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  • Charlene Sims, Journal staff

New COVID cases referred to KDHE increases


MOUND CITY – Linn County Health Department Administrator Missy Lancaster gave the health department numbers for the past week to the Linn County Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 3.


Lancaster told the commissioners she had routed 18 new cases of COVID to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) from Linn County.


Lancaster also reported that three COVID tests had been given, making the yearly total 529. She said that three COVID booster shots had been given, there were 10 women, infant and children (WIC) contacts, three tuberculosis (TB) skin tests given, three flu shots, and two blood lead tests with one investigation because of elevated blood lead.


In other business, the commissioners:

• Reported on the death of road and bridge employee Joe Oldham and paid condolences to his family. Commissioner Rick James said that the time of his services had not been announced.


• Approved replacing resolution 2022-45 to 2023-01, correcting the pay date schedules for 2023.


• Approved an application for waiving fees for construction debris at the landfill for a property at 15745 Nelson Road, Centerville, owned by Robert Orth. County Counselor Gary Thompson told the commissioner that this property had burned and needed to be clean up.


• Learned from Public Works Director Shaun West that he had spoken with Commission Chair Jim Johnson and ordered 240 tons of salt from Kunshek Chat and Coal Company to replace what was used in the last storm. The cost will be around $35,000. West said that he wanted to make sure that Linn County got on the delivery list right away.

• Agreed with West that after the contract with Evergy for the Linn County Park is completed that park employees should go out for bids on the repairing the park house, repairs for the docks, and work with an engineering company to help the county assess the best area for a swimming area and the best plan to utilize that location and develop a plan to put in action.

• Approved moving Assistant Foreman Mark Johnston to the pay scale of Assistant Foreman II at $20.61. West said that this was not a raise but was to correct his original placement in Assistant Foreman I position.

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