Steamboat briefs: School district officials welcome CDC flu notice

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School district officials welcome CDC flu notice

— A Steamboat Springs school official responded Tuesday to a notice from the Centers for Disease Control that alleviated its recommendation to close schools if a confirmed case of H1N1, or swine flu, should occur.

"School closure is not advised for a suspected or confirmed case of novel influenza A (H1N1) and, in general, is not advised unless there is a magnitude of faculty or student absenteeism that interferes with the school's ability to function," the CDC notice reads.

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham sent a letter to parents of local school children stating it now is the school district's policy to review confirmed cases of swine flu, should any occur, on an individual basis. Cunningham advised parents to plan for a school closure but said such an event is only a possibility.

Local health and emergency officials said Tuesday afternoon that no cases of swine flu have been confirmed, or suspected, in Routt County.

County officials seek jail, justice center assessment

County officials said Monday that they plan to conduct an independent assessment of the Routt County Jail and Justice Center. The study originally was planned for last year but was canceled because of its cost.

The county has budgeted $10,000 for an assessment of staffing needs in the two facilities, said Tim Winter, the county's purchasing agent. A request for proposals has been issued.

Last year, the county sought a consultant to issue "a report that lists safety and security concerns and a risk assessment of the Detention Facility and Justice Center," including "anticipated staffing levels and mitigation recommendations for safe and secure facilities."

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall and the Routt County Board of Commissioners are feuding about the Sheriff's Office's budget. Wall is opposing cuts made by the commissioners to confront a multi-million-dollar budget deficit this year. Wall said Monday he would like to see the assessment expanded to include an evaluation of the Sheriff's Office's patrol division.

Routt County office hours change because of furlough

Routt County government's office hours have changed because of an employee furlough plan adopted by the Board of Commissioners last week.

The offices of the assessor, building and plant, clerk and recorder, Colorado State University extension, environmental health, planning, purchasing, road and bridge and treasurer are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

The offices of accounting, county attorney, county commissioners, emergency management, human services, information systems, GIS and the Routt County Regional Building Department are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The Human Resources Department are open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The bacteriological water lab in the Environmental Health Department is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. For more information, visit www.co.routt.co.us or call 879-0108.

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