Meeting: County Commissioners

The Dubois County Commissioners met Monday and:

Ӣ Formally approved supporting a project in Huntingburg to build a railroad overpass through an interlocal agreement. The commissioners agreed the county would provide up to half of the local matching funds from the county bridge fund. Estimated costs for the project are yet to be determined, but a federal transportation grant will pay for 80 percent of the project. Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner will ask the county council for its support as well.

”¢ Approved the creation of a committee to examine the possibility of establishing vote centers in the county. Residents would be able to vote at any of the centers across the county. After an initial investment to purchase electronic poll books, the cost of which isn’t yet known, the change could save the county thousands of dollars by using fewer poll workers, according to County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe. At least two public hearings are required before the change. One of the three commissioners or an appointee will serve on the committee.

Ӣ Approved the submission of a remediation plan to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for a manmade wetlands near State Road 162 and Meridian Road that was created to replace natural wetland after a joint county-City of Jasper project in 2004 to extend Mill Street from 36th Street north to County Road 400N. A story is on Page 3.

”¢ Reviewed the proposed 2014 budgets for county services within the commissioners budget, such as county ambulances and transportation, as well as for the sheriff’s department, the security center and the soil and water conservation district.

Ӣ Approved the formation of a county school safety commission at the request of the four county school corporations. The commission will make the schools eligible for grant funding to hire and train a school resource, or safety, officer as required by a new law passed in April, County Attorney Art Nordhoff said. The safety commission will comprise the school resource officer from each corporation, the judge of the juvenile court in the county, the sheriff, the chief officer of every other law enforcement agency in the county, a representative of the juvenile probation system, representatives of various community agencies that work with children, an Indiana State Police officer and a representative of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Indiana.

”¢ Heard from County Highway Superintendent Steve Berg that this year’s chip-and-seal overlay and patching and paving projects started Monday morning and are expected to take about seven weeks. Roads included in the chip-and-seal overlay schedule this year are county roads 100E, 420N, 520N, 650W, 800W, 900S and 1075S; Cuzco Road South; Mentor Road South; Old Road 64; and St. Anthony Road West. Roads that will be patched and paved are county roads 75N, 175E, 250S, 300S, 330N, 450S, 560N, 650E, 720W, 820E, 1000S, 1150S and 1200S; Harts Gravel, Kyana and Schnell roads; and Niehaus Drive, if the road is accepted into the county inventory after stone is added.

”¢ Selected Indianapolis-based Butler, Fairman & Seufert to conduct the county’s required biannual bridge inspections.

”¢ Approved allowing the City of Huntingburg to submit documents to the state to reclassify County Road 400W from a local street designation to a major collector because of increased traffic on the road. A portion of the road south of 12th Street is under the county’s jurisdiction.

”¢ Approved a request from the Haysville Ruritan Club to close Park Street for the community’s 51st annual Sommerfest on July 12 and 13.

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