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County to offset employees' health insurance rate increases

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

GREENCASTLE -- Putnam County Commissioners Gene Beck and Nancy Fogle voted Tuesday to offset the rising cost of health insurance for county employees in 2011.

According to auditor Stephanie Campbell, rates are increasing by 14 percent in 2011. Beck and Fogle chose to offset the rising costs with money from the county's health insurance trust.

Fogle expressed her feeling that it was the least the county could do in challenging economic times.

"They haven't gotten a raise in two years," she said.

Commissioner Kristina Warren was not in attendance at Tuesday's meeting.

The move only applies to employees on the county's regular health insurance plan.

The commissioners also voted to enter into a brownfield agreement with West Central Indiana Economic Development. The program, which currently includes Clay, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties, assists landowners of contaminated properties.

Jim Coffinberry of West Central gave the example of property from an old brick plant in Clay County which cannot be developed because of asbestos and other contamination. West Central is working with the current owners on solutions.

Don Gedert of the Cloverdale Redevelopment Commission initially contacted Coffinberry about possibly getting Putnam County involved. The town is interested in pursuing brownfield funds for the old Cloverdale Inn as well as the downtown building at 9 and 11 N. Main St.

"No money of yours will go into it," Coffinberry assured the commissioners. "You're just part of the coalition."

The commissioners also heard a presentation from Dan Sulkoske of Kramer Companies about a services agreement. Sulkoske has previously spoken to both the commissioners and council about serving as an owner representative should the county move forward on plans to build a new courthouse annex or renovate the current site.

The commissioners expressed no interest at this time, though, as there are no plans slated for the annex.

"If we had a project, that would be something, but we don't have a project right now," Fogle said.

Beck went further, questioning the need for an owner representative.

"If you don't trust the contractor you hired, then why did you hire them?" he asked. "We don't have a project that needs this now."


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I WOULD LIKE FOR SOMEONE TO ANSWER MY QUESTION.

"WHY DO WE PAY FOR ALL THE COUNTY AND CITY EMPLOYEES WHEN WE DO NOT HAVE MONEY COMING IN TO FIX OUR ROADS?"

OUR ROAD IS FILLED WITH VERY LARGE HOLES THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO MISS ONE NOW, WHEN I BUST A TIRE I EXPECT THE COUNTY TO PAY FOR IT. BUT WHEN WE CALL THEY SAY,"WELL WE DID NOT ABOUT THAT HOLE"! RIGHT! OUR ROAD HAS BEEN DRAGGED DOWN TO GRAVEL AND WE STILL PAY FOR A BLACKTOP ROAD FOR TAXES! RAISE TAXES? WHY NOT SO YOU CAN LINE YOUR POCKETS MORE.

-- Posted by cato on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 7:58 AM

I have a question that needs to be answered. Why does Kristin Warren not attend the meetings ??? She is an elected official who is supposed to represent our residents. She has missed other meetings due to unknown reasons to the public that she represents.

Is that because she does not want to leave her other paying county job at the courthouse.

She needs to resign from one or the other!!!

-- Posted by goodthoughts on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 9:29 AM

I agree with goodthoughts...why does she hold a office when she is never there!....maybe if we eliminate the people that does not do their job maybe we would have money to fix our roads....you have to be elected person to have your roads fixed....how noble.

-- Posted by cato on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 11:34 AM

It's obvious you goofballs have no idea what you're talking about so you make stuff up...

-- Posted by kubotafan on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 12:12 PM

@bomtrax5 agreed! lol

-- Posted by annoyed_citizen on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 8:05 PM

ok BOMTRAX 5 Was she at the tanning booth working are at the gym?You make the statement no idea what they are talking about....Do you.

She will tell the world her sech. every day on FB.not a thing about the meeting....

-- Posted by BIG DOG DADDY on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 3:04 PM


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