2018-07-11 / Front Page

Commissioners give an additional vehicle to Health Department

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

A request for a used vehicle by the Carroll County Health Department was not on the agenda for the Monday morning County Commissioner’s meeting. By the time the meeting ended, the Department was in possession of a car previously used by the Sheriff’s Department. The Department has an SUV and the use of a pool car.

Commissioner Bill Brown brought the proposition to the attention of Commissioner Steve Pearson. Both he and his wife Angie, who serves as the Environmental Sanitarian in the Department, contacted Sheriff Tobe Leazenby about the matter last week. Commissioner

John Brown was not present for the meeting.

The transfer was decided as Commissioners diverted a decommissioned vehicle, which would normally be auctioned, to the Health Department per the request.

Carroll Manor mowing

Weedeating grass in a ditch at Carroll Manor became a point of contention between Pro-Lawn, the service contracted to provide lawn care for the county, and Manor Superintendent Martha Lewis. Lewis wants the ditch to have fewer weeds and tall grasses. Pro-Lawn said because the Carroll County Redevelopment Commission (RDC), (which is the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Board) had the road widened to accommodate Indiana Packers Corporation traffic, weedeating the area is out of the scope of their contract with the county and they are not willing to deal with the mess resulting from the construction.

Lewis hired Greg Coghill to weed-eat the ditch. Commissioners retained Coghill to handle the ditch. Attorney Ted Johnson advised the county leaders they are prohibited from paying Pro-Lawn any less for not doing the work because what is being asked by Lewis is not in the agreed scope of services.

County parks

Parks Board President Bob Burton was granted permission to install gates to limit access to the campground area at Deer Creek Park. He reported the camp hosts have seen many vehicles in the area after dark when there are no campers registered. Commissioners decided the gate will be locked at 10 p.m. every night, unless there are campers.

Other business

A county health insurance committee with Sheriff Tobe Leazenby, Human Resources Specialist Sesaly Reifert, Auditor Beth Myers, Emergency Medical Services Director Doug Atkisson, Commissioner Bill Brown, Highway Engineer Paul Couts and County Council member Lawrence Stauffer recommended to Commissioners the county provide to each employee on the Group Health plan $2,000 for their Health Savings Account. The employees were given $500 initially this year, which was increased to $1,000.

Commissioners will meet July 16 at 1 p.m. to develop the 2019 budget submission to the County Council.

A respite application for county resident Tim Roberson for Carroll Manor was formally approved, although Commissioner Brown said he already had signed the application.

Payroll claims for $189,162.04, County General claims for $258,995.68, County Highway claims for $358,848.36, claims against tax-based accounts for $293,671.41 and early claims for $28,619.67 were approved.

The next meeting will be July 16 at 9 a.m.

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