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Council approves several EMA requests, asks for more quotes on another


July 03, 2019
The Crawford County Council, at its meeting June 11 at the judicial complex in English, approved several requests as presented by the county's Emergency Management Agency director, but, after some discussion, it tabled another.

The council voted 6-0 (member Dale Roll was absent) to approve EMA Director Aaron Bye's request for $850 for a truck bed cover, which includes installation, and $1,997.50 for an 800 MHz mobile radio, which also includes installation, for the EMA vehicle, as well as $1,350 for a grounds maintenance contract for the county's 10 communications sites. The requests will be paid from the tower fund.

The board, however, held up on funding a contract with Indiana DC Power & Electric for maintenance of the county's communication towers at a cost of $1,000 per quarter after Councilman Chad Riddle raised concerns that additional quotes were not received.

Bye said the contract, which would begin in October, calls for the company to take care of the back-up warning systems and repeater sites, including battery maintenance and making sure all of the charges are working.

"Check all the fuses, battery cables, batteries, do a full three-minute test on everything, make sure they function properly," he said.

Riddle said he didn't have anything against Indiana DC Power & Electric, which is based in Crawford County, but wanted to make sure the county was getting the best price.

"Not to take business away from him, because that's not what I want to do," he said. "I'm just saying, is that (the $1,000 fee per quarter) in line or not in line? I'm not an electrician, so I don't know. If we get two more prices on that, then we would know if he's in the ballpark."

In other business, the council:

Approved, 6-0, Treasurer Kelli Slaughterback's request to have Janice Mitchell, whom Slaughterback recently named her first deputy after 8-1/2 years of working in the office part time, paid at the full-time four-year service time rate.

Announced its budget workshop will be Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. If needed, the workshop will continue on Aug. 27. The public hearing for the budget will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the council's regular meeting, with adoption at 6 p.m. at the regular meeting on Oct. 8.

Voted 6-0 to approve transfer requests of $10,000 each from highway department budget line items for truck drivers and drag tractor operators to part-time employees.

Voted 6-0 to create a line item in the highway department budget for bridge repairs.

The council's next regular meeting will be Tuesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. at the judicial complex.

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