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Joe Dibert Steps Down As Lawrence County Community Corrections Director

Last updated on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

(BEDFORD) - Director of Lawrence County Community Corrections Joe Dibert is stepping down from the position.

Probation officer Doug Horton will fill the position.

Dibert is not leaving the office, he will now serve as a probation officer.

Community Correction Board President Adele Bowden-Purlee told the commissioners, Tuesday morning, Dibert will still provide his expertise and help Horton get settled into the position for a smooth transfer.

"Basically they are swapping positions," Bowden Purlee says. "We can't thank Joe enough for his years of dedication and commitment to the program and all he has accomplished while he served as director."

Horton will take the helm on January 1st.

In other business:

* Lawrence County Clerk Myron Rainey asked for an additional appropriation of $6,500 to pay for the replacements of three CPU units in the clerk's computers. Rainey says they also will use some of the funds to correct issues with voting machines. The request will now go before the county council.

* Paula Edwards, of the Health Department requested the approval of the budget for the Medical Reserve Core. The request will now go before the county council.

* Architura's Michael Conley requested the commissioners sign a letter of intent to go forward with the suggested repairs and designs to the courthouse's windows and heating and cooling system.

The project would cost $2.24 million dollars and the project would probably take 2 years to complete.

However, Conley told the commissioners he believes the county could receive grants to lower the cost to around $1.9 million.

The commissioners would not sign the letter of intent, because they want to explore other options, but they did give Conley permission to research available grants through the Indiana Landmark Foundation and report back to commissioners. The research will not cost the county anything.

* David Holmes, of the highway department, told the commissioners they have been cutting brush and hauling sand from Brownstown and cinders from Petersburg. He added all the snow plows and sanders are ready for the first snow, but hoped it didn't fall anytime soon.

He also told the commissioners that the condition of Indian Creek Road would have to be addressed this spring, because the road is deteriorating. And he would like to address an issue at the transfer station near the county complex. Holmes says the road needs widened to help traffic move in and out of the transfer station so an accident wouldn't happen.

* Bob Dillon, county projects manager, told the commissioners that bridge number 75 on Dunn Bridge Road, northwest of Heltonville, was lowered from a 12 ton weight restriction to 6 tons.

"This is something we will have to address because it will affect school bus routes," Dillon says. "I would also like to see the bridge alignment adjusted to make it straighter, to get rid of that center pillar that catches all kinds of debris from the river. But that will cost more money."

To move the bridge, making it a straight route, Dillon estimates it would cost the county around $400,000.

Dillon asked the commissioners permission to have soil boring samples done so plans could move forward with replacing the bridge in the spring.

* Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig says there are 153 inmates in the jail, of those 18 are female and 10 Department of Correction inmates. He also asked the commissioners to appoint a representative to the courthouse annex grant committee. Commissioner Bill Spreen volunteered to serve.

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