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Effingham (IL) doctor fills void on F-I Public Health Board

A retired surgeon from Effingham County has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Ford-Iroquois Department of Public Health Board.

At a special meeting of the Iroquois County Board (Tuesday), Dr. Ted Fifer was approved on a 9-7 vote to fill a vacancy for an Iroquois County position on the eight-person health board.

The health board is made up of four appointed people from each of the counties, representing Ford and Iroquois.

Iroquois County has been short one person, representing a medical background, since the Iroquois County Board approved the firing of past members for what was considered alleged "neglect of duty." Since then, two positions were filled by new appointees and Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas appointed himself to the third of four seats. What had been lacking was a person with a medical background.

Following his appointment Tuesday, Dr. Fifer said he hopes to fill a void. Fifer said we asked by Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas to get acquainted with some of the problems the locals were having with the health department.

"Between his (Copas) request and my understanding on what's going on, it seemed I could do some good," Fifer said. The doctor said he has no other interests or connections to Iroquois County.

Reports last week, indicated two doctors had expressed interest in the health board vacancy. A second name was never publicly mentioned before the County Board went into executive session before Fifer was appointed.

The 8-person health board, now balanced, met in Gilman Tuesday night for regular business. A scheduled meeting two weeks ago didn't happen due to a lack of a quorum. The Iroquois County members did not show up at the meeting.

Tuesday's regular business however, resulted in closed sessions and then a 5-3 vote by the health board to buy-out health department administrator Doug Corbett's contract.

The Iroquois and Ford County Boards have been at odds over the position of Corbett. The Iroquois County Board voted to have Corbett removed. The Ford County Board has stated there's no merit for Corbett's removal.

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Corbett out as F-I Health Department Chief >

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Board has a new member. But Doug Corbett is out as administrator.

Following a lengthy meeting, including two executive sessions, that ran into the early-morning hours today (Wed) in Gilman,the health board voted 5-3 to buy out the contract of Corbett.

Corbett's position had been under fire for weeks and had divided the Ford and Iroquois County Boards. Terms of the buy-out are yet to be arranged. Corbett's contract was set to expire in November.

The 5-3 buy-out vote saw health department board president Dr. Kevin Brucker and the Iroquois County members of the health board voting in favor of the buy-out. The remaining members of the Ford County make-up of the health board voted against.

A retired surgeon from Effingham County has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Ford-Iroquois health board. Dr. Ted Fifer, who had an 18-year career and an association with St Anthony's Medical Center in Effingham, took his seat for the health board meeting Tuesday night. Fifer's appointment was approved following an executive session at a special Iroquois County Board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Fifer said he was asked to get involved in the health department here by County Board Chairman Rod Copas. Fifer said he has no other connections to Iroquois County other than the fact, he was asked to help out.

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Health Department Announces Inspection Results

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has announced the results of food establishment inspections for the 2nd quarter 2013. According to Terry Eimen, Director of Environmental Health, 33 food establishments received scores with no deficiencies during the quarter.

Eimen indicated that 128 routine inspections were conducted during April, May, and June 2013. "The 33 food establishments that achieved a score with no deficiencies are to be commended for their efforts," said Eimen. "These owners and managers are doing their best to make sure their staff is using safe food handling procedures when preparing and serving food to consumers," he said.

The following food establishments achieved the no deficiency score this quarter:

Watseka Theatre
Alco Discount Store – Gibson City
American Legion Post 527 – Cissna Park
Boondocks – Gilman
Busy Hands Preschool – Gibson City
Central Lean - Paxton
Courtyard Estates of Piper City
Creekside Prairie – Cissna Park
Crescent City United Methodist Church
Ford County Jail - Paxton
Monical's Pizza – Gilman
Glenn Raymond School – Watseka
God's Little Food Pantry - Watseka
Honey's - Chebanse
Huot Oil The Party Shop - Clifton
Iroquois County Jail - Watseka
Kettles Tap and Grill - Roberts
Legion Post Auxillary Unit 150 - Paxton
Market Street General Store – Paxton
Martinton Community Food Pantry
Melvin Community Hall
Mom and Pop's Kettle Korn – Paxton
Monical's Pizza – Watseka
Nettie Davis Summer Breakfast Program – Watseka
Papineau Locker
Prairie States Christian Camp – Watseka
Prairieview Lutheran Home - Danforth
Schwan's Mobile Unit
Shewami Pro Shop – Watseka
Spring Creek BBQ - Paxton
St. Peter's Lutheran Church – Crescent City
The Gibson House Bed and Breakfast – Gibson City
Watseka First Assembly Church

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IDOT completes Route 45-52 bridge work in Iroquois County

The Route 45-52 road closure east of Chebanse is back open. The route, neat the Iroquois-Kankakee County line, had been closed for several weeks while a box culvert was replaced.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at Ottawa said the road was re-opened to the public about a week ago.

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Motorist Alert: Township Road Detour Signs Stolen

Motorists travelling in the Danforth – Douglas Township area in Iroquois County should be aware of missing detour signs in a construction zone.

Four stop signs and 2-3 detour signs alerting drivers of the road work were apparently stolen overnight (Monday). Danforth Township Road Commissioner Gary Perzee says it poses a dangerous situation, in that the road construction in the areas of 900 E and 1900 and 2000 N. roads will remain under construction for about another month.

Perzee said the stolen signs are a cost to the township. And it obviously poses a risk to the motoring public.

The road work there involves replacement of a box culvert at 1900 and 2000 N. Perzee says it'll be at least another month before that work is completed. He believes the missing signs are the result of thieves scrapping out the aluminum. Perzee questions the conscious of those responsible, the approximate $25 worth of scrap could cost someone their life in the construction zone.

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