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Commissioners consider loan

By Elisabeth Dodd, Staff Writer

Union County Commissioners considered a loan of almost $40,000 at their Friday, Feb. 1, meeting.

The loan would be from the county to go towards West College Corner's wastewater utilities. Town Council representative Juanita Fenwick spoke to commissioners about how due to a lawsuit with Ohio and other expenses, including raised rates from January's bills, the town wasn't collecting enough revenue to keep up expenses. Fenwick left with homework to research insurance reimbursement prices and then come back to the next meeting.

USI Consultant's representative Derek Towle discussed the need for an asset management plan for bridges. This would be an attractive option because having a report on the condition of county bridges is necessary for securing federal grants. Bridge 45 on Stone Road is one of the bridges that needs to be assessed. The cost would be $5,000 total for a plan for every bridge including a Preliminary Engineering Assessment Report for the Stone Road bridge. The discussion was tabled until it could be researched more thoroughly.

EMA Director Jim Franklin was unable to get any prices for fixing the Health Department gutter due to the recent weather but was able to present some information on grant management from Homeland Security of which he would be the manager.

Sheriff Dale Dishmond announced that he ordered a new truck for $28,900, and the department would have a Durango by springtime. He also discussed the need for new radios.

After having issues with service and communication with KONE, the elevator company the courthouse uses, commissioners asked County Auditor Cheryl Begley to send a letter to cancel the contract. This same option was considered for Taylored Systems, the phone system for the courthouse, but not decided. Finally, Ross Outdoors offered its lawn care services for the courthouse and jail for $260, which was tabled until the next meeting.






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