The county commissioners met Monday and were faced with a brief agenda requiring their attention. Matthew Lee of United Consulting presented the county leaders a complete list of bridges in the county as a part of phase 1 of the annual four-year inspection. Lee explained that there are 194 bridges contained in Rush County including the county’s five covered bridges that receive special exception.
A bridge by state definition is a structure spanning a distance of 20 feet or more. Lee continued by saying that the report he submitted will be followed by the Phase 2 report in 2015.
The report Lee submitted for consideration found that 23 of the bridges need to be replaced and 10 additional bridges are in need of rehabilitation repairs.
County highway superintendent Jerry Sitton said that a bridge in the Homer area that spans Mud Creek has a crack in the structure and will need to be replaced.
In other matters, Sheriff Jeff Sherwood said the inmate population at the Rush County Jail has once again increased with 44 individuals currently being house at the facility.
Sherwood said that during the past seven days, 12 individuals have been arrested and remain in the jail. “Of the total, 34 of those incarcerated, are facing felony charges and three individuals are being held without a bond being set,” Sherwood said.
In an unrelated matter, Sherwood received county approval to begin the hiring processes to replace deputy Duane Raab. Raab will retire at years end, closing out a 32-year career with the county law enforcement agency. According to Sherwood, the hiring process is lengthy and it is hoped that the replacement for Raab can be realized in the coming months.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.