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Commissioners schedule two evening meetings; Graves picked as president

Thursday, January 3, 2013

There wasn't a big shake-up of department heads when the Greene County Commissioners gathered for their first meeting of 2013 on Thursday.

The meeting, which opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, was the first for new commissioners Ed Michael from District 1 and Nathan Abrams from District 2.

Incumbent District 3 Commissioner Rick Graves, starting his third year as a commissioner, was elected president on the all-Republican executive governing body.

Ed Michael was elected vice president.

The commissioners decided to switch their regular meeting days from the first and third Mondays to the first and third Tuesdays each month. The meetings will remain in the third floor meeting room at the Greene County Courthouse in Bloomfield starting at 9:30 a.m.

The commissioners also scheduled two upcoming evening meetings on March 5 and June 4 -- both starting at 6 p.m. -- to give those who work during the day an opportunity to attend a meeting outside of regular business hours.

Abrams and Michael have both stated that they would be willing to try a couple of evening meetings to see if attendance might improve. If it doesn't, the commissioners will likely divert back to morning meetings, both said.

Among the annual appointments, it appears the commissioners want a change in the Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor's position now held by Tim Carpenter.

The commissioners voted not to re-appoint Carpenter and post the position for applicants.

Graves said Carpenter is eligible to apply for the position and will remain on the job until a decision is made on the annual appointment on Feb. 5.

Graves said there have been several people inquire about the job and have shown an interest to apply.

The commissioners also approved a contract with attorney Marilyn Hartman's law firm to continue to serve as the legal counsel to the commissioners.

Graves explained there has never been a formal contract with Hartman and the scope of her services has never been clearly outlined on paper.

"We think this is a good idea that we clear that up and define what her duties are and what her payment schedule should be," Graves said.

Under the one-year contract, Hartman's law firm will be paid $7,200 a year in installments of $600 a month for a variety of routine legal services to the county and the commissioners.

Any services outside the scope of outlined services will be charged at a rate of $165 per hour for Hartman and $150 per hour for her associate, Jacob Atz. A fee of $50 per hour would be billed for paralegal services, if they are required.

In other personnel action, county highway superintendent Brent Murray, Veteran's Service Officer Norman Sullivan, and County Veterinarian John Royal were all re-appointed to one-year terms.

No action was taken on the position of County Weights and Measures Supervisor held by Jim Wadsworth. The commissioners requested that Wadsworth, who has been in the position since 2008, attend the next regular meeting and talk with them about possibly consolidating his part-time position with a neighboring county that could result in a full-time position.

Other appointments include:

* Ken Gremore to the WestGate Authority (four-year appointment)

* John Mensch, Brian Sparks and Gremore to the Greene County Redevelopment Commission (annual).

* Teddy York was re-appointed to the Drainage Board.

* Brad Norton was appointed to the Emergency Medical Services Board.

* Jeff Doris and Tom Bailey were reappointed to the County Health Board. Paul Dunkerly is a new appointee to the board.

* Chris Wathen and Kay Allen were re-appointed to the Property Tax Board of Appeals. Bill Bedwell is a new appointee to the board.

* Hal Harp, Allen Toon and Scott Oliphant were re-appointed to the Greene County Regional Sewer District Board.

* Carol Talbott was re-appointed to the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Library Board of Trustee for a four-year term.

Several other board appointments were tabled until the next meeting, including:

* One member of the County Alcohol Beverage Board.

* Two members of the Plan Commission.

* A member of the Greene County Solid Waste Management Board.

* A member of the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Library Board of Trustees.

The commissioners also made several appointments of members to various boards, including:

* Commissioner Abrams to the Drainage Board, Plan Commission, Personnel Administration Committee and Health Insurance Board.

* Commissioner Michael to the Emergency Medical Services Board, the Southern Indiana Development Corporation Board and Greene County Economic Development Corporation Board.

Annual conflict of interest statements were filed by Graves for his position on the county commissioners and hospital board, and hospital board member John Rowe.

A progress meeting on the Bridge 260 project was scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jan. 9 in the commissioner's room.

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What about the county manager position?

-- Posted by outofthisworld on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 12:17 AM

Why a change with Carpenter? Has he done something wrong or do the new members owe a favor to someone? This isn't the way to start their new office. Sounds shady to me!

-- Posted by iowp32 on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 6:03 PM

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