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Budget strain among issues discussed by Board

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cherokee County Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz addressed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday with concerns about her department's General Relief Budget.

Recently Langlitz's department had to supply general assistants for three burials and possibly two more. At a cost of $1,500 a burial, Langlitz reported that she is expecting those services to cost 89% of her General Relief Budget. For fiscal year 2010/2011 her budget General Relief Budget is $10,390.

She notified the Board that due to the unusually high numbers of burials that she would need more funding. The Board agreed with Langlitz's request and will begin the budget amendment process next week.

Langlitz also discussed with the Board a possible contract with Spencer Hospital to supply mental health services when needed due to a bed shortage at any of the State Mental Heath Institutes. If the County of Cherokee enters into a contract with Spencer Hospital they would receive a cheaper rate for mental health services. So, two questions were posed for the Board:

Do they want to pay for full price for services if needed?

If so, does the Board want to enter into a contract?

Langlitz said she would have no problem in entering into a contract with Spencer Hospital as long as each case would go through her as indicated in the County Management Plan.

Langlitz gave the copy of the proposed contract to Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin to look over. The Board indicated that they might be interested in entering into a contract as a safety net option. The Board took no action at this time.

The final issue discussed by Langlitz was a similar contract with the Synergy Center. Again, the same two questions were raised and no action was taken at this time.

Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan reported to the Board that the bridge on the River Road was now open. He also reported on last weekend's storm saying it was "quite a little storm." He reported that there were a lot of hard drifts out their caused by strong winds and six inches of snow received in some areas during the weekend.

He stated that his department started clearing roads on Sunday at 6 a.m. and had people dug out by 5 p.m. that afternoon.

Rhonda Dean and Julie Schulenberg of the Cherokee Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault addressed the Board and presented a program update and a budget request for $6,000 for fiscal year 2011/2012.

In other business, the Board approved the idea to improve security during a county emergency by issuing identification cards for key Cherokee County Employees. The Board also passed a resolution to transfer $712,500 from the Rural Basic Funds to the Secondary Roads Fund.

The Board does this action twice a year.

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