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Board hears county health issues

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board heard several updates at this week’s meeting, including how things are going at the county’s dental clinic and the needed repairs to the Soldiers and Sailors Park Monument.

In the Health Department’s report, board member Loretta Volker said Medicaid is no longer paying dental care for adults, and the county health board has decided to implement a sliding pay scale for adult patients to help them continue getting their dental care. About 40 percent of the clinic’s patients are adults. Children are still covered through the Illinois Health Care Act.

Even though it’s been five years since Smoke Free Illinois Act went into effect, the Bureau/Putnam County Health Department is still receiving complaints from area residents about some businesses which are still allowing smoking in their businesses, Volker said. Fortunately, those businesses, primarily some bars, are few, she added.

On a positive note, Volker said the health department has received a $4,000 state grant to train volunteers to respond to emergency situations, including assisting with medical needs.

In her report, Buildings and Grounds Committee Chairman Kristi Warren presented a proposal from the Otto Baum restoration company to repair leaking seams in the Soldiers and Sailors Park Monument. As reported earlier, the leak was addressed a couple years ago, but the problem has not completely gone away.

The county board accepted the Buildings and Grounds Committee’s recommendation Tuesday evening to hire Otto Baum for $3,720 to repair the leaking seams in the monument.

Also, the board amended the budget to pay for the replacement of the animal control truck, which was recently totaled in an accident. The board amended the budget for $28,000, but expects to receive $18,457 back in insurance coverage for the totaled truck.

The board also approved a resolution appropriating funds for the county’s portion of the salary for the county highway engineer. The salary is split 50/50 between the county and the Illinois Department of Transportation, with each paying $49,469. The county’s share is paid from local Motor Fuel taxes.

The county board also approved a contract for audit service with WIPFLI consultants for the next three years, at a cost of $36,500 for the first year and $37,500 for years two and three. The board also awarded the lawn care and snow removal contract to Kernan’s Lawn Service with a low bid of $5,195.

The next meeting of the Bureau County Board has been moved back two days to April 11 due to the April 9 primary election.

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