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February Richland County Board Meeting

The Richland County Board made quick work of its agenda Tuesday morning approving all resolutions and ordinances on the agenda with the exception of an ordinance regulating assemblies of large numbers of persons at the Richland County Fairgrounds which was not acted on.

Resolutions passed included one approving the replacement of three boilers at Symons Recreation Complex by Schneider Plumbing and Heating of Richland Center. Schneiders submitted the lowest bid at $42,910. The expense will be shared between the city and county.

Approval was granted for payment from the 911 Outlay Account for software maintenance by microDATA GIS Inc. for $3,969.

Supervisors voted to join with the City of Richland Center in applying for a transportation grant to, in part, provide safe routes to school. The Richland School District and Southwest Partners would also be participants in the grant and in the raising the local 20% match. There is also an alternative grant which could additionally provide safe routes to major industries and the Richland County Fairgrounds. The resolution authorizes the county to apply for and accept one of the two grants should they be approved.

A resolution authorizing the purchase of equipment to properly outfit the recently purchased dump truck for the highway department was approved. The unit the new equipment replaces will be sold on the Wisconsin Surplus Online System.

A resolution creating the position of personal care worker was approved for Pine Valley Healthcare to help staff the community based residential facility when it is completed. It is estimated the 8 to 10 personal care workers may be needed depending on the census of the facility. The Pine Valley Board of Trustees will determine the actual number to be hired at the appropriate time.

The benefit specialist in the Richland County Veterans Service Office will be increased three hours per week to a total of 20.5 which will allow the holder of the position to qualify for accreditation.

The board designated the County's Meals on Wheels program as the only Meals on Wheels program to allow the county's program to be teamed up with Meals on Wheels America to help increase awareness and visibility.

And resolutions were also passed allowing for on-call pay for the positions of Chief Deputy Coroner and deputy coroner and for contracts for Richland County Health and Human Services.