The Codington County Commissioners along with Prairie Lakes Hospital, and the city of Watertown are working together to ensure funding moves forward for a Mass Vaccination Coordinator. City officials, including Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron and Assistant Fire Chief Don Rowland appeared before the commissioners this week asking for a joint cost share funding approval in the amount of 10,000 for the county and 10,000 dollars city to cover the expenses of the consulting coordinator. The dollars will be directed to Prairie Lakes Hospital who will in turn ask for reimbursement from the Department of Health. Should the Federal dollars be approved through COVID relief it would then be rebated back to the county and city. Codington County Emergency management Director Jamie Torstenson:
He says it’s hopeful that with 16 million dollars coming into the state that the consultant costs will qualify for reimbursement. Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron says the manager is needed because of her qualifications and experience:
The commissioners stated they would be open to the cost sharing request but wanted more details on paper before making a final determination.
On another topic Jamie Torstenson says COVID vaccinations are making progress:
Commissioner Myron Johnson again asked the public to get their shots when they are available.
On some other topics of discussion at the commission meeting, Commissioner Johnson gave an update on the progress of a proposed phosphorus removal project at Lake Kampeska:
And speaking of water Commissioner VanDusen asked boaters using area lakes, and especially Lake Kampeska to be aware of the Zebra Muscle issue: