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Daviess County Commissioner's Meeting Minutes 06-24-2013


Daviess County Commissioners

Meeting Minutes

June 24, 2013

The Daviess County Commissioners met Monday, June 24, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. in the Commissioners' Room of the Daviess County Courthouse with President Anthony Wichman, Vice-President Michael Taylor and Secretary Larry Wilson present.

 President Anthony Wichman called the meeting to order.


Minutes of the June 10, 2013 and June 12, 2013 meeting were approved as mailed per a motion by Michael Taylor. Larry Wilson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.  Document Document 


Bill Dougherty, Detective for the Daviess County Sheriff's Department presented a lease option for one NICE Recording Express Digital Voice Logging System in the amount $32,515.00 with payments of $7,315.00 annually for five years. Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit opted to replace the annual maintenance agreement and go with the lease option as they would at the end of the five years actually own the system. Michael Taylor made the motion to approve the lease agreement pending review by Grant Swartzentruber, Daviess County Attorney. Larry Wilson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. Document 


Paul Goss, Daviess County Emergency Management using the new Daviess County Website, explained where and how to sign up for the emergency alert notification system known as CODE RED. President WIchman highly recommended the notification system and stated he has heard many positive comments about the service. Mr. Goss showed that you have options to select as to what you want to receive as far as notifications and also as to what device you wish the notification to be sent to such as your cell number or home number. All agreed that this is a good service with critical information concerning county threats or emergencies that all citizens can be notified instantly of such occurrences.


Steve Sacksteder, Executive Director of Four Rivers Resource Services, Inc. presented their annual income and expense budget for 2014 with the request of support in the amount of $20,000.00 from the County. Mr. Sacksteder stated that the Board of Directors of Four Rivers sincerely appreciates the commitment and support that the Daviess County Commissioners have demonstrated in the past to the citizens with Developmental Disabilities and challenged citizens of Daviess County and looks forward to a favorable review of this request for continued support.  Document


Becky Guthrie, CCTM, Director of Ride Solution/WATS also thanked the Commissioners for support given to them since they began services in Daviess County in 2001. Ridership has increased steadily and more and more people are relying on this service. In 2012 Ride Solutions provided 51,522 trips in Daviess County alone. Ride Solution currently serves ten counties in Southwest Indiana, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Martin, Perry, Pike, Spencer, Sullivan and Warrick County. Daviess County's support is very important as the State reviews the support each county contributes and makes recommendations on services provided. Ride Solutions has nearly completed the new construction of an administration building on the corner of Main Street and 11th Street completely funded with ARRA stimulus dollars and feels this is a great asset to Daviess County. Ms. Guthrie stated that she has not requested a specific dollar amount but is asking that they increase their support if possible for the 2014 budget year. Document


Greg Jones, Executive Director of Southern Indiana Development Commission also requested financial support from the Commissioners as they prepare their 2014 budget in the amount of $7,625.00. These funds are needed to meet matching requirements and program costs that benefit Daviess County. They have worked with Daviess County on projects including economic development, community development, housing development and also transportation and look forward to continuing to work for Daviess County in 2014. Document


Sherry Davis speaking on behalf of Daviess County Partnership - Connections, also requested consideration for support from the Commissioners in the amount of $2,500.00 to supplement the operating cost of Connections.  Connections serves as a central clearinghouse for information to ensure appropriate information is available and help provide and promote a collaborative service network that will increase efficiency, diminish redundancy, and eliminate gaps in services to children and families in need with Daviess County. They work closely with the Trustees of the County, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent, Red Cross as well as many of the local churches in providing assistance such as paying utility and rent bills, help with food and medications and various other calls asking for help.  President Wichman noted that this is a new request for their budget review. Document


President Wichman recognized Cliff Goodman of Goodman Recycling, INC., in attendance today for any public comments concerning his proposed business on CR 300 West, known as the old Olon building. At the meeting on June 10, Mr. Wichman expressed a desire to hear from adjacent land owners, for them to have a chance to voice their support or concerns of this perspective business venture. No comments were heard from the public. The Commissioners noted that they had received positive comments regarding this proposed business. Mr. WIchman stated that the application for business license before them was establishing that Daviess County does not presently have a zoning ordinance, only local ordinances that would pertain to this business at this time. A motion was made for the President to sign the requested document presented by Mr. Goodman by Michael Taylor. Larry Wilson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. Document


