[Nameplate] Fair ~ 50°F  
High: 72°F ~ Low: 52°F
Friday, May 6, 2016

Council approves several additional appropriations

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- The Putnam County Council approved additional appropriations Tuesday night for several departments.

The largest of the appropriations were approved for the highway department -- one for $100,000 for sand, gravel and stone, and a second for $100,000 for repairs on Bridge 248 on C.R. 650E in Jackson Township.

Those funds will come of the highway department's cumulative budget.

The council also approved an additional appropriation for $49,902 for the sheriff's department for a new air handling unit.

The money for that appropriation will be taken from the jail cumulative fund.

"The one we have is 15 years old," said Ashley O'Hair, sheriff's department representative. "It's a rather large expense, but if we wait it'll be the middle of August and it'll go out."

O'Hair noted that if that happened, there would be "a lot of unhappy inmates" at the jail.

O'Hair said County Planner Kim Hyten had taken three bids for the job. The old unit will be scrapped, she said, and a small percentage of the money being spent on the new unit would be recouped.

Another appropriation for the sheriff's department for $759.99 was also approved, and will also come from the jail cumulative fund. That money will be used to outfit a new interview room with video cameras, which is now required by state statute.

Dave Costin of the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center asked for a $5,950 additional appropriation to cover a shortfall in funding for insurance.

"It was a miscalculation on my part," Costin said.

Costin requested that the additional appropriation come from the general fund, which now stands at just over $480,000.

The council balked at the request, asking Costin if there wasn't another place he could pull the money from within his own budget.

"At the end of the year I may have a little left in utilities," Costin said. "Would you rather I requested a transfer?"

Council President Darrel Thomas said that would be his suggestion.

"This is April; we still have seven months to go," he said. "I'd much rather do an additional in October or November. Right now, we might have to rob Peter and pay Paul later."

An additional for a potential expense of $85,000 was approved for unemployment expenses. Currently, seven former county employees are drawing unemployment, and the $85,000 figure was derived using their benefit payouts.

There is no dedicated account within the county budget for unemployment, a situation council member Nancy Fogle found exasperating.

"It should be in one place, not taken out department by department," she said.

Thomas agreed.

"When it comes budget time, we need to establish, somewhere, a budget for unemployment," he said.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on bannergraphic.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Which departments were these 7 workers laid off from?

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 7:00 AM

Why don't we put those people getting unemployment

to work to earn the $85,000. We could have them

clean up the roads, courthouse, annex, etc.

-- Posted by Voter on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 2:38 PM

I find this depressing. More voters should look at the county budget and see how blindly it is put together. I find it amazing how much money is given to departments then they ask for more. Costin thank you for owning up to your mistake. Honestly I dont care about the inmates happiness but I do have an idea of how you can get the money: sell the sheriff's new truck that's worth atleast $50k

-- Posted by worrieddaddy on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 2:52 PM

Worrieddaddy---have you seen the county's budget? Tell us more!! Also tells us about this $50k truck. What year is it? Where did it come from? What does it look like?

-- Posted by parentof ghssenior on Fri, Apr 23, 2010, at 10:25 PM

Where did worrieddaddy go? We want your answers..

-- Posted by kubotafan on Sat, Apr 24, 2010, at 7:24 AM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: