The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met for their regularly scheduled meeting Monday morning in the third floor conference room of the Mahaska County Courthouse.
The main topics discussed were an Employee Assistance Program, and the County Farm Sale notice.
An Employee Assistance Program would cover mental health, specifically allowing employees to anonymously receive mental health treatment. Supervisor Mark Doland brought this up after a county employee was involved in a fatal accident last year. Mahaska Health Partnership sent mental health therapists to Secondary Roads to help grieving employees. Doland said that studies show that if people are mentally healthy, they are better workers.
Jan LeBahn of MHP showed the Supervisors a generic contract MHP would have with a business for mental health treatment. LeBahn had two proposals for instituting the treatment. The first proposal was for a set dollar amount per employee per year, and the second proposal was based off of usage at $60 per hour.
LeBahn said that the program is a tool to help supervisors manage employee performance issues, and support employees that might be going through personal issues. The County Supervisors elected to go with the proposal of usage at $60 per hour to see how the program goes for the first year. They then said they would go over the language in the proposal before it gets finalized and approved.
When it came to the County Farm Sale, the Supervisors discussed when the sale would be, and when written offers should be due. They decided on having written offers due April 1st by 10 am, and the auction being on April 11th. The ground and house will be auctioned off separately. It was also noted that the county has the option to reject a bid for any reason.
The Supervisors also discussed courthouse restrooms being open at events with the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, and contributions to a new animal shelter building. They were concerned about security, and how some events downtown get kybos for restrooms. They elected to have this be the last year the Court House restrooms are open will be used for events in the downtown area. They said if the county makes a contribution, it will be based off of usage. The Supervisors elected to not give a specific number at this point in time.
The next scheduled meeting of the Mahaska County Supervisors will be held on Monday, March 21st, in the third floor conference room of the Mahaska County Courthouse at 9 am.