County asks university for money
Putnam County Commissioners Kristina Warren, Gene Beck and Jim Baird agreed to Putnam County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Kim Hyten's request to ask DePauw University for help in insuring a Mobile Command Unit.
The EMA received an Indiana Department of Homeland Security Grant for the Mobile Command Unit and was chosen to house the vehicle for District 7.
The unit is a 35-foot self-propelled vehicle with three working areas. It is equipped with mobile and portable communication equipment including a unit that patches VHF and UHF radio systems together. It has an advanced Hybrid Telephone system, laptop computers, Project Hoosier SAFE-T radio system, and a mass camera and satellite telephone system.
Because of budget cuts and uncertainty of property taxes, the EMA is not able to afford the $7,000 insurance on the unit.
Since DePauw University has the densest population in the county, and there is, according to Hyten, a lack of emergency operations resources at the school, the EMA and commissioners are asking the University to assist with insurance expenses.
"Since the vehicle didn't cost the county anything, it would be a shame to give it up for $7,000," commented Beck.
The board also discussed asking the seven counties who will have access to the unit to help with the cost of insurance. The unit is available to Putnam, Clay, Owen, Parke, Sullivan, Vigo, Greene and Vermillion Counties but will be housed in Putnam County.
The Board signed a letter that will be sent with another letter from Hyten to DePauw asking for their assistance.
In other business, the board learned that bids from companies who can work on "membrane roofing" will be accepted by Pyramid on this Thursday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Putnam County Courthouse. Anyone interested in bidding on the project can show up to see what work is needed.
Commissioners also noted that representatives from the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) will be at the next meeting to give an update on the project.
The next meeting of the County Commissioners will be Monday, August 18 at 6 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex.