The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors heard from department heads at the monthly officers meeting which started the Tuesday supervisors meeting.
At the request of Mae Hingtgen, community services director, the supervisors authorized restricting the number of outpatient counseling sessions it will pay for through the contract with Plains Area Mental Health, with this number possibly extended on a case by case basis upon approval by Hingtgen.
This limitation will be reviewed following the first quarter of the next fiscal year. Hingtgen said that this is the worst year for her department financially, with revenues expected to increase next year because of an increase in the mental health levy.
She explained that over a five year period, reserve funds have intentionally been spent down. Her budget has also been affected by one patient being sent out of county for high cost residential care. Hingtgen said that in a small county like Cherokee, one case can have a considerable impact on the mental health budget.
Sheriff Dave Scott reported that the sheriff's department is taking a more active role in cases of probation on drug charges. The individual is called in and required to provide a urinalysis. If drugs are detected, the person is jailed immediately.
The sheriff's department also reviews the person's employment status.
"We're holding them more accountable than in the past," Scott said.
Kim Rupp, public health nurse, said the state will provide some financial assistance for the work the county did when there cases of meningitis detected. She had not been informed as of Tuesday morning, the amount of the help from the state.
Dawn Jones-Coombs, county recorder, said that landowners will have to register for deer tags now. She said the DNR believes that too many deer have been killed in Cherokee County.
This assessment was greeted by skepticism from Dean Schmidt, supervisor, who referred to deer damage on his farm.
Aimee Barritt, environmental health director, said that she has conducted a food safety class for numerous volunteers of non-profit organizations who will be serving food at the Sesquicentennial Celebration.
She said that the class might benefit them more than just at the one-time event.
Ginger Vietor, conservation director, notified the board that progress is continuing on the Meriden roadside park. Lynde Lundquist, county treasurer, reported that a part-time person is being sought to conduct CDL driving tests.