Commissioners hear annual report from animal shelter


The Switzerland County Commissioners met Monday, February 2nd the first of their two regular monthly meetings.

At the meeting, Keli Gabbard gave a year end update for 2014 regarding the Switzerland County Animal Shelter.

Out of 310 dogs taken in, the shelter was able to send 149 to rescue homes and return 82 to their owners. The animal shelter took in a total of 295 cats, which unfortunately they weren’t able to place several of them in homes.

Commissioner Josh South asked Keli Gabbard if the shelter phone could be forwarded to her cell phone in case of an emergency. She will check into it, or see if she can retrieve her messages from her cell phone.

In other business considered by the Commissioners:

– Bert Allen explained the process used with the mini-mag floor cleaner that the commissioners were interested in purchasing. The equipment would be used for all the county buildings to clean and wax the floors.

The commissioners approved the purchase of the machine which will cost the county $7,422.

– The commissioners also approved the contract renewal presented by Herschel Lewallen, Fire Alarm Security Technicians in the amount of $7,250. The contract covers all equipment pertaining to a fire in each county building and all county vehicles.

– Kurt Kegerreis of Southeast Indiana Workforce gave a presentation to the commissioners regarding the Workforce Development Investment Board.

He encouraged the commissioners to call him if they had any questions about the program.

- Switzerland County Highway Superintendent Darrell Keith advised the commissioners that the contractor had finished the work on Adkinson Hill Road and it is now reopened to the public.

– Commission President Steve Lyons will accompany the engineering firm to visit the bridge on Bennington Pike to examine the property owner’s yard.

– In other business, the commissioners discussed replacing the vinyl on the floor in the breezeway of the courthouse. The floor has been damaged due to a water leak around the door which has been fixed.

– The commissioners agreed that Kathy Williams, Don Talbert, and Tony Gregory will serve two year terms on the Tourism Board as opposed to a three year term.

- County Attorney Will Goering advised the board that an elected official must resign the county position if hired to fill a county job. The question came up with the opening of the EMA director position.

– There was a discussion regarding the percentage of “boat money” that is allotted to other counties and what they will use the money for. The commissioners will look into this matter before taking any action.

– The next commissioners meeting will be held on Tuesday February 17th due to Monday being Presidents Day and the courthouse is closed.

- Rosemary Bovard