MCIT Bulletin

Newsletter Keeps Members Up to Date

The MCIT Bulletin is published seven times a year. It covers issues important to MCIT members, such as program developments, legislative and case law changes, risk management and loss control advice, training opportunities and more.

Bulletin, January/February 2023

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January/February 2023 Bulletin articles:

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Then Board Chair Felix Schmiesing addresses members during the 2022 MCIT Annual Meeting Dec. 5 in Bloomington. Annual Meeting Highlights MCIT’s Financial Strength, Service to Members: During the MCIT 2022 annual meeting Dec. 5 in Bloomington, delegates elected a new member to the board, members received the trust’s financial report, the MCIT executive director presented information about the state of the trust, and board members were recognized for their service.

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MCIT Welcomes 2 New Staff: MCIT ended the year welcoming two new staff. Ondara Nyang’au took over as the finance manager, and Sam Hudachek filled an open workers’ compensation medical only claims representative position Nov. 28.

Douglas County representatives receive the MCIT award for County of the Year from then MCIT Board Chair Felix Schmiesing.

3 Counties Recognized for Outstanding Achievement: MCIT Board Chair Felix Schmiesing announced the recipients of MCIT’s annual awards during the 2022 Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust Annual Membership Meeting Dec. 5 in Bloomington. Every year MCIT recognizes three counties that excel at risk management and loss control, as preventing and mitigating losses is important to the overall success and stability of MCIT.


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Redeveloped MCIT Website to Launch Soon: Much has changed with website technology and MCIT since the current version of debuted in August 2015. So much so that MCIT is working on a complete redevelopment of the site to serve members better now and into the future.

2023-2025 property appraisal phases

On-site Property Appraisals Begin for Phase I: MCIT engages an appraisal firm physically to inspect and appraise all buildings above a predetermined scheduled value every five years. The MCIT Board of Directors awarded a contract for these services to valuation experts HCA Asset Management, which will begin its work early this year.

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Spotlight on MCIT Underwriting: The underwriting department at MCIT works with members and service providers to ensure that all member loss exposures are accurately and thoroughly recorded, classified and rated. This ensures that members are properly covered in the event of a loss, provides equity among members and aids in MCIT’s financial stability.

Tips to Manage Risks

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Risks of Using Personal Email for Government Business: In Minnesota, many elected local officials have a choice between using a government entity-provided email account or using a personal email account for conducting government business. Whether officials should use government-entity or personal email accounts for conducting official business is ultimately a policy decision for the governing body and the elected official. When making this decision, there are a few issues to keep in mind, such as security of the account and preservation of the government data in a personal account.

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EAP Coaches Supervisors Through Large and Small Situations: Through the Employee Assistance Program, supervisors have access to no-cost phone consultation and coaching with qualified counselors to help them sort through concerns for work-related situations and to find effective ways to respond.

Automated external defibrillator (AED) is mounted to the wall in a break room.

Automated External Defibrillators: A Lifesaver in the Workplace: Many public entities have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in their facilities, but staff and visitors need to know about them and be comfortable using them in order for good to come from them.

Pie chart show reasons for sprinkler system failures: 59% due to system shut off; 17% from system components damaged or lack of maintenance; 17% due to manual intervention defeated system; 7% from inappropriate system type for fire

Ensure Sprinkler Systems Are Fully Operational: Sprinkler system failures can lead to catastrophic property damage, as well as jeopardize the lives of occupants. In a study, the National Fire Protection Association found that 59 percent of fire sprinkler failures occurred because sprinkler systems had been turned off.

Training Opportunities

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Still Time to Register for ‘2023 Coverage Update’ Webinar: The live webinar “2023 MCIT Coverage Update” Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. focuses on changes to cyber-coverage for the year and common questions about other coverage lines (see related article on page 3 for more details). The session is appropriate for all member types and is required for all county members to view.

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2023 MCIT Training Events: Plan Now to Attend: MCIT’s 2023 training events are specifically developed to address the concerns and needs of its members: county-level public entities in Minnesota. Each session delivers practical ideas members can apply to their operations. More details about each event will be provided to members as event dates approach.

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