The Cherokee County Supervisors met for their regular meeting on March 11 on the lower level of the Cherokee County Courthouse. First on the Board's agenda was a funding request of the Cherokee Fire District. Roger Frisbie and Hank Hayes addressed the Board on behalf of the CFD.
Frisbie and Hayes described to the Board their need for a new equipment truck with the price tag of $229,463. The CFD has already received $60,000 for the proposed truck from the Cherokee County Rural Fire District, the district consist partly from the townships of Cherokee, Spring and Pilot. The CFD request for funds from the county is in response to the department's claim that an average of 33 percent of the fire calls they respond to in one year are rural fires and assisting other communities in the county.
Frisbie and Hayes presented the Board with specs and diagrams of the type of equipment truck that they would like to acquire. After the presentation from Frisbie and Hayes, the Board entered into a discussion on the need of the CFD request. A sense of community betterment was the general consensus of the Board. With past funds given out to the fire departments in the communities of Quimby and Larrabee (Quimby received $20,000 and Larrabee received $15,000), it unanimously approved funds from the next fiscal year of $25,000 to the CFD.
The Board then met with representatives from Jackson Recovery Center, Ellen Dierenfield, Marina Fuhrman and Linnea Fletcher. The JRC gave the Board an update on what services they provide the community. Included in the JRC report were their program outlines for Drug Court, Prevention of Substance Abuse, Gambling Addiction and Drug Free Work Place.
JRC also updated the Board on when the JRC inpatient program will be moving to the former Boy's and Girl's home. Both buildings are located on the Mental Health Institute campus. JRC told the Board that the remodeled facility would be ready sometime in September or October, and offers more space and efficiency. The Board then approved a state substance abuse prevention services grant application with JRC.
Lisa Langlitz, Director of Community Services, addressed the Board in requesting funds for updating computer reporting systems that would affect her budget for the 2009 fiscal year. The Board did agree to a 28E agreement for the new system.
County Engineer Larry Clark and Marty Jenness presented a bridge letting for county roads M21 and L56 and also discussed general business will the Board.
Other business discussed by the Board was the approval of a letter of support from Chairman Jeff Simonsen to American Natural Soy. The Board also approved a master matrix for Southern Breeze hog confinement and a Workers Comp. renewal worksheet.