Meeting: Dubois County Commissioners

The Dubois County Commissioners met Monday and:

• Approved the purchase of road markers and signs from Hall Signs of Bloomington for $4,633.55.

• Heard that an interview committee will hold interviews for the District 2 road maintenance driver on Thursday.

• Approved transferring $5,100 from the highway reimbursement line in the solid waste budget to the dumpster sites line in the solid waste budget.

• Approved a road-usage agreement with Weddle Brothers for trucks with loads of excess weight during the Dubois County Airport Authority’s runway extension project. Roads included in the agreement are County Road 900 South and Airport Road east of U.S. 231 and Country Road 200 West and County Road 900 South. The bond amount is $165,510.

• Approved an additional appropriation in the bridge inspection line item of $4,000 for an upcoming inspection.

• Heard that data is being collected on Ferdinand Road East to look at lowering the speed limit.

• Approved an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation for an unofficial detour on local roads. The agreement requires INDOT to pay any damages County Road 875 West and County Road 450 South may suffer as they are used as an unofficial detour around work INDOT is performing on State Road 64 near Lake Helmerich.

• Approved paying $107.15 of a $441.35 invoice from the City of Huntingburg. The invoice is part of the county’s portion of the railroad overpass project. The county only has $107.15 left in its budget for the project, and therefore, the commissioners decided to pay that much of the invoice.

• Heard that 100 West along the Huntingburg Conservation Club Lake dam has been cut to grade and that rock is being hauled in this week. As long as the weather cooperates, the road should reopen by the end of the week.

• Approved a plat for a subdivision of Chad and Kathy Giesler’s property at 2668 S. Meridian Road, Jasper. The Gieslers are breaking off a piece of their property for their son to build on.

• Approved a new right of way dedication for Glen and Judy Englert at 2584 S. Old Huntingburg Road, Jasper.

• Continued the discussion about the employee paid-time-off policies. The commissioners favored lumping vacation and personal days into a single category — paid time off — while still leaving sick days in their own category. Commissioner Elmer Brames will continue to look at the policy and possible changes.

• Approved pursuing a contract with Shireman Construction of Corydon for construction management of the justice center project.

• Approved pursuing a contract with RQAW of Fishers to be the architect on the justice center project.

• Tabled the review of ordinance codification.

• Held the second reading of an ordinance amending the county’s firearms ordinance. The amendments passed with commissioners Nick Hostetter and Chad Blessinger voting in favor and Brames voting against.

• Discussed possible appointees to the property tax board of appeals.

• Discussed entering a new lease agreement with attorney Bill Shaneyfelt to house the child support office at his law practice. Earlier this year, Shaneyfelt retired from most of his practice but retained his position with the child support office.

• Approved allowing Rick Anderson of JMS Energy Conservation of Indianapolis to compose utility release forms that will enable him to conduct an energy audit of the county facilities to look for ways the county can save on utility costs. The audit is no cost to the county. Anderson said the goal of the audit is to sign a project with the county, though participating in an audit does not lock the county into a project.

• Approved hiring Cindy Fehribach to take over as records librarian when Rosie Stewart retires at the end of the year.

• Discussed updates to the county’s food ordinances.

• Approved the construction of a new shed at the Dubois County Community Corrections Center for $3,000. The project now goes to the county council for approval.

• Continued discussion of opening a health clinic for county employees. Cairnstone, the county’s health care consultant, presented two proposals, one from Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and one from Activate Healthcare of Indianapolis. Cairnstone said there are a couple other local, small employers who would be interested in partnering with the county on the clinic. Cairnstone will put together a steering committee to discuss what that clinic may look like, and Hostetter, Auditor Sandy Morton and Human Resources Director Markie Rhodes will represent the county.

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