The Washington Times-Herald

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July 11, 2013

Storage will move from garage

WASHINGTON — The Daviess County Council was in agreement Wednesday that something needed to be done to solve the county’s storage and office problem.

The council heard from commissioners Tony Wichman and Mike Taylor  update following the re-emergence of bats and spiders at the old county highway garage on S.E. Third Street.

Wichman said he and county Clerk Sherri Healy are working on a lease to use a building on South Street that would provide 4,000 square feet of pest-free storage for at least the end of this year.

“She has now refused to let her people go (to the garage),” Wichman said.

The rent for the building would come from the clerk¹s budget but it would store documents from other county offices. But as for next year and after that, the county is still in the planning stages.

“We just don’t know where we are going,” Wichman said.

To figure out the next step, Taylor and several officeholders have formed a committee to find out what the county needs and how to build it.

Council members did have some questions about the garage. Council member Ken Solliday asked if a building inside the garage could be constructed that would keep the bats, spiders and insects out. After the idea was put aside due to structural concerns, Council member Dave Smith asked if those files cannot be stored electronically.

“What about imaging those documents?” Smith said. “Storing them is a thing of the past.”

While many county offices do store documents digitally, state law also requires hard copies stored for a number of years. Wichman said a combined office building with storage should be in the neighborhood of 8,000 - to 10,000-square feet to accommodate offices for the health department, Purdue Extension and other offices that are in transformed homes near the courthouse.

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