The Daviess County Council met in regular session, Wednesday with Kent Norris leading the meeting in President Mike Sprinkle's absence. Sprinkle was unable to attend due to his need to get some more crops in before the next rain.
The meeting began with the council passing resolution 2019-3, which allotted funds to the Business 50 project.
"We hope to get a start in the next month or so, now that the resolution is signed, and we can move onto the bond issue," said Washington Mayor Joe Wellman.
The board was approached next by the Daviess County Highway Department on behalf of the widow of a long-time employee who recently passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. The department was requesting that the county continue the employee's pay to his widow in the amount of $188.10. The council approved the request.
Next, the library board made a request for approval for their recommendation of Luke Dayton to fill an opening, and the council approved before moving to an invitation from the State Board of Accounts for an educational conference for councilmen. Both Councilman Norris and Mike Myers had attended previously and recommended attendance to others.
APPEX Enterprises, Bush Commercial Properties, LLC, MacAllister Machinery Company, Inc., and Tarbert Properties, LLC, were all approved for continued tax abatement during their annual abatement reviews as long as they are found to be in compliance with their abatement agreements.
The remainder of the meeting was the consideration of additional appropriations, starting with Sheriff Gary Allison whose two requests were related to changes the State Board of Accounts made in regard to the use of E-911 funds. He needed $10,900 to outfit two Durangos for service because the original plan was to draw the fund from the E-911 money, but with the changes, the possibility no longer existed. The council approved this request as well as his request to draw funds from the E-911 account to purchase SBA approved radios for the jail.
The council also approved additional appropriations for immunizations for the health department, bridge inspections and the remaining balance for a federally required pre-disaster mitigation plan along with a request from GAL/CASA to pursue grant money for advertising.