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February 12, 2013

Clark council approves transfer of funds for 911

Council approves raises for 15 community corrections employees

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. 

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