By Valerie Werkmeister
A short agenda and Posey County Commissioner President Jim Alsop’s absence made for a very brief meeting last Tuesday, August 21. County Councilman John Sherretz presided as president in Alsop’s absence.
Attorney Adam Farrar gave an overview on the need to amend the county’s Fair Housing ordinance. Commissioners had previously wondered why there was a need to approve a new ordinance when federal guidelines already existed. Farrar advised that if the county wished to receive any future grant funding from the Office of Community and Rural Assistance, an amendment to the current ordinance would have to be adopted.
The current ordinance states that it prohibits any type of discrimination in housing due to a person’s race, gender, familial status or religion. The amendment broadens the definition of familial status discrimination to include sexual orientation.
Farrar continued that he had previously discussed the changes with the commissioners and they were not required to act on the amendment immediately.
“If we choose to receive these benefits in the future, we will certainly need to comply, “ he said.
The measure was tabled for future consideration.
Posey County Building Commissioner Ed Battieger informed the commissioners that construction on the Hovey House insulation project was scheduled to begin on August 22. The first phase had already been completed. The next portion involves lowering the ceilings to install the insulation and then replacing the ceiling, trim and lighting. He anticipated the project would take approximately three weeks.
Change orders for the Levee Unit 5 improvement project were presented and approved.
The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 4, at 9 a.m.
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