Stefanie Cope

Staff Writer

April 30 will be National Drug Take Back day. There will be places available to take unused prescription medicines in Columbus, Galena, and Baxter Springs.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves told the Cherokee County Commission on Monday the department collected more than 100 pounds of prescription medications in September of last year in the National Drug Take Back. He said they are also working with local nursing homes to help get rid of unused medicine. He also said they have been having localized training.

He said on March 17 they had a domestic violence investigation training in Baxter Springs and 35 officers from five counties participated in. He said on April 13 they will be having a narcotics training class in Columbus.

Jason Allison, head of emergency preparedness, told the commission the county was awarded a grant for 10 new storm sirens. He said his department is currently working on mapping out where to put the sirens. He said he is looking at unincorporated communities.

Cherokee County Appraiser Nancy Herrenbruck said she has the preliminary appraisal values for 2011. She said there are a few new buildings and dwellings and that appraised values haven’t gone down.

Jaunita Hodgson, Cherokee County Treasurer, said her office is just starting to get busy. She said the second half property tax statements have been sent.

She also said some of the new vehicle system equipment will be installed today, but they will not go live with it until December. She said they didn’t want to rush by trying to go live in July and hopefully this will help keep them from having any downtime when the transition happens.

Deana Randall, head of human resources, said the county wellness program will be having a blood drive the first weekend of May. On May 5 residents can give blood in the courthouse and on May 6 at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Cherokee County Health Department Director Betha Elliot said they are gearing up for immunizations for children. She said a lot of parents are bringing in children for immunizations for school next year and Kindergarten testing.

She also said WIC clientele is down. She said they are trying to figure out why there is such a decrease in the clientele currently and they are letting people know that WIC is still available.

Jean Pritchett, director of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, had two grant requests she presented to the commission. One grant was to go towards Galena days, which will happen in June, and the other was for the llama association for the Midwest Pack Trials.