The Rush County commissioner met this week and were given a number of updates and reports.
Wanda Henderson from Ride Rush presented the first quarter report on the county’s public transportation system. During the first four months of 2013, 2,612 riders boarded a Ride Rush vehicle. Those passengers translated to 22,035 revenue miles.
Ride Rush began operation in January 2008 and has steadily increased its ridership since that time. Ride Rush is not a taxi service and rides must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Riders can schedule a ride by calling 765-932-2935.
Kristie Amos of the Rush County Extension office reported that the newest group of Master Gardeners has started meeting. Currently, 12 individuals are enrolled in classes.
In an unrelated matter, Lisa Brownlee and Thelma Chandler of Centerstone were on hand to present their annual report to the county leaders. According to Chandler, during 2012, Centerstone provided service to nearly 800 individuals and nearly 90 percent of those seeking treatment were below the poverty level. A sliding scale was utilized for fees to provide service.
Centerstone provides a number of counseling and substance abuse programs as well as school and home-based counseling services. During the previous year, the center received $104,312 in tax revenue from the county, a figure that translated into $188,331 in value of care services provided to residents with no insurance or limited financial resources.
County highway superintendent Jerry Sitton said that his department has had attrition of four employees during the past two years and he requested that two of the positions be filled. The county commissioners agreed and approved Sitton’s request to hire a driver/laborer and a maintenance person. Applications for both positions will be accepted at the Rush County Highway garage, 1352 East SR 44, until 4 p.m. May 17.
Qualifications for the driver position: Applicant must be a Rush County resident or move into the county prior to employment, must be a high school graduate and have a Class “A” CDL or be able to obtain one prior to employment.
Qualifications for the maintenance position: Applicant must be a Rush County resident or move into the county prior to employment, must be a high school graduate and must have a valid Indiana driver’s license.
Sheriff Jeff Sherwood said that overcrowding at the Rush County Jail is still a concern with the facility currently housing 45 inmates. Three of those incarcerated are serving Indiana Department of Correction time, three individuals are being held without a bond being set and there are seven females incarcerated.
In a final matter, county IT Randy Herbert suggested the county leaders consider making upgrades to current anti-computer virus software. According to Herbert, the upgrades come at a substantial savings to the county. Following a brief discussion, the county leaders tabled the matter until a future meeting.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106