The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 4, 2013

Fountain looks at maintenance position

BY DENNIS BARTLOW
Commercial-News

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:

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.