At Tuesday's weekly meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, Board members heard a report from Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz, who said she had received a contract for services from the Spencer Hospital that called for a daily rate of over $1000/day for Cherokee County patients.
Langlitz said the previous rate the county had been charged was about one-half of that amount. The Supervisors asked her to find out more about the proposed rate, seeing if that is the standard rate, and report back to them at the next meeting. No contract has been signed at this point, pending further investigation.
Langlitz also reported on the results of the on-site survey by the Department of Human Services that her Department underwent last week, and she said the report was "excellent." Whereas their last survey three years ago revealed nine items which were out of compliance, last week's survey showed only two items out of compliance, both of which, Langlitz said, can be easily fixed.
Langlitz also presented a review of her Department's aggregate Report for Fiscal Year 2012, and it showed that the Department spent approximately $1.3 million in FY 2012 providing unduplicated Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Developmentally Disabled/Brain Injury services for 138 adults and one child, an amount close to the amount expended in each of the five previous years.
Langlitz also reported that she had been approached by a professionally qualified individual about the possibility of voluntary part-time work in her department, as the person has some "down time" coming up and would like to keep busy working. The Supervisors approved, pending a further discussion between Langlitz and the interested party.
County Treasurer Hedgie Brandt presented the Supervisors with a list of suspended taxes on file in her office. The Supervisors approved the list of four properties, and Brandt will submit it to the Department of Human Services.
The Board accepted LaVerne Birch's resignation from the Cherokee Aviation Authority, and appointed Todd Wetherell to fill that position. They also accepted Judy Gordon's resignation as Sheridan Township Clerk, and will have to appoint someone to fill that position.
The Supervisors discussed the process for setting the budget. All Department heads have been contacted regarding any possible amendments to the FY13 Budget.
All three of the newly-elected Supervisors were present at the meeting, and they and the two returning members will be in touch with each other to set up a "Budget Work Day" soon.
Supervisor Jeff Simonsen stated that he had been contacted about the wording for a proposed plaque on the new 4-H building at the Fairgrounds, and he suggested the wording "Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, through the Rural Betterment Fund." This wording was approved by the Supervisors, and Simonsen will relay that message to the appropriate parties.
Jerry Thompson. representing the Board of the Grand Meadow Heritage Center, reported to the Supervisors on a number of proposed maintenance projects at Grand Meadow. Thompson said the Board has a number of fundraising projects, including the Grand Meadow Heritage Festival, which raises approximately $4,700 each year and the Haunted House, which raised $2.700 this year. In the past, they have also had a play which has brought in around $5,000 each year, but they haven't been able to make connections or arrange schedules with their usual director the last two years and haven't presented a play.
Thompson submitted a list of four proposed projects, at the Gas Station, Museum, One Room Schoolhouse and Shelter/Kitchen, each with an estimate of cost. The costs would involve just materials, as labor is generally provided on a volunteer basis. The total cost of all the projects comes to $26,180, but Thompson said the Grand Meadow Board is just requesting "whatever support (the County) can provide."
The Supervisors briefly discussed the county's financial situation, and voted to table the request until the financial picture becomes more clear, figuring that work on any of the projects discussed would not begin until the spring or summer.