County council considers financial requests

The Huntington County Council considered a number of financial requests at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 27.

The board approved a request by the Huntington County Commissioners to spend $150,000 for a CEDIT project. While that total was budgeted, it did not upload correctly in the county’s budgeting software, Gateway, which necessitated its appropriation.

Council greenlit a transfer of $40,895 from the county general fund to the health department for Social Security and retirement costs to support that department as it cuts $60,497 from this year’s budget. The board also permitted three appropriations of special funds as requested by department head Tami Hurlburt – $14,429 for the health bio terrorism fund, $13,500 for a preventative health grant and $6,000 for the local health maintenance fund.

Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison asked the board for permission to create additional line items in her pre-trial diversion and infraction deferral funds after the Indiana State Board of Accounts requested more specificity for what those funds were being used for. Council granted Richison’s request, which resulted in four new line items for both funds, totaling $70,000 in pre-trial diversion and $52,000 in infraction deferral.

The board granted a request by Huntington Circuit Judge Tom Hakes to appropriate $4,000 from his supplemental public defender services special fund for his Social Security and retirement line items – with $2,000 going into each – as he did not have enough in his budget to cover them.

Superior Court Judge Jenny Newton was given permission to transfer $550 from her office equipment line item to miscellaneous services for printer services.

In other business:

In committee reports, Councilman Keith Eller informed the board that Bob Jeffers had been promoted from deputy director to director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency on Monday, Feb. 20. He noted that applications are now being accepted for the deputy director position.

Council listened to a year-end report on Parkview Huntington Hospital presented by hospital personnel.