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February 4, 2013

Fountain looks at maintenance position

COVINGTON, Ind. — Terry Ellingwood, president of the Fountain County Commissioners, would like to see a county maintenance director, or a county handyman, as he calls it.

“I think there is a need for someone to put in a sidewalk, paint a room or put a roof on a bridge,” Ellingwood said Monday. “I don’t think this has to be a full-time person.”

Fellow commissioners agreed to think about the idea.

Commissioner Don Hesler asked whether this would be another person for whom the county would have to pay insurance.

“It if were part-time, we wouldn’t have to,” Ellingwood said. He said the position could be on an as-needed basis.

Hesler wondered it there were enough contractors in the county to spread the work around.

“I am not asking to do it today,” Ellingwood said.

In other business, commissioners:

  • Heard the concerns of Brad Boyer with Watermark Engineered Product Sales of Noblesville, Ind., concerning the amount of money paid for the parts and services for the new lift station at the ambulance building on the east side of U.S. Route 41 at Veedersburg, Ind.

Boyer said during construction it was determined some things were not done.

“The contractor said he would do it,” Boyer said. It was decided that would be deducted from Watermark’s bill.

“I expected charges of $3,000 to $4,000,” Boyer said. “We got a check for $38,000.”

The total amount originally was $53,000 before any deductions.

Hesler will arrange a meeting with the contractor, Boyer, former Commissioner Walt Wilson and the current commissioners.

  • Extended the deadline until noon next Monday for applications for the county highway superintendent’s position. An executive session was called for 5:30 p.m. EST Feb. 18 to go over the applications.
  • Gave Fountain County Assessor Sandra Whitaker permission to seek bids for a professional appraiser to perform the 2013 and 2014 annual adjustment for all residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial parcels in Fountain County. The bids are due by 9 a.m. Feb. 12.
  • Heard that Garth Kagels, director of the Emergency Medical Services, won the clinical excellence award at the graduation for new paramedics at last week’s graduation at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds.
  • Proclaimed this week as Fountain County 4-H Promotion Week after hearing from two 4-H members, a 4-H leader and two new extension agents.
  • Gave the Fountain County Cemetery Commission the annual $1,500 donation.

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