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Safety is the key of county Shield program

By Staff | Mar 23, 2011

No one can ever say Emmet County isn’t concerned about safety.

Toward making the workplace safer – and keeping down Workers’ Compensation costs – the county has signed on with other regional counties for the Shield safety program.

Tuesday the Emmet County Board of Supervisors renewed the county’s membership in the program. Michael Raner, Shield coordinator, also updated supervisors on the program Tuesday.

Raner said he meets with employees the second Thursday of every month, covering topics such as lockout-tagout, a process that can involve everything from shutting off electricity before working on wiring to ensuring that buckets on loaders are lowered when they’re not in use.

In addition to approving the Shield program contact, the board approved a liquor license for the Estherville Elks Lodge, pending proof of dram shop license.

In the road report, Roger Patocka, county engineer, said crews were hauling gravel and spot filling damaged areas.

Supervisor Ron Smith told Patocka the road going to Bill Ellis’ place near Wallingford needed to be built up, and Smith asked Patocka to come up with an estimate.

Patocka said the required changeover to narrow band radio by 2013 would cost the secondary roads department $40,000 for radios and repeaters.

The board approved a contract with Cost Advisory Services Inc. not to exceed $3,950. Cost Advisory Services provides a cost estimate of the county’s services in administering Department of Human Services and mental health programs.

Following the meeting, the supervisors toured Iowa Protein Solutions south of Estherville in the former Golden Sun elevator building.