Decatur County Commissioners

The Decatur County Commissioners met on Monday. The board approved the claims.

The board tabled the claim for a Covid grant for the Health Department.

Mark Mohr gave an update. They are continuing work on S CR 800 E by Lake Santee and also on S CR 700 W. There were two contract renewals presented to the board. One was for Globe Asphalt and the other was for Dave O’Mara. These were approved.

Kenny Buening gave an update. There have been 40 building inspections, 17 new building permits, 1 complaint about a car, and 1 red tag that has been resolved.

David Gill requested a Homestead Deduction appeal. Believed that his homestead exemption had been filed and found out it never had been. The appeal was heard by the commissioners who took no action on it at this time.

Philip Deiwert requested to purchase a UTV for the tourism board. This would be used to haul equipment around during busy times of the year and would be under county insurance. This was approved.

Main Street Westport requested to use the covered bridge on June 12 for the covered bridge festival. This was approved. There was a credit card request from the health department that was approved. There was a request for a fence to be put in at the new jail. This would be from Indiana Wire Products for $47,463. The board would like to wait until the pods are decided on so that they won’t need to tear down a new fence if they need moved to the new jail. This was tabled.

There was a discussion on the insurance renewal for the old jail. The old jail is currently insured for $8.7 million and it was recommended that they lower it to $4 million to save money. There was a suggestion made to demolish it since they spend $40,000 a year on it. They agreed to start looking down that path. Insurance for $400,000 on the building and $5,000 on contents was approved. Sheriff Durant discussed a bill for UV lights that were supposed to be paid for through CARES act money. They say they paid it when it came to them but will be further looked into to make sure.

Morgan Schofield


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