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County commissioners adopt logo in unification effort

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Joint effort develops ‘recognizable brand’

By KEVIN KOELLING

Managing Editor

TELL CITY – The Perry County commissioners approved at their Nov. 5 regular meeting a new logo for the county.

Presented by Cheri Taylor, executive director for the Perry County Chamber of Commerce, the logo depicts the sun rising over a hilly landscape above the words, “Perry County Indiana” and “life is better.” 

The commissioners had been asked to join the efforts of the chamber, the county’s convention and visitors bureau and the Perry County Development Corp., “in unifying the voice of Perry County and joining in with them by adopting the county logo that they had been using,” County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg said, reading from a letter she said the commissioners had received. 

The logo has been in use since 2009. 

“This came out of a visioning study that the chamber did,” Taylor explained. “One of the things that was found was that Perry County did not have a unified voice. The CVB, the PCDC and the chamber all had different logos.”

The chamber’s was a version of the county logo, she said. It depicts an outline of the county filled with trees underlined by waves.

Development of the new logo was a joint effort, Taylor said.

“We’re not asking you to do away with any materials,” she added, suggesting the new logo be incorporated when the time comes to order new materials.

“It’s to unify the branding for the entire county as a recognizable brand when we’re out on the road trying to attract industry or when Cheri’s trying to attract businesses into the chamber or with the CVV trying to attract tourism into the area,” added Chris Kinnett, PCDC executive director. “When people see it, they understand and are able to recognize what Perry County is about.”

Kanneberg said she didn’t get much feedback – pros or cons – when she asked county employees about the new logo. 

“I don’t know how many departments really have a lot of stationery that use (the logo),” she said, other than the commissioners, county council, auditor’s office and a few others.

“I like the idea of the unified presence,” Commissioner Tom Hauser said before a motion from Commissioner Jody Fortwendel was unanimously adopted.

Highway Supplies, Smiles

The commissioners also approved specifications provided by County Highway Superintendent Ed Feix for fuel and supplies for his department and for gas for the sheriff’s department. The fuel, gravel and culvert materials were to be advertised twice before bids are opened at the commissioners’ Dec. 3 meeting, County Auditor Connie Berger said.

She also reported no prices were to change in county employees’ dental insurance, and the commissioners approved its renewal.

Office Space, Escrow Agreement

They also agreed to continue paying the Tell City Electric Department $20 per month for office space in its building used by workers in the community-corrections program. The lease is for January through June “and after that, they’re going to pay on a monthly basis until the jail is done, Berger said. A groundbreaking was conducted in September for a new jail behind the county courthouse and work is under way there.

The county leaders also approved an escrow agreement with the contractor doing that work offered by county attorney Chris Goffinet. Craftsman Construction of Huntingburg submits bills monthly, he explained, and part of their pay is held in escrow as retainage. It will remain in an Old National Bank account until county officials release it when the work is complete, he explained.

Distressed Roads

Feix also asked the commissioners to pay off $600,000 in a state distressed-roads loan originally due in 2014 and reborrow the same amount next year. A repayment fund dedicated to that purpose held sufficient money for the repayment, Berger said.

“The money will be used for resurfacing County Road 10 (Gerald Road) using 100 percent local funds,” she said, reading a letter from Feix.

Hauser said an Indiana Department of Transportation representative indicated an application for the new interest-free loan would likely be approved. The commissioners approved the request.

If the county didn’t apply for new funds as it’s paying off a previous loan, Commissioner Bill Amos said, “you might lose out and some other county sneak in on you.” 

The commissioners will next meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the county courthouse.