February 21st Richland County Board Meeting

The Richland County Board of Supervisors made quick work of its light agenda when members met for regular business Tuesday, February 21st.

Among the items approved were the purchase of a body-building package to equip a new tri-axle truck from Universal Truck Equipment of Galesville in the amount of $76,855. The equipment was included in the 2017 county budget and the expense will come from the Machinery Fund of the Highway Department's account. The equipment will be placed on a truck that was approved for purchase in December. The question of cash flow was brought up in regards to when the transaction for the equipment will take place. Highway Commissioner Jim Chitwood indicated that the purchase would not take place until late summer or early fall.

The County Board approved a change to the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Certified position at the Department of Health & Human Services. The position is not new, and Director Patrick Metz indicated that it is currently vacant due to a retirement. As part of the change, the pay scale was changed to allow flexibility for the level of certification the new hire has. Metz previously indicated that despite the wage increase, the higher level experience the individual has will ultimately eliminate a contracted supervisory time the county required previously – an amount that totaled $5,000 previously. Additionally, the position is required as part of the state's 5-year Treatment Alternatives and Diversion – or TAD program grant – that aims to curb drug and substance abuse on the local level.

The County Board approved a 2-year contract with Driftless Area Surveying LLC of Richland Center to provide surveying services at a cost of $70 per hour. That figure is unchanged from the contract for the past two years.

In other items from the Richland County Board of Supervisors meeting this (Tues) morning, Kerry Severson was appointed to the County Health & Human Services Board. It was announced that asbestos and lead abatement at the former skilled nursing facility at Pine Valley is underway and will be completed by the end of March. Once that is finished, the demolition of the remaining structure can take place. The construction project at Pine Valley Community Village was also reported to be “on schedule and 'slightly' under budget.” The next meeting of the Richland County Board of Supervisors will be on Tuesday, March 21st at 10:00 AM.