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Council Approves Additional Appropration for Sheriff and Coroner

October 10, 2011

10/11/11 The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will purchase three new squad cars yet this year thanks to the County Councils approval of an additional appropriation from the General Fund.

On Monday Sheriff Tom Chamberlin told Council members that Oliver Ford has three 2011 Crown Victorias police squads for $23,095 each for a total of $69.285.  He said he would be willing to reduce his 2012 vehicle line item to allow for this year’s purchase.

Marshall County Coroner Bill Cleavenger will also receive an additional appropriation from the General Fund for three line items where he has deficiencies.  The County Council approved $20,000 for autopsies, and $5,000 each in toxicology and radiology.

Cleavenger said, “My case load is pretty much the same as last year, 72 cases in 2010 and 74 cases to date.”  His department had five cases along in August and to date 15 autopsies.  (2-infants, 2-children under 8, 4-work related, 4-with no previous medical history with an average age of 44, 2-hospital related deaths and 1-inmate)

County Commissioner Jack Roose and County Maintenance Director Rich Ulrich appeared before the Council seeking an additional appropriation for a project to replace all 216 windows and the 4 doors into the County Building.

Roose said he had a quote from Plymouth Glass for $157,400 that includes materials, labor and installation.  The commissioner indicated that the building is not currently ADA compliant since the doors are not automated.  He explained that his quote didn’t include the automatic doors but did estimate an additional $10,000 would cover that expense.  Doors at the jail, museum and court house are not compliant either.

Ulrich said their last inspection noted that the entry doors did not meet code.  All energy audits have shown the there is substantial heat loss at the windows.  He said the windows that were put in the building 30 years ago were the economy choice and not the best.  It has been estimated that the county would see a 20% savings in energy costs with new doors and windows allowing for the project to pay for itself in 5 years.

Council member Ward Byers asked why the doors at the jail and museum would have been automated during their recent construction project.   He also asked to a copy of the quote with the request at the November meeting.

The County Council heard the explanation, but since no specific additional was advertised the council will consider the request next month.  Commissioner Roose asked for $170,000 to cover any masonry and electrical work for the project.