The St. Francis County Commission held another short meeting to approve a nomination and budget changes Tuesday morning.
Linda Ragsdale, Director of the St. Francis County Health Center, reported to the commission on ongoing programs.
“The last variant, omicron, we are on the downward slope,” she said. “Our positivity percentage has gone from 38 to its current level, that’s good. Fewer sick people, that’s a new variant so we’re always getting new data, recommendations coming in from the CDC and the health department.
“We’ve shortened the isolation and quarantine time. If you’re fully vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask now unless you’re immunocompromised or at risk.
“We are starting to prioritize our other services like walk-in vaccinations for children and adults. We are reopening our STD clinic. We are working with schools on vaping, which has been put on the back burner. Our WIC clinic is working well, we see clients in the office to help new moms, babies and children. »
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The commission voted to reappoint Ragsdale as director.
In other cases, the committee approved amendments to the 2021 budget.
Audit Director Amber Menjoulet spoke about the changes.
“Every year we have to change the budget for all the funds that have exceeded their expenses,” she said. “It’s not necessarily about income. Most of the budget amendments were due to an increase in income, which therefore meant more turnover. We have also paid off our debt. In total, we went over budget by $1,557,443.32. »
In public comments, Jerry Richards, Feral Pig Awareness Cooperative Educator from the University of Missouri Extension, spoke about feral pigs.
“It’s a problem we have in this part of Missouri,” he said. “It’s a wild hog coming in and entering your property. It tears your property to pieces. They will tear up the hay fields.
“Last year the decision was made through the Federal Farm Bill that there would be money provided to eventually come to the University of Missouri expansion to help people who have problems with this. Until then it was vague and scattered who you talk to if you have a problem. Now there are four of us in this position.
“What we do is if you have a problem with feral hogs we will come in and I will come to your property with a trapper. We examine the damage you have. We’ll set up game cameras, we’ll put out bait corn; we will make sure we have pigs to come. Once we have pigs, we will build a trap. Pigs come and stumble and we catch them. Trappers will use these traps every day. If the pigs are caught, we eliminate the pigs and reset the trap.
Richards said if there is any damage to the ground, part of the upcoming program will be to have remediation equipment to bring in, drag and restore the property to the condition it was in before.
For more information, contact Jerry Richards at 573-854-9845 or [email protected]
On Tuesday, the St. Francis County seal contest had 183 entries from 138 people from around the world. The contest ends February 28 at noon. Designs can be entered at www.dailyjournalonline/contest.
The next meeting of the St. Francis County Commission will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex in downtown Farmington.
Mark Marberry is a reporter for Farmington Press and Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3629 or [email protected]