Just one week removed from when the Clinton County Council gave its blessings, the Clinton County Commissioners on Monday approved a lease agreement request for the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office so they could purchase seven new vehicles this year.
“I think it’s a good option because it allows them to defer some costs over a couple of years as opposed to having to absorb that in one year,” said Commissioner Josh Uitts, who was filling in for Commissioners President Scott Shoemaker.
Uitts added another value to this request is that after two years, the vehicles can be purchased by the department at $1 apiece or $7 overall.
The Commissioners also approved a similar agreement for Clinton County EMS so they could lease two ambulances.
“One of these ambulances will be a transfer ambulance for our agreement with the hospital to transfer patients and the other will be a front line ambulance,” said Uitts.
The biggest difference between the two agreements is the one for EMS is a three-year lease agreement.
In other news, the Commissioners approved a request by Clinton County EMS Director Greg Miller for financial help on a project for the town of Mulberry.
“For quite some time, we have had a staffed ambulance in the fire station at Mulberry which is owned by Madison Township,” said Uitts. “The trustee has a project there to replace some flooring and the Commissioners, at the request of Greg Miller, went ahead and agreed to put $2,500 towards the renovation project and a $1,000 for some furniture for a total of $3,500.”
The Commissioners also heard an update on the courthouse clock from John Reid of Pioneer Restoration. Reid said the clock and the area around it has deteriorated quite a bit and was inquiring on when the Commissioners want to get the work done. This would also include one of the statues on the roof of the courthouse. Reid said work was last done in that area in 2012.