In other Board news:
Paula Worden and Amy Motter from the Whitley County Department of Corrections and Judge James Heuer spoke with the Board of Commissioners regarding an additional $60,000 appropriation to close the deficit on funding cuts. The Department of Corrections previously had a $200,000 budget for youth placement costs, but the funding was cut to $150,000 in 2012. With an ever-increasing number of youth placed in facilities such as Life Line in Pierceton, Allen County Juvenile and Cedar Bridge, Judge Heuer said the current funding just isn’t sufficient. The Board of Commissioners voted 2-0, with Tom Rethlake abstaining due to a conflict of interest, for Worden, Motter and Judge Heuer to approach the County Council for additional funding.
The group also asked permission to purchase a 15-passenger van, which will be used to transport juveniles to and from community service. The Commissioners approved the request.
GIS Coordinator Dan Weigold informed the Commissioners of the county-wide notification system which will go live on November 1, 2012. With the NIXLE system, county officials will send automatic text messages and emails to residents who sign up for the program. The messages will communicate advisories, such as road closures due to accidents, weather advisories and missing child advisories. Residents can sign up online currently, with no cost to the subscriber and no cost to the county.
David Sewell, Executive Director of Planning & Building, informed the Commissioners that seven county residents applied for the open position on the Plan Commission. He turned the applications over to the Commissioners and they will make a decision from there. The person who is chosen for the position will serve out the term of former Plan Commission President David Schilling. Schilling was removed from his position on the Plan Commission for failure to disclose a conflict of interest during the wind ordinance proceedings.
The next regular scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting will be held at Churubusco High School at 1:20 p.m. on Monday, October 15.