A plan to house two Lee County departments in one building appears to be moving in a new direction.
Two Lee County departments have a ways to go to reach an important fundraising goal.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors hopes a simple gesture will kick-off a successful fundraising campaign for two county departments.
The Health and Conservation Departments would like to build a shared facility along Highway 61 near the current Conservation Office.
The building could cost more than $4-million, which is much more than the county can afford at this point.
Supporters say people, businesses and organizations have not been willing to donate money without knowing whether the county would support the project.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors is ready to become the latest governmental board to conduct paperless meetings.
County Auditor Anne Pedersen brought up the idea of paperless meetings during the board's most recent workshop.
The board meets at least 4 times each month. Pedersen says it takes a lot of time, paper, and ink to print documents for each of the five supervisors for each meeting.
The supervisors supported Pedersen’s recommendation to purchase electronic readers.
End-of-life decisions can be the most difficult someone will make.
The need for hospice care and the people who provide it continues to increase, thanks to the “Baby Boomer” generation.
Jeri Welch with the Lee County Health Department describes hospice as comfort care provided at the end of someone’s life.
She says the service can be provided in the home, a nursing home, or a hospital.
Welch says eligibility is based on a doctor declaring a patient has six-months-or-less to live and the patient choosing to allow nature to take its course.