In the minutes - COLUMBIA COUNTY


Columbia County commissioners are Chuck Reeves, Dwight Robanske and Dick Jones. With Robanske absent Wednesday:

  • DISTRICT COURT: Authorized District Court Judge Scott Marinella and court administrator Kerry Much to seek estimates on cost of remodeling the court office to provide better work space and to create a second exit for safety purposes.

  • RISK POOL: Reappointed county engineer Drew Wood and commissioner Dwight Robanske to represent Columbia County with the Washington Counties Risk Pool board. Unanimous.

  • INSURANCE: Approved rates outlined in the health insurance aster service agreement for 2012. Unanimous.

  • RESERVE WAGES: Approved wage increase from Step 3 ($14.41/hr) to Step 4 ($15.13/hr) for reserve deputies Truitt and Fullbrite. Most of the money to pay reserve deputies comes from the reserve fund, Sheriff Walt Hessler said. Unanimous.

  • FLU SHOTS: Discussed flu shots offered by the Health Department. Flu shots will be given at a clinic Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center, 403 E. Patit Street. Cost is $30 for those 19 and older. Medicare, Medicaid and private pay are accepted.

  • PUBLIC HEALTH: Learned from Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman that she had been notified public health budgets will be reduced by another 10 percent.

  • FIRE MARSHALL: Formally appointed Jeremy Phinney as Columbia County Fire Marshal. Unanimous.

  • E911: Dispatch supervisor Tim Quigg told commissioners about his activities as dispatch supervisor since dispatch was moved to the Emergency Management department from the Sheriff's office. The dispatch center remains in the Courthouse, but is no longer directly attached to the sheriff's office. Quigg said since the change in February he enacted twice-yearly performance evaluations, taken steps to improve morale in the department, and set up reverse E911, to provide blanket emergency alerts. There are four full-time dispatchers, and two part-tine dispatchers, plus Quigg and Lisa Caldwell, who works out of the Emergency Management office.

  • DUES: Approved paying $100 annual dues for membership in the Commissioners' Clerks Association. Unanimous.


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