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DHS clerk needed

By Staff | Sep 17, 2008

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday asked for more information before approving hiring a part-time clerical person for the Department of Human Services.

Jim Thompson and Corinda Walker of the DHS appeared before the board with the request. Walker said the caseload in Emmet County was higher than in Kossuth County.

Supervisor Jim Jenson said he would like to see a comparison of the Emmet County caseload to that in Palo Alto County before making a decision.

In other matters, outgoing Emmet County Public Health Director Karen Moritz and the Kathy Preston, her replacement, appeared before the board. Moritz took the public health director’s position in Brown County, Minn. Preston was former school nurse at Armstrong-Ringsted Community School.

Moritz discussed a requirement effective July 1, 2009, that requires homeowners to have septic systems updated when the homes are sold. While the “time of transfer” rules have not yet been written, she recommended the county hire a sanitarian to handle the added workload.

“Around us, I don’t know anybody (county) that doesn’t have one,” Moritz said. “At least three days a week.”

Moritz said a sanitarian’s salary could be funded with well inspection and on-site wastewater inspection fees.

Moritz also noted that the public health department was running out of storage space needed for records that must be kept by law.

In another health-related matter, the board agreed to have the county cover the deductible for county employees for flu shots.

County Engineer Roger Patocka gave the road report and received the board’s approval for a utility permit for Qwest on the west side of Fort Defiance State Park.

Patocka also updated the board and received approval on a whitetopping project for N26 from the Minnesota border to A17 and A33 from N40 to M60.