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Resident volunteers to lay bricks at Veterans Memorial


January 01, 2020
Concerned that bricks that had been purchased in honor of servicemen and women hadn't been laid at the Crawford County Veterans Memorial in English, a county resident told the Crawford County Board of Commissioners at its Dec. 19 meeting that he would be happy to lay the bricks at no cost.

"Me and my sister, we had went and bought my grandfather, John King (who served in World War I), and uncle, Chet King (who served in World War II), a brick over a year ago, and it still isn't laid at the veterans memorial," Ronnie Judd said.

Judd said he has learned that there are other bricks that also have not been laid.

"So, I would take it upon myself, because I am a veteran, to lay these bricks," he said. "All I need is somebody to get approval ... I don't have to have a bunch of bricks. You get a couple of bricks, and I'll be more than glad to lay them myself."

District 1 Commissioner Daniel Crecelius, who has served with the Crawford County Indiana Veterans Memorial Association for years, including as its president, said Koetter Construction agreed to lay the bricks at no cost once a certain number was ready to be laid.

"I'll go to the Veterans Memorial Association and see if we can't work something out. ... We can have Koetter train you, if you want," Crecelius told Judd.

Judd said he even would be willing to purchase his own tools.

"To me, it would be an honor to lay these bricks," he said.

In another matter, the commissioners were presented a quote from Orange County Fiber, the county's IT contractor, of $5,442.24 for the purchase, installation and set-up of a desktop computer for the Election Office.

Auditor Christian Howell presented the quote to the commissioners on behalf of Circuit Court Clerk Lisa Holzbog, who was not present.

"She is stating that her current computer does not work with a new software program that they use," Howell said, adding that Holzbog indicated payment would come from the Election Fund.

The commissioners indicated they would like to have a second quote before voting.

"Do you want me to have her come and explain in depth what it is for?" Howell asked.

Morton Dale, the board's president, said the commissioners would like to see another quote, adding Holzbog would be welcome to bring it to their next meeting.

"I don't think we have any problem supporting that or approving it," he said.

Dale added the computer doesn't have to be purchased through Orange County Fiber for the company to provide IT service on it.

"They'll service whatever we have," he said.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved, 3-0, a bid of $293,850 from E&B Paving to complete road work funded through the Next Level: Community Crossings Grant Program. E&B Paving's bid was the lowest of two received, with the other being $304,804.80 from C&R Construction.

• Voted 3-0 to approve commissioners Daniel Crecelius and Larry Ingle signing a supplemental signature page regarding the approval of the Community Crossings bid. The commissioners previously reviewed the bids and voted to allow Morton Dale, as the board's president, to sign the approval, but the state has since changed its requirements, mandating that all three commissioners sign it.

• Voted 3-0 to reappoint Carla Batman to a two-year term to the Crawford County Tourism Board of Directors. Her term will run through 2021.

• Approved, 3-0, Emergency Management Agency director Aaron Bye's request to declare the following broken/unrepairable pieces of equipment as surplus and to move them from the EMA office to the old courthouse for storage until they can be properly disposed of: a Canon copier/printer, a leather office chair, a Samsung flat-screen TV, a Sharp projector and a Dell laptop computer.

• Voted 3-0 to adopt the holiday schedule for 2020 for both regular county employees and emergency services and highway department employees.

Following is the holiday schedule for regular county employees: New Year's Day (Jan. 2 — observed); Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 20); Presidents Day (Feb. 17); Good Friday (April 10); Memorial Day (May 25); Independence Day (July 3 — observed); Labor Day (Sept. 7); Columbus Day (Oct. 12); Veterans Day (Nov. 12 — observed); Thanksgiving (Nov. 26 and 27); Christmas Eve (Dec. 24); Christmas Day (Dec. 25); and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31). Also approved were New Year's Eve 2019 (Dec. 31) and New Year's Day 2021 (Jan. 1).

Following is the holiday schedule for emergency services and highway department employees: New Year's Day (Jan. 1); Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 20); Presidents Day (Feb. 17); Good Friday (April 10); Memorial Day (May 25); Independence Day (July 4); Labor Day (Sept. 7); Columbus Day (Oct. 12); Veterans Day (Nov. 11); Thanksgiving (Nov. 26 and 27); Christmas Eve (Dec. 24); Christmas Day (Dec. 25); and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31). Also approved were New Year's Eve 2019 (Dec. 31) and New Year's Day 2021 (Jan. 1).

The commissioners also announced they will continue in 2020 with an afternoon meeting in addition to their traditional night meeting. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Crawford County Judicial Complex in English. It will also serve as the board's organization meeting for 2020.

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