County proclaims Recovery Month

Board of supervisors declare September observances

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Yvonne Taylor, Michelle De La Riva and Katie Talbot of Community and Family Resources, Kathy Getting of PowerUpYOUth, and Lisa Smith of YSS of Hamilton County, on Tuesday witnessed county Supervisors Dan Campidilli, Doug Bailey and David Young proclaim September as Recovery Month in Hamilton County.

Official proclamations naming September as National Recovery Month and National Voter Registration Month were signed Tuesday as the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session.

Representatives of several area organizations dedicated to substance abuse education, prevention and treatment were on hand to witness the signing of the proclamation. Michelle De La Riva of Community and Family Resources, read the proclamation to the supervisors.

“National Recovery Month is always the month of September,” De La Riva said. She added that her agency is hosting a Recovery and Wellness Family Fun Festival on Sept. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Oleson Park Shelter in Fort Dodge. She said the event will include free activities for families and children.

Additionally, CFR will host a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at Ada Hayden Park in Ames. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a $10 registration which includes a t-shirt, snacks and activities.

“These events will celebrate recovery and the efforts people have put into their recovery,” said Katie Talbot of CFR.

The supervisors also signed a proclamation for National Voter Registration Month. County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa recited the proclamation.

“Whereas, registering to vote empowers eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote on election day, and whereas, while Iowa is one of the nation’s leaders in voter registration and participation with more than 2 million voters currently registered to vote, some eligible citizens have not yet registered,” she said. In the proclamation, she noted the easy access to voter registration through online registration, election day registration and applications available through government agencies across the state.

After signing the proclamation, Supervisor Chairman David Young told those present that a new storage area has been established in the basement of the courthouse for election equipment and voting machines.

“We will store them there and the staff will go through the preparation of getting each one calibrated and ready for election days,” he said. The room became available when the Department of Human Services moved to a new location earlier this year, Young said.

The board also approved some personal changes for the Sheriff’s Department. Caleb Stensland submitted his resignation and Bailey Bergman was promoted to the position of jail supervisor.

In the secondary roads department, Mark Scott was promoted to maintenance supervisor. His new salary will be $69,956.