Tensions were high during the Henry County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday.
The discussion over who would fix the 4-H barns had people raising their voices.
President of Henry County 4-H Association Troy Hershman came to the meeting to speak on issues they have at the 4-H barns. He said that there are multiple safety issues throughout the barns, including electrical issues, exposed wires and plumbing issues.
He said, “The fair week is the week that [4-H’ers] get to show what they have been working hard for all year long, and we want to make sure they’re safe in doing that.”
He asked if the Commissioners could help the Memorial Park Board pay for the needed repairs.
Commissioner Steve Dellinger said he was frustrated that this issue was not fixed earlier since the fair is in a few weeks.
Memorial Park Board member Steve Peckinpaugh said that the barns are the 4-H Association’s responsibility.
4-H father Jesse Posey said, “So I went today and told them we would fix it. We would do it. And they said ‘No, you guys can’t touch it.’”
Dellinger said, “This is where we’re at. Somebody needs to figure out who is going to fix it because we are all on a shoestring budget, and if we don’t pitch in together and try to get this done then there won’t be a 4-H fair.”
After some heated discussion, Henry County Surveyor Steve Rust said he knew a Master Electrician who he would ask to donate his time to fix the electrical issues.
Commissioner Bobbi Plummer said, “This whole tribal ‘Park v.s. 4-H,’ ‘No you can’t’ and ‘You must’ and ‘We won’t’ and ‘You shall’ has got to stop. Everybody has got to work together.”
The Henry County Bicentennial Committee decided to postpone the new time capsule burial until July to find a better suited location for the time capsule.
Plummer said they have decided to move an antique safe from the Treasurer’s office to under the large stairwell to use as the time capsule. A plaque will be added to show that it is the time capsule.
The date of its “burial” will be available at a later date.
Food & beverage claims
The Commissioners approved three Food & Beverage claims Wednesday.
They approved $25,000 for Henry County 200, $12,690 for Henry County Saddle Club, and $9,567.03 for Wilbur Wright Birthplace.
Penny York, the New Castle Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Special Projects Coordinator, updated the commissioners on a video project.
York said EDC has been working with CGI Communications for the video project. She said they are considering finding someone in the community to make the video instead.
She said this would cut down on costs and help the community. The commissioners approved to not renew the contract with CGI Communications.
The Commissioners presented a certificate of appreciation for the Henry County Coroner Stacey Guffey for supporting tissue donation and his partnership with Indiana Donor Network in 2021.
Guffey also talked about having table top exercises to prepare if a mass fatality event happened in Henry County.
He said, “If we ever fall to that category of ‘it won’t happen here,’ then we are sadly misjudging what could happen.”
In other business, the Commissioners approved multiple items.
They approved the Henry County GOP Club Bratwurst Lunch to happen on the courthouse lawn Aug. 26.
They also approved adding $20 per hour to bids for dump trucks for the Highway Department. Highway Engineer Joe Copeland said the companies that had bid have struggled to bring dump trucks due to high fuel prices.
The Commissioners approved the Trails Program to buy culverts through the Highway Department.
They approved three applications for the Owner Occupied Rehab Program.
A letter of engagement with Baker Tilly for the Food and Beverage Bond was approved.
Tim Welch was approved to apply for the Henry County Emergency Management Director position due to recommendation.