Ed Morrison of the Iowa Municipality Workmen Compensation Association addressed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Morrison and the Board went over the County's insurance loss control policies and recent insurance loss histories. Within the past three years on the job work accidents and claims have gone down by 2/3 from previous years. Repeat claims are now down to zero.
Morrison commended the county on their proactive approach to risk management while Board Chairman Jeff Simonsen shifted the praise to the Cherokee County Department Heads for making sure all workers are using their safety equipment.
The Board also held a County Officer's Meeting where Lisa Langlitz, Community Services Director, Ginger Walker, County Conservation Director, Dave Shanahan, County Engineer, and Dave Skou, 911 Director, updated the Board on their departments.
Skou and the Board continued their discussion from last week on payment terms of a new computer server for the Cherokee 911 Center.
The payment of $10,000 will come from the county's general fund and the 911 Board will pay the county back out of their next year budget or over the next two years. Skou informed the Board that he would take the terms to the 911 Board.
Kent Wenck of the Cherokee Airport Authority met with the Board to discuss tree removal on the north side of the airport. There are several Cottonwood trees that are currently encroaching into the air space from the south approach. Wenck has been working with property owners and the City of Cherokee to get these trees cut down. Wenck stated to the Board that the airport is not approachable at night from the south and having the trees removed would open the airport to more traffic not just for night landings but would make it usable in most any kind of weather due to a rating change from FAA.
The Board agreed to let Wenck remove trees on property owned by the county and offered the use of equipment to help Wenck complete to job.
In other business the Board talked further on an agreement with the Cherokee Regional Medical Center to handle all pre-employment physical testing for county workers. After a discussion, the Board decided to wait and rewrite the employee hiring policy before implementation of the pre-employment physical testing.