By Valerie Werkmeister
This month’s Posey County Council meeting was held in the evening rather than the usual 9 a.m. time slot in order to allow daytime working folks the opportunity to attend. There were a few who openly stated they appreciated the change, but the overall crowd attendance was very low.
The short agenda enabled council members to work through the routine list quickly. They approved an additional appropriation for the prosecutor for $717.51. These were seized funds taken during an arrest. They also approved another appropriation in the amount of $131.50 due to a refund from law book purchases.
Steve Schenk, Posey County Highway Superintendent requested a transfer from the motor vehicle highway fund contractual services to the salt fund in the amount of $4,345.81. His request was approved.
Council president Bob Gentil stated the council received a letter from Countrymark regarding their abatement. During last month’s meeting, Nancy Hoehn explained that it had been determined that Countrymark had been overpaid in its tax abatement. In order to remedy the situation, they decided Countrymark would not file for tax abatement this year. They received communication from Countrymark via e-mail stating they agreed with this assessment of the situation. Attorney Beth McFadin Higgins stated the council would need the letter to be on official letterhead from Countrymark and she would notify them to do so.
Council members believed that most of their required appointments to various county offices had been completed. However, they did note that there is still a vacancy on the Wadesville-Blairsville Regional Sewer District Board. Interested citizens can notify any council member regarding their interest in the position.
Jim Hirsch, head of the Posey County Sheriff’s Department reserve officer’s program, delivered a presentation on the attributes of the program. He stated that the seven reserve officers covered over 2,650 hours last year, thus saving the county money in overtime pay. Reserve officers are used for a variety of special details including school athletic or dance functions, patrols at the St. Wendel Bierstube, car shows and special patrols during the holidays.
Gentil stated he was amazed by the amount of work and the savings to the county since reserve officers are not paid. He applauded their effort since, “they do the work simply because they want to.”
The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at 9 a.m. in the Hovey House.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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