Wapello County Courthouse

County Supervisors had long-running discussions on pay for elected officials Tuesday morning. Supervisors meetings take place every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. (unless noted otherwise) on the third floor of the courthouse.

OTTUMWA — The results of the Nov. 5 election became official when county supervisors canvassed votes on Tuesday.

Supervisor Brian Morgan was shocked by the amount of variations, not just for Ottumwa’s city council and school district, but in surrounding communities as well.

“It shocked me,” Morgan said. “I don’t think any of us truly knew with the combination of the school and city elections. The number of ballot variations throughout Wapello County — there were 45 different ballots for people to vote on just in Wapello County. I don’t know if that was something necessarily thought about. It’s good that it’s combined and it saves some money, but it was definitely a pain and it took some growing.”

Other significant points focused on the contract renewal with Carosh-HIPAA and a presentation by Eldon/Uptown Downtown.

Supervisor Jerry Parker said the renewal is important because there is protected health information employees and clients possess that has to be shared with himself and other county supervisors.

“For the people that have to share it,” Parker said, “some need it for a variety of things such as treatment, but there are some individuals who don’t need access to that protected health information and what Roger [Carosh consultant] does is schools us.”

Parker said the county supervisors have to participate in educational modules, which help retain their knowledge about HIPAA regulations.

Roger Shindell, president and CEO of Carosh Compliance Solutions, talked about different training and the importance of the contract renewal, which expires on Nov. 15 of this year.

The trainings are divided into two different groups: a manager working with protected health information on a frequent basis and an occasional user. Shindell’s purpose is to work with those two groups, teach them to understand the information and give them training. Shindell wants more people in Wapello County to get the training, speaking of the possibility of allowing different departments to get the training.

The total cost of the training services is $9,824, but Parker said it is worth the amount because of how it helped him and other supervisors and how it will have the ability to help other departments as well.

“Now we can go around each department to see if they think they are better than what we show,” Parker said.

Donna Jeffrey, from Eldon Uptown/Downtown said she came because she wanted support in revitalizing Eldon’s mainstreet and restoring two buildings. The buildings are between Eldon’s city hall and another business on Main Street.

“We have a chance with a $100,000 state catalyst grant to restore the buildings that are empty and in bad repair,” Jeffrey said. “The purpose of this grant is to be a catalyst for other development in the Downtown area.

Jeffrey said if nothing is done, the two buildings will be gone. So far, Jeffrey has not had much luck. She is waiting on approval for the catalyst grant and the Legacy Foundation and did not get a $30,000 grant from the Wapello Foundation. Eldon, however, offered $10,000.

Parker said the supervisors want to contribute funds, but can’t do so unless he and the supervisors know for a fact that the building projects will be completed.

Jeffrey understood, but continued to express her desire for support.

“Every city’s donation is contingent,” she said, “If we don’t get the grant we will still be able to do the project without catalyst grant. We need support from our local community.”

Chiara Romero can be reached at cromero@ottumwacourier.com.

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