Proclamations honor EMS personnel and foster care providers

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer

Melanie Erickson, Julia Weisz and Lisa Nolan from Morrison County Social Services presented a request that the Morrison County Board of Commissioners proclaim May as Foster Care Month.

Their report showed in 2014, 29 children in Morrison County were in licensed foster care homes.

“Foster care provides a safe, secure and stable home for children also providing compassion and nurturance in a family setting,” said Weisz.

There are over 48 licensed day cares which provides services for more than 162 adults. They provide a family environment to individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness or who are elderly .

The commissioners proclaimed May as Foster Care Month and asked that all citizens volunteer their talents and energies on behalf of children/adults in foster care, foster parents and the professional staff working with them.

The Morrison County Commissioners also approved that EMS Week be proclaimed in Morrison County and asked citizens to recognize the value and accomplishments of of emergency medical service providers.

Bringing the proclamation to the commissioners for consideration were Nancy Rinkel and Dan Rocheleau, both members of an area first response team. The proclamation states in part, that National Emergency Medical Services Week is May 18-24 and brings local communities first responders, ambulance services, fire departments, law enforcement agencies and professional organizations to celebrate the dedication of EMS personnel. EMS Week is a time to educate citizens about the critical life saving services that are provided by members working in this field.

Morrison County Board Briefs:

In other business, the commissioners:

•Approved filling social work positions due to retirements;

•Approved an agreement between the county and South County Health Alliance;

•Approved a conditional use permit to Robert Gruber allowing him to expand to a tier two large scale feedlot. This will allow Gruber to increase from 200 animal units to 650 animal units;

•Approved the second quarter capital equipment purchases amounting to $26,000. This includes payroll software, remodeling the breakroom and adding a lactation room; and

•Due to a resignation, approved filling the maintenance superintendent position in the Public Works. Department.

The next regular meeting of the Morrison County Commissioners will be held Tuesday, May 21, at 9 a.m.