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MCIT Makes Adjustments During Pandemic

May 11, 2020

MCIT takes the risk of employees contracting COVID-19 seriously. Most MCIT staff are working remotely. Even with the challenge of conducting business in a virtual environment, MCIT is committed to maintaining services to members that are appropriate. Claims processing is a priority. Risk management and loss control consultants remain available to members via e-mail and phone.

Members are encouraged to check the COVID-19 page at MCIT.org for updates on MCIT operations and events, as well as resources related to the pandemic.

Training Rescheduled or Canceled

MCIT-sponsored training events previously scheduled through June have been either rescheduled or canceled. All rescheduled events are subject to change, depending on the circumstances of public health guidelines. About six to eight weeks ahead of each event, MCIT will reassess the feasibility of hosting the training and alert members to any changes.

  • How to Conduct an Employee Investigation: This has been rescheduled for Sept. 9-10. It will be held at the Tuscan Center in St. Cloud. All those previously registered continue to be registered for this event. Attendees may cancel their registration until Sept. 2 without paying a fee. Attendees should e-mail MCIT at registration@mcit.org to cancel their registration.
  • Data Breaches: A Primer for County Attorneys: This has been rescheduled to Aug. 28. It will be held at the MCIT building in St. Paul.
  • Managing the Human Resource: This has been canceled for 2020. MCIT will likely host this event in 2021.
  • Essentials of Data Practices for Responsible Authorities: This has been canceled and may be held in 2021.

Questions about training events should be directed to Communications Manager Heather Larson-Blakestad at 1.866.547.6516, ext. 6430 or hblakestad@mcit.org.

Property Appraisals Suspended

The final phase of on-site property appraisals began in earnest in mid-February. Approximately one-third of MCIT members—those located in the southern portion of the state—were slated to have all scheduled buildings valued over $100,000 personally inspected by valuation experts Duff & Phelps by the middle of May. This was the final phase of a three-year project coordinated by MCIT to ensure buildings are scheduled with accurate values.

Shortly after work began, Duff & Phelps encountered challenges in scheduling visits with members due to COVID-19. In mid-March it was decided temporarily to suspend the work after completing about 50 percent of the appraisals.

In mid-April, amid uncertainty as to when normal county operations would resume, MCIT suspended the work all together. MCIT’s appraisal project will be completed in 2021.

Members in this final phase who were not visited by Duff & Phelps will have their buildings appraised in early 2021. Those members will receive notification from MCIT shortly for planning purposes.

In the meantime, their scheduled buildings will be valued using MCIT’s routine indexing to maintain accurate valuations for the 2021 renewal.

Members that had their buildings appraised this year will see adjustments made to their scheduled values in July, as normal, with no additional contribution owed for the balance of 2020. A final appraisal report will be sent to primary contacts in September for review, comment and retention.

MCIT appreciates each member’s assistance in this important project. Questions about the appraisal process can be directed to MCIT Underwriting Manager Gary Severson at 1.866.547.6516, ext. 6410 or gseverson@mcit.org.


Property Appraisals Set for 2021

Map of Minnesota counties split into three sections for property appraisal: northern third, 2018; middle third and arrowhead, 2019; southern third, 2020-21For 17 counties, appraisals of scheduled buildings previously scheduled to occur in 2020 have been rescheduled for early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Blue Earth County
  • Faribault County
  • Fillmore County
  • Houston County
  • Lac qui Parle County (noncounty members)
  • Le Sueur County (noncounty members)
  • Lincoln County
  • Murray County
  • Nicollet County
  • Redwood County
  • Renville County
  • Scott County
  • Wabasha County
  • Waseca County
  • Winona County
  • Yellow Medicine County

MCIT Building Remains Closed

MCIT closed its building to meetings in late March and will remain closed through May 31 to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. MCIT will reassess building use the week of May 25 to determine the future of meetings scheduled beyond May 31.

MCIT is not accepting new reservations for meeting rooms until further notice.