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January 6, 2013

City, county look ahead to 2013

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DANVILLE —

“That’s something we’re going to have to devote some attention to,” he said. “We’re looking at all the options.”

Along Georgetown Road, the county’s EMA headquarters also is experiencing problems, ranging from an outdated electrical system, plumbing problems and a leaking roof since the county moved there from the Public Safety Building in 2007.

The building — the former South Danville TV site at 2705 Georgetown Road — was purchased in July 2005 for around $250,000 using funds from a federal Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness grant. The grant was available as a result of the county’s proximity to the Newport Chemical Depot in Indiana.

Weinard said the county must look at the federal funding to determine whether there can be a modification of the terms that will allow the county to relocate the building. Up until now, it was thought the county would have to return the money used to buy the building if the EMA headquarters is moved because it would be considered a misuse of the grant money.

Weinard also said all of the county’s labor contracts are up for negotiations in 2013. Those talks, he said, will begin in early January.

He said Vermilion County is “extremely financially solvent” compared to the money problems encountered by other counties in the state.

“Our goal is to keep the ball rolling and keep the harmony going so we don’t get in some predicaments as neighboring counties,” Weinard said.

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