At the recent Bond County Board of Health meeting, the board unanimously voted that health department employees would pay $10 each month toward their monthly insurance premium due to an increase in costs. Administrator Mark Ayers shared the department’s efforts to put funds directly back into the local economy by utilizing local business. He reported $449,970 was spent locally and an additional $475,128 in WIC coupons, often spent locally, were distributed to over 500 clients.
The board reported over 844 doses of the flu vaccine have been used with 59 shots remaining. More than 46 cases of influenza A have been reported to the county. Ayers briefed the board on successfully receiving the Susan G. Komen grant in the amount of $3,000 which will be used to assist the department in the Breast and Cervical Cancer program.
After a closed-session meeting, the board recommended a 3 percent pay increase for the administrator and an adjustment in vacation time from 2 weeks to 3 weeks. The February Board meeting was rescheduled to meet Monday, February 24 to avoid the President’s Day holiday on the 17th.