The Decatur County Commissioners met on Monday. The board approved the claims.
Mark Mohr gave an update. Last Wednesday bridge 70 had a semi try to go through it, causing a stuck trailer and minor damages. The bridge inspectors with United Consulting will be inspecting bridges around the county within the next month and they will start with bridge 70. They are continuing work on S CR 800 E by Lake Santee and also on S CR 700 W. There have been requests made by community members to stripe the county roads.
Rick Anderson with Johnson-Melloh Solutions gave a presentation to the board. They put together energy conservation for public entities and want people to be more energy independent. Their company put the solar panels in at the Indianapolis International Airport as well as many of the other large airports in the state. A walk through of the county office buildings would cost nothing and they would provide a report at the end of how they could help them with energy and money saving since solar energy can offset a lot of electric costs.
Mark Carman requested the use of the courthouse and courthouse lawn for the Tree City Fall Festival on September 17-18. This would be from 6 am on the 17th to 12 am on the 18th. There will be music, a pageant, vendors, and a parade. This was approved.
Mark Fixmer with BEX Farms requested the county vacate a portion of S CR 280 E for the future expansion of the landfill. There is one resident toward the north of where they want to vacate that they will need to notify. The landfills traffic pattern would not change. This was tabled.
Greg Overmeyer requested to allow Comcast to bring service to the courthouse for child support. The AT&T data circuit contract is ending in May and they would like to use the Comcast circuit. All cost will be taken care of by the state. This was approved.
Adina Roberts requested to use vote centers. The Decatur County election board believes that since this year is a non-election year that this would be a good time to try out vote centers. They would do a study to see what areas would need them most. They would need the commissioners and the councils signatures to get the ball rolling. It was approved for the study to move forward.
Kevin Krekeler and Steve Liest with Assured Partners presented the renewal of the property and liability insurance. They have received safety grants from IPEP and have encouraged the county to continue to apply for these grants. It comes as no surprise, but this year they have seen a dramatic increase in cyber related liabilities due to everyone being and working at home. The renewal isn’t until May 22 but they wanted everyone to have enough time to look through and ask any questions they may have.
There was a 2020 RDC report given. They have been working with the South Eastern regional commission on where broadband is needed. They are asking the community for their input once they have it posted on their Facebook page.
Janice Mangels was re-elected onto the library board. Main Street Greensburg would like to use the lawn of the courthouse from noon-6 on Fridays for the farmers market. This was approved. The United Fund Strawberry Festival on June 10-11 was approved.
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