Commissioners hold monthly meeting


The Switzerland County Commissioners met on Tuesday, February 21st for a regular monthly meeting, due to Monday, February 20th being a holiday.

In items discussed by the commissioners:

– Keli Gabbard of the Switzerland County Animal Shelter approached the commissioners with a request to purchase a second truck to use on after-hour calls. She reported that they received 85 calls last year after regular hours. Between 45-50 of the calls were urgent, and she also said that the shelter receives around 2,000 calls a year. Mark Lohide said he thought they could get her a two wheel truck, but not necessarily a four wheel one. Josh South said he is still not convinced that a second truck is needed. The issue was tabled.

– EMA Director Tom Moore asked permission to extend the siren testing from March through November due to the inclement weather we are having. The request was approved.

The commissioners also approved Moores request to mount fixtures to the TEC Building to install a scanner monitor. EMA has money in its budget to pay for this project.

– The commissioners tabled the project at the Nurse Managed Clinic to mount a cabinet to enclose cables, until they investigate it further.

– Sedam Contracting was approved to install a grease trap at the Jack Sullivan building at a cost of $2,030.

– A building corporation board was approved to oversee the funding of the TEC Building if necessary. The board will consist of Tye Sullivan, Roy Leap, and Judge Greg Coy.

– The board approved the request from Larry Perlich to purchase a push mower to be used at the Jack Sullivan Sr. Center. They also approved the request to purchase a push mower for the SCER property.

– Josh South made a motion to ask the Jeff-Craig Fire Department to join the county emergency service as a back up for emergency calls. They were previously in a contract with Switzerland County EMS for a year and could not join when the new SCER was formed. Mark Lohide and Josh South voted to approve the motion, and Jerry Monjar abstained.

South advised the audience that they will be hiring more full time employees to take emergency calls in the near future. At present, SCER is running one full time crew with a response time of 13.8 minutes to answer a call. He also stated that it is unfortunate that some calls take more time than others and if another full time crew is hired it will cut down on the response time.