By Valerie Werkmeister
Posey County Assessor, Nancy Hoehn, discussed a contract amendment between Tyler Technologies representatives and the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) with Posey County Commissioners during their December 18 meeting. This three-year contract from 2012-2015, between the county and Tyler was signed and approved prior to new Senate Bill 19 being passed initiating cyclical review. Due to this bill, the DLGF required a revision on all vendor contracts.
Attorney Adam Farrar reviewed the contract with Hoehn and determined the cost of the contract will remain the same but it will change to read 2012-2014. He recommended approval of the amendment. Bret Bombick, project manager for Tyler Technologies, stated that Posey County will only have to pay for the first two years of the contract, not the third.
After Senate Bill 19 passed, Tyler representatives met with the DLGF and added language to the contract providing for the amendment. The DLGF does not want Tyler’s contracts to run into cyclical review, thus the need for eliminating the third year from the contract.
The commissioners approved the amendment and the contract will be sent to the DLGF again for final review.
Sabrina Harms, E911 Director for Posey County informed the commissioners that James from J & S Communications has completed the installation of all the equipment for the narrow banding project. The equipment was not yet operational at the time of the meeting, however he was scheduled to return later that day to complete his work.
The commissioners also approved the following:
• The first commissioners meeting for 2013 has been changed from its normal meeting time on Tuesday, January 1, to Wednesday, January 2, due to the New Year’s Day holiday.
• Tuesday, January 1, will be a holiday for all county employees. The rest of the 2013 holidays will be determined during the first county meeting of the year.
Commissioner president Jim Alsop thanked John Sherretz and Scott Moye for their many years of service to the county. Both were defeated in the election. Sherretz has spent 26 years in county government and has served as the auditor, a councilman and commissioner.
Moye has served two terms as a councilman and two terms as a commissioner. Alsop stated he has provided much needed guidance and will continue to support the county.
Treasurer Linda Curtis will retire at the end of the year. Alsop thanked all of these dedicated county employees for their many years of service to Posey County.
Highway Department Superintendent Steve Schenk gave the commissioners a report on the department’s finances to date. He stated the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund is $22,552.45 more than last year at this time. The Wheel and Excise fund has not been totaled since Schenk anticipates the receipt of one final check prior to year end. Currently, the fund is down $65,000 from last year’s total. The Local Road and Street fund has increased $6,810 over last year’s total.
Schenk stated that once the final EDIT check has been received, it will be invested to pay the loan from the Distressed Road fund. Alsop noted the rate is currently at zero percent interest. Schenk added that this is the third year the loan has been available and once this loan is repaid, they can request another loan at zero percent interest.
Schenk also received a letter from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) giving the final nod of approval for the bridge study behind Wesselman’s Shopping Center in Mt. Vernon. Schenk contacted United Consulting Engineers and planned a meeting for December 19, with them.
The commissioners approved re-building the bridge during their November meeting after many local citizens spoke in approval of the project.
The Coliseum Building in Mt. Vernon is in need of some repairs and maintenance work. Leaking windows and bricks and bowing walls are causing some concern. Commissioners received a proposal from N.M. Bunge, Inc. to do the repairs on the west windows. The masonry repairs total $13,950 and caulking the exterior windows totals $25,790. The work outside the building must be completed before inside work can begin. The commissioners approved the repair project and will pay for the repairs using funds from the Cumulative Capital fund.
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) report cited a total of $567,000 was collected in 2011. To date, $631,000 has been collected, which does not include the month of December. There have been a total of 2,156 ambulance runs in the county for the year. There were 1,120 from Mount Vernon, 395 from New Harmony, 383 from St. Phillips and 258 from Poseyville.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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