Minutes of the Public Safety Committee of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors
June 11, 2010
Assembly Room of the Sawyer County Courthouse
PRESENT: Chairperson Fred Zietlow, Melvin Olson, Ken Maki, Dean Pearson
ALSO PRESENT: Sheriff Jim Meier, Chief Deputy Brigette Kornbroke, Jail Administrator Kurt Barthel, Ambulance/EG Director Brian Cody, Veterans Service Officer Ray Boeckman, Animal Control Officer Sherrie Shelton, LCO Animal Control Officer Valerie Lynk, NWRPC Representative Jason Laumann, 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 Maki, 2nd by Olson, to approve the meeting agenda as presented. Motion carried.
Motion by Olson, 2nd by Maki, to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2010, meeting. Motion carried.
Meier shared a press release involving a huge, nation-wide, drug bust that involved an arrest made in Sawyer County.
Motion by Olson, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the out-of-county travel requested. Motion carried.
Motion by Zietlow, 2nd by Olson, to approve the Sheriff, Jail and Maintenance vouchers as presented. Motion carried.
Barthel provided reports on jail statistics. He reported that the contracted inmate healthcare has started.
Animal Control Report
Shelton introduced the new LCO Animal Control Officer, Valerie Lynk, to the Committee. Shelton reported that the free rabies clinics had lower turn-out than expected, but that the revenues collected did exceed the costs. She will prepare a detailed report for the next meeting. Pearson requested that Shelton prepare a monthly report of activities for the Committee’s review.
Motion by Maki, 2nd by Pearson, to include a requirement that the Animal Control Officer position description include a requirement to be certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Humane Officer as a condition of hire. Motion carried.
No out-of-county travel was requested.
Motion by Maki, 2nd by Pearson, to approve the Animal Control vouchers as presented. Motion carried.
Boeckman reported that he will be hiring a new Van Driver to replace one who is leaving effective July 28. Van Drivers are considered casual, occasional employees and Personnel-Administrative Committee or County Board approval is not necessary prior to hiring.
No out-of-county travel was requested.
Motion by Maki, 2nd by Pearson, to approve the Veterans vouchers as presented. Motion carried.
There was no Coroner’s report, out-of-County travel requested, or Coroner’s vouchers.
NWRPC Representative Jason Laumann reviewed a proposal to apply for a grant to create a Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for Sawyer County, including the LCO Reservation, Price County, Rusk County and Taylor County. The matching funds required by the grant would be met with in-kind time by County staff involved in the planning process. Motion by Zietlow, 2nd by Pearson, to recommend County Board approval of a Resolution to Participate in a Regional Hazard Mitigation Planning Process. Motion carried.
Cody provided a monthly report on ambulance runs and collections.
Cody informed the Committee that he has determined a 12-hour per week Administrative Assistant will be sufficient to help staff the office (a full-time Ambulance/EG Deputy position was eliminated after the ambulance billing was contracted to a private company). He said a flexible schedule to help cover during his absences would be preferable. Cody said he would work with Human Resources Manager Carol Larson to develop a proposal for consideration at next month’s meeting.
Motion by Maki, 2nd by Pearson, to approve out-of-county travel as requested. Motion carried.
Motion by Pearson, 2nd by Maki, to approve the Ambulance vouchers as presented. Motion carried.
Motion by Olson, 2nd by Pearson, to adjourn. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 10:10 a.m.
Minutes submitted by Carol Larson