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Health District prepares for upcoming levy (Audio included)

The Logan County Health District conducted their April meeting Wednesday afternoon.Discussion of next month’s .75 mill levy was the main issue of concern.

Health commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott identified ten concerns that a voter-approved levy would address.Health education, staff to meet increasing immunization needs, grant-writing, updated computer software, and less dependency on the county commissioners for funding are a few of the concerns. 

Two positions on the board were filled.John Henschen, who retired last month after serving 13 years on the board, was replaced by Bob Harrison (pictured with beard left).Current board member Robin Price was elected to fill Henschen’s vacant vice president position.

Environmental director Craig Kauffman received approval for two recommendations.Kauffman wants Dairy Queen of Russells Point to fix a drainage problem within ten days by a state licensed plumber.The owners have refused to address repeated requests to fix the problem. The health district first became aware of the violation in February 2012.

A property owned by Calvin Groeschel in Belle Center was cited for excessive waste and debris.  The board approved Kauffman’s recommendation that the site be completely cleaned up in 30 days.

Director of Nursing Kay Schroer announced that Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 a.m., the second annual Walking For Health 5K walk will be held at Southview Park.The walk kicks off National Public Health and Immunization Week.The event will have a Mardi Gras theme.Participants will get a set of beads for every lap completed. There is no charge to participate.

Schroer received board approval to increase the fee charged to Logan County Health Services for administering physicals to incoming foster children.The $5 increase from $30 to $35 is pending the approval of the prosecutor.The current fee has been in place since 2004.

The next meeting will be May 1st at 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Boyd Hoddinott discusses levy.

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