Meeting: Dubois County Commissioners

The Dubois County Commissioners met Monday and:

• Supported Dubois Circuit Judge Nathan Verkamp’s effort to find a location to conduct jury selections and possibly hold jury trials. A can be found here.

• Extended the local disaster emergency declaration through Aug. 3. They also head from Emergency Management Agency Director Tammy Humbert that she will submit $62,803 in COVID-19 expenses for reimbursement through the CARES Act. County Clerk Amy Kippenbrock will submit another $10,027 to the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office for reimbursement from the act. Humbert said there will be more expenses that will be collected and submitted at a later time. Expenses due to the virus can be submitted until Dec. 31, she said.

• Approved adding a part-time position to the clerk’s office, which will be paid for using $10,000 from the county clerk’s perpetuation fund. Kippenbrock said the person will scan records in the records library.

• Approved creating a part-time seasonal employee position for the human resources department next year. The person will transport employee documents from the auditor’s office to the human resources office, scan and digitize files and work on a system for creating needed reports for the department. The person will work for 12 weeks at 40 hours per week, said Markie Rhodes, head of the human resources department. The $5,000 cost will be included in human resources’ proposed 2021 budget.

• Eliminated the health department’s director of nursing position and created an additional public health nurse position. All five nurse positions will report to Shawn Werner, the departments interim administrative director.

• Announced that Rhodes will be taking applications for a county veterans service officer to replace current officer Bob Johnson. Johnson has said he will stay in the position until a replacement is found, Commissioners President Chad Blessinger said.

• Approved the county soil and water budget, which includes a part-time technical position; the job is a summer position now. The Dubois County Council will have to approve the $4,700 additional cost for the position. Council members will review the budget and position request in August.

• Approved the county ambulance budget and its revised fee schedule for ambulance runs, which increased by 8% across the board. The county council will review the budget in August.

• Approved proposed 2021 budgets for Purdue Extension and county weights and measures, which are the same as the 2020 budgets. The county council must also approve them; the council will review the budgets in August.

• Supported purchasing a $13,000 dump bed to replace a bed that has broken and is beyond repair. They also heard that Highway Supervisor Steve Berg is looking at replacing a boom mower that has broken.

• Reviewed the results of a study done by Ball State University giving possible scenarios for revenue projections for the coming years, which was presented to the commissioners by Jeff Quyle, president and CEO of Radius Indiana.

• Looked at a draft of a proposed agreement between the county and Solar Sources, for mining near County Road 750 West. County Engineer Brent Wendholt will bring the final draft back to the commissioners for consideration.

• Told Berg to discuss with Indiana Department of Natural Resources officials their request for installing flood gates on each end of Cuzco Road South, which is near Patoka Lake and the park. The park would pay the costs for the installation.

• Heard from a representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office about its grant and low-cost loan programs for wastewater infrastructure and broadband infrastructure.

• Gave the county prosecutor’s office permission to create a Facebook page. Some other departments already have pages, like the sheriff’s office, health department and solid waste district.

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