Court signage addressed

Commissioners gave two county judges permission to further look into putting up signage outside the courthouse annex building during their Tuesday meeting.

Board President Jeff Wagner said he spoke with judges Michael Kelbley and Steve Shuff, and they want to put up two signs in front of the annex building to help people find the courtroom.

“The signage is good,” Commissioner Holly Stacy said. “It is a lot of times very stressful when people are going, looking for facilities and (do not) know if they’re in the right place.”

The signs will not cost the county any money from the General Fund, Wagner said.

The signs will be visible from Market and Jefferson streets, and trees are to be planted next to each sign.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller said he would recommend the judges not place signs where the county might build a courthouse.

Kelbley and Shuff will have to take the proposal to the Architectural Board of Review before erecting the signs.

In another matter, Zoeller said the county should look at alternative ways to finance the EMS and EMT department.

He asked county auditor Julie Adkins for a breakdown of revenue generated and expenses from the EMS and EMT department over the past five years.

Zoeller said the breakdown should help the county figure out if it needs to find other ways to fund the department or ask the department to control its spending.

The county gives the EMS and EMT department about $150,000 a year, County Administrator Stacy Wilson said.

The department generates about $300,000 in revenue and receives a few grants every year, she said.

The seven squads combined make about 1,000 runs a year, with about $450,000 of funding.

The department is having a difficult time recruiting and retaining volunteers, Zoeller said.

Wilson said recruiting is difficult because it is the work is voluntary and training requirements continue to increase.

The EMS director does a lot of the training and certification classes, which saves the county and volunteers money, she said.

The EMS and EMT department plans to attend a commissioners’ work session March 19 to discuss these topics.

Juvenile and Probate Judge Jay Meyer wrote to commissioners, asking them to leave the utilities on at the old Youth Center building until at least March 18.

Meyer said in the letter the building will be entirely cleared out by that date.

Wagner said he wants to eventually tear the entire building down, so leaving on the utilities on past that is not necessary.

“It’s one of those things that I would rather bury than look at out there because (the old building) was deplorable,” Zoeller said.

In other business, Wilson said CROSSWAEH might be interested in moving its office into the county-owned building that was once a Fifth Third Bank branch.

CROSSWAEH has also looked at locations at the Department of Jobs and Family Services building and the SCAT building.

Also during the work session, Zoeller said he would like to see a list of county employees broken down by who is on salary and who is on hourly pay.

He said he is concerned that employees on salary think they are paid hourly and are acquiring comp time.

Wagner said he does not think that is happening.

In new business, the board approved:

A supplemental appropriation of $150,000 for the SCAT Building Construction Fund.

A resolution authorizing commissioners to enter into an at-grade railroad crossing easement agreement with Sunny Farm Landfill LLC.