Monday, April 5, 2010
By Joyce Wiese
Linda Rosenberger, Tama County Health, was present requesting the week of April 5 through 11th be proclaimed as National Public Health Week. The proclamation is April 5th-11th and the theme is "A Healthier America, One Community at a Time". Since 1996 the American Public Health Association, through its sponsorship of National Public Health Week, has educated the public, policy makers and public health professionals about issues important to improving the public's health. The proclamation states our nation spends more on health care than any other country, but an estimated 46.3 million Americans do not have health insurance and millions more do not have access to life saving clinical preventive services. Millions of people in America do not have access to cost effective community based preventive services. Many of the illnesses that are caused by tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption are potentially preventable. Many neighborhoods lack access to safe walkways and bikeways, are too farfrom offices, schools, health providers and grocery stores to wak and are inaccessible by public transportation. Studies have shown that 10.5 million cases of infectious diseases and 33,000 deaths can be prevented in the United States by the standard childhood immunization series. By making a change in our individual communities we will improve the health of our nation.
Pinwheels will be placed in the planter on the courthouse lawn too represent Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Permission was granted by the County Supervisors with the consent of the Tama Toledo Chamber of Commerce who has the planter.
Changes have been made in the Employee Handbook and they have been printed with a letter being sent to all department heads. A meeting will be held with the department heads to finalize the handbook before being printed for all employees.
County Engineer Lyle Brehm's weekly report shows problems with frost boils. Brehm stated thes have been a persistent problem. They are the result of high moisture and freezing temperatures from fall and winter. Each of these has an ice lens that prevents water from working down into the soil, and instead supplies water to keep the surface soft. These have caused several roads to be closed.
The bridge in Otter Creek Township, Sections 21 and 22, betweeN 310th Street and 320th Street on P Avenue, is being replaced with a box culvert. The contractor has started the work as of today.
Claims for the past week came to $170,900.83.