The Pierce County board observed the contributions of the Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services during the Covid-19 pandemic at their meeting on June 22. As vaccines have been rolling out, the Public Health Department asked for a new, full-time position to be approved for the lengthy and time-consuming process of Covid-19 case follow-ups.
Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services Recognition
A proclamation was made to recognize Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services for their contributions to the county and community during the Covid-19 pandemic. PPCS “opened the doors of their facility to allow pertinent personnel to conduct the proper testing for the Covid-19 virus,” allowing public health professionals to complete over 2,600 tests. They also hosted 10 vaccine clinics, resulting in 1,200 doses to over 600 people.
The board approved the purchasing of a hydraulic track excavator for the highway department in excess of $75,000.
Register of deeds online access
This resolution proposed an amendment to the current fee structure, effective September 1, 2021, increasing the cost of online access of public documents recorded in the Register of Deeds Officer. It was adopted on the first reading by the board.
The county is required by the health department to follow up with all category one and two communicable diseases, including Covid-19. This requires a significant amount of work on the part of the health department.
The first reading of this resolution was presented to the board and asked for a new, full-time Covid-19 investigation lead position for 2021 due to “urgent and pressing circumstances.”
The Law Enforcement Committee also asked the board to consider a new personnel request for 2021 in this first reading. A full-time corrections officer is going on extended leave with a US National Guard mission. Due to low staffing, the board was asked to hire an employee to fill the vacancy until the deputy returns.