By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — The Rush County commissioners met Monday and were faced with a brief agenda leading into the final three meetings of the year.
Although a number of repairs have been completed on the courthouse roof, another repair proposal was given during Monday’s meeting by Blair Wells of Wellman Roofing. The proposal given will be to break the project into four segments and that would continue over a two to four year time frame.
Water damage has been an ongoing problem on the upper level of the structure and efforts to patch the roof have proved unsuccessful.
“This is a major undertaking and we will have to look very closely at it before moving forward,” commissioner Bruce Levi said.
In an unrelated matter, county treasure Cindy Humphrey said that the fall tax collections are almost completed with nearly $470,000 collected.
The commissioners then agreed to a request from attorney Tracy Newhouse on behalf of the city to sign off on tax certificates from properties listed recently in the county tax sale. According to Newhouse, the majority of the properties involved are slated to be torn down and the property owners still have the option to reclaim the properties after paying the back taxes.
“I feel this is a win-win for both the city if Rushville and the county,” Levis said after the commissioners agreed to sign the certificates.
Executive director of the Rush County Area Plan Commission Kevin Tolloty requested the county approve two contracts for 2014, one to provide mapping services and a second for legal counsel to the APC and board of zoning appeals. Following a brief discussion, the county leaders approved both contracts.
Sheriff Jeff Sherwood was the next office holder to have the commissioners attention said the inmate count at the Rush County Jail is down considerably from recent weeks with 32 individuals currently housed at the facility. According to the sheriff, each of those incarcerated are charged with felony charges.
Commissioner meetings are open to the public and the next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 2 and the county leaders will announce their annual appointments to various boards and organizations.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.