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County OK's non-discrimination policy

County engineer Russ Stutt and assistant to the engineer Pam Olson explain the importance of the Title VI Non-discrimination policy to receiving federal funding for the county roads department to the board of supervisors on Tuesday.
County engineer Russ Stutt and assistant to the engineer Pam Olson explain the importance of the Title VI Non-discrimination policy to receiving federal funding for the county roads department to the board of supervisors on Tuesday.

A non-discrimination policy used by the secondary roads department was renewed by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The policy, along with designations of the administrative head and coordinator, is needed to assure federal funding for county projects.

“It is a federal mandate that we aren’t discriminating based on age, religion, race, etc.,” county engineer Russ Stutt said. “In 2013 all the counties had to form a Title VI policy in order to maintain our federal funding.”

Stutt was appointed the administrative head for the policy while assistant to the engineer Pam Olson was named coordinator. The policy states that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Further, no qualified disabled person shall, solely by reason of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or other be subjected to discrimination, including discrimination in employment, under any program or activity that receives or benefits from this federal financial assistant.

“The non-discrimination paper is the statement that we’re going to make sure that anyone that we deal with, take contracts from, quotes from or any organization that we work with, we aren’t going to discriminate against anybody,” Olson said.

As coordinator, Olson is responsible for initiating and monitoring the policy and preparing reports on the bids the county receives, who was selected for work and the material that was used on the project. She also suggested all other county departments look into introducing a similar policy, especially those that work with outside contractors.

“I know what is going on in the roads department and what we are doing but we don’t deal with what the other departments are doing,” Olson said.

Supervisor Doug Cupples looked to human resource director Dennis Simon, who acknowledged he would further look into the matter.

In other business:

• Jerald Nelson and Brandon Bucklin were hired as skilled laborers for the secondary roads department, filling two vacant positions. Both will start at a pay rate of $21.81.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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