Meeting: Dubois County Commissioners

The Dubois County Commissioners met Monday and:

• Approved a five-year contract with Utility Associates of Decatur, Georgia, for the company’s BodyWorn system for the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office. BodyWorn provides body cameras and recording services to police departments for a flat service charge that includes equipment maintenance and video storage in a cloud. The company also provides in-car cameras.

• Approved official detours for upcoming bridge and culvert replacements that the Indiana Department of Transportation is planning. One is on State Road 145 south of Birdseye and one is on State Road 164 east of Celestine.

• Approved purchasing a plow and spreader kit for the highway department from Impco, Inc. of Madisonville, Kentucky for $10,000.

• Discussed automatic vehicle tracking systems for the highway department’s vehicles. The system would show the date and time snow and mowing routes are completed and would help with responding to calls in a more timely manner.

• Heard an update on the damage done to Kellerville Road.

• Approved hiring Terry Wiseman as a sanitation floater.

• Discussed a request from a resident on the Dubois County side of County Road 900 West — also County Road 1100 East in Pike County — for the road to be chip and sealed. However, the road is in Pike County’s inventory and therefore it is up to Pike County to maintain. Dubois County Highway Superintendent Steve Berg said he spoke with Pike County’s assistant highway superintendent about what could be done to improve the road.

• Heard that the county’s sanitation sites will be open for holiday hours — 8 a.m. to noon — on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The rest of the week will be normal hours since Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on Wednesdays when the sites are closed anyway.

• Approved the annual material bids for the highway department.

• Approved hiring back the highway department’s summer interns over their Christmas vacations — Dec. 16 to mid-January — to help with paperwork and other tasks.

• Discussed contracting with engineering firm Steven J. Christian & Associates of Indianapolis for bridge inspections of bridges less than 20 feet long to be completed in a five-year cycle. The service would be similar to way the county contracts for bridges 20 feet or more in length.

• Discussed a return on investment report from Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for a health clinic the county is considering establishing for its employees. The commissioners had questions about the data the hospital used to create its report.

• Heard the annual report on the county’s health care plan.

• Approved closing the health department from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 30. The department will conduct a point of dispense site activation drill as required by grants. The drill covers how the department would react in the event of a disease outbreak.

• Opened bids for an ambulance and took the bids under advisement.

• Approved a contract with RQAW, an engineering and architecture firm based in Indianapolis, to be the architects on the security center expansion project that is in the beginning phases.

• Declared the county’s intent to perform any construction tied to the jail expansion at the current site of the security center on Brucke Strasse.

• Approved sending a formal offer to purchase to SERVUS! for a parcel of land adjacent to the Dubois County Security Center property.

• Heard that the Dubois County Community Foundation will fund a study on the county’s criminal justice system and procedures. The University of Cincinnati’s Corrections Institute will conduct the study, which will begin in mid-December.

• Heard that the drainage board will hold a meeting during the county commissioners meeting on Monday, Jan. 6.

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