Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

September 6, 2013

Public safety at the forefront


Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.



More funding proposals • Commissioner Tom Wilson, Laurel, said he and two counterparts discussed adding one employee who will focus on human resources with a $25,181 salary. • Wilson heard the county will get $480,000 more this year from the state to maintain roads. Commissioner Tom Linkel, Batesville, will do research on how much is spent on county vehicle maintenance by outside firms and whether it would be more cost effective to have the vehicles serviced by county employees. • Commissioners have decided to improve a Duck Creek Road slab next year. "We've been saving for several years. Six years in a row the feds turned it down (for funding) … we've got 20 slabs left in the county" to upgrade. • In the commissioners' budget, $45,000 was proposed for a county attorney to attend meetings and give advice, up from $13,832."There could be a couple lawsuits coming up," which would require more money, Wilson noted. Oglesby said, "It would be wonderful to have a county attorney" to counsel department heads. • Wilson said $101,557 was earmarked for Community Mental Health Center and $5,000 was "penciled in" for Safe Passage. "We don't get a lot of requests anymore" from nonprofits. "We don't have any money to give them anyway." • The county's cemetery commission, established in 2001, has restored 63 cemeteries as of March 2012. Its 2014 request was $26,000, higher than this year's $15,800. The written report stated, "Altogether we have identified 168 cemeteries in the county and located 150" with the oldest stone dating to 1809. "We've got a lot of history in Franklin County," said commission member Ed Baker.

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