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Emergency Dispatch gets major upgrade


'Curved' bridge leading out of Milltown reopens


July 02, 2008
After discussing them at their previous meeting, the Crawford County Board of Commissioners Thursday agreed to major equipment upgrades to Central Dispatch.

First, the commissioners voted 3-0 to pay $28,000 to purchase CAD (computer-aided dispatch) from WTH.

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The "curved" bridge heading northwest out of Milltown, closed since an inspection earlier this year, was recently opened to traffic. (Photo by Lee Cable)
Tony Gray, of WTH, said his company will provide all of the necessary training to the dispatchers.

"It's only when all parties feel comfortable with the system that it would go live," he said.

The agreement calls for no maintenance fee for the first year and $3,500 per year for years two through four.

In the other, more expensive portion of the project, the commissioners agreed to a communications system agreement with Tri-State Communications. The console, from Motorola, will cost $119,621, and was approved by the commissioners, 3-0, contingent upon a few changes to the agreement suggested by County Attorney John E. Colin.

The commissioners also discussed a couple of Milltown bridges. First, Commissioners' President Larry Bye, whose District 1 includes the area, was pleased to announce that the curved bridge heading out of town on Milltown's northwest side, closed after an inspection, is reopen.

Brent Roberts, of Butler, Fairman and Seifert, the engineer that worked with Gohmann Asphalt and Construction on the project, said the project took longer than expected because Gohmann, after looking at the bridge, thought a different approach would work better.

"I believe they finished up to weeks ago today. The bridge opened up to two weeks tomorrow," Roberts said.

In addition, county workers cleaned the gutter line, which contributed to the deterioration of the bridge over the years, he said.

"That will help with the drainage and protect the deck just a bit," he said.

Roberts, however, stressed the work completed is not a long-term solution, and the commissioners will have to do something either rehabilitate the entire structure or replace it — likely within the next five to 10 years.

"We've bought the time to do that," he said.

In another Milltown bridge project, Darin Duncan, of CPI Supply Inc., gave a brief update on the construction of a new, two-lane structure just north of the existing, one-lane bridge.

He said preliminary work, including a geotechnical soil test, is being done as part of the permit process in hopes of a bid letting by the end of the year or early next year. Officials hope the project will be completed by late 2009.

Duncan also said Heritage Engineering is working with the bridge company to design the prefabricated bridge. He said the main issue is with the utility chase, which he thinks will be placed on the down river side of the bridge, with the sidewalk on the north side.

"If you look at this from a common sense perspective, you want your utilities on the down side for protection," Duncan said.

He added that he will return to another meeting to present the commissioners with paint color options for the bridge.

Bob Woosley, of Heritage Engineering, said the project is moving forward and the bridge itself will have a five-percent grade from the Crawford County side of town to the Harrison County side, which is about double the slope of a typical parking lot, to help the bridge tie in better with the Harrison County approach, making the approach less steep.

"We're very comfortable with 5 percent," he said.

In other matters, the commissioners:

•Voted 3-0 to ask the County Council to increased the 24-hour on-call pay for Emergency Medical Services workers from $25 per 24-hour shift to $40.

EMS Director Debbie Wiseman requested the increase, noting that higher gas prices have made it difficult to find on-call employees.

The measure would be effective retroactive to June 1.

•Voted 3-0 to approve designating a laptop the county will give Wiseman in exchange for a home computer with EMS records on it as surplus.

Wiseman kept the records on the home computer at a time when the county didn't have high-speed Internet and the EMS office didn't have a computer. The records were password-protected, she said earlier, explaining she didn't violate any privacy laws.

•Gave the Town of English the authorization to develop a screen to collect refuge from the jail that has been infiltrating the wastewater treatment system.

English Town Council President Mike Benham said the refuge has done about $4,300 worth of damage to a town lift station. The last time it happened, in 2006, the town paid for the repairs, but this time it cannot do so, and, instead, is submitting the bill to the county.

Sheriff Tim Wilkerson said the jail has rules in place again flushing debris, but legally must offer inmates items from a commissary, and those items must be plastic and not metal. He said both he and custodian Dale Roll routinely clean out the refuge.

•Voted 3-0 to name Wilkerson the county's representative to the Indiana Homeland Security District 10 Planning Council.

•Authorized, 3-0, Wilkerson to fill a vacant deputy's position, but indicated that he must go to the council for additional funding. Without the council's approval, the funding for the position would run out this fall.

•Voted 3-0 to sign a Department of Correction grant presented by Jon Kuss of Hoosier Hills PACT.

•Accepted, 3-0, quotes from E and H Bridge for bridges numbers 101 and 38 on Baylor and Dry Run roads, respectively. The quote for bridge No. 101 is for $29,261, while that for bridge No. 38 is for $14,787.

•Learned from Theresa Criss-Hartwig of Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission that the county's Revolving Loan Fund has been awarded $95,000 through the USDA.

She also told the commissioners that the results of a county income survey makes the county eligible for Community Focus Fund monies.

Criss-Hartwig also asked if the commissioners wanted her agency to do a feasibility study for an after-hours health care facility. The commissioners voted 3-0 to have Indiana 15 RPC do so.

•Voted 3-0 to approve a GIS data exchange agreement with Patoka Lake Regional Water Company.

•Voted 3-0 to name two roads South Highland Drive and North Highland Drive.

•Announced a special meeting will be conducted on July 17 at 8 a.m. at the Crawford County Judicial Complex at English to work on the county personnel policy and any other business that comes before the board.

•Announced that county insurance quotes will be taken by the Auditor's Office until Aug. 14, with a meeting that day at 5 p.m. at the judicial complex for presentations on the various proposals.

•Voted 3-0 to appoint Norma Tower to the Crawford County Public Library Board.

•Announced the regular July meeting will be July 31 at 9:30 p.m. at the judicial complex.

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