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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Sims, Journal staff

Health department notifies state of 20 new COVID cases

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

MOUND CITY – On Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Linn County Commissioners were updated on the Linn County Health Department statistics and construction project.

Linn County Health Department Administrator Missy Lancaster told the commissioners that she had routed 20 new COVID cases to the state from Linn County.

Lancaster also reported that two COVID tests had been given, seven booster shots, two family planning, 24 women, infant and children (WIC) contacts, two tuberculosis (TB) skin tests given at the justice center, and one flu shot.

The commissioners approved the final bill of $23,430 to Rockin’ H Construction for the installation of the awning at the health department.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Rescheduled the commission meeting next week to Tuesday, Jan. 3, because of the New Year’s holiday.

• Heard a report from Public Works Director Shaun West about the repair of the Parker Senior Center floor. West explained that the material being used for the floor was the best suited for that type of project and that there was a one-year warranty on the product as long as the installation is correct and the installer also gave a one-year limited warranty.

The commissioner discussed the project and decided to wait on making a decision until they had thought about it a little more.

• Learned from West that employees were called out for several issues the past weekend because of the weather. He reported that two county buildings had broken water pipes and water leaks.

West also said that employees from the road crews were called out to treat roadways near Centerville and Parker.

• Heard from Commissioner Danny McCullough that he had observed the RenoDry USA Company using a hydrometer for testing the moisture in the courthouse foundation. McCullough said that out of a scale up to 200 the courthouse tested at 170. He said that from what he saw it looked like a good product. He said he had not been able to find much on the Internet about it.

He said that he would like to see heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installed in the courthouse first to see if that helped with the moisture problem.

• Hired William Earnest as assistant foreman a the south shop for $19.64 an hour. West said that he will also be assigned to mechanic’s duties.

• Approved the wording in the second amendment of the Linn County Park lease with Evergy through 2036. County Counselor Gary Thompson said that it was a favorable amendment that would allow swimming.

• Discussed other project with West including road and bridge projects and the cost analysis on the transfer station. West said that he had not received information yet from the engineers on the cost analysis.

• Approved three cereal malt beverage applications. They are for Express Fuel at La Cygne, Everybody’s for a special event at the fairgrounds on New Years Eve, and for On the Go at Prescott. The On the Go application was approved pending a completed application and payment of fee.

• Approved the following resolutions:

  • Cancel outstanding warrants that are two years old

  • Set the county holidays for Linn County employees in 2023

  • Waived generally accepted accounting principals, Lamb explained that is because the county follows cash basis accounting.

  • Set the official depositories (banks) for Linn County. There are seven including Farmer’s Merchants for the Register of Deeds office.

  • Set the pay dates for accounts payable and payroll for 2023

  • Set the wages for county job titles for 3023, set the specific wages for elected officials and contracted people.

  • Made the Linn County News the official newspaper of the county for all publications that require an official newspaper and authorizing departments to use the Linn County Journal for any publication that is not required to have official publication.

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