Sherri Healy, Daviess County Clerk presented an order moving voters from Precincts Washington 1 and 4 into Precinct Washington 15 in accordance with the City of Washington Annexation Ordinance 11-2012 as amended. There were 69 registered voters affected by the annexation and this is the first step in a process to comply with all the requirements due to the annexation changes.  Michael Taylor made the motion to approve the order presented. Larry Wilson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.  Document


Sherri Healy, Daviess County Clerk informed the Commissioners of an additional hazard of bats at the storage facility. She stated that with ongoing issues of spiders, flying ants and now bats, she feels that the working conditions are unacceptable. Pictures were provided of some of the conditions. Records are kept according to retention schedules and other offices also have to use the storage facility. President Wichman agreed that storage and office space are issues that need to be addressed and it is time to look at options and do something. Secretary Larry Wilson said the county owns some property but acknowledges funding is the issue. Various concerns were touched on and it was decided to appoint a committee to begin developing a plan to address the needs of storage and office space. Michael Taylor will head up the committee which will include all department heads to look at options. Sherri Healy stated that will help for the long term but needs the current situation addressed now.  She was asked to look for possible storage options for them to consider.


Paul Goss, Daviess County Emergency Management states that he and Scott Myers have completed the required EMPG Program. This program requires all funded personnel to participate in at least three HSEEP-compliant exercises and must have completed the following training courses between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training and FEMA Professional Development Series. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security must validate that all EMPG personnel are compliant to be eligible for salary reimbursement. Larry Wilson made the motion to submit that all requirements have not only been met but surpassed with the signature of the Commissioners. Michael Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. Document


Samantha Bobbitt, Daviess County Chamber of Commerce had notified Grant Swartzentruber, Daviess County Attorney of the need to address the appointments for the Daviess County Visitor's Bureau. With the passing of long time appointee, Lucille Dillon, an appointment is needed to stay compliant with the guide lines of the organization. It was also discussed that two people need to be from the Hotel/Motel industry. At this time, Michael Taylor made the motion to appoint Joris Gee who is affiliated with the Baymont presently, to complete the appointment of Lucille Dillon. Larry Wilson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.


General Update

Tom Ash, Daviess County Highway Department Road Foreman filling in for Phil Cornelius, Daviess County Highway Department Supervisor informed the Commissioners that the department is presently working on paving Bedford Road, CR 200 E to 350 E this week. He also noted that due to weather and scheduling they are still catching up with the mowing and dust control needs.

Bond Release Requests

Requests from T.J. Lambrecht, Fred Weber, Inc. and White Construction regarding specifics agreements for  the release of their bonds as the I-69 projects they were working on is now complete was presented to the Commissioners for final approval. Michael Taylor made the motion to accept the final proposals and release the bonds. Larry Wilson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. President Anthony Wichman stated negotiations are still ongoing with Walsh Construction regarding the release of their bond.  Document Document Document


John Frady, Daviess County Citizen concerned over the review of the Junkyard/Salvage ordinance just asked that if any changes are made to the ordinance that it would be tougher on compliancy and that it would be more enforceable.

Kristen Hughes, who had requested help in making her road safer by enforcing the speed limits on Perdue Mill Road, thanked the Daviess County Sheriff's Department for patrolling the area. Michael Taylor informed her that the issue is still before them as they are looking at different options available.


The next scheduled Commissioners meeting will be held July 8, 2013 at the Produce Center, located at 5667 N 900 E, across from Dinky's at 6:30 P.M.


Michael Taylor made the motion to approve the payroll docket dated 6-14-2013. Larry Wilson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

CLAIMS DOCKET DATED 7-1-13 & 6-26-13

A motion was made by Michael Taylor to approve both claims dockets as submitted. Larry Wilson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.


                KOSMOS Services, LLC

                Daviess-Martin Joint Park & Recreation Minutes 4-9-2013 & 5-14-2013

                Karr Tuckpointing

                Peabody Midwest Mining, LLC

                Indiana Department of Natural Resources

                Indiana Department of Corrections


After a brief intermission, the Commissioners met to prepare the budget for 2014

At the conclusion of the budget meeting, a motion to adjourn was made by Larry Wilson. Michael Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.