Meeting: Dubois County Commissioners

The Dubois County Commissioners met Monday and:

• Approved 2 to 1 to give the Dubois County 4-H Council $17,900 to help cover the $24,000 cost for constructing a storage building for the shooting sports program’s equipment. Currently the equipment is stored in different places on the 4-H grounds. Commissioner Chad Blessinger voted no, saying that the county can’t give financial support to every organization. Commissioner Nick Hostetter countered, saying the county has financially supported other 4-H organizations.

• Decided to look into having a commissioners sale for the property of the former Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye. See a full story here.

• Heard that a new study, funded by the Dubois County Community Foundation, will look at how the county’s criminal justice system departments can better work together and improve their services.

• Hired AM Legal to codify the county’s ordinances and put the electronic copy online for $7,850, with an annual hosting fee of $250 for updates. The money to cover the cost will come from the commissioners’ operating fund.

• Heard that road name signs will be replaced on the low-volume roads in Boone and Marion townships and a section of Jefferson Township. These are the last signs that need to be replaced, Highway Supervisor Steve Berg said. The road marker replacement project started in 2012, and included updating all the signs to new standards, which is to have 6-inch lettering on an 8-inch reflective green plate. Signage for private roads is not part of the project.

• Approved an updated firearms ordinance that includes not allowing the public to bring firearms into public meetings.

• Approved a resolution to tell the public to not obstruct the roadway with any items, including yard waste and vegetation.

• Approved a new community corrections commissary fund ordinance. The new ordinance mirrors the state’s ordinance that governs how the sheriff’s commissary fund can be used. The Indiana State Board of Accounts tends to reference the state statute when annually reviewing community corrections’ funds, Director Megan Durlauf has said. The Dubois County Council approved the new ordinance previously.

• Heard from County Engineer Brent Wendholt that the Huntingburg Conservation Club has had the box culvert installed at the lake and county crews are now working on lowering County Road 100 West. Wendholt hopes that work will be completed and the road opened in about three weeks, weather permitting. After the road has settled, it will be paved in the spring, he said.

• Learned from Berg that the highway department’s District 1 foreman, Dave Sermersheim, will retire Oct. 31. Sermersheim has been with the department since 2003 and has been foreman since 2005. District 2 truck driver Donnie Lueken will become the new foreman, and a new person will be sought for the truck driving job, Berg said.

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