Meeting: Dubois County Commissioners

The Dubois County Commissioners met Monday and:

• Re-elected Chad Blessinger as president and Nick Hostetter as vice president.

• Approved an agreement to purchase land near the community corrections center from SERVUS!; the agreement has to be signed by SERVUS!. The land will be used for the future expansion of justice system facilities.

• Signed a lease to add an additional $600 to the lease payment of the child support office, which operates from retired attorney Bill Shaneyfelt’s former law office. The county council approved the change at its Dec. 30 meeting.

• Agreed to commit $5,000 in public or private funding for a grant to study the possibility of having trails that connect communities and schools, in particular, in the county. The commissioners are hoping to get the money from an agency like Grow Dubois County. Jasper and Huntingburg are also expected to contribute to $20,000 match needed for the state grant.

• Decided to place a lien on Anthony Lemond’s property at 6360 W. County Road 350S because he did not pay the $334 fine assessed in July 2019 for trash violations. Lemond agreed to pay $60 per month, with the bill being paid in full by December. He did not submit any payments to the county, the commissioners noted.

• Made their final two appointments: Angel Serrano to the Jasper Plan Commission and Tony Hasenour to the Dubois County Park Board. Based on the ordinance amendment done by the Dubois County Council, Hasenour is now a commissioner appointment; in the past, the seat was appointed by the Dubois Circuit Court judge. Hasenour’s term was made for two years instead of four so that park board appointments are staggered. A list of the 2020 appointments made by the commissioners and the council will run at a later date.

• Met as the county drainage board to hold the board’s annual meeting. County Surveyor Kenny Brosmer gave the board a copy of the legal ditch book that was compiled for the county. The board also re-elected Blessinger as president, Brames as vice president and Auditor Sandy Morton as secretary, and set its next meeting for Jan. 4, 2021.

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