(BEDFORD) - Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig asked the county commissioners Tuesday morning for permission to advertise for sealed bids to sell seven of the department's vehicles.
"I am selling the seven now, and will have two more available in a couple of months," Craig says.
He is told the commissioners training guidelines have changed for jail personnel.
"The state has issued new mandates," Craig added. "Now all jail officials will have to have a mandated 16 hours a year with the jail commander having to complete 24 hours of training and all new hires will have to complete 80 hours of on job training before they will be classified as jailers."
Craig says most of the training will be performed at the jail, while the one week mandated state training will be completed in Jackson County.
Craig says the county employees 23 jailers
In other business:
* Craig also says the jail has passed a fire inspection after the sprinkling system was updated in the basement of the jail.
* Craig also told the commissioners there were 118 inmates housed at the jail, of those 19 were women and 15 were Department of Correction holds.
* Emergency Management Director Valerie Luchauer asked the commissioners to approve a Federal Emergency Management grant for $14,865.50. The grant will pay for half of Luchauer's yearly salary.
* She also updated the commissioners on the purchase of more weather radios. Luchauer says she has a waiting list of about 100 people requesting the radios. She is currently looking into several different models for the best deal.
* County Nurse Sherry Lawson, from the health department, requested the commissioners approve a $4,000 grant the department received for the county's medical reserve core. The money will be used for training, Lawson's salary, t-shirts and hats and training certificates.
* Commissioner President Bill Spreen informed the commissioners that he is looking into where the county can take the remains of the courthouse annex when it is tore down.
"We have some paint issues," Spreen says. "There are places we can take it without having the stuff tested like Rumpke but that will be an expensive venture. So I have talked to representatives at Hoosier Uplands to see how much it would cost to have the materials tested and I'm waiting to hear from them."
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