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Emmet County case plans OK’d

By Staff | Nov 13, 2008

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Wednesday canvassed votes from the Nov. 4 general election. From left are supervisors Roger Anderson, Alan Madden, auditor Bev Juhl, Ron Smith and Randy Beaver. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Wednesday approved case management performance improvement plan evaluations for fiscal 2008 and review for fiscal 2009.

Dorothy Christensen, mental health director, requested and received approval for the plans. The current-year plan addresses among other items maximum use of office space, destroying outdated files and case management review.

The board also approved Lisa Seaman as a new employee for county mental health. Seaman, who is to start Dec. 2, is currently a case manager at Seasons Center for Community Mental Health.

Christensen also remarked on the statewide mental health funding crisis. She said in Emmet County the state did not fund for any growth and the county has never gained ground on funding. She said Kossuth, Osceola and O’Brien counties have waiting lists for those needing assistance except for state-mandated services.

The board also heard a request from county engineer Roger Patocka for signage on a gravel road extending west of County N26 on the north edge of Estherville. Patocka noted limited visibility of trains on the hill and said warning signs and a 20-mile-per-hour speed sign should be added.

The board agreed to hold first reading next week on the change in signage.

In other business, Patocka said four unit heaters need to be replaced in county shops at a cost of $21,000. He will get another bid for the heaters.

The board also approved hiring of a temporary equipment operator and a field foreman.