News and notes from Tuesday's regular meeting of the Wabash County Board of Commissioners:
Wabash County has been trying unsuccessfully to fill the truancy officer position for weeks now, so county commissioners have decided to utilize the Regional Office of Education’s officer instead. Both operate the officer simultaneously. The ROE position is funded through a grant. Commissioners say they are aware that if that grant would ever end, the county would have to fill that position.
The barricades are up on County Road 650-East south of Keensburg. The road is now closed. I-DOT had plans to replace the bridge in 2019, so now Highway Engineer Dustin Bunting is hopeful Springfield can speed things up. In addition, county crews plan to re-shoot the south bound lane of County Road 3. Then, the oiling program can continue elsewhere in the county, according to Bunting.
Wabash County took in the most money ever for real estate tax prepayments this year. Some $243, 747 was received by Treasurer Beverly McBride before the deadline of August 31st. On a related tax note, 89-percent of this year’s mobile home taxes have been received, leaving only $3,468 on 55 parcels yet to be collected, according to McBride. The late fee will go up to $75 this week.
Sheriff Derek Morgan told the county board Tuesday that his office worked 215 incidents during the month of August. Officers issued 32 warrants and 47 summons during the month.
Circuit Clerk Angie Crum reports her office collected $38,062 in fines and fees during August.