By MATT KOESTERS
JEFFERSONVILLE — The Clark County Council unanimously approved a request by Clark County 911 Administrator Brad Meixell for the transfer of $271,132 from the county’s local option income tax line item in its general fund to the 911 LOIT fund.
Clark County 911 has not paid its bill with AT&T since October, when its contract with the telecom expired. The county commissioners approved a new month-to-month agreement between Clark County 911 and AT&T at a meeting Thursday.
Meixell told the council that 911 is operating at a deficit of $894,000, and that there are five full-time positions currently unfilled.
Meixell told the council that County Attorney Jacob Elder is negotiating with the county’s municipalities, primarily Jeffersonville and Clarksville, to come to an agreement where the municipalities would help the county fund 911.
“We’re still trying to get through the politics of it,” Meixell said.
The council also approved requested appropriations from three grants totaling around $62,000.
COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS RAISES
The council approved raises for 15 Clark County Community Corrections employees.
The raises, awarded to four security supervisors, nine security officers, an intake coordinator and an administrative assistant, range from $1,040 to $1,300. It’s the first raise that community corrections employees have been awarded in more than four years, Chief Probation Officer Henry Ford said.
The raises come as the result of a position being eliminated within the department. Community corrections is funded entirely by grant monies from the Indiana Department of Corrections and funds collected by its clients, according to the Clark County website.
The council’s vote was 6-1, with Susan Popp opposed. Popp said that while it is her position that she’s not interested in sending money back to the IDOC — which Executive Director Steve Mason said was likely if it wasn’t spent — she opposed the raises because other departments within the county had not received raises for a long time either.
NEW COUNTY ENGINEER SALARY APPROVED
The county unanimously approved an amendment to the county’s salary ordinance for the hiring of a new full-time, certified county engineer.
Brian Dixon will earn $60,000 per year. The county will retain County Engineer Hyun Lee, who works part-time and earns around $23,000 per year, County Commissioner Jack Coffman said. Because Dixon has the right certifications, the state will reimburse the county for $20,000 of Dixon’s salary, Coffman added.
The county approved the requested salary, but did not completely fund the hire. The previous commissioners budgeted $30,000 for engineering, leaving the request unfunded by around $40,000 when Dixon’s medical coverage and retirement are taken into account. The council approved an appropriation for $23,480 while an appropriate fund is selected from which to pay Dixon. The council will revisit the issue at their March meeting.
“It’s difficult, I’m not going to kid you,” Coffman told the council.
The council also approved appropriations out of the cumulative capital fund totaling $85,000 for upgrades to the county’s computer system and the purchase of two vehicles.