During Monday’s county commissioner meeting, a number of change orders to the jail project were given approval by the county leaders. Although approved, the commissioners questioned the necessity of the deviation from the original plans. Jail project manager John Painter from CCI answered county leaders questions as to why the changes were necessary. The commissioners voiced concerns that many of the challenges encountered by the contractors should have been noted in the original plans by those that designed the project. They continued by adding some of the cost of the changes should not fall on taxpayers shoulders and be the responsibility of the engineers that designed the plans.
In other matters, the county leaders agreed that due to the county employee handbook, county employees will not be required to work on Election Day (Nov. 5). They added that changes will be made to the handbook in the future.
The final officer holder to give a report was Rush County Sheriff Allan Rice. According to Rice, the county has 518 active warrants to serve and during the previous two weeks 18 new warrants were issued by the courts.
Rush County Sheriff’s Department dispatchers answered 796 calls during the previous two-week period and deputies investigated two property damage accidents, three vehicle versus deer accidents and two injury accidents. During the same time frame, deputies began 123 new law cases, investigated two new sex offense reports and began three investigations following reports of theft in the county.