The Ellis County Commission on Monday heard updates from several staff members regarding April events, including an Internet network outage that affected most county offices during the day April 17.
The outage was caused when a semi truck attempted to pass through an ally and accidentally cut an overhead fiber optic cable. Several Eagle customers were without Internet for most of the day while the lines were being repaired, said Mike Leiker, the county’s information technology director.
“Depending where a fiber optic line is cut in the community, it can bring down the whole network,” Leiker said. “It was in just the right place where several fibers … converged. I am currently exploring options to correct this situation and avoiding it in the future.”
Ellis County wasn’t the only customer affected, but most county offices were without Internet from about 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The commission also had requested an update from health services administrator Kerry McCue regarding the number of confirmed lead treatment cases reported in the county in March. McCue’s report, presented at the April 16 meeting, reported 45 cases — a number that prompted concern from commissioners.
The elevated number is because a local business is checking employees’ blood lead levels, he said. Any reading of 5 micrograms per deciliter is automatically reported to the state and referred to the county health department for follow-up.
“There could be as many as 350, 400 of these,” McCue said. “We could have a number of those over the course of the next several months.”
Elevated lead levels are treated by a patient’s primary care physician, but the county follows up to ensure the patient is seeking care and the blood lead levels are improving, he said.
In other business, commissioners:
• Were invited to a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Thursday at the new county health clinic, 2507 Canterbury.
•Heard an update from noxious weed supervisor Gary Haas.
• Had two executive sessions to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken.