The Washington Times-Herald

July 10, 2013

Wichman now on levee board

By Nate Smith
Washington Times Herald

MONTGOMERY — The Daviess County Commissioners will now have a voice on the Bennington Levee board.

The commissioners appointed President Tony Wichman Monday to serve a four-year term on the levee board. The county recently settled a two-year lawsuit with the levee board. Due to a change in state law, the commissioners and the county council will each be able to make an appointment to the levee board.

The law, which took effect on July 1, was to give counties some oversight since they can be financially responsible if a levee cannot meet its obligations. That is what happened with the Bennington Levee after multiple breeches in 2011.

In June, both the commissioners and the council approved a settlement with the levee board. In that settlement, the levee board has to pay the county $411,000 over the next 12 years to repay some of the $1.25 million the county has spent to repair the levee.

The council is scheduled to appoint a representative at its meeting today.

Health department

The commissioners approved an ordinance raising document fees at the Health Department. Copies for birth and death certificates will rise to $10 from $8.

County Health Nurse Kathy Sullender said the rise in the fees was needed due to a state-mandated rise in fees for death certificates and increased costs in supplies.

Fees have stayed the same since 2008.

Equipment lease

The commissioners signed a three-year lease for two new road graders with MacAllister’s.

The leases are for $24,947 per year for the next three years. County Highway Superintendent Phil Cornelius told the commissioners the lease was only $9 higher than the last lease three years ago.