Commissioners approve $30k grant

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Highway spending nears $2.5 million in 2012

Managing Editor

TELL CITY – Perry County’s commissioners approved at a regular meeting April 1 an agreement between the county and the federal and state homeland-security offices and the Federal Emergency Management Agency that sends money into the county.

The sub-grant agreement provides funds to reimburse a portion of the county’s emergency-management staff’s salary for 2012, County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg explained.

“Up to 50 percent is reimbursed based on compliance with the requirements of the grant,” she explained, “and our EMA department has met all of the requirements. Therefore, the county will be reimbursed $30,805.01.”

Emergency Management Director “Steve Hauser does do a terrific job on those grants,” Commissioner Bill Amos said before offering a motion to approve the grant.

In seconding the motion, Commissioner Randy Kleaving agreed, “he does do a great job.”

“I don’t think we’ve missed a year on this … which a lot of counties do,” Commissioner Tom Hauser added.

The commissioners also approved a 2012 annual report submitted by County Highway Superintendent Ed Feix. It includes an equipment inventory and a financial statement detailing receipts and spending in the county’s motor-vehicle-highway, local-road-and-street, cumulative-bridge and other funds. It shows the department spent $1.5 million in the MVH fund, nearly $269,000 in the local-road-and-street fund, nearly $100,000 in the cumulative-bridge and $601,722 in other funds for a total of nearly $2.5 million.