MACOMB — One hour of closed session discussion Tuesday was held about and with seven certified nursing associates at The Elms residential and rehabilitation facility. The CNAs attended the regular meeting of the McDonough County Board's building and grounds committee.
Committee members met in closed session for 20 minutes, then invited the CNAs to join them for 30 minutes behind closed doors, and finally met again by themselves for ten minutes. No formal action was taken once the committee went back into public session.
Elms Administrator Tina Cox reported that there are currently 82 residents at the facility. There are 31 whose bills are paid privately, six on Medicare, 41 paid for through Medicaid, and four in hospice. Cox said the state of Illinois owes The Elms $381,785 in Medicaid reimbursement.
Maintenance employee Chad Wilson reported that heating and cooling controls are being programmed for the courthouse and the county jail, and that new equipment will soon be installed.
The committee voted to recommend approval of the annual "Hands Around the Courthouse" domestic violence prevention ceremony on April 26. Also recommended for approval was expansion of Macomb Heritage Days into the inner circle of the courthouse square.
Committee chairman Larry Aurelio said a performance main stage would be located at the courthouse. He said Heritage Days would also salute the Illinois Bicentennial by having period activities such as quilting and pottery making done on the courthouse lawn.

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