Leanne Hammer and Connie Mohn of the Cherokee Regional Medical Center's Public Health updated the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday on the county response to the H1N1 outbreak.
Hammer and Mohn informed the Board that as of Tuesday that the county has received only 300 units of the H1N1 vaccination. Steps have already taken place to vaccinate the most at-risk groups within the county, with medical personnel topping the list. Mohn and Hammer then informed the Board that another 700 units of the vaccine would be delivered on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the CRMC Public Health held a clinic in their office to start the immunization of the next at-risk group of pregnant women and children under the age of six months, along with children up to the age of nine years old once they receive a decent supply.
With this week's shipment of vaccine it brings the total number of H1N1 vaccine to 1000 units. Hammer and Mohn informed the Board that they estimated that a total of 4,000 more units are expected to arrive but no date was mentioned.
Dave Shanahan, County Engineer, addressed the Board with general business. After Shanahan gave his report the Board heard from Dana Evans. Evans brought forth a complaint against Shanahan and the Board over M-25 highway resurfacing that went by his home.
Evans claimed that 80 feet of gravel was taken from his driveway and never replaced. He claimed that after several attempts to contact Shanahan that his calls were ignored. Shanahan apologized for not getting back to Evans and claimed he went out and surveyed the sight and saw nothing wrong. The Board took Evans's complaint under advisement.
Val Cedar and Bill Schwaller of the Cherokee County 4-H addressed the Board for a request of monetary support for their 4-H Facilities Betterment Project at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.
With heavier turn-out for 4-H livestock events, it was Cedar and Schwaller's opinion that they have out-grown the current facilities at the fairground and would like to build a new building and remodel the current cattle barn.
The Board listened to their request and Chairman Jeff Simonsen said that they would "kick it around and try to find some money from somewhere." No amount was discussed.
In other business, the Board approved the final payout and vacation/compensation for Sharon Henkel. The Board also approved a letter of support for Mid-Sioux Opportunity on a grant that Mid-Sioux is applying for.
Also, the Board agreed to list county-owned property on the County Website that will soon be up for sale or rent.