The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors has adopted the National Incident Management System as a standard for dealing with major disasters.
Aimee Barritt, county emergency management coordinator, said that by the end of the summer, the county might have completed all the training necessary to be in compliance with NIMS requirements. Board of supervisors have yet to complete this training which emergency services personnel have received and just recently secondary roads personnel have completed.
Barritt noted that the most likely disaster in Cherokee County would be a natural disaster that would require help from the county roads crews.
Barritt reported that the recent regional tornado drill revealed that the National Weather Service severe weather radio broadcast would not activate. The problem has been taken care of.
Supervisors were pleased with news presented by Rick Angell of the Angell Insurance Agency and Don Faber of Three Rivers Insurance about health insurance for the upcoming year. The county had anticipated at least an 11 percent increase but the increase will be about 4.63 percent.
It was noted that the rate of inflation nationally for health care is 12.49 percent.
Another piece of good news is that the self-insurance fund is saving the county money with the projected spending for self-insurance expected to be about 54.75 percent of the $117,000 budgeted by the end of the fiscal year.
Jim Peck relayed concerns to the supervisors about a situation involving officials of the city of Cherokee and supervisors at the Cherokee Tyson's Foods plant.
According to the Peck, the Tyson's officials have expressed concern about management of funds designated for the operation of the industrial wastewater treatment plant.
The industrial wastewater treatment plant is operated by the city of Cherokee under contract with Tyson's and treats only wastewater from Tyson's.