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Supervisors OK performance improvement plans

Confinement expansion is also approved

August 14, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the final 2012 performance improvement plan for Emmet County Case Management as well as the plan for 2013.

Dorothy Christensen, Emmet County mental health coordinator, presented both plans for the supervisors' review and approval.

Noting that performance improvement plans are required for case management agencies, Christensen noted among other things that in the past year Emmet County Mental Health did client surveys, that she reviewed billing entries each month, incident reports were reviewed and that the agency had started with the targeted case management module.

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A new road is already in to service Stateline Cooperative’s new feed milling and pelleting operation in Halfa. The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved third reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would give a five-year property tax break for the $9 million plant.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

After the board approved the final fiscal 2012 plan, Christensen said that due to the Affordable Health Care Act Emmet County Mental Health will use free software to submit reports electronically. She also said department employees must be cleared by the Office of the Inspector General.

Christensen said the new case management module will be fully operational this year and that the department will be going through accreditation in a year.

The supervisors approved the fiscal 2013 plan and discussed mental health redesign with Christensen.

The board also approved claims and drainage bills and after a public hearing approved a proposed expansion of an animal confinement feeding operation for Scott and Lynn Park at 3800 270th St. The operation will double from 2,400 to 4,800 head, placing it under the Iowa Department of Natural Resources matrix evaluation requirements.

"Everything looked great," said supervisor Tim Schumacher who visited the site. Schumacher said the Parks had commitments from area farmers to spread manure from the site.

The board approved a township officers ballot resolution and held a public hearing and approved third reading of an ordinance that would allow for a partial exemption from property taxes for new construction of industrial real estate, research-service facilities, warehouses, distribution centers and the acquisition of or improvement to machinery and equipment assessed as real estate. Stateline Cooperative is building a $9 million feed milling and manufacturing operation in Halfa, just north of Ringsted. Board chair Bev Juhl said final approval is scheduled for next week.

The board also discussed a fiber optic line and Internet and telephone service to the courthouse and heard the road report from Roger Patocka. Patocka said there will be a retirement coffee for Ron Beaver at the courthouse board room 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.

Patocka said the Swan Lake bridge off 190th St. in Section 29 of Swan Lake Township was closed Monday.



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