Meeting: Dubois County Commissioners

The Dubois County Commissioners met Monday and:

• Approved the health department’s request for part-time temporary help in answering the numerous calls they are getting about COVID-19. Administrative Director Shawn Werner will go to the county council about funding, which will be reimbursed through the CARES Act funding.

• Planned to buy two temperature kiosks from Hoosier Business Machines for $5,000, for the health department and community corrections. The two will be the test, to see if others should be bought and placed in county facilities to check temperatures of people entering the buildings.

• Agreed to have a joint meeting with the Dubois County Council to go over the latest information about the proposed justice center. The meeting has been tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3.

• Approved replacing the county’s computer server. Matrix was hired to do the work for $73,500.

• Declared old computers, printers and a copier as surplus.

• Saw a presentation from a company that provides a system for recording meetings. Presenter Michael Moran said that there can be video recordings and audio recordings, as well as livestreaming if that is what the county wants. The commissioners plan to talk to officials in other counties about their recordings, to get their opinions on the service.

• Approved hiring Keusch Glass to replace the courthouse doors for $53,270, so long as the Dubois County Council provides the funding. The doors are weathered and have been sanded each year, custodian Scott Hopf said; but they are in bad enough condition that sanding won’t help, he said. Hopf will talk to the council about the funding.

• Approved the highway department’s request to purchase a boom mower with a tractor from Boyd Equipment for $95,825, which includes the trade of the department’s 2010 John Deere tractor and two 2015 bush hog mowers.

• Heard that two highway employees Ron Leistner and Terry Kemper will retire at the end of August. Leistner is an excavator operator and has been with the department since June 1985. Kemper is a driver and has been with the department since June 1994. Highway Supervisor Steve Berg said their experience and high quality of service will be missed.

• Approved a request for Relay for Life to have a luminaria ceremony on the courthouse grounds the evening of Saturday, Sept. 26. The commissioners agreed that organizers can use the area and restroom in the basement of the courthouse from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

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