Meeting: Dubois County Council

The Dubois County Council met Monday and:

• Heard a report on activities at the Huntingburg Public Library. The council appoints two members to the Huntingburg Public Library Board. In her report, Melissa Boeglin talked about the library’s outreach program with The Waters of Huntingburg; monthly adult computer skills classes; library card sign-up drives at Southwest Dubois County School Corporation schools; the Little Tinkers early science, technology, engineering and math program with young children; and Dubois County Painted Pebbles, which will come to the library in September.

• Reappointed Councilman Jerry Hunefeld to the Southern Hills Counseling Center board for another year. Hunefeld said Southern Hills asked all current board members to stay on another year to see the company through its merger with LifeSpring Health Systems.

• Approved the Dubois County Clerk’s Office to purchase a new copy machine from Hoosier Business Machines for $6,200. The new copier will also serve as a secure fax line.

• Heard a report from Councilman Mike Kluesner and Councilwoman Sonya Haas about a jail construction conference they attended.

• Heard that council members Becky Beckman, Hunefeld and Kluesner are attending an upcoming meeting about funding mechanisms for the Midstate Corridor, a proposed four-lane, limited-access highway that would run north from Owensboro, Kentucky, go around Huntingburg and Jasper and continue north to connect to I-69.

• Heard a report from Beckman about an immigration seminar she attended. The temporary protected status program, which has been in place for 20 years and covers many El Salvadoran immigrants in the area, will expire in September 2019. Beckman said that will cause employers to lose employees as once the program expires, immigrants with that program will no longer be allowed to work in the U.S.

• Appropriated $27,500 for the Community Corrections Department to perform several maintenance projects at the facility. The appropriation will be advertised and further discussed at the daylong budget meeting scheduled for Aug. 13.

• Appropriated an additional $3,500 for compensation for Dubois County Park Board members. The board has met several more times than usual this year as members are working on a multi-year plan for the county park, located adjacent to the 4-H Fairgrounds in Bretzville.

• Appropriated $2,800 from the county’s general fund for appraisals on the Court Appointed Special Advocates house and the 4-H Fairgrounds now that new bleachers have been added to the grandstands.

• Appropriated $50,000 from the health department’s funds to put a new roof on the facilities.

• Transferred $4,000 from the parks department’s part-time budget to its full-time budget to cover compensation of two employees for unused paid time off.

• The council’s next meeting will include the daylong 2019 budget hearings on Aug. 13. The September meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

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