Meeting: Dubois County Council

The Dubois County Council met Monday and:

• Approved several transfers to balance the 2019 books, a process that is done every year.

• Amended the county’s ordinance for making board appointments so that the Dubois County Commissioners would make two of the five board appointments instead of one appointment; two of the other appointments will be made by the council and will be done by the Dubois Circuit Judge. Also, the terms of the board will be staggered. With that, the council reappointed Jane Betz to a two-year term and Mark Denu to a four-year term to put the staggering in effect; in the future, all terms will be four years.

• Agreed 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 change had to be made because the state child support office changed its decision on the use of incentive funds that come back to the county to be used for the office’s expenses. The state has said it can’t be used to cover rent of Shaneyfelt’s property because Shaneyfelt is what the state calls a “key employee.” The funds can’t go to paying rent to a key employee, Shaneyfelt explained.

• Set upcoming meetings for Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 30, which are all Mondays. The meetings will start at 4:30 p.m., and will be held in the commissioners/council room on the second floor of the Dubois County Courthouse Annex, 602 Main St., Jasper.

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