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OSAGE | At the May 8 meeting of the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors, County Engineer Rich Brumm addressed the issue of the existing rumble strips at Balsam Avenue, as well as stop sign visibility, in the wake of the fatal motor vehicle accident that took place at the intersection on April 23.

“We will be refreshing the existing rumble strips there,” Brumm said. “They’ve become worn in places over time. In addition, we will be ordering high visibility flags to post on the stop ahead sign. We can also order another stop ahead sign for the other side of the intersection.”

Brumm went on to inform the supervisors he’s checked the record of accidents at that intersection over the last ten years, and discovered that while there were three previous accidents, there were no injuries involved in any of them and all three occurred from the opposite direction, from where this one happened.

DOCTOR FUNDING

The supervisors considered a request for funding to assist in the recruitment of doctors to Mitchell County. The funding would aid incoming doctors in offsetting moving expenses, as well as student loan repayment, for those providers who choose to make Mitchell County their home.

“I think it’s very important that we recruit,” said Supervisor Stan Walk. “It is getting harder and harder for us in the rural areas, because we don’t have entertainment and ability to cover weekends that urban areas do.”

Before voting, Supervisor Joel Voaklander inquired about commitment requirements for the incoming doctors and assurances they would be staying in the area for a good amount of time. Hospital representatives informed the board the incoming providers each had five year contracts.

The supervisors voted unanimously to grant funding to the incoming providers in the amount of $20,000 per provider, to be payed over the course of two years, in the amount of $10,000 each year for each provider, in the amount of $40,000.

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