The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 22, 2013

Fountain County looks for new highway superintendent


COVINGTON, Ind. — Fountain County Commissioners are looking for a new highway superintendent.

The commissioners voted 2-1 Monday night to seek applications for the position. The applications are to be turned in prior to the Feb. 4 meeting.

Commissioners Terry Ellingwood and Craig Stalter voted yes; Don Hesler voted no.

When the commissioners made appointments at the Jan. 7 meeting they postponed a decision on highway superintendent for 30 days. Rusty Peevler currently holds the position, but he is not expected to be retained.

Hesler said Peevler assumes he is out at the end of the month.

In other business, commissioners:

Approved plans to replace Bridge No. 97 west of Indiana Route 341 and northwest of Mellott this year. Michgael Waldron of Butler, Fairman and Seufert Inc. of Indianapolis said the contract should be awarded in late summer. The project will be funded federally 80 percent with the county’s share at 20 percent.

Jonathan Sera of Butler, Fairman and Suefert presented the annual report on the 143 bridges in the county.

"You have a lot of work to do," Sera said. "You need to replace three bridges a year. You have some bridges that are over 100 years old."

Learned from Garth Kagels, ambulance director, that the new Emergency Medical Services building was occupied as of last week. They will meet with the architect next Monday to go over final things to be done.

Approved Community Corrections’ request to submit a $1.5 million grant from the state to operate the five-county facility the next two years.

What’s next

The Fountain County Commissioners will meet at 8:30 a.m. EST Feb. 4 at the courthouse.