GREENSBURG – On Monday morning, Decatur County Highway Superintendent Mark Mohr opened the regular meeting of the Decatur County Commissioners with a report on the progress of bridge 18.
According to Mohr’s report, the bridge’s deck is currently being poured. Work on the structure, which is located on County Road 400 West over the Flatrock River, should be completed sometime in late August.
Meanwhile, a public meeting related to the replacement of Bridge 2 will be held in July. That bridge, according to County Commissioners President Rick Nobbe, is located “along 421 as you’re leaving town, going past High Point Orchard.”
Also on Monday, EMA Director Rob Duckworth reported to the commissioners regarding state reimbursement for employee salaries. In an interview last month, Duckworth told the Daily News that the state offers up to 50 percent salary reimbursement for EMA employees, provided a number of benchmarks are met.
Among those requirements is a completed Comprehensive Emergency Plan (CEMP). Eligible EMA employees, according to Duckworth, must also complete a number of online courses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The Decatur County EMA, Duckworth reported, is on target for both his salary and the salary of assistant Decatur County EMA Director Peggy Brown to be reimbursed the full 50 percent from the state.
Duckworth also reported on the EMA’s recently-purchased Mobile Emergency Response Vehicle. The purchase of the vehicle was finalized in May from the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library, where it was purchased new in 1996 and used as the facility’s bookmobile.
The Decatur County EMA has arranged to for the vehicle to be painted by Enneking Body Shop in Batesville. Duckworth anticipates the vehicle being deployed into service by mid-July.
“I don’t think it’ll be ready by the beginning of the Decatur County Fair,” he said, “but I anticipate having it in service by the middle of the Fair. At latest, it’ll be ready by the end of July.”
The next regular meeting of the Decatur County Commissioners will be at 8 a.m., July 15, at the Decatur County Courthouse.
Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011