PAXTON — The Ford and Iroquois county boards are forming an advisory committee to monitor the activities of the Ford-Iroquois Board of Health, with the intent of improving communication among the governmental bodies.
This week, the Ford County Board's chairman, Rick Bowen of Elliott, appointed four county board members to serve on the proposed eight-member committee. The appointees are Dave Hastings of rural Paxton, Randy Berger of Gibson City and Tim Nuss of rural Roberts, with Pat Haskins of Sibley serving as an alternate.
The Iroquois County Board's chairman, Rod Copas of rural Onarga, said his board will appoint four of its own members to the committee. Tentatively, Copas intends to appoint Kyle Anderson of Donovan, the board's vice chairman; Adam Zumwalt of Sheldon; John Shure of Buckley; and Donna Wasmer of Watseka as the alternate.
The formation of the advisory committee comes two weeks after a series of contentious meetings were held to discuss a controversial plan by the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department to provide home-health services in two neighboring Indiana counties. Some Iroquois County Board members expressed concerns that they were unaware until last fall that the plan had been approved months earlier by the board of health.