During Monday’s county commissioner meeting, Dixie Meyer of the county health department said that during a recent screening, an unidentified Rushville resident tested positive for Tuberculosis (TB). According the American Lung Association, the infectious disease generally infects the lungs although can attack any part of the body and is spread from person to person through the air such as being in close proximity to a person that sneezes, talks, coughs or laughs. TB can be fatal if left untreated, however once treatment begins, within a few weeks, the infected individual is no longer contagious and if the medicine is continued all of the TB germs are killed.
According to Meyer, the possibly infected individual has no means to pay for the additional testing necessary to verify or discount the presence of the disease and she asked the county to foot the bill for additional necessary testing.
“It has been a few years since we have had a positive test result come back and at that time, the county picked up the tab for additional testing,” Meyer said.
The health department employee and nurse continued by saying that additional testing is necessary and should not be delayed.
Following a brief discussion on the matter, commissioner Bruce Levi spoke on behalf of fellow commissioners, Mark Bacon and Ken Masters, and said that in the best interest of the public they feel it is the responsibility of the county to pay for the additional testing.
“This has to be taken care of and we don’t want to have it (additional testing) put off,” Levi said.
Meyer thanked the county leaders for their decision and said she would contact the individual and make the necessary arrangements at RMH.
In an unrelated matter, county surveyor Marvin Rees explained that a problem with the courthouse clock rendered it inoperable recently and although the problem has been temporarily fixed, additional maintenance is required. According to Rees, possible grant monies could be obtained to make the necessary repairs.
“Currently the problem is not urgent, but seeking a long term resolve should be looked at,” Rees said.
According to the county leaders and auditor Mary Ann Beard, it is possible that a State Preservation Grant through the DNR could be obtained. Rees said he would look into that possibility.
Auditor Mary Ann Beard was next to speak and said that the county website has recently changed with Schneider Engineering providing service. According to Beard, BEACON is a very user friendly service providing a variety of links and residents are able to access property tax information.
“We are working out a few bugs but it is a good site and will only get better. It has only been up since Nov. 1,” Beard said.
In a final matter, sheriff Jeff Sherwood said that the inmate population at the Rush County Jail is again reaching maximum capacity as a result of individuals facing various charges. Of those incarcerated, five have been sentenced and are serving local time. Four individuals are serving Indiana Department of Corrections time locally.
According to Sherwood, most alarming is that of the 39 inmates 37 are charged with felony counts. Due to the seriousness of the charges, bonds are higher and as a result, many are awaiting trial on their respective cases.
Sherwood next turned his attention to replacing retiring deputy Duane Raab. The sheriff said that he has received 28 applications of individuals seeking to fill the rapidly approaching vacancy with the department.
“Of all the applications received only three applicants have previous law enforcement experience and one of those has been away from the law enforcement field for nearly 10 years,” Sherwood said.
The sheriff continued by saying the interview process will begin in the near future and it is anticipated a new hire can be made prior to the end of the year.
Contact: Frank Denzler at 765-932-2222, ext. 106