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Health dept. seeks grant for training

By Maura Wery

The Riley County Commission approved the submission of a proposal for a one-time state grant to implement training for health information technology at the Riley County Health Department.

The department’s office manager, Paul Pedersen, said that the Insight technology was purchased recently for the department, but because of the large amount of turnover recently, most of the staff doesn’t know how to use it. She said that if the state approves the grant, the health department will use it to get new staff up to speed in order to use the new technology.

“It doesn’t cost anything to us, and it gets their employees up to speed,” Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo said.

Commissioners Ron Wells and Dave Lewis said they didn’t see any problem with the submission of the proposal and called it a “no-brainer.”

Pedersen said the department will have to wait and see how much — if any — money will be provided for the training.

Motor vehicle update

One year ago, the Riley County Treasurer’s Office changed over to the new state system, and Riley County Treasurer Eileen King said at this point, the system works with just a few hiccups.

“We have some issues, but it’s mostly good,” King said.

King said that the biggest issues her staff has seen is the scanning of documents and overloading the system.

“On really busy days when we have a lot of different transactions, it sometimes overwhelms the system.”

Commissioner Dave Lewis complimented her staff on the transition.


C-D auto tags, property taxes due

Tuesday will mark the last day that those with a last name beginning with C and D can renew their vehicle tags, said King. Those who still need to pay can renew in person, through the mail or online. The online renewal no longer requires a convenience fee.

“We’ve seen an increase in activity there,” King said. Those who are planning to renew in person must present their current insurance card on each vehicle they are registering and all military personnel must show their proper paperwork at the time of renewal.

King said that May 10 will be the deadline for the second half of property taxes.

She said that those can also be paid in the same way as the tags, in person, via mail with a postmark of May 10, online and by phone. She said they can be paid by cash or check with no convenience fee or a 2.5 percent convenience fee for credit card use.

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