“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