Meeting: County Commissioners

The Dubois County Commissioners met Monday and:

• Heard that the hill slide on St. Anthony Road West comes from groundwater pushing the roadway. The fix will involve installing drainage tiles, backfilling and compacting dry material, which should not be very expensive, County Engineer Brent Wendholt said. The road remains closed from its intersection with County Road 350 South to County Road 450 South.

• Heard from Wendholt that he will attend a crosswalk safety meeting the City of Jasper is holding today.

• Extended the order for cleanup of the property at 571 E. 300N, Jasper for 60 days, now that the property has been transferred from Julie Greener to Stan Kunkel. Kunkel is giving Greener some time to remove any belongings she wants to keep before he clears the property. He has said he wants to build a house on the property this summer.

• Hired Beth Kippenbrock of Ferdinand as a 911 dispatcher. They are also considering adding an addition dispatcher position to the department. Jeana Mathies, director of the 911 department, explained that the dispatchers’ duties have increased over the years, with the volume of calls increasing. Also, with emergency departments increasing their staff, dispatchers have more calls coming from officers as well.

• Acknowledged that this week is National Telecommunications Week. Some county officials planned to take treats to the dispatchers today as a thank you for their service, Commissioner Chad Blessinger said after the meeting.

• Heard that Commissioner Nick Hostetter received an anonymous letter from someone concerned about vehicles turning right at the intersection of State Roads 162 and 64 and not yielding to oncoming traffic. While state roads are not in the county’s jurisdiction, the commissioners said they will alert the county sheriff’s office and state police about the problem.

• Approved purchasing a dump bed for the highway department bridge crew’s truck from IMPCO for $19,836.

• Appointed Gaylene Laubscher to the Dubois County Contractual Library Board, replacing Tammy Kiefer. Laubscher will finish Kiefer’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2020.

• Re-elected the drainage board’s officers: Chad Blessinger as president, Elmer Brames as vice president and County Auditor Sandy Morton as secretary. They also set the board’s next meeting for 9 a.m. July 1, which is the commissioners’ first meeting in July. Blessinger said the board needs to become more active since there seems to be more flooding becoming more of an issue.

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