?Commissioners award property assessment contract PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 00:00
?    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met for the first time in 2009 on Wednesday, January 7; all members were present. The minutes of previous meeting, all claims and payroll were approved unanimously.
    County Attorney, Tom Scifres, conducted an election of the Board President for 2009. New Commissioners David Brown and John Mishler, nominated and seconded Lana Sullivan to serve as Board President.
    The Commissioners followed the recommendation of Washington County Assessor, Jason Cockerill, by awarding a contract for performing the upcoming property tax re-assessment. The contract, in the amount of $446,537, was award to Tyler Technologies of Dayton, OH. Last year, the State of Indiana eliminated the position of Township Assessor effective July 1. According to Cockerill, that action will save the county approximately $70,000 per year.
    When asked when property tax billing cycles would get back to normal, Cockerill said, “We should be back on schedule by fall unless the Department of Local Government Finance changes something in the process–spring tax bills might be just a little late, though.”
    In other business, the Commissioners made several appointments. One appointment of interest was that of County Service Officer. Following the County Council lead of funding one full-time position in the Veterans Affairs Office (VAO), the Commissioners appointed Pat Rice to the full time position. Recent controversy over Madge Lyles working in the VAO would seem to be put to rest by this appointment. Lyles and some of her supporters were present at the meeting and were heard by the Commissioners.
    The Commissioners also appointed Rick Graves to continue as Highway Superintendent. Graves’ recommendations for several positions within his department were also approved by the Commissioners.
    Mark Nantz of Knapp Miller Brown addressed the Commissioners regarding increases in the county employee contribution for family medical insurance. The employee share of the insurance premium went from $400 to $700 per month. Nantz explained the reason for the increase on that particular part of the dependent insurance but noted that the county as a whole was paying less.
    Sullivan noted that even though she has not heard from any county employees regarding the increase, it is of concern to her. Brown commented that when a person’s take home pay decreases that much, it hurts.
    The Commissioners authorized the purchase of a new server for the courthouse computer system. Apparently, concerns exist about the storage capacity and back up capabilities of the current server. The new service will cost $6598, the majority of which is likely to be paid out of the Recorder’s budget due to the large amount of server space that office uses in relation to the rest of the departments.
    Scifres gave the Commissioners an update on land acquisition efforts associated with Bridge #113 near Fredricksburg. According to Scifres the landowner has agreed to sell the parcel of land for $2500.
    With no further business to conduct, the Commissioners adjourned until their next regularly scheduled meeting on January 21.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 10:56
?County Council begins new year by tweeking budget PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    The Washington County Council met in its first regularly scheduled meeting of 2009 with all members present.  After one correction, the minutes of the previous meeting were approved unanimously.
    The first item of business was for reorganization of the Council by way of electing a Council President and Vice-President.  In a split vote, the Council elected Mark Manship as President and John Fultz and Vice-President.
    The Council heard from Washington County Prosecutor, Dustin Houchin, who explained his efforts thus far to cut expenses by turning over the responsibility of bad check collections to a secretary rather than a deputy prosecutor.  In addition, Houchin requested and received approval to distribute $3,252 of state money into education and travel expense funds for Adult Protective Services.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 11:18
?Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship applications available PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    The Washington County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it is time once again for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Applications are available to traditional seniors and non-traditional students and are available at the all three county high school guidance offices and the Washington County Community Foundation office.
    In order to qualify, high school students must be a resident of Washington County and must graduate from a Washington County high school or the Indiana Academy by the end of June 2009.  They also must have applied and been accepted to at least one accredited Indiana college or university to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study by the time the application is submitted to the Foundation.  Additional criteria being used to evaluate the applicant include GPA, SAT/ACT scores, Family Income and Financial Need, First generation college student, Extra Curricular activities, Community Service, Honors and Awards, Application, and Essay.
    Criteria for non-traditional applicants include having graduated from an accredited Indiana high school five or more years ago.  They must have applied to and been accepted by at least one accredited Indiana college or university to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study by the time the application is submitted to the Foundation.  Additional criteria being used to evaluate the applicant include less than one year of college credits, not currently attending college on a full time basis, demonstrated financial need, ability and motivation to attend college on a full time basis, current resident of Washington County, first generation college student, Community Service, Application, Essay, and recent SAT/ACT scores.
    All applications are due to the Washington County Community Foundation office no later than January 9,  at 3:30 p.m.  High school students should consult with their guidance office to determine the deadline at their school, as this deadline will be prior to the January 9 deadline. For more information please contact Lindsey Wade-Swift or Judy Johnson at 883-7334.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 11:21
?John Hay Center seeking volunteers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    The John Hay Center is currently seeking volunteers to help with upcoming events and tours.
    The John Hay Center includes the birthplace of John Hay, The Depot, Stevens Memorial Museum and Pioneer Village. The genealogy department is located within the museum.
    Volunteers are needed to help conduct tours, cleaning and with events.
    Persons interested should contact Anita K. Bush, Marketing and Events Coordinator at 812-883-6495 or 883-1884.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 11:23
?January schedule of events for WCMH PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    Washington County Memorial Hospital provides several classes, clinics and seminars throughout the month to provide the residents of Washington County with opportunities to improve their health. Following is a list of events and classes scheduled for the month of January.
    Childbirth and Sibling Classes: Prenatal, sibling and childbirth classes are offered, as well as our new breast-feeding class. These classes are offered one-on-one with the expectant parents and can be scheduled at any time with one of our OB nurses. To register for any of these classes, call 883.5881 ext. 1111.
    Smoking Cessation: This five-week class is taught on an individual basis. The class utilizes nicotine patches and the QuitSmart kit. These products are available through a grant from the Washington County Health Department for all class participants. Start on the road to a healthier you, quit smoking today! To register, call 883.5881 ext. 1222.
    Permanent Car Seat Fitting Station - Washington County Memorial Hospital now offers free car seat safety checks. Dates and locations for these checks are January 14 and 28 from 2 - 5 p.m. at WCMH. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call Matt Kidd at 883-5881 ext. 1376.
    Diabetes Support Group: Get help and support from other individuals with diabetes. This support group is held on the second Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the WCMH Classroom. Share recipes, ideas and tips for managing your diabetes. The January meeting will be held on January 13. To register, call 883.8565.
    CPR and First Aid: This CPR and pediatric first aid class is open to the public and covers the needed skills for foster parents, day care workers and substitute teachers. It will be held on Saturday, January 24 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the WCMH Classroom. The cost is $40, which includes materials. Registration fee must be paid the day of the class.
    Cancer Crusaders Support Group: The next meeting of the Cancer Crusaders Support Group will be held on Tuesday, January 13 at 7 p.m. in the WCMH cafeteria. This support group is available to individuals dealing with cancer and/or family members and caregivers of cancer patients.
    For more information, call 883.5881 ext. 1366.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 11:31
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