Meeting: Dubois County Council

The Dubois County Council met Monday and:

• Approved putting $13,200 in the 2021 budget — the budget will be discussed at a Monday, Aug. 10, meeting — for school bus stop-arm cameras. The funds will come from the local income tax fund and will pay for two cameras each for Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools and Southwest Dubois Schools, and one camera each for Northeast Dubois Schools and Southeast Dubois Schools. A full story can be found here.

• Heard an update on the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission from its executive director, Lisa Gehlhausen. She presented at this month’s meeting because she cannot attend the budget meeting in August. Indiana 15 will request the same amount — $23,457.84 — as last year from the county.

• Heard a request from Dubois County Emergency Management Agency Director Tammy Humbert and Dubois County Sheriff Tom Kleinhelter for $278,000 for two body scanners — one for Dubois County Community Corrections and one for the jail. The county will be reimbursed the full amount from its allotted $1.38 million in CARES Act funding. The scanners will be purchased from Tek84 and will scan inmates and corrections participants instead of officers having to pat them down every time they leave and return to the facilities. A full story is planned for Wednesday’s Herald.

• Agreed to advertise $400,000 in additional appropriations this year from the rainy day fund for COVID-19-related expenses, including the body scanners.

• Approved appropriating $30,000 from the general fund for pauper counsel fees.

• Approved appropriating pretrial services grant dollars: $81,928 out of personal services and $5,800 from other services.

• Heard that the council will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, in the commissioners/council room on the second floor of the Dubois County Courthouse Annex, 602 Main St., Jasper, to hear a presentation from the justice center architect and construction manager regarding all the details of the project. After a lengthy discussion in May, the council decided to deny appropriating $4 million from the county’s local income tax fund and $1 million from the rainy day fund for the project and asked the Dubois County Commissioners to come back at a later date with more defined plans and costs for the project.

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