Aimee Barritt, Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency Director, informed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors that her department was contacted by the Public Heath Department and she began efforts to have a plan in effect in case there is an outbreak of the Swine Flu if it would hit Cherokee County.
Barritt stated to the Board, that as of Tuesday, there has been no reported outbreak of the Swine Flu in Iowa and people should not panic and should use common sense and basic precautions if symptoms were to appear.
She also informed the Board if there was an outbreak in Cherokee County her department would be ready to ramp up and work with the Public Health to distribute supplies, and she also informed the Board that her department would be able to help with any public distribution spots thoughout the county.
In other business, Ed Sand met with the Board for a funding request on behalf of the Marcus For Progress. Sand requested funds for a new roof and fašade renovation including an awning treatment and a new door and paint for the Marcus Senior Citizen Center. The Center also houses a food bank and serves as the Marcus American Legion meeting facility. The Board allocated $10,000 for the project.
Other business for the Board was the approval of underground utility permits and driveway permits that were requested by Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan.
Also, the Board discussed a section of the County Personnel Policy regarding maternity leave. It was brought to the Board's attention by Cherokee County Treasurer, Hedgie Brandt that the county had no plan regarding maternity leave or pay in the county policy other than the Family Medical Leave Act.
Misty Daum who works in the County Treasurer office requested six weeks of maternity leave and wanted to use her sick leave time rather than her vacation time. The Board granted her request. Furthermore, the Board asked County Attorney Ryan Kolpin to add a maternity policy to the county personnel policy. "We should encourage as many new residents as we can for the county," remarked Supervisor Terry Graybill.
The Board also discussed the replacement of two of the courthouse's air conditioning fans as well getting an estimate for the replacement of the courthouse boilers.
The Board also approved the 2009 Slough Bill, which provides a tax exemption for wetlands, open prairie, fruit and forest reserve.
The Board also approved the appointment of Lisa Woltman to be a member to the Civil Service Commission,