The trio of Rush County Commissioners returned to full strength this week with all three county leaders in attendance for the meeting. The commissioners were faced with a number of items and county office holders giving their reports.
Change orders regarding the new jail project dominated the first 45 minutes of the meeting, with the county leaders once again voicing their displeasure with the number and cost of the changes. It is the county leaders contention that many of the request brought before them should have been known and corrected in the final design plans.
It was announced work on the roof at the new jail has been completed, however, a date for the final inspection by the manufacture has not been set. Concerns have been brought to light in recent weeks of a number of leaks in the roof which have required internal damage to be repaired.
According to construction manager John Painter, once the inspection is conducted and approved, the roof will have a 20-year full recovery warranty and a 30-year damage warranty that will begin. Two requests for payment requisitions for the roof were submitted for approval to the county leaders. Following a lengthy discussion, the commissioners agreed to pay one of the requisitions and hold payment on the second until the final inspection was conducted and approved.
In an unrelated matter, Ride Rush Director Tina Logan submitted the fourth quarter (2019) report for Rush County’s public transportation system. According to Logan, ridership has shown a marked increase with more than 8,000 riders using Ride Rush since March of 2019. Logan closed by adding Ride Rush is purchasing a new mini-van that gained county leader approval.
In other matters, Carole Yeend spoke to the commissioners regarding the county’s decision to move forward with county–wide broad band connectivity. Yeend said programs in the works will be used to help assist and train individuals on the many varied electronic devices currently used. The commissioners approved the resolution request.
The next county commissioner meeting will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 18. All meeting are open to the public and are held in the Commissioner Room of the courthouse located on the lower level near the east side entrance.