Meeting: Dubois County Council

The Dubois County Council met Monday and:

• Had a moment of silence for former council member and commissioner John Burger who died June 12.

• Agreed to do what is needed to make sure the Northeast Dubois County School Corporation has a school resource officer. That officer will be a Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy.

• Appropriated $312,000 for the county’s ambulance department. Of that, $300,000 will be used to purchase eight, updated cardiac monitors — one for each of the department’s seven ambulances, and one extra for training and as a backup. The other $12,000 will be used to purchase Binder lifts, which are used for lifting patients. Ambulance Director Suzan Henke said that all the money might not be used. The lifts come in two sizes, one for standard-sized patients and one for larger-sized patients; the appropriation would cover purchasing the two. But, Henke is finding that the standard lift is working just fine for heavier patients. So the one designated for larger patients may not be needed, she said

• Appropriated $23,265 needed to cover the rest of the five-year, $30,470 maintenance contract for the 911 department’s recorder, which records and stores calls for the department; $7,205 was already in the 911 budget. As part of the contract with NICE Inform, the recording equipment will be updated, and all former recordings will be stored, 911 Director Janice Love said

• Appropriated $10,000 to be used for cleanup and legal needs to enforce the county’s new unsafe buildings ordinance.

• Appropriated $3,692 to the health department to hire the new director for up to four weeks to shadow current Director Donna Oeding, who plans to retire in October.

• Agreed to advertise for appropriations of $50,000 for a new roof on the St. Charles Street building that houses the 911 and health departments, and $6,200 to purchase a color copier for the Dubois County Clerk’s Office. Those will be considered at the council’s July 23 meeting, which will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Dubois County Courthouse Annex, 602 Main St.

• Heard that the Dubois County Court-Appointed Special Advocates program will be the beneficiary of this year’s 100 Men Who Cook fundraiser, which will be held Sept. 8. As a part of that, the CASA head Deena Hubler is helping Orange County start a CASA program; Orange County will also get a portion of the fundraiser’s proceeds. Hubler told the council that Orange County received its certification in March for the program, and she is sharing information with the organizers to get the program going.

• Heard an update about the Huntingburg Public Library from Mary Jeanne Schumacher, who is the council’s appointee to the library board. She reported that the library is heavily involved in summer programs, including its summer reading program which has more than 500 participants so far. The library building has also received some improvements in recent years, she said, such as new steps and handrails at the front entrance. The library is looking at installing doors for its Indiana room, to give more privacy for groups having meetings in the room, Schumacher said.

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