CRYSTAL FALLS—At its regular May 9 meeting, the County Board agreed to stagger lunch hours at the Courthouse, which will make county offices open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Until now, the offices had been closed between noon and 12:30 p.m.
The discussion began at last month’s regular meeting but was tabled to the May 9 meeting due to concerns that some offices would be short-handed and not able to be open during the noon hour.
According to Chairman Carl Lind, each of the department heads should be in charge of overseeing the departments and making decisions based on what they need, but still be in accordance to the new hours.
Commissioners unanimously approved a motion that Courthouse offices be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and that the department heads will strive to make the new hours happen. Exceptions will be made if a department occasionally cannot stay open during the half hour lunch break.
Clerk Joan Luhtanen suggested that if the noon hour is the only time citizens can come to a certain office, they should call beforehand to make sure that office will be open.
The board also approved the contract for services between Dino Giannola and Iron County relating to the Cooks Run fish rearing ponds.
Due to concerns from board members, review and approval of the lease agreement between the Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency (DISCA) and Iron County was tabled until the next regular meeting.
Commissioner Jim Brennan said he was concerned about the large number of legal and complex terms in the lease, along with the fact that DISCA had written the lease, not the county.
The board also tabled a discussion about making the maintenance position into a department head with a salary position of $37,050.
Peretto asked why the change was brought to the board now instead of at budget time and said she is concerned about deciding before receiving the audit. “Personally, I think we should wait on this,” she said.
A motion was made to table the discussion until budget time. Commissioner Ray Coates and Lind voted no, with the other commissioners voting yes.
During commissioner reports, Commissioner Tim Aho updated the board on the wireless project that is now in place and noted the timber sale is in its final drafts.
Coates reported that at the 911 meeting a while back, they had discussed the progress being made in certain areas.
Peretto touched on the substance abuse program and that even with the state trying to merge mental health and substance abuse programs, the program will stay the way it is.
During public comment, Rosalie King voiced her concern about consolidating the programs. “The way things are going, maybe down the road this program won’t even exist,” she said. “They’re trying to consolidate some of the services. Sometimes it’s a good thing, and sometimes it’s not. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
Lind reported on the construction at the county Medical Care Facility and assured that the construction is on schedule and that the shingles are ready to be installed.
The board also:
--Approved the Finance Committee’s April 25 review of bills at $2,744,183.
--Approved the appointment of Sonne Stowell to the Authority on Aging Board.
--Approved a resolution to increase the Iron County 911 monthly surcharge from $2.17 to $2.70, which would bring an additional $89,778 per year.
Before the meeting began, a moment of silence was held for former Commissioner Beverly Camp, who died earlier this month. The flag at the Courthouse was at half staff, and a plaque being made in her honor will be placed in the meeting room.