Delena Fish from the Utah Department of Workforce Services attended the Emery County Commission meeting to give her quarterly update. She noted many changes have happened in the agency and many more are coming. One of the big changes has been moving over to the IP telephone application system. "The majority of applications are now taken over the telephone," she said.
Fish explained that people can access the application on the internet and print them out. The clients can then mail or bring in the application, email or telephone in the information from the application. This information will be processed in the office.
Another pilot program the Castle Dale office is involved in is working out an equitable workload across the state. This program is an attempt to ease some of the workload from heavily populated areas and keep staff employed in rural areas. The Castle Dale office has processed cases from the St. George area and are now working on cased from the American Fork area.
Fish announced a project coming soon. The Centralized Job Order Unit will soon be working for the benefit of employers to input their employees needs into the system.
The Castle Dale office, along with the state offices around Utah, has gone onto the four day a week schedule. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. It is closed on Friday. "Hopefully we will be more accessible to our customers," stated Fish.
"Our office began taking telephone interviews for the dental clinic coming on Sept. 15-19. This is our second annual clinic and last year, more than 300 dental services were provided. Only 40 appointments can be taken this year and we cannot accept insurance. This is for those residents who need help with dental. I want to thank those businesses who are helping with housing and food for those people coming to provide the services," Fish stated.
DWS has been working on the second annual family health education night which will be held Nov. 12 at Emery High School. Some of the workshops which will be available are Bullying: how to curtail it, electronic device safety, and for the youth, manipulating your parents. There will be more workshops lined up as the night approaches.
DWS is also working with the Emery County Education Coalition to provide more vocational and technical education classes. There are several issues to be worked through before that will come to pass. "We also have some training funds and funds in our youth programs," Fish said. The training funds are used to help people improve their skills to be more employable. There are many jobs available in the area, but only for people with certain skills, and these funds can be used for that purpose.
In other business conducted by the Emery County commissioners, Commissioner Jeff Horrocks suggested the special service districts in the county meet with Jeff Kelsey, the county's insurance representative and discuss an insurance pool which may provide insurance for those employees.
Commissioner Gary Kofford explained a memorandum of understanding which has been created with the Bureau of Land Management concerning a proposed cattle guard installation in Cottonwood Canyon. The Cottonwood Creek Cattlemen's Association is constructing a corral at the location and the BLM is requiring a cattle guard be installed also. The county agreed to install the cattle guard, if the cattlemen's association will purchase the required cattle guard.
Beulah Oveson was reappointed to the county library board and a cover for the outdoor swimming pool was approved. The old Green River senior center building was declared surplus property and will be sold in October. There will be a site showing of the property on Oct. 2 and bids will be due Oct. 17 with the bid opening to take place at the Oct. 21 commission meeting.
The next Emery County commission meeting will be held Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. in the commission chambers.