT Bylaws, …

Board Declares $10 Million Dividend

July 02, 2019

The MCIT Board of Directors places the highest priority on maintaining the organization’s financial integrity and fully funded status. At the root of all decisions, including those related to future costs, member services and coverage enhancements, is an underlying commitment to the financial health of the pool. It is with this backdrop that the board …

MCIT Issues Call for Board Member Candidates

May 22, 2019

MCIT is seeking candidates to fill a mid-term vacancy on the board of directors created by the departure of former Waseca County commissioner Dan Kuhns. The position is open to all MCIT member county commissioners, county auditors and county auditor-treasurers. Applications will be accepted through June 18, 2019.  According to MCIT Bylaws, the at large …

MCIT Board Welcomes New Member, Says Goodbye to 2

April 26, 2019

Efforts to fill the vacancy created with the departure of Watonwan County Commissioner Scott Sanders at the end of 2018 culminated at the March 8 MCIT Board meeting with the appointment of Jackson County Commissioner Don Wachal to the board. Wachal was selected from a pool of eight candidates, four of whom were interviewed by …

Complying with the New Hands-free Cellphone Driving Law

April 26, 2019

Minnesota became the 16th state to prohibit driving while holding a cellphone when the law was signed by Governor Tim Walz April 12. The law takes effect Aug. 1, 2019. Based on the results of similar laws in other states, it is anticipated that this law will decrease Minnesota traffic fatalities by 15 percent. Because …