The Rush County Commissioners met Monday and were greeted with a brief agenda requiring their attention. County area plan director Kate Singleton requested a change of date for a public hearing regarding the county’s American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. The next public meeting on the matter was set for 7 p.m., Nov. 8, in the Assembly Room of the courthouse. The commissioners then attached their signatures to an ordinance regarding ADA compliance after commissioner Tom Barnes voiced concerns that a county employee name must be attached to the ordinance. It is Barnes’ contention that in the event the employee identified on the ordinance (in this case Singleton) would leave the county’s employment, a new ordinance would be required to remain compliant with state mandates.
“I feel the state missed the boat regarding this requirement. The ordinance should require a department and not simply an individual’s name,” Barnes said.
The next matter before the county leaders was a request from county EMA Director Chuck Kemker to purchase an ID machine and necessary supplies to print ID cards for each county employee. Following a brief discussion, the commissioners authorized the purchase.
Sheriff Jeff Sherwood was the next to take the floor and said that the inmate population at the Rush County Jail is once again increasing. According to Sherwood, 44 inmates are being housed in the jail and only six are serving court imposed sentences. He continued by saying that the female population has also seen an increase in recent weeks, with nine females currently incarcerated.
In an unrelated mater, the sheriff received permission to make software upgrades to deputies in car computer computers. According to Sherwood, Ron Jarman was instrumental in finding a reduced cost option which are to be completed by the end of the year,