The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met for their regular weekly meeting on Feb. 5. On the agenda was a Public Health update from Cherokee Regional Medical Center's CEO, John Comstock. It has been six months since the CRMC was awarded the contract for the County's Public Health Department.
Comstock reported that there are still some hurdles to overcome, but he was happy with the progress that has been made so far with the transition, with staffing being one of the more pressing issues as anticipated. Comstock recognized the declining nursing industry, both nationally and locally, as a key contributor to the staffing woes.
He reported that the building housing Public Health is working out and the Public Health has seen some positive step-by-step growth. According to Comstock, immunization shots have been on the increase. Currently, the Public Health office is on track to give 25 percent more immunization shots this year than in the past, said Comstock.
With the county budget being a priority at this time of year, Comstock told the board that the Public Health's budget has seen some set-back but he was confident that the budget will be fine for this year and that the CRMC's original bid for the Public Heath contract will work.
Another item on the Board's agenda was the approval of hiring an applicant for the courthouse maintenance position. The job will start out as a part-time position, with new duties added at a later date.
The Board approved the authorization for the Chairman Wetherell to sign the Karr Tuck pointing contract.
There was a public hearing date set for the 2007/2008-budget amendment to take place on Feb. 19 at 9:05 a.m.
County Engineer Larry Clark addressed the Board with general business. The Board approved underground construction permits on a natural gas pipeline.
The Board has established a public meeting on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Room in the lower level of the Cherokee County Courthouse as the date, time and place for the Platinum Ethanol petition to construct, operate and maintain the pipeline.
The Board also appointed Neal Rupp for the position of Willow Township Trustee. Rupp will serve as Trustee until the November election.