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County to consider employee cell phone policy

By Staff | Jul 1, 2009

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday discussed a possible policy addressing use of cell phones and PDAs by county employees.

Emmet County Engineer Roger Patocka said he would like to approve the policy addressing the use of cell phones and PDAs after reviewing similar policies in other workplaces. The policy would, for example, require that when employees get a call that they get out of the traveled portion of the roadway before returning the call.

In another matter, supervisor Jim Jenson asked Patocka to determine how much was spent on small shop tools over the past year.

“It would be nice to know what we spent the year before and what we spent this year,” Jenson said. He said he would like know if tools were being provided to locations where they were not supplied before or whether tools were being replaced.

Jenson asked Patocka about $3,000 that had been spent on the chop saw. Patocka said the item had been replaced.

Jenson asked that it be placed on the next agenda that board discussion be required before items of a value over $1,000 be approved for purchase.

In other business the board:

n Approved an agreement with Integrated Service Pathways.

n Approved fireworks permits.

n Approved a memorandum of understanding for a substance abuse grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

n Heard a road report from Patocka who said County A33 was open last week and that pouring should have been completed on N26 by the end of Tuesday. He said the N22 and A22 projects should start in about three weeks.