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County Board approves participation in IPHMAS

by pete spitler
updated: 3/6/2018 2:17 PM

During a short meeting on March 1, the Perry County Board of Commissioners approved participation in a mutual aid agreement to establish and operate the Illinois Public Health Mutual Aid System (IPHMAS).

The resolution states recent events had prompted a desire to strengthen the preparedness of the public health system in the state and the agreement will allow for a statewide mutual aid and assistance system between local health departments.

"Whereas, local public health departments wish to prepare for potential emergencies which may require they provide aid and assistance to other local public health departments or that they request aid and assistance from other local public health departments," the resolution states.

According to Perry County Clerk Josh Gross, the county will not be out any money for participating in IPHMAS.

In other news, the board approved a county conveyance sale to Michael D. Eaton and Melanie Saunders for a single-family home at 215 S. Walnut St. in Du Quoin. Gross said the pair have paid the back taxes on the property, with the county receiving $250 in the deal.

The board also approved a raffle license for Pinckneyville Community High School Foundation prior to entering into executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken after executive session.

The next meeting of the board is scheduled for March 15 at 2 p.m. It is open to the public.

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