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County okays public health technology, prepares for negotiations for ethanol

Monday, December 4, 2006

The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with CareFacts for software to replace the 14-year-old system at Public Health. The software will help keep all of the services compliant with federal regulations as well as a current up-to-date records for the workers of Public Health.

Nurse Administrator Sally Bonnesen hosted a presentation for the board two weeks ago where Gregory Floyd of CareFacts talked to the board about a special deal for Buena Vista County. The software would cost $52,750 plus training and maintenance. The deal was set to expire November 28, then the price would rise.

Sally Bonnesen was asked to go through her budget to see what funds would be available for the software update as well as a hardware update with new laptops and Palm Pilots.

Supervisor Jim Gustafson was not opposed to the update but wanted to make sure the least amount of tax payers money was used.

"I am against having to pay interest when it doesn't have to be paid," Gustafson said.

The payment of the software will be made in three different installments, the first was paid on Tuesday of $26,375. The next payment will be around March with the installation of the software at $21,000 and then the final payment will be $5,275.

Concerns about what type of hardware and server was needed will be decided at a later time.

Chairman Bill Lanphere signed the contract and approved the check for the first payment.

County Engineer Jon Ites also had Lanphere sign a Department of Transportation budget amendment approved last week.

Lanphere reminded the board that at 8:30 on December 5 representatives from Oregon Trails will meet with the board about the proposal made three weeks ago for a tax abatement to possibly bring an ethanol plant to rural Alta.

"They want a 20 year tax abatement and will pay the county $1 million over the course of the 20 years," Lanphere said. "We offered them 12 years at 100 percent abatement with three years at 50 percent abatement and $1.2 million over the first 12 years."

Kathy Showalter representing the ethanol company had said she would recommend the company not accept the county counteroffer.

The board would not give Oregon Trails 20 years, and planned to wait for the company's response.

The board also approved a motion to have Lanphere sign a height and offset variance with the City of Storm Lake for the 911 communication tour at the new Law Enforcement Center.

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