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Clark County

December 7, 2012

Dreyer judgment to be paid into court fund

Commissioners recommend portion of St. John Road renamed in honor of Carl Popp



The commissioners voted unanimously to renew the contract of Insuramax insurance agent Diane Swank as the county’s agent of record.

After Swank presented a summary of the changes to the county’s health insurance plans, the commissioners praised Swank for the job she has done to save the county money.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the job you’re doing,” said board President Les Young.

The county has saved about $50,000 by halting the practice of having employees pay one month ahead for insurance. That means that when employees are terminated, their insurance does not carry over into the following month, Swank said.

Details of the contract with Swank were not immediately available.


Today, the commissioners will join officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation and local businesspeople to celebrate the opening of St. John Road and the groundbreaking of Star Hill Road. But going forward, the portion of St. John Road between the county line and Starlight Drive likely will bear a new name.

The commissioners passed a resolution asking that the Clark County Plan Commission rename the portion of the road that was closed for construction be renamed Carl Popp Ridge Road, in honor of the founder of the Silver Creek Watershed Conservancy District and long-time director of Clark County REMC.

Young used to work for Popp in his youth, he said.

“Carl was a wonderful person,” Young added.


The county’s servers are an average of 17 years old, 95 percent of county employees are not backing up their files and the county’s electronic data would be lost in case of a catastrophic event at the Clark County Government Building, said Roger Hardy, the county’s information technology director.

“It has a high expectancy for failure,” Hardy said.

The commissioners declared an emergency and agreed to purchase equipment needed to update the IT system to the tune of not to exceed $40,000.

Backup tapes will need to be stored off-site, preferably at least 25 to 30 miles away, Hardy said.

After Hardy’s presentation, Commissioner John Perkins announced his intention to amend the salary ordinance to give Hardy a raise.

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