Commissioners discuss lawsuit with Frontier

 A threatened lawsuit took up the majority of Tuesday morning’s Daviess County Commissioners.  

        County Highway Superintendent Phil Cornelius told Commissioners Tom McCracken and Michael Taylor that he had denied payment on a $2,600 bill sent to the Highway Department by Frontier Communication.  Frontier claims that the Highway Department cut one of their cables while ditching along CR 1200 E.  Cornelius said the claim was denied because the Frontier cable was on the County’s right of way and not buried the depth required by County specifications require.  Cornelius said this is the fourth instance involving Frontier cable and that in some instances; the cable was no more than 6 inches deep.

          Based on advice from County Attorney Grant Swartzentruber, Commissioner Michael Taylor proposed the County pay half the bill, but also tell Frontier that they must relocate their cable lines on the County right-of-way.   Commissioner Tom McCracken said he did not feel the County should pay anything, but reluctantly supported Taylor’s motion.  

         In regular business the Commissioners approved contracting with BIS Digital to provide technology for the new Government Center for a bid of $74,900. 

        Also, the Commissioners agreed to a contract with Constellation Natural Gas.  The contract saves the County approximately $6,000 a year.  

        In other business the Commissioners approved the voting locations for the 2018 election, gave County Prosecutor Dan Murrie permission to contract with a law form to pursue forfeitures in connection with certain drug related cases, and agreed to reimburse the Town of Odon half the cost of relocating a water main as part of the CR 900 E project.