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5/7/2018 - The Decatur County Commissioners Meeting
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The Decatur County Commissioners met on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Decatur County Courthouse. The meeting began with the review and approval of the minutes of the April 16th meeting, the approval of new claims, and the public hearing on Jail lease and drawings. No comments were submitted at this time.
Mark Mohr updated the commissioners on the progress of the 100 South project, stating it would be open in approximately 3 days with good weather conditions. His update on the 640 North pipe project states that the old structure is out, banding is completed, and that the project should be completed in approximately four to five working days with good weather. He brought forth some traffic concerns regarding the unofficial detours and weight limits. Sherriff Greg Allen suggested a clarifying of the ordinance to reflect the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, rather than the actual weight of the vehicle, and an advertisement of the updated ordinance prior to enforcement. Updates on the Bridge 236 project indicate that the scoring is completed, and INDOT has approved the paperwork for the project to enter into a contract. He inquired about the exploration of the Washington Street bridge as a local project, and inquired about a road swap proposal of a dead end road off of Highway 46 and the area of Highway 421 near County Line Road, out by Loves Truck Stop, which would remove a quarter of a mile off of the county road inventory. He updated the commissioners of a meeting scheduled for May 23rd with INDOT.
Krista Duvall stated to the commissioners that she had no new ordinances at this time.
Kenny Buening updated the commissioners of 57 inspections, 21 new permits, and 3 complaints which he has addressed. He updated the commissioners of plumbing inspections in Saint Paul, and a red-tagged pole barn which was built without a permit, and for which a permit has now been obtained.
Rick Nobbe updated those in attendance of a meeting with Tim Sutton and Matt Eckerle on the process of competitive or negotiable bond sales, the reappointment of Judy Cupp for a second term with the Decatur County Contractual Library Board, of Phillip Deiwert from Rural Works request for funding, the signing off of the Congressional School Fund, Brad Spiers request for a Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan information survey for funding, and an update from Carol Davis regarding the 5K for Milas Mission to take place on Montgomery Road on May 19, 2018 between 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M.
Steve Leist of Assured Partners updated the commissioners of the formal final approval for the insurance renewal required before May 22, 2018.
Rick Nobbe updated those in attendance of quotes provided by Christopher Burke and Associates for the park lake dam project and silt removal, and of notification he has received from Patty Jackson of Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning that a property had been released of all leans and was available for tax sale.
Tony Blodgett updated the commissioners of his research into temporary housing options for the jail from a company called All Detainment Solutions. Exploration includes the cost of underground prep work for water and electricity, and the potential for ease of later expansion when necessary. Due to overcrowding, the closest county to house overflow of inmates is presently Knox County, and the cost of housing spent in the first quarter of 2018 was $40,000-$45,000. Design updates and drawings from Elevatus are to be released to the public on May 14, 2018, and the bid date is set for June 22, 2018.
The next Decatur County Commissioners meeting will be held on Monday, May21, 2018 at the Decatur County Courthouse.
Tracy Miller, WTRE News
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