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Land named to library-board seat

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Commissioners approve disabilities-act contract

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

TELL CITY – Perry County’s commissioners accepted at a regular meeting Nov. 5 the only applicant for an open library-board seat, but her term will go only to the end of the year.

Jane Land was the only person to submit a letter of interest after County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg reported Oct. 1 board member David Carney had announced his resignation.

The Tell City-Perry County Public Library and Cannelton Public Library merged this year to become the Perry County Public Library with Tell City and Cannelton branches. As the News reported Jan. 12, four members of the former Cannelton Public Library Board joined the former Tell City-Perry County Public Library Board to form an 11-member interim board that would meet until the end of 2012. After that, the board will go back to seven members.

Kanneberg said at the Nov. 5 meeting she had talked to Library Director John Mundy, and a requirement accompanying the merger means the entire board will have to be appointed or reappointed as of the first of the year. She asked him to pass that information to the current board and ask who wished to remain. Mundy hoped the appointments would be made in December because the board’s first meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 2.

The commissioners have two appointments, Kanneberg said. One will start with a one-year term and the other will be for two years. They’ll both become four-year terms after the initial terms expire.

ADA plan progresses

The commissioners also approved a $14,600 contract for the Bernardin-Lochmueller engineering firm of Evansville to complete an accelerated plan to put the county into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by the end of the year.

Kanneberg said she wasn’t certain if compliance will be complete by then but efforts under way will show “the good-faith effort that we are in the process of getting it finished,” which she suggested would prevent disqualification for highway funding.

The Federal Highway Administration and Indiana Department of Transportation are pushing adherence to the act, which went into effect in the early 1990s.

Kanneberg said the engineering firm will conduct on-site assessments of county facilities and identify barriers to disabled people.

Commissioner Tom Hauser abstained from the vote because he’s the county’s ADA coordinator.

The News reported Nov. 8 that the county council had approved the contract.

The commissioners also voted to give a surplus vehicle to the county highway department. They rejected at their Oct. 17 meeting bids received for a 1989 GMC one-ton truck, all of which were under $3,000.

Commissioner Bill Amos said he thought it was worth at least $5,000. County Highway Superintendent Ed Feix said the truck could reduce the amount of labor involved in replacing signs.

Another truck used in the department “is on its last legs,” Amos added.

Feix “was looking at buying a pickup,” Hauser added. “We can replace that with this vehicle that we already own.”

The commissioners will next meet at 8 a.m. Nov. 21 in the county courthouse.