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Spiders And Storage Problems For Washington Clerks

Last updated on Thursday, March 14, 2013

(WASHINGTON) - Daviess County offices are facing storage problems, and spiders and mice have invaded some old files the county has in storage.

Nate Smith, of the Washington Times Herald reports, Clerk Sherri Healy told the Daviess County Commissioners the old county highway garage on S.E. Third Street has become a problem. Healy says someone from her office is in the garage daily and they have found spiders, including the poisonous Brown Recluse spider.

The garage does hold old documents from the clerk and auditor's office. It also holds a road grader and other items from the county highway department.

The sheriff's department also keeps some equipment in the garage, including ATVs.
The documents, Healy says, are in cardboard boxes nearby the other equipment.

State statute says some criminal case paperwork is to be kept for 50 years or longer and some divorce case papers for 25 years. Auditor Gail Doades says some ledgers have to be kept indefinitely.

The garage is set to be fumigated over Easter weekend, but wondered if it will be effective since spiders are living inside boxes and between pages.

Commissioners realized there is an issue with storage, but there is little they can do. There was discussion of building another building for storage, offices and parking next to the courthouse in vacant lots.

But Commissioner Tony Wichman says right now with the jail bond the county has too much debt.

The jail bond is scheduled to be completed in 2020. But with the spider problem, the commissioners were in agreement to get something done.

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