Crawford County Board
appointed to county board
By Ted Pennekamp
A new Crawford County Board Supervisor was sworn in and began his duties at Tuesday morning’s board meeting at the County Administration Building.
“I’m looking forward to serving on the board,” said Carl Orr who was appointed by County Board Chairman Tom Cornford. Orr replaced Mary Jane Faas of District 6. Faas moved out of the district and resigned in March.
The board approved a resolution to commend Faas for her many years of dedicated service to Crawford County. Faas was first elected to the Crawford County Board in 2006 and was elected thereafter and served until resigning in March.
In other business, the board unanimously approved of becoming a member of the Woodland Enhanced Health Services Commission. The Human Services Department has found it increasingly difficult to find nursing home placements for individuals with specialized physical and mental needs and is required to designate an emergency protective placement facility. Membership in the Woodland Commission will provide access to placement options for those individuals as well as access to an emergency protective placement facility in a cost effective manner. The county had previously used the services of Lakeview Health Center of West Salem. Lakeview has cut back, however, and now has only 50 beds available. Also, Lakeview’s cost went up to $120 per night. The cost at Woodland is $70 per night.
In further business, the board unanimously approved of replacing an ordinance regarding animal waste management and an ordinance relating to the licensing of livestock facilities. The animal waste management ordinance would affect 12 farms in Crawford County. The livestock facilities ordinance affects two farms in Crawford County, a dairy farm that has more than 500 animal units, and a hog farm that has more than 1,000 animal units. The new ordinances clear up some of the language of the former ordinances. Land Conservationist Dave Troester said there have been only a few minor issues with manure in Crawford County as related to these ordinances.