Rushville Republican

February 12, 2013

Commissioners tend to county business

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Rush County Commissioners Marc Bacon, Bruce Levi and Ken Masters met Monday and were faced with a short agenda.

Rush County Auditor Mary Ann Beard passed along EMS run reports from the county’s three volunteer ambulance services and Rush Memorial Hospital for the preceding month.

During January, Carthage responded to 11 calls for assistance; Milroy, 16; Raleigh, 8; and RMH Ambulance made 130 medical runs.

Zeta Tau Sorority member Dana Fussner requested a three-hour road closure in and near the community of Milroy beginning at 7:30 a.m. June 11 for a 5K walk/run event. Fussner said the Run for the Arts event serves as the sorority’s major fundraiser.

Following a brief discussion, the county leaders voted unanimously to allow the closure of CR 125W for the annual event.

Sheriff Jeff Sherwood was next to have the commissioners’ attention and said that overcrowding is again a concern at the Rush County Jail, with the facility housing 47 inmates.

According to Sherwood, three inmates have been sentenced and are currently serving their court-imposed sentences, two inmates are being held for the Indiana Department of Correction and 36 are being held on felony charges.

The commissioners approved a request from County EMA Director Chuck Kemker for the county to adopt a county employee ID policy and procedure plan.

Once the document was signed by the county leaders, Kemker said that the county is another step closer to requiring county employees being identified by ID badges while working at the courthouse.

During the first phase of implementation, the ID’s will provide a means to better serve the public in identifying county employees; down the road, a scanner system may be set in place for employees to scan their ID, allowing for better knowledge of who is and who is not in the courthouse at a given time.

In an unrelated matter, Kemker said that a recent earthquake drill held at the county seat went well and that the county is in compliance with state requirements in the event of such an event during normal operational hours.

“Although the exercise went well we did define a few deficiencies in the phone system used to alert the individual offices that we need to address,” the EMA director said.

In a final matter, the commissioners signed an incumbency certificate as a means for the county to secure a bank loan for the Henry Schrader Drainage Project that involves the area north of INTAT.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106