A Cherokee County Officers meeting was held during Tuesday's Cherokee County Board of Supervisors' meeting.
Among the items discussed was notification to the County Officers of changes, effective July 1, in Health Insurance Rates for County employees.
Rick Angell of Rick Angell Insurance Agency reported that claims for the past year have been down; however, the evaluation of the County's Health Insurance Rate is based on a four year average. The new rates will be $87.03 for a single policy, up 2.5 percent, and $374.67 for a family policy, up 2.5 percent.
Angell also noted that Cherokee County is doing well in keeping healthy and encourages employees to stay healthy and use more generic drugs to keep rates low.
The next item of the Officer's meeting was the usage of Internet by County Employees. Currently, Cherokee County blocks usage of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook for personal use. The Board also reminded the Officers that all usage of the Internet falls under public record.
After the Officers meeting, Ginger Walker, Director of the Cherokee County Conservation Department, presented her 2009/2010 fiscal year Conservation Board Annual Report.
The report highlighted the activities of the Cherokee Conservation Staff and Board from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. During that time the cabins at Martin's Access were completed. Spring snow melt floods closed many of the park roads and swept a variety of debris and infrastructure into and out of the park system.
Despite the spring flooding, the parks had many visitors when yet another record setting weather system sent flood waters heading toward campers, prompting a middle of the night evacuation and park closing before the end of June at Silver Sioux.
Camping numbers for 2009/2010 were: Silver Sioux -- 1952, Martin's Access -- 668, Ranney Knob -- 359, Larson Lake -- 45 and Stieneke -- 96.
Highlights of the year included the donation of Brewer Prairie, south of Cherokee, to the County Parks system, cross-country skiing and canoe/kayak rentals grew, and students, from second grade to college juniors, visited the parks with their teachers.
Cherokee County Services Director Lisa Langlitz presented a Mental Health Center Affiliation contract form to be signed by the Board for eligibility for Community Block Grants. Chairman Jeff Simonsen signed the form.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan asked the Board's approval in hiring temporary summer help for mowing and painting. The Board approved his request.
In other business, the Board accepted the resignation of Amherst Township Trustee Marty Irwin, who is leaving Cherokee County. The Board then appointed Gaylen Rupp as Amherst Township Trustee to fill the vacancy. The Board also appointed three members to a temporary County Redistricting Commission. Making up that Board will be Ken Ogren of Marcus, Gil Bremicker of Cherokee and Lynn Winterhof of Aurelia.
This Board will be charged with drawing the new boundaries for the Board of Supervisors districts as required from the 2010 Census. The new districts should be announced sometime in the middle of July.