Cherokee County Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz Tuesday informed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors that there might be changes regarding her department's Pre-Vocational Services.
Langlitz was informed that the Pre-Vocational Services, which includes the county's Work Activities, might change in regards of approval of the clients for the program.
Currently Langlitz has the final word on who qualifies to be a part of the program, but a recent memo from the State informed Langlitz that all requests might have to be granted at a State level, which she said would boil down to more paper work and less services and would result in taking the ability from local case mangers.
The Board asked Langlitz to check with other counties to see how they would deal with the proposed changes before any lobbing efforts would start to keep approval at a local level.
Joyce Vermeer of Northwest Early Childhood of Iowa, presented the Board with an update of services. Vermeer told the Board that they are looking to go back to the Healthy Family Program to serve Cherokee County and would like to contract out that program to Cherokee Regional Medical Center's Public Health.
The program is designed to help kids from birth to five years of age. The Board took her request under advisement.
Marina Fuhrman of the Synergy Center, also presented a proposal to the Board for a contract for services. The County has not held a contract with Synergy Center for several years but since they were a charter member a discount was offered to Cherokee County if their services would once again need to be acquired. No action was taken by the Board.
In other business, Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan informed the Board that he would hire an outside company to fill cracks on a 12-mile stretch of C-16. Shanahan also expressed concerns regarding his department's snow removal budget.
Plus, Shanahan also gave an update to the Board on how much gravel the county had on hand. Shanahan then presented the Board with the finance terms for his department's recent purchase of two roadgraders.
There will be no Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting next week due to the General Election.