Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Public Safety 03/10/2010

Last Updated 3/16/2010 12:00:28 PM


 

Minutes of the Public Safety Committee of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

March 10, 2010

Assembly Room of the Sawyer County Courthouse

 

PRESENT:  Chairman Fred Zietlow, James Bassett, Melvin Olson, Ken Maki, Warren Johnson (replacing Dale Thompson)

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Chief Deputy Brigette Kornbroke, Jail Administrator Kurt Barthel, Ambulance/EG Director Brian Cody, Coroner Dave Dokkestul, Veterans Service Officer Ray Boeckman, Animal Control Officer Sherrie Shelton, Human Resources Manager Carol Larson, Terrell Boettcher of the Sawyer County Record

 

Chairperson Zietlow called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

 

Motion by Olson, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the meeting agenda as present.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the minutes of the February 10, 2010, meeting.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Olson, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve Committee member Bassett’s attendance at the annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management.  It was noted that the travel and hotel costs are charged to the Ambulance/EG budget, with the per diems and meals charged to the County Board budget.  Motion carried, with Bassett abstaining. 

 

Sheriff’s Report

 

Kornbroke reminded the Committee that the April meeting will include interviews for the vacant Deputy Sheriff’s position and establishment of the eligibility list.

 

Barthel explained that the current arrangement for inmate medical care includes a nurse employed by the County on a full-time basis and a part-time physician paid on an hourly basis.  In addition, the County pays for counseling services.  Following the resignation of the jail physician, Barthel surveyed other counties and learned many contract out for complete inmate medical care.  He solicited quotes and reported that the annual cost of contracting with Advanced Correctional Healthcare would be $54,000, compared with the current estimated cost of $97,943 under the current arrangement, for a cost savings of over $40,000 per year.  The Committee discussed specifics of the contract vs. current care practices.  The contract would include a physician visit one-day every other week, 16-hours per week of nursing care, and 4-hours per week of mental health counseling.  The contracting agency would package drugs and would continue the current arrangement of obtaining drugs free of charge from the LCO clinic for inmates who are members of the LCO tribe.  Barthel reported that the representatives from other counties he spoke to believed their level of health care provided to inmates improved under the contract arrangement.  A motion by Olson to table action on this issue died for lack of a second.  Motion by Maki, 2nd by Johnson, to recommend to the Personnel-Administrative Committee and County Board approval of entering into a contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare for providing inmate medical care to the Sawyer County jail.  The motion further directed Barthel to obtain a contract from Advanced Correctional Healthcare for review by Corporation Counsel.  Motion carried, with Olson opposed. 

 

Motion by Maki, 2nd by Zietlow, to recommend to the Personnel-Administrative Committee and County Board an ordinance clarifying and re-defining the Chief Deputy position, including provisions for selection to, and dismissal from, the position.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Maki, 2nd by Bassett, to approve out-of-county travel requests as presented for the Sheriff’s Department.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Olson, to approve the Sheriff, Jail and Maintenance vouchers as presented.  Motion carried. 

 

Barthel provided reports on jail statistics, including the time Huber inmates have spent working for community organizations.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Maki, to approve the Jail Report.  Motion carried. 

 

Animal Control Report

 

Shelton reported on the conference she attended for the care and housing of animals during an emergency.  Maki requested that the County’s action plans for the care of animals during emergencies be properly documented.   

 

The position description for the Animal Control Officer will be presented for review at the April meeting. 

 

No out-of-county travel was requested. 

 

Motion by Olson, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the Animal Control vouchers as presented.  Motion carried. 

 

Veterans Report

 

Boeckman reported on a conference he attended on services available for homeless veterans.  He agreed to work with Dan Cousins from Sawyer County’s Transition House to determine if homeless veterans in that facility might be served through these programs.

 

In response to the Finance Committee’s directive that no vouchers for water coolers be approved for Sawyer County Departments, Boeckman explained that his office has a water cooler because it does not have a water fountain.  The cost to install a water fountain would be approximately $1,000.  He noted that the fees for the water cooler were paid from grant funds.  Bassett reported that this matter will be discussed again by the Finance Committee and possibly by the County Board and recommended that no action be taken at this time.

 

No out-of-county travel was requested. 

 

Motion by Zietlow, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the Veterans vouchers as presented.  Motion carried. 

 

Coroner’s Report

 

Dokkestul reported that he wishes to train a Deputy Coroner for the southern portion of the County.  Larson explained that Deputy Coroners can be deputized by the Coroner without Committee or County Board approval. 

 

No out-of-county travel was requested.      

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the Coroner’s vouchers as presented.  Motion carried. 

 

Ambulance Report

 

Cody reported that the Round Lake Station is up and running.  He said the ambulance is being housed at the Town Hall site on County Road A.  Cody said this station should help alleviate the number of call runs from Hayward.  Cody also reported that coverage for the Birkie went well.

 

In response to the Finance Committee’s request to conduct a study of the cost effectiveness of Lifeline Systems for billing and collections for ambulance service, Cody presented a spreadsheet showing billings and collections from 2008 to present.  He noted that the reduction in collections in 2009 was partially due to the fact that billing did not start until late in the year.  In addition, he noted that the amount collected is reduced by the 10% fee charged for billing and collection.  That work had been done by a full-time County-paid employee.  The Committee requested that Cody provide the report on a monthly basis. 

 

Motion by Maki, 2nd by Bassett, to approve out-of-county travel as requested.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Maki, 2nd by Olson, to approve the Ambulance vouchers as presented.  Motion carried. 

 

Motion by Maki, 2nd by Bassett, to adjourn.  Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 10:25 a.m.

 

 

Minutes submitted by Carol Larson