SCER building to get facelift

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The Switzerland County Commissioners met on Monday October 3rd, in a regular scheduled meting.

The sale of the Switzerland County EMS Building on East Main Street in Vevay to the county has been finalized, and after renovations, will be the new home of Switzerland County Emergency Response. At Monday’s meeting, the Commissioners discussed some of the options for the renovation.

At a previous meeting, the board had made a request for bids to paint the EMS building. Before the bids were opened at Monday’s meeting, J.J. Sullivan asked permission to speak to the commissioners. He advised them that he had submitted a paint bid, but felt it would be in the best interest of the county if the metal siding was replaced in lieu of painting the existing siding.

The painting bids were then opened by the commissioners, and ranged from $4,500 to $13,650. After some discussion, President Steve Lyons asked for a motion to reject the paint bids and go forward with new metal siding.

A motion was made and approved to advertise for bids to remove the old siding, replace it with new metal siding, a new metal roof and new front doors.

The commissioners will schedule a special meeting for this Monday, October 10th, to review the bids. They feel with the money they saved from building a new facility, they can justify spending money on a facelift of the existing building. They also recommended moving the furnace from the attic of the building to the floor.

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In other business discussed by the Commissioners:

– Hannah Shelton asked permission for Tourism to use the back parking lot of the courthouse for Sleepy Hollow. The request was approved.

– County Highway Superintendent Darrell Keith discussed the topic of the asset management program with the commissioners. This program consists of rating all 355 miles of county roads for a maintenance plan. After the plan is put in place, the county will be eligible to apply for grants for repairs to the county roads. The commissioners approved a motion for GRW of Indianapolis to set up the program for the county at a cost of $20,700.

– The Commissioners approved the request from Susan Craig, representing the East Enterprise Regional Sewer District, to apply for a grant for $700,000; in which the county will match the funds.

– The snow removal bids were opened and Glenn Gosnell was the winning bidder with a quote of $65 per hour to remove snow from all county facilities and supply the salt at a rate of $7 for 50 pounds.