County Establishes Health Advisory Council
KSAL Staff - September 15, 2015 3:29 pm
With unanimous consent, the Saline County Commission adopted a resolution creating an Advisory Council for the Saline County Health Department.
They also approved a set of by-laws governing the Council that stipulate “all actions taken or addressed by this Advisory Council are advisory in nature and subject to the final approval of the Saline County Board of County Commissioners.” The County Commission will continue to serve as the County’s Board of Health.
As outlined in its by-laws, the Council will consist of nine individuals, seven on whom can vote:
• The Health Officer, David Dupy, MD, who is able to vote and will serve as the Council Chairman.
• Six community members who submitted “expressions of interest” forms were selected and will be able to vote. These include Glenn Engelland, DVM; Tom Bell, VP SRHC; Amanda Michaelis, United Way; Jacob Hodges, MD; Elizabeth Bonilla, registrar; and Ron Kramer, pastor.
• The Health Department Coordinator, Jason Tiller, will handle organizational and clerical details, serve as parliamentarian and spokesperson. He will not vote.
• Representing the Commission, Monte Shadwick will not vote.
Initially, terms will be staggered to prevent turnover of a majority of the Council at one time. Random drawings will determine which members will initially serve one, two or three year terms. Council Members at the end of their allowed terms will be eligible to submit an “expression of interest” form for the next term year.
The Council will meet at least quarterly. After an orientation, they will assist the Health Department with assessing the community’s health, including rural and underserved areas. The Council will help develop strategies to meet identified needs.
Salina Airport Authority Update
Tim Rogers, Executive Director at the Salina Airport Authority reported on plans to rename the airport the Salina Regional Airport. SAA is asking to remove non-precision instrumental approaches and make other operational changes to its code. When individuals plan to erect buildings or install communication towers near flight paths, David Neal, Planning and Zoning Director forwards those applications to SAA for approval. Diagrams and maps showing affected areas will be posted on the SAA website.
The Commission awarded a bid to Auto Haus for $1700 for demolition and clean-up at 1849 W North Street. As stipulated in the bid, clean-up is to be completed within 30 days. Commissioner Jim Gile said that this matter had been before the Commission for four years.
During his update, County Counselor Mike Montoya voiced concerns about a voter registration drive he observed as he walked through the City-County building. One of those helping to register voters had on a shirt that said “Kansas League of Women Voters”. Montoya alerted Don Merriman, County Clerk, who immediately addressed the issue. Montoya repeated that these activities are just to relate to voter registration and are to be neutral in their presentation (meaning the table and those staffing it can show no banners, badges, logos, etc.).
Marilyn Leamer, Human Resources Director provided her monthly update. She described plans for the Employee Appreciation Day. County offices will be closed on Columbus Day, October 12, but staff will meet off-site to receive in-service training. Long serving employees will be recognized.
Annie Grevas, Community Corrections Director, presented three yearly reports to the Commission. Following final approval at next week’s Open Forum, these will be submitted to the KDOC.
Story by: Karen Shade for KSAL News