By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — During Monday’s commissioner meeting, the county leaders signed paperwork related to Phase III (the final phase) of the lengthy Carthage Pike Road improvement project. According to county highway superintendent Jerry Sitton, with the Rush County leaders’ signatures, the paperwork is now ready to be forwarded to state officials.
Sitton continued by saying that due to law protecting the Indiana bat habitat, work will not begin on the final phase until the fall of 2014 with a competition date set for the spring of 2015.
In other matters, the county leaders raised questions regarding impending water and sewage rate increases for Rushville and the county courthouse. According to auditor Mary Ann Beard, it is unclear of the impact. Beard did say that she expects the increase will be roughly 51 percent on sewage and 14 percent on water usage at the courthouse.
Sherriff Jeff Sherwood was next to have the commissioners’ attention and he introduced Deputy Terry Drake. Drake will assume the duties of chief deputy with the department beginning Jan. 1, 2014 following the retirement of Duane Raab. Sherwood said that in recent weeks, the jail inmate population has taken a down turn with 39 inmates currently housed at the facility.
In an unrelated matter, Sherwood requested permission to begin the hiring process to fill two positions at the Rush County Jail. According to Sherwood, in recent days he has accepted two letters of resignation, one for a jailer and the second for a dispatcher position. The county leaders agreed to allow the positions to be filled.
Contact: Frank Denzler at 765-932-2222, ext. 106