Commissioners, Council discuss TEC Center

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The Switzerland County Commissioners met on Monday, August 15th in a regular scheduled meeting.

In items discussed by the Commissioners:

– Susan Craig, representing the East Enterprise Regional Sewage District, asked the board to sign a letter of intent to apply for a grant. She explained that the East Enterprise Regional Sewage District needed $1,321,280 to complete the projects needed to comply with state regulations. She went on to say that the grant could be around $700,000; leaving the balance for the county to pay, if approved.

At present, the East Enterprise Regional Sewage District is running around $3,000 in the red each month. If the improvements aren’t made, the state could possibly come in and take over. This could result in monthly fees for customers to raise to $90-$100 a month.

The Commissioners agreed to sign the letter of intent just to apply for the grant. No money was awarded at present.

– The Commissioners approved a request from Anita Danner for the Indiana Bicentennial torch relay to start at the courthouse. Circuit Court Judge Greg Coy will make a presentation at 8:30 a.m. on September 17th to hand the torch off for the relay.

– Terry Hall made a request to use a piece of county-owned heavy equipment to be used at the track of the fairgrounds. There will be a two day tractor pull at the fairgrounds on September 16th-17th to coincide with the car show and the torch relay. The request was approved.

– Bids were submitted to seal and stripe the parking lots of the courthouse, clinic, jail and the senior center. The board will take the bids under advisement.

– The commissioners approved the bids to repair the air conditioning at the courthouse and clean the carpets.

– The Fall County Cleanup was scheduled for September 23rd-25th. The dumpsters will be located on the grounds of the Switzerland County Highway Garage in East Enterprise. There will be some restrictions as to what can be put in the dumpsters.

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After the conclusion of the Commissioners meeting, there was a combined meeting of the Commissioners and the County Council on Monday night.

Items discussed at that meeting included:

– The Council agreed to commit to the East Enterprise Regional Sewer District an amount of $750,000.

– Switzerland County Economic Development Commission President Jon Bond presented a new incentive agreement between the county and Eric Rabe, owner of the Vevay IGA. Steve Crabtree made a motion to look at the new agreement, and Terry Hall seconded the motion. Council President Glenn Scott asked for a vote and the motion failed, so options on a new agreement were not looked at.

– The Commissioners and Council discussed the payment that is due on the Switzerland County TEC Center.

The balloon payment of $2.4 million is due in November. The center cost $4 million when it was built, with operational expenses of around $40,000 a year. The members kicked around the idea of selling the building. In the meantime, the Council agreed to award $20,000 to explore different avenues and try to refinance the loan.

– Rosemary Bovard