Commissioners hear fitness proposals

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The Switzerland County Commissioners met on Monday, December 19th in a regularly scheduled meeting.

One of the main proposals for the commissioners was the renewal of the county’s contract with the Switzerland County YMCA, which allows all county employees and their family access to the YMCA facility. The county’s annual contract is for $15,000.

At Monday’s meeting, Switzerland County YMCA executive director Eric Cole asked the commissioners to renew the contract for 2017.

Also at the meeting were the owners of a local business, Dawns Fitness Center. They also made a proposal to the county for use of their facility for $5,000 for all county employees for the year. They feel that since they are open 24 hours a day, it would benefit the employees to have use of their facility.

Cole explained that the Y will be open 24 hours a day starting this Spring. He also stressed that the employees have use of the pool, the gym, and the walking track along with all the exercise equipment.

After more discussion, Commissioner Josh South made a motion to offer the YMCA $10,000 and Dawn’s Fitness Center $5,000. Commissioner Mark Lohide reluctantly seconded the motion.

Cole said that he will take the offer to the YMCA Board of Directors.

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Other items of business discussed by the Commissioners included:

– Switzerland County Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Moore updated the commissioners on the status of travel emergency levels. The highest level of a travel advisory is a level 3, warning, which means that travel may be restricted to emergency travel only. Level 2 is a watch which means conditions are threatening to the safety of the public, only essential travel only such as to and from work is recommended. An advisory, is a level 1 and is the lowest travel advisory.

– Comfort Systems was approved to perform the heating inspection in the Jack Sullivan Building for the amount of $1,157.

– Indiana Restoration was awarded the bid to clean the courthouse cupola and the upper porch for the amount of $6,300.

– A lighting contract was awarded to Darrin Wood, Light Tech to replace all existing lights with led lights in the county buildings in town. Duke Energy has a rebate program that will cover the majority of the costs for the lights.

– The commissioners agreed to move the offices of the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation to the TEC Building. The vacant unfinished offices there will need to be finished and an estimate of $17,000 was given to the board.

– There will be a meeting on Tuesday, December 27th, and it is open to the public.

-Rosemary Bovard