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Public health nurse meets with County board

By Staff | May 5, 2017

Pierce County’s public health nurse’s office may be offering more services soon.

New Public Health Nurse Samantha Wentz and Lake Region District Health Unit Administrator Allen McKay met with the Pierce County Board of County Commissioners Tuesday morning to discuss planned services. In addition to vaccination clinics and immunizations, upcoming services will include cholesterol screenings; screenings for sexually transmitted diseases; home visits; flouride varnishing; and area student and staff education and screening sessions at area schools.

County Auditor-Treasurer Karin Fursather asked if the office can provide drug and alcohol screenings. The office does not have the ability at this time.

McKay asked if a handwashing sink could be installed in Wentz’s office. The board said they would look into it.

The board approved appointing Wentz to fill an unexpired term on the North Central Human Service Center’s advisory board.

Other actions

– The board approved entering into a contract with EAPC Architects Engineers for improvements to the Pierce County Courthouse’s and the county Social Services building’s heating system.

– The board approved a call for bids on a motorgrader.

– The board approved a contract for construction with Border States Paving and a preliminary and construction engineering agreement with Wold Engineering for a hot bituminous overlay project from U.S. Highway 2 on CMC road 3521 west of Rugby, then north and east for two miles.

– The board approved a utility permit on a county right of way for Otter Tail Power Company, who is burying an electrical line along the edge of the Golf Course Road.

– The board approved a variance request for Scott Monson.

– The board approved abatement applications for Debra Mack, Marvin & Audrey Michalenko, Kent & Aimee Lehman and James Zacher.

– The board approved signing a county deed to Rodney Muffenbier for lots 10, 11 and 12 Block 4 in Balta.

– Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center Administrator Mike Graner informed the board the average inmate population in April was 117; March profit was $36,589.66; and the food service contract will start in July with a 2.3 percent increase.

– Pierce County Sheriff Josh Siegler informed the board there were 64 calls received for the month of April.

– The board approved April meeting minutes, bills and financial statements and treasurer’s checks.

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