Commissioners OK voting machines service agreement

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Greene County Commissioners on Tuesday morning approved a yearly service agreement with MicroVote Corp., of Indianapolis, for maintenance of the county's electronic voting machines.

The machines were first used in the 2006 Primary Election.

The state-of-the-art, $305,562 system was paid for in full by a grant, which will be administered by the Indiana Secretary of State's Office.

The cost included: $256,000 for the actual machines, reader devices and related equipment; and $50,000 for a four-year election cycle of staffing support running through the 2008 presidential election.

Cost of the service contract presented by Greene County Clerk Jackie Winstead is $9,500.

She pointed out that service support for the machines had been provided since 2006 as part of the original contract deal.

The commissioners also signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 25-30 as "Meth is Death" Week in Greene County sponsored by Greene United Against Meth (GUAM).

The third annual Meth Awareness Candlelight Vigil will be Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at Bloomfield First Baptist Church, 500 Lincoln Drive, Bloomfield. The public is invited to attend.

Included in the program are a musical performance by Linton-Stockton Elementary School's choir under the direction of Hope Ault, and a personal testimony about being in recovery.

GUMA representative Christa Turpin told the commissioners that a methamphetamine basics seminar will also be offered in 2009 for community professionals who work with families and children, those involved with on-site visitation or services, those who work outdoors and may be exposed to meth residue, and the general public.

A morning seminar is scheduled for Jan. 28 from 9-11:30 a.m. and an evening seminar is scheduled for March 3 from 6-8:30 p.m. Both seminars will be conducted at the Greene County 4-H community building.

In other action, the commissioners:

* Re-appointed Tom Bailey, M.D. of rural Lyons to serve a four-year term on the Greene County Health Board.

* Re-appointed Dave Hill and Tom Bredeweg to two-year terms on the Greene County Drainage Board.

* Heard from Chris Johnson, of Bedford, who serves as a health benefits consultant/broker. Johnson asked the commissioners to set up a special meeting so he could more fully explain how his services could benefit the county. The commissioners agreed to have Commissioner Kermit Holtsclaw and insurance consultant Pete Franzman of Tell City meet with Smith in the near future.

* Received the Wellhead Protection Plan that was previously approved by the Linton City Council. The plan was presented by Monte Harp. The plan is required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for any city or town in the state that utilize well water.

* Approved the purchase of a file cabinet by the county Health Department at a cost of $1,069. Money for the purchase will come from the county's share of the Tobacco Settlement Grant, according to health department spokesperson Linda Robertson.

* Heard from Joe Kenworthy, with Old National Insurance in Terre Haute, who asked for future consideration when the commissioners award property and casualty insurance contracts. President Bart Beard pointed out that the policy -- which is currently held by First Security Insurance Company of Bloomfield -- will be up for bid in 2010.

* Learned from county highway department superintendent Mike Hennette that 200 tons of road salt has been received at a cost of $31,600. He pointed out that price is $158 a ton. That compares with salt that was purchased last year in the $55 a ton range.

* Approved claims totaling $515,935.15.

The next regular meeting of the commissioners will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 2 in the commissioner's meeting room, located on the third floor of the courthouse in Bloomfield.

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