CLERICAL ERROR CAUSES EXTRA FUNDING FOR HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Bond County tax payers can expect the amount collected for the health department to be abated next year due to a clerical error made this year. Health Department Director Maxine Barth explained to the Bond County Board of Health Monday night that the error was made by the county clerk’s office as the maximum fund rate was used. Barth said she has never requested the maximum levy and the error resulted in nearly $109,000 in additional tax revenue being collected. She told WGEL that the mistake was discovered when her department received their first tax installment.
Barth discussed the dilemma with State’s Attorney Chris Bauer and the county’s accountant. Under state law, the county clerk’s office must next year abate the amount equal to the excess taxes collected this year. The health board agreed to put the extra tax dollars into a CD.
Beyond the unexpected additional funds from the error, the health department continues to show growth. Barth said the overall balance as of September 30 is $2.25 million in comparison to $1.17 million at the same time three years ago. Board Chairman, Darryl Bolen, said the grants received by the department are reflected by the balance. He said those grants are correlated to the services provided by the health department. The fiscal year 2007 budget was adopted. It projects $2.55 million in revenue and $2.6 million in expenditures. Barth explained to WGEL that the anticipated deficit will be covered by carryover cash from the current fiscal year. With the possibility of energy costs rising, a 40% increase in that line item was included in the budget.
While progress is being made by the building and grounds committee, no recommendations have been made concerning the need for more space at the health department. The options include adding on to the current building, utilizing a lot they own to the north, or relocating.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO OFFER CERVICAL CANCER VACCINE
The Bond County Health Department later this year will offer a new HPV immunization designed to lessen the likelihood of developing cervical cancer. HPV is a viral infection with thirty strains known to cause cancer, two of which account for 70% of the cervical cancer cases diagnosed. Dr. Ramon G. Lopez addressed the issue at Monday night's Bond County Board of Health meeting. Lopez said 34,000 American women die each year from cervical cancer.
The vaccine has been approved by several health organizations and is recommended for girls ages 11 and 12. Health Department Director Maxine Barth said there are currently 168 girls at that age enrolled in Bond County schools. The cost for the series of three shots is $360 but Barth pointed out that this is covered by the Vaccine for Children Plus program. The only cost to parents would be a $7 administrative fee per shot; however no one is denied service.
The board welcomed new member Sandy Lang and the new Mental Health Director, Diane Duft. Board of Health officers were re-elected…Darryl Bolen, chairman; Deb Devore, vice-chairman; and Betty Shenkel, secretary.
The Bond County Health Department has received all 2,300 doses of flu vaccine requested. Only 886 inoculations have been administered. And there weren't many people who took advantage of the health department's offer of free larvacide briquettes. Only twelve of 100 packages were dispensed. The larvacide is a method of eliminating mosquito pools which are susceptible to West Nile virus.
POCAHONTAS VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
The October meeting of the Pocahontas Village Board began with the approval of minutes from the last meeting. An audit of the books is complete. Howard Held presented the board with the results of the audit, stating that the books are sound, but recommends consideration be given to possibly raising the water and sewer rates. The current rates may not be able to keep pace with expenses. George Shaw, the new building inspector for the Village reported that he has done four inspections and issued three building permits. And he is getting to know the people and businesses in town. For residents having trouble with stray cats, the Pocahontas Village Board has live traps available for loan. Inquire at the village hall to sign one out.
The board voted to donate $200.00 to the Pocahontas Senior Citizens. The group does not generate enough money to meet their expenses and donations of any kind are appreciated.
FFA MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN DAY OF SERVICE
FFA members will put civic learning and leadership into action during the first-ever National FFA Day of Service on Thursday. More than 800 FFA members will take part in a service activity at one of four sites in the Indianapolis-Metro area. The National FFA Organization developed the Day of Service in conjunction with Indianapolis civic leaders and corporate sponsors to promote civic engagement and service learning through agricultural education. By learning and leading this day, FFA members can take the experience back to their hometowns and make a difference in the communities. Living to Serve is an important part of the FFA Motto. The National FFA Day of Service offers FFA students a chance to learn how to collectively identify a problem within their community and implement solutions to address the problem. The Greenville High School Chapter is one of those attending this year’s convention.
PASSENGER INJURED WHEN SUV HITS HORSE
A Peoria woman was injured Sunday night when the vehicle she was a passenger in struck a horse. The driver, 45-year-old Wendy J. Powell, told deputies that she was eastbound on Route 40 west of Mulberry Grove when several horses walked onto the road. Powell was unable to avoid hitting one of the horses. Powell was not injured but her passenger, 21-year-old Malorie J. Ward, was taken by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital.