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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 21, 2014

Supervisors talk workman’s compensation

By DIANE VANCE | Jun 30, 2014

Jefferson County supervisors agreed today to keep both medical clinics in Fairfield as the “designated doctor” for employees to visit for a workman’s compensation injury.

Supervisor chairman Dick Reed said the county has a good (low incident) rating for job related injuries.

“We decided a couple years ago to allow both clinics in Fairfield to serve as the designated doctor for workman’s comp,” he said.

Supervisor Becky Schmitz serves on the county’s Safety Committee and reported that county department supervisors will have training sessions for use and types of fire extinguishers, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and a DVD session about blood bourn pathogens and what precautions are needed if blood is present.

The county’s workman’s comp insurance also recommended implementing an incident investigation procedure.

“The purpose is not to place blame, but to review an incident if someone is injured and see if there are procedures or equipment that can be rectified to prevent the incident from happening again,” said Schmitz.

She said she would discuss incident investigation procedures with heads of departments at the next meeting with them.

In other business, the supervisors approved 2-0 with supervisor Lee Dimmitt abstaining, a requested rate increase for a county conservation employee. The part-time employee who has worked previous summers with the county is related to Dimmitt.

Schmitz said during committee reports that the mental health region Jefferson County has joined approved contracts with mental health service providers at its most recent meeting and appointed Des Moines County as the region’s fiscal agent.

Reed reported the Southeast Iowa Multi-County Solid Waste Agency landfill in Richland has nearly completed constructing a new cell. Last month, Reed said the landfill office had been broken into, with cash and computer equipment stolen.

“We had installed one of those hunter cameras [a motion detection camera] but it wasn’t enough,” said Reed. “Now we’ve contracted a company and paid $2,700 for installation with an $80 a month charge for a video surveillance system.”

Dimmitt reported the Regional Planning Affiliates approved $240,000 in federal Surface Transportation Project funds toward paving and straightening the intersection of Salina Road and Pleasant Plain Road.

Rebecca Johnson, director of Fairfield Public Library, provided an informal status report on the library to the board.

 

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