Commission approves requests from Greene Center and Health Department

Suzette Lowe

At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Jackson County Commission heard presentations and requests from three different agencies, one of which required a lengthy executive session.

Rod Winters from the Greene Center updated Commissioners Dick Waybright and Mitch Morrison on improvements that have been made to the Kenna facility. Commissioner Mike Randolph was not in attendance. Among those items were painting of the gym by volunteer labor and supplies, LED lights installed, and replacement of insulation in the ceiling. Winters also said that several Eagle Boy Scout projects had been completed as well.

Winters asked the Commission to approve funds for wall heaters in the hallway and restrooms.

“The current ones are not functional and can’t be repaired,” he said.

Commissioners approved $1,430 for replacement of four hallway and two bathroom heaters.

Future projects for which the center may request funds from the 2021-2022 budget include replacement of the north wing roof and a parking lot upgrade.

A closed-door executive session was requested by Sheriff Ross Mellinger for an unspecified proposal which would involve financial matters. Several members of law enforcement, along with EMS Director Troy Bain and 911 Director Montana Boggess, were included in the meeting which lasted from 9:42 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. No action was taken upon adjournment of that executive session.

Jackson County Health Department Administrator Amy Haskins made the final request presentation.

In 2001, an emergency plan was devised under the leadership of the health department to address roles and support systems in case of events such as a health pandemic.

Haskins said with the current vaccination schedule for COVID-19, many volunteers are needed.

“When this was written, even though a pandemic was mentioned, this particular situation we’re in was never in anyone’s thoughts,” she said. “But here we are.”

The health department requested that county employees be approved to assist with clerical work at the vaccination clinics.

“We would only expect help if the employee volunteered and could be spared from their particular office for that day,” she said. “Anyone who does work is covered under the health department’s liability insurance.”

Waybright stressed that the Commission does not control the employees and any final approval of time would have to come from the particular elected official or supervisor. With that understanding, the request was approved.

In one final piece of business, Commissioners reviewed and accepted the written report of EMS Director Troy Bain.

The next meeting of the Jackson County Commission will be at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 17 at the courthouse.