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5/11/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Thiltgen appointed to Clinton County Board of Health

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

DeWitt mayor Don Thiltgen has been appointed to serve as the fifth member of the Clinton County Board of Health.

The Clinton County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment May 6.

Thiltgen will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Charlene Smith more than a year ago due to health reasons.

Other members of the board of health are Dr. Mary Malcom, Dr. Sheryl Ernst, Dr. Daniel Osaro and Jean Morgan.

Hearing set on Candlelight building renovations, zoning issue

A public hearing on the plans and specifications for the second phase of renovations to the Clinton County government building in DeWitt, located at 226 11th St., will be held at 10 a.m., May 13, in conference room C at the Clinton County administration building.

Building maintenance manager Corey Johnson said he and other county staff met last week with the electrical and mechanical engineers to review renovation plans.

"We sat down one on one with each of the department heads and went through each space to ensure all their electrical and mechanical needs were met, and it went really well," Johnson said.

The board of supervisors discussed the purging of old records currently stored in the basement of the county's DeWitt annex building.

Auditor Eric Van Lancker will be visiting the facility this week to investigate what items are there and what can be removed.

A public hearing to clarify the legal descriptions of two previously-approved rezoning applications will be held at 10:15 a.m., May 13, in conference room C at the Clinton County administration building.

Nutrition seminar added to wellness program

The board agreed to participate in a nutrition program managed by the Hy-Vee dietician as part of a county wellness program.

The county will pay $100 per session to for an hour-long seminar regarding nutrition to be held once a month at the administration building.

The nutrition program will be offered in conjunction with a boot camp exercise program approved last week.

"Even if some people don't participate in the boot camp, they might come to the nutrition part," said case management director Patti Robinson.

The seminars will cover topics such as understanding food labels, healthy meals on the go, special dietary needs, healthy cooking tips and more.

Seminars will be held at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at the administration building. The board will vote May 13 on a resolution formally approving the county's participation.

Flooding road damage

State and federal officials will be reviewing flood damage in Clinton County the week of May 15 following recent spring floods, county engineer Todd Kinney reported.

Kinney said it appears the county may be eligible for reimbursement for up to $170,000 in damages to county roads.

Kinney said three hard-surface roads and numerous gravel roads were damaged by flooding.

Mental health and case management advisory board

The supervisors discussed possible appointments to a combined mental health/case management advisory board.

The mental health board must be established as part of the state's regionalization effort, and it will be combined with an existing case management advisory board, case manager Patti Robinson and mental health director Becky Eskildsen reported.

There will be 10 members on the advisory board and it will meet quarterly throughout the year.

Allocations approved for outside agencies, libraries

The supervisors approved the second-half financial allocations to outside agencies and to Clinton County libraries.

The allocations to outside agencies are:

•Camanche Historical Society, $750.

•Carroll Assistance Center, $1,500.

•Clinton Municipal Airport Commission, $6,750.

•Quality Jobs 4 A Strong Future, $23,000.

•Clinton Symphony, $500.

•Clinton County Agricultural Society, $14,000.

•Clinton County Fireworks Association, $2,500.

•Clinton County Historical Society, $2,250.

•Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation, $1,750.

•Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency, $41,655.

•Concerned DeWitt Citizens, $2,000.

•DeWitt Chamber & Development Co., $13,000.

•Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, $1,250.

•Generations Agency on Aging, $1,906.

•Community Action of Eastern Iowa, $2,100.

•Retired Senior Volunteer Program, $3,000.

•River Bend Services Inc., $3,203.50.

•YWCA Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Resource Center, $7,650.

•Clinton County Conservation Foundation, $17,500.

Board members noted the allocation to the Clinton County Agriculture Society was reduced by $3,500 due to an overpayment in the first-half allocation. The society receives a total of $31,500 per year from the county.

There was discussion regarding whether a previous decision to increase the allocation to $35,000 was a one-time increase or permanent allocation. Clarification will be sought.

Ten percent of the funding for Clinton County libraries is distributed equally to libraries in Calamus, Camanche, Clinton, DeWitt, Lost Nation and Wheatland, while the remaining funds are distributed based on circulation.

The Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library in DeWitt far exceeds other libraries in circulation, with 39,078 units, compared to 7,010 units at the Clinton Public Library, which is second in circulation.

Funding amounts and circulation figures are:

•Calamus, $705, circulation of 65.

•Camanche, $2,944.41, circulation of 7,010.

•Clinton, $5,609, circulation of 5,807.

•DeWitt, $28,257.50, circulation of 39,078.

•Lost Nation, $1,624.50, circulation of 1,360.

•Wheatland, $1,441.50, circulation of 680.

Other business

In other business, the supervisors:

•Agreed to add an agenda item for updates on committee/subcommittee meetings approximately two times per month.

•Approved the appointment of Trevan Burn as a part-time seasonal employee with the building maintenance department for 24 hours per week at an hourly rate of $12.

He will be responsible for mowing grass at the administration building, courthouse and law center.

•Approved the appointment of Bill Cline and Dennis Fairbanks as roadside department seasonal employees at an hourly rate of $16.10.

•Approved a memorandum of understanding with the city of Clinton for the maintenance of roadways located within shared jurisdiction of the city and county.

•Van Lancker reported the county has again received a best practices certification from Iowa Mutual Workers Compensation Association for efforts to reduce work injuries. The county will receive a plaque and a financial award as a result of the recognition

•Approved revisions to fire evacuation procedures at the administration building and courthouse.

The change at the administration building states the Charlie Sheridan building will be the rendezvous point in order to keep employees out of any weather.

The change at the courthouse states one security officer will meet the fire department at the front of the building, and the other officer will assist with the evacuation of the building.

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