Pella Chronicle

Local News

March 14, 2013

Agan questions health board expenses


Dorn repeatedly asked Agan for a final number the supervisors intended to provide Public Health and she would work from there. Agan said he thought it was clear the number was $402,000, when the supervisors asked for the $20,000 cut to her original proposal.

She proposed cuts, totaling around $13,000. Reductions proposed included immunizations, CPR supplies, AED supplies, office equipment, health supplies and telephone lines.

Health Board Chair Pati Van Zante was concerned about proposing cuts to essential services Public Health exists to provide.

“There’s no way we want to cut core services,” Agan said. Cuts are expected to get worse as key funding sources – the state and federal governments – may be forced to reduce their expenses.

Dorn said she went through the budget, program by program. Some grants are factored into the costs of core services.

Even with grants and other funding sources, Agan researched the historical requests for Marion County funds by Public Health since fiscal year 2007-08. That year, the request was $319,000, but came down to $202,578 in 2008-09 and $126,522 in 2009-10. Dorn explained that, during those years, Public Health was receiving extra federal funding to fight H1N1 and not as much money was needed from the County. The request went up to $301,861 in 2010-11 and to $408,501. Increases, according to Dorn, were due to fewer federal funds flowing in, as well as the purchase of the new building.

Issues about administering WIC

On a separate agenda item, the Health Board was asked to approve applications for continued WIC (Women, Infants, Children) and tobacco prevention programs. Marion County administers WIC for multiple counties, and according to staff members, WIC does not use Marion County funds. However, Agan was concerned that Marion County was leaving itself open to liability and utilizing Marion County money to help residents from beyond the county lines.

“We’re losing money somewhere,” Agan said. He is also concerned about depending on grants and other outside sources, as they may go away. Few counties in Iowa administer the WIC program, he added.

Text Only
Local News
  • Patrick Edouard Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals decision

    The Supreme Court of Iowa issued a ruling today which affirms a District Court ruling that sent a former Pella pastor to prison. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lake Red Rock Programs for July 18-20 There’s always something happening at Lake Red Rock! Check out these upcoming activities:July 18 - Iowa History: Just Dig It! - 10:00 a.m.-Playscape (meet at North Overlook Beach at north end of parking lot)Learn about the history of Iowa! From glaci

    July 15, 2014

  • Abstract photo Abstract Party for Collegiate Historic District homeowners On July 8, residents of the Collegiate Historic District in Pella were invited to an Abstract Party hosted by the Historic Pella Trust. The Abstract Party was held in the Fireside Room of Second Reformed ChurchLeading the event was Will Page, Public

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Board proceeds with Lincoln plans During a special school board meeting, the Pella board approved a motion to proceed with the completion of the construction documents, including selected alternatives, and to advertise for bids based on the current design of the new Lincoln Elementar

    July 15, 2014

  • Antique Appraisal Party at Vriendschap Village Retirement Community It’s time to raid your basement and dust off the collectibles because Vriendschap Village retirement community of Pella will host an Antique Appraisal Party on Thursday, July 24, 1 – 3 p.m.Marie Vander Wert of Pella Thrift Store will help community m

    July 15, 2014

  • Balloon Fest pic Balloon Fest a success, even with weather hurdles Crazy, unpredictable weather was the story of this year’s Balloon Fest at Lake Red Rock.Matt Kissinger, event committeeman, said that even with the bad weather the event still brought a lot of excitement to the area. He deemed it an overall success.“

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CUI logo Regulations increase college costs “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” -President Ronald ReaganThe good intentions of the government at all levels can sometimes bring with them hidden costs. Colleges and other institution

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 93.jpg Pella Community Calendar of Events

    July 10-19

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • P7040111.tif 4th of July celebration goes off successfully Perfect weather, large crowds and lots to do made for a memorable 4th of July celebration in Pella on Friday.“We had perfect weather,” Paul Kingma, who served as organizer of Pella’s 4th of July celebration, said. “Kids were already standing in line

    July 10, 2014 4 Photos

  • Bologna photo Celebrating 35 years of hot rods The last 35 years has gone by quick. This weekend, July 11-12, the 35th Annual Bologna Nationals Classic Car Show, hosted by Resurrected Tin, will be held in Pella.Resurrected Tin is a local classic car organization.“It was started by a group of hot

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide