Meeting: Dubois County Commissioners

The Dubois County Commissioners met Monday and:

• Heard and approved budget requests for 2020. A story is on Page 3.

• Heard that Gary Fritz, deputy director of the county’s emergency management office, is retiring in June 2020. The commissioners consented to Director Tammy Humbert’s request to hire a new person as early as January, to replace Fritz months before he leave. The person will need training before stepping into the deputy director seat and will work with Fritz to learn the position, she said. Humbert will request the funding for the temporary position from the Dubois County Council, she said.

• Approved closing Main Street between Second and Third streets in Dubois from 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, to no later than noon Sunday, Aug. 25. Hot Spot Bar & Grill is having a community party in the area to celebrate its five-year anniversary. Music acts will perform and there will be a beer garden. The Dubois Community Club will help collect the cover charge for entering and will get part of the proceeds. The commissioners were willing to approve the closure because the nonprofit club is benefiting from the event. In response to Commissioner Nick Hostetter’s concerns about noise happening all night, bar owner Derek Breitweiser said that the music and noise will end just after midnight.

• Heard presentations from Barton Malow and Garmong Construction Services, two Evansville companies interested in working with the county on the upcoming jail improvement project.

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