County Council and Commissioners meet with Park Board PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
?    In a rare joint meeting involving the Washington County Council, the Washington County Board of Commissioners, and the Washington County Park Board, the financial well-being of the Delaney Park operation was the main topic of discussion on Monday, February 2.  
    According to Park Manager, Chris Strange, revenues are up over the last few years.  Furthermore, Strange told the Commissioners and Council members that the county only pays 12 per cent of the park's $465,000 yearly budget.  Strange questioned if any other county department with revenue could say the same.  Council President, Mark Manship, noted that the park is $140,000 in the red at present but much of that has to do with the late property tax distribution. Stating that Delaney Park is truly an asset for Washington County, Manship went on to say that the Council's concern is that with diminishing tax revenues, it is imperative to evaluate all county services, both essential and non-essential.
    Park Board President, Paul Jolly, indicated that all options are on the table to improve the financial condition of the park.  According to Jolly, fees have been increased for 2009 and serious consideration is being given to closing the restaurant.  In addition, the park's tax rate will increase for 2009 and thus so will the amount of property tax revenue earmarked for the park's operation.  By most estimations, the increased tax rate will generate approximately $200,000 for the park's operation.
    At the end of the joint meeting, all parties agreed that better communication need to take place and that more timely adjustments to the park's budget need to be made to offset decreases in revenue.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:45
 
County Council okays EMA/911 position PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
?    The Washington County Council met in regular session on Monday, February 2, with all members present;  the minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved unanimously.
    As the first order of business after the conclusion of a joint meeting with the Board of Commissioners and the Park Board, the Council acted upon a recommendation from the Commissioners about combining the positions of Emergency Management Director and 911 Coordinator.  With a unanimously vote, the Council approved a request to amend the salary ordinance to reflect a salary of $35,000 for the new combined position and a $1500/year stipend for an assistant to the new director.
    In other business, the Council heard from Washington County Treasurer, Bob Woodward, about a budgetary problem recently discovered in his office.  According to Woodward, the bill for preparation of the property tax statements is nearly $6000 more than what was put into the 2009 budget for that expense.  After a discussion on the possibility of doing the process in house, it was determined that an addition would have to be made to the Treasurer’s Office’s budget and that the appropriate legal notice for that addition would be advertised.
    Manship asked if the county has a “layoff” policy.  Manship emphasized that with current economic conditions, he would prefer to look at establishing such a policy now rather than at a time if layoffs became necessary.  Apparently, no such policy exists and it was agreed that research needs to be done on the subject.
    With no further business to conduct, the Council adjourned until its next regularly scheduled meeting on March 2.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:45
 
?Mother Nature paralyzes the County with a blanket of snow and ice PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 00:00
???    As Meteorologists predicted, Mother Nature paralyzed Washington County as it dumped eight to ten inches of snow and up to one inch of ice on the County  Tuesday, January 27 and Wednesday, January 28.
    Prior to the ice storm that followed four to six inches of snow was dumped early on January 27, Sheriff Claude Combs along with Mayor Bower, Emergency Management, County Commissioners, volunteer fire departments, Salem Fire Department, EMS and Campbellsburg and Pekin Town Marshall set a meeting on January 27 around to 2:45 p.m. to go over the plan of action the County would take.
    According to Sheriff Claude Combs the plans of action worked very well with no serious injuries or deaths reported during this storm.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 13:41
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?February schedule of events for Washington County Memorial Hospital PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 February 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 February.
    Go Red for Women Brown Bag Luncheon – Wear red on Friday, February 6, to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke and join WCMH Family Practice physician Kalen Carty, MD, as she discusses the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease that women need to know. The seminar will be held from Noon – 1 p.m. in the WCMH Classroom. For more information or to register, call 883.5881 ext. 1366.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 13:42
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Tobacco Coalition and Substance Abuse Council hold joint meeting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 00:00
    The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition along with Washington County Substance Abuse meeting held a joint meting together on February 5 at the government Building.  25 plus attendees enjoyed lunch compliments of Papa Johns with drinks provided by Sav A Lot.
    Sharon Purlee with Substance Abuse Council named the recipients of the 2009 mini grants.
    They are as follows: Salem Police Department will receive $2000 for vests and a camera; Salem SADD will received $1200 for the National Conference held in Washington D.D; $100 for a sack project for Elementary students to decorate and $70 for Orange Ribbon Week, for a total of $1370; Salem National Honor Society will received $1000 for the After Prom; West Washington High School SADD will receive $500 for miscellaneous events; Purdue Extension will received $932 for LEAD which is Legal Education Against Drugs that will be presented to all fifth graders in Washington County; LifeLine/Teen Challenge will have $1000 to be used for counseling and Hoosier Hills PACT will get $2500 for advocacy with a grand total of $9302 being given in mini grants.
    “We did not have as many mini grants turned in this year so we were able to give all grants that were submitted and I think thats a very good thing.” stated Purlee
    Rhonda Mills, Coordinator Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition gave a report of The Great American Smoke-out story, Indiana Campaign for SmokeFree Air and West Washington School Corporation receiving the Gary Sandifur Award.
    According to Mills, Washington County is now referred to as a Blue County with the Hospital and all County Schools adopting a smoke free facility and grounds policy.
    For the third quarter of 2008, Washington County callers to the Indiana quit line was 33 total calls. Neighboring counties such as Crawford with three; Floyd with 31; Harrison with 23; Orange with 14 and Scott received 32 calls.
    A VOICE report was given by Laura O'Donnell and Eva Warren-Hill stating they will be holding a prevent child abuse and healthy relations presentation to seventh and eighth graders.
    Randy Bugh stated the total of cessation participants from the beginning of the year is seven.
    The door prize was won by Laurie Carr.
    The next Washington County Substance Abuse Council will be March 5.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:46
 
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