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Supervisors approve Seasons contract

By Staff | Jun 24, 2009

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved renewal of the county’s contract with the Seasons Center for Community Mental Health.

Emmet County Mental Health Coordinator Dorothy Christensen presented the contract for renewal, noting a 3 percent increase or $2,178.21 for the year. It’s the first increase in the Seasons contract since fiscal 2007, Christensen said.

The contract calls for a $6,231.84 monthly charge, or $74,782.08 for the year, plus fees for services. “In a high month it would be a little over $2,000,” Christensen said of the fees for services.

In addition to approving the Seasons contract, the board approved drainage district consent agreements with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The agreement addresses drainage along Iowa Highway 15 north of Armstrong. Supervisor Jim Jenson said the agreement provides that the state pay the costs.

The board also agreed that employees take the first three days from lost time at work due to work-related injury as sick leave. Since Workers Compensation will pay the first three days after 14 missed work days, the sick leave pay will be restored if the employee misses 14 or more days.

The board approved fuel bids from Green Plains Grain Co. of Everly for $167,163.10 for the secondary roads department. Houseman Oil Co. of Estherville had a bid of $168,348.10.

In other business the board:

n Approved utility permits for Iowa Lakes Regional Water at 490th Avenue and N52 and Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative in Sections 25 and 30 in Ellsworth Township.

n Heard a road report from Roger Patocka, county engineer. Patocka said A33 should have been open Tuesday after construction was completed and that N26 was ready to be paved at the end of this week at the earliest.

n Heard that Patocka will attend a July 2 meeting with Iowa Department of Transportation officials regarding Highway 9 concept work.

n Agreed to put allocation of funds to Armstrong and Ringsted from the county development budget on the Tuesday, June 30 agenda. The county is considering a proportional allocation from $43,000 in funds from the county’s share of sales tax proceeds to compensate the communities for lost sales tax after the local option sales tax went countywide Jan. 1.