County Notes 8/15/13

WashCo_logoCounty gets emergency funds

Washington County will get more than $192,000 in public health emergency preparedness funds for the state after the Board of Commissioners approved a grant agreement Tuesday.
The state Department of Health Cities Readiness Initiative grant is part of the state’s Local Public Health Act requiring local public health agencies to prepare for and respond to community health emergencies including infectious disease outbreaks occurring naturally or caused by terrorist acts.
The county has received the funds for several years through a federal Centers for Disease Control program administered by the state DOH. The grant period is July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.
The county uses the money to plan, train and exercise so departments and staff are ready to respond to a health emergency.

Road striping contract awarded

Traffic Marking Services, Inc., was awarded a nearly $67,000 contract for traffic control and guidance pavement marking by the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
The county contracts highway striping after the Department of Public Work’s striper vehicle purchased in 1995 reached the end of its useful life and required costly repairs.
The county also works with local communities on their pavement marking needs under the contract, with the local communities reimbursing the county for their pavement marking projects.

Damchik stays on board

Richard Damchik of Forest Lake was re-appointed to a fifth term on the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District by the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
Damchik’s new term with the CL-FLWD expires Sept. 22, 2016.
Watershed districts work on a variety of water-related issues including water supply oversight and protection and regulation of groundwater use.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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