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Bridge 82 On Judah Logan Road To Close Thursday
Updated October 21, 2015 8:15 AM | Filed under: Politics
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(BEDFORD) - Highway Superintendent David Holmes says crews will close Bridge 82 on Judah Logan Road over Salt Creek - Thursday.

The Lawrence County Council allocated $420,000 for the replacement of the bridge. Holmes requested $270,000 from the Cumulative Bridge Fund and $150,000 from the Cumulative Capital Fund to pay for the work.

The bridge is currently posted at a 15-ton limit. Crews will replace the beams with used ones, saving some money. The old beams were damaged by salt used to melt ice on county roads.

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Holmes says all the paving for 2015 is done, but crews will continue to do some patching on county roads.

Work on widening Moore Lane to the Lawrence County Recreation Park will be finished this week.

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Sheriff Branham reported that there were 128 inmates being housed at the jail. Of those, 33 were females and 5 were Department of Correction holds.

Crews have been painting both the inside and outside of the jail.

Sheriff Branham has received the contract from the state to allow inmates to sign up for Medicaid. House Bill 1269 went into effect September 15. It requires the Department of Corrections or a health navigator -- an inmate's authorized representative -- to apply for Medicaid for inmates who are potentially eligible for it or the new Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0) and who run up medical care expenses that are not otherwise reimbursable.

The law would also apply to inmates in county jails, including Lawrence County's.

"This is state mandated," says County Attorney Dave Smith. "Unlike others, the coverage is not retroactive for inmates. Coverage begins when the inmate is signed up and then will follow them when they reenter society."

The law mandates that the county jail or DOC, or a health navigator, assist a committed offender in applying for Medicaid (HIP 2.0) and securing treatment upon discharge from either system. Currently Sheriff Branham is working on a deal to have Centerstone be the health navigator for inmates.

Sheriff Branham says uninsured inmates would sign up for the Affordable Care Act during their 14-day medical evaluation, which each inmate is required to complete.

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Veterans Affairs Officer Brad Bough represented the commissioners with the 2014 VA Expenditures report.

Here are the 2014 figures:

  • Veteran population - 3,807
  • Total Expenditure - $21,295,000
  • Compensation & Pension - $11,935,000
  • Education & Vocation Rehabilitation Employment - $1,122,000
  • Insurance & Indemnities - $131,000
  • Medical Care - $8,108,000
  • Unique Patients - 1,136

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The commissioners signed an one-year contract with AT&T to provide long distance service at county offices.

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The commissioners approved a request by County Assessor April Stipp to purchase a software package for $190,000 for her office from X Software. The commissioners had tabled the request during their last meeting to research the cost.

Stipp told the commissioners their current software is out of date and the technical support is lacking. The new software will be paid for out of the Assessor's office budget.



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