December 4: COVID and Agency Updates

Good Afternoon,

It has been another interesting week on the coronavirus front. The latest case numbers suggest we might be reaching a plateau in new cases, but there are also concerns about the impacts of Thanksgiving travel which will not show for a week or so. MDHHS is evaluating whether it will extend the current “Pause to Save Lives,” which is currently set to expire on December 8. The CDC also announced that it is slightly shortening the required quarantine period for asymptomatic people who had close contact with a COVID-positive person. I’ll provide more information on these topics next week as we get direction from our local health department.

Closer to home, here at WCRC, it has also been a busy week. On Tuesday, our board approved the 2021 budget. Overall, we are in pretty good shape budget-wise, we expect to see an increase in MTF and are planning for another banner construction season. Click here to read the full budget summary in its new format.

On Wednesday, the Board of County Commissioners reappointed three of our road commissioners. Rod Green and Gloria Llamas were appointed to six-year terms and Jo Ann McCollum was appointed to a four-year term. Doug Fuller and Barb Fuller remain on our board as well, Doug’s term expires at the end of 2024 and Barb’s expires at the end of 2022.

Lastly, yesterday, we held a virtual public meeting on our draft tree policy. We only had a few members of the public attend to make comment. We are accepting written comment on the draft policy until December 18. So far, the comments have been constructive and respectful. All comments will be complied into a summary for our board to consider at their January working session. Click here to learn more about this process.

As always, there is a lot going on. If you ever have any questions, please let your supervisor, director or me know.

Thank you for all your efforts. I hope you have a nice and relaxing weekend,


Click here to read the full update.