Meeting: Dubois County Council

The Dubois County Council met Monday and:

• Authorized spending the advertised $8,288,384 in American Rescue Plan funding that is coming from the federal government. Since the advertisement, county officials learned that the county will actually receive a total of $8,300,967. County Auditor Sandy Morton said that the council will have to approve spending that additional $12,000, which will done at a later date. The county received the first half of the funding on Friday, she said. A committee is determining specifically what the money will be used for; but the commissioners has stated a basic plan that includes using the money for revenue reimbursement, financial recovery, public health and infrastructure

• Appropriated $245,403 for county park improvements, $50,000 to help with the cost of a new court recording system, $4,000 for travel and $500 for equipment in the county sex offender program, $3,500 for appraisal upkeep of county properties, $1,716 for a records library copier and $600 for this year’s salaries of election board members.

• Transferred $11,320.65 within Health Moderna Vaccine Grant from personal services to other services, and $5,838.41 within the CARE test site grant from employee comp time to operating expenses.

• Determined that International Paper is in compliance with its property tax abatement.

• Recommended that Adult Protective Services Director Rob Haseman talk to the Dubois County Commissioners about receiving funding for the agency in 2022 and suggested that the commissioners add $10,000 to their budget for the agency. Adult Protective Services investigates reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and assists in obtaining services for endangered adults, who are those 18 and older; it serves Dubois, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike counties.

• Decided to tell department heads to factor into their 2022 budgets a 3% increase in salaries.

• Planned for a few council members to meet with Sheriff Tom Kleinhelter to discuss possible salary adjustments within the sheriff’s office.

• Set meeting dates for the second half of the year. Monthly meeting dates that were set are on Mondays: Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13; the meetings will start at 4:30 p.m. The meeting to review proposed 2022 budgets will be at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9; the budget public hearing will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 and the budget will be adopted at the Oct. 25 meeting. An end-of-the-year meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. All meetings are held in the commissioners/council room at the Dubois County Courthouse Annex, 602 Main St., Jasper. As of now, meetings are also streamed live on Dubois County government’s YouTube channel.

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