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Cullison will continue to lead Greene County Council

Monday, January 28, 2013

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By Nick Schneider Greene County Council members Hal Harp, at left, and Ed Cullison discuss a matter before Monday's regular council meeting at the courthouse in Bloomfield. During the meeting, Cullison was reelected as president while Harp was selected as vice president.
Rural Bloomfield resident Ed Cullison will lead the Greene County Council as president for the second straight year following action Monday afternoon in an annual reorganization meeting.

Cullison, who's been a member of the council for about 10 years, was the only nominee for the president's position.

Cullison, a Republican, is an officer with Farmer's and Mechanics Federal Savings and Loan based in Bloomfield.

After hearing that nominations were closed, Cullison stated, "Thank you for your confidence."

Worthington resident Hal Harp, the current president of the Greene County Redevelopment Commission and former Worthington Town Council president,

was named council vice president.

He is a Democrat.

The meeting, the first of the new calendar year, was also the inaugural meeting for three new council members ---- Democrats Patti Jones, the former Linton mayor, Joe Huntington, of Bloomfield, and Gregg Roudebush, who resigned Dec. 31, 2012 as president of the Worthington Town Council.

A fourth council member, Jerry Frye, a Republican, began his second term at this meeting.

A number of annual appointments were also approved by the council, including: councilman Cullison as a member of the Southern Indiana Development Commission's Board of Director; councilman Harp to the Redevelopment Commission along with Jim Weimer, of rural Solsberry; councilman Frye to the Community Corrections Board and to the Personnel Administration Committee; Council member Jones to the Greene County Economic Development Corporation's Board of Directors and to the Greene County Plan Commission; councilman Huntington to the County Ambulance Service Board and to the Health Insurance Trust Board along with councilman Gene Hall; and councilman Roudebush to the County Solid Waste Management Board.

Councilman Hall was also appointed to the newly-formed Emergency Management Advisory Board.

Commissioner Ed Michael, who also serves on the board, says the board is state-mandated and will meet quarterly.

"There isn't much of a choice. The state we have to do it," Michael told the council.

Other appointments were: Marvin Abshire, county council attorney; Donnie Johnson to the County Alcohol Beverage Board; Irene Davis and Bill Thacker to the Property Tax Board of Appeals; Lou Massette and Mark Miller to the Greene County Regional Sewer District Board; and Ken Gremore to the Economic Development Commission.

In other matters, the council approved a $100,000 additional appropriation for the Greene County Emergency Medical Service to use to pay for contracting its collection services for 2013.

EMS Director David Doane explained that the county has contracted for the last few years with Medical Accounts Services, Inc. of Spencer, to handle the departments billings and collections.

He says he's been a good deal for the county with about $200,000 more collected in 2012 over the 2011 amount.

Last year, the county paid Medical Accounts Services, about $89,000 for its services based on a 5 percentage of the amount collected.

Doane says last year the EMS averaged $136,000 a month in collections and paid the outsourced service about $7,000.

Cullison pointed out that prior to using the professional collection service the county regularly subsidized the ambulance service, but for the last two years it has been fully-funded by its fees and collections.

"It was a steady drain on the budget," Cullison noted. "They (the collection service) said they could get us more money and I think they have."

The council also:

* Approved an additional appropriation to cover the 2013 state-set salary for sheriff Terry Pierce, which represents a $2,659 increase.

*Approved a $3,000 transfer in the Auditor's budget from operating supplies to training to cover training an employee on property tax software by Manatron.

* Approved a $467 additional appropriation for the county health department, which represents the increase in amount of State Tobacco Settlement grant money that the county will receive in 2013.

* Tabled a $4,000 request to be put into a County Elected Official Training Fund to cover state-required meetings/training for workers in the treasurer's, recorder's, assessor's, clerk's and auditor's offices. Attorney Abshire was requested to research the approved uses for this fund and report back at next month's meeting.

The council's next regular meeting will be at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 in the third floor meeting room at the county courthouse in Bloomfield.


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Booooo! Isn't it about time to move out of the 70's and get into 2013!! LOL

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