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Chief probation officer says staff health reason for second rest room

January 11, 2012
Noting it is a health issue for his employees, Crawford County Chief Probation Officer Jim Grizzel last month approached the county board of commissioners about the need for a second rest room at the probation department in English.

"Unfortunately, what we're finding is currently I have a few probationers with some communicable diseases that I still have to drug test," he told the commissioners at their Dec. 29 meeting at the judicial complex in English.

Those diseases include hepatitis, herpes and gonorrhea, and the department's lone rest room must be cleaned after each drug test, Grizzel said.

"We're just trying to keep my staff and county employees healthy and safe," he said. "It's not fun to bleach the bathroom every time you need to go use it."

Grizzel presented a quote of $3,174 from contractor Tim Newton. He said he tried to get additional quotes but was unable to as the permit process deterred other contractors.

Grizzel said the project is to be paid for with either Home Monitoring or Probation fund monies collected by the department.

"It won't cost the taxpayers of the county anything," he said. "That money is generated from actual people who have been convicted in court for a crime."

Following a motion by District 2 Commissioner Randy Gilmore that was seconded by District 1 Commissioner Daniel Crecelius, the board voted 3-0 to approve the project pending approval of the county council.

The commissioners, at the recommendation of Mike Cummings of Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, which serves as administrator to the county's Revolving Loan Fund, also reappointed the current RLF board members to serve again in 2012.

They are banking representatives Doug Pearson, Wayne Carothers, James Bye and Eric Gilmore, elected county officials Jerry Brewer and Randy Gilmore, education representative Dr. Gerald Ramsey and business representative Mike Benham.

All were reappointed unanimously except for Randy Gilmore, who abstained from voting on his reappointment.

The commissioners then voted 2-0-1 (Gilmore abstained) to approve Indiana 15 RPC again serving as administrator of the RLF's two funds. The contracts pay Indiana 15 RPC a total of $5,800 retroactive to Oct. 31 and continue through Sept. 30.

In other business, the commissioners:

—Voted to create up to two part-time sheriff's deputy positions, pending funding approval by the county council.

—Approved splitting Johnson Township into two precincts — Johnson 1 and Johnson 2 and adding a portion to the Eighth U.S. Congressional District. They also voted to change only Johnson on the council and commissioner districts.

—Approved a contract of $241,009 with Beam, Longest and Neff LLC for bridge inspections.

—Reapproved a medical services agreement with an independent doctor for 2012 at a cost of $26,000, the same as in 2011.

—Awarded the county's health insurance contract for 2012 to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield through Busick Insurance of Orange County.

—Awarded the county's liability insurance to Downey Insurance through Crawford County Security Co. in English.

—Opened and tabled highway department supply bids for 2012.

—Tabled making an appointment to the Crawford County Tourism Commission. A letter from the organization indicated that former appointee Carol Groves' term had expired, but it did not make a recommendation for a new appointment.

—Voted 2-0-1 (Gilmore abstained) to re-appoint Gilmore as their representative to the Indiana 15 RPC board.

—Approved a contract with Don DuBois again to serve as the county's economic development director. The contract, for $89,975, includes his salary and all expenses, including office rental and supplies.

—Voted to approve paying CyberTek Engineering of New Albany $69 per month to provide software anti-virus protection.

—Approved the purchase of a truck for the county highway department superintendent retroactive to Nov. 29.

—Approved the 2012 county employee holiday schedule. County offices will be closed for the following holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16), Presidents Day (Feb. 20), Good Friday (April 6), Election Day (May 8), Memorial Day (May 28), Independence Day (July 5), Labor Day (Sept. 3), Columbus Day (Oct. 8), Election Day (Nov. 6), Veterans Day (Nov. 12), Thanksgiving (Nov. 22 and 23), Christmas (Dec. 24 and 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1, 2013).

The commissioners' next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at the judicial complex.

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    January 12, 2012 | 02:35 PM

    Is Mr. Grizzel and his staff not going to clean the restrooms after each drug test on persons with communicable diseases? After there is a second restroom, the first one will not need to be cleaned again. This is what it sounds like to me. I do not have a problem with the second restroom, but it still needs cleaned after the people he talks about in his presentation use it. The health and welfare of the public is just as important as Mr. Grizzel and his staff.

Barbara Shaw
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