2014-12-30 / Front Page

End-Of-Year Transfers, Courtroom Costs Approved By Owen Council

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

The newly remodeled second floor space inside the Owen County Courthouse is quickly beginning to resemble a courtroom and associated costs for doing so were approved December 22 by the Owen County Council.

Included with a few extra items for the new first floor offices of the county auditor and treasurer, the council voted unanimously to approve invoiced and estimated work costs.

Included in the total $12,172.39 taken from the county’s future building fund are new security cameras for the auditor and treasurer’s offices at a cost of $4,618.19 and cameras for the new courtroom at a cost of $1,561.28, both from 12 Point Telecom of Greencastle. An additional $368.60 was paid to the vendor for the installation of four ‘data drops’ in the courtroom. Owen Valley Flooring’s cost for carpet installation was $1,765.55, with two invoices from Quality Surfaces, Inc.; the first for counter top installation at a cost of $2,196.60 and an add-on for a bumpout and back splash of $623.35, Lastly, the council included a $1,338.08 bill from Owen Valley Flooring for wooden blinds, installed in the county assessor’s office on the first floor of the courthouse.

The council opted, on the advice of current maintenance supervisor Sam Hobbs, to hold a bill from Interior Restoration in the amount of $2,295.20 for painting until January to confirm pricing.

Addressing year-end transfers, the council approved requests from current county clerk Jeff Brothers, the first set of which included $15 from election registration, $1,500 from election registration,

$255.62 from mileage and $29.38 from election registration conferences to his part-time line. Lastly, Brothers requested $600 from absentee couriers and $162 from registration and conferences to the line for election meals.

The council also voted 6-0 to approve a request from current treasurer Tami Snodgrass to transfer $675 from printing to supplies to purchase new battery backups for the office.

The final transfer came for current Owen County Sheriff Chester Richardson III related to shortages in the OCSD’s parttime line. The council voted 6-0 to transfer $23,563.89 from the sheriff’s retirement fund line to cover the negative balance in parttime. There was a negative $41,967.25 in parttime, along with a negative $330.74 for Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax. The council explained the board will appropriate funds prior to a February payment to the fund; an action approved by the State Board of Accounts.

Owen County Chief Probation Officer Donna McElroy received a 6-0 council vote to approve a biannual grant in the amount of $227,400.

The council also voted 6-0 to approve payment of a recent survey invoice from recently resigned county surveyor David Meier for $4,700 for his survey of the future home of a county veterans park. The invoice was paid from the county’s future building fund, which will be replenished by timber sales from the property in 2015.

Lastly, councilwoman Irma Jean Franklin proposed the council consider opening meetings with voluntary or silent prayer, beginning in January. No action was taken.

The Owen County Council will meet again on Monday, January 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the Owen County Courthouse.

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