Cherokee County Conservation Director Ginger Walker presented the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors with her annual report on Tuesday.
Walker's report recapped an exciting 2008/2009 fiscal year at the Cherokee County Conservation Department. Walker, along with Conservation Field Supervisor Chad Brown, designed and built new cabins on the new acquisition of 78 acres of land next to Martin Access.
Walker also informed the Board that the last summer had seen a statewide increase of campers. After Walker's report, the Board accompanied Walker and Brown to a field trip to visit the cabins at Martin Access.
While on the trip the Board saw first-hand the new cabins that are nearly completed. Heat, electricity and water are all turned on. The only work left to do, according to Walker, is some sanding and applying a sealant to the floors, along with varnishing the woodwork inside the cabins. Walker estimated that the work would be complete in January and her department will then hold an open house.
Prior to the Boards field trip, the Board met with County Recorder Dawn Jones Combs and with Emergency Management Director Aimee Barritt and discussed the policy for part-time employee to be granted the same privileges of full-time employees that states that they will be paid if the Courthouse is forced to close during a snowstorm.
Recently, two part-time employees were denied hours that full time employees received during a recent closing of the courthouse.
The Board felt that the employees deserved the same privileges that the full-time employees received due to no fault of their own. Both Combs and Barrett agreed with the Board and stated that they were only going by what the regulation stated in the County Handbook.
In other business, Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented the Board with six entrance permits for the Board's approval.
He also presented three bridge plans for approval. The first bridge project would be for Afton Township where Section 16 and 21 meet. The second is also in Afton Township where Section 15 and 22 meet. The third and final bridge plan for the Board's approval was a plan for a bridge in Amherst Township were Section 23 and 26 meet.