The Shelby County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday morning that could speed up state road projects through the county.

Resolution 2021-26 would allow the board of commissioners president to be the only signature on electronic contracts with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

Ben Taylor with the county’s Highway Department explained that the resolution comes after INDOT moved to solely signing contracts and agreements electronically through a program called DocuSign.

Typically, when the board approves a contract or an agreement, that document had to be signed by all three commissioners in order to be executed. However, INDOT hopes to speed up the process by only requiring the board president to sign the electronic documents, instead of the entire board, Taylor said.

The board will still need to approve any documents prior to the president, in this case Commissioner Kevin Nigh, signing them.

In other business, the commissioners tabled two utility requests so they can obtain more information about telephone pole heights.

Great Plains Communications would like to connect fiber to a cell tower along County Road 700 West.

Great Plains Communications would like to install the fiber on S. 700 West (North of Old SR 252), then west onto W. 1000 South.

At one point in this connection, wire between poles will be in a right of way, which had a nearby neighbor concerned about wires getting caught on tractors and other farming equipment, Commissioner Don Parker said.

“Some farmers down there prefer that it be buried,” he said.

Commissioner Chris Ross added he would like to see the telephone pole height in writing prior to approving any requests. So the board tabled it.

The board also tabled a utility request by Jump Start Communications for the same reason.

Jump Start would like to install 3,560 feet of fiber both on telephone poles and underground starting at 10856 N. 800 West in Fairland, traveling North on 800 West, and ending at intersection of 800 West and 1200 North.

Parker suggested creating an ordinance to properly notify neighbors and create a procedure to get their input whenever a utility request is made in their area. No action was taken on this topic.

County Government Human Resources Director Donna Cook received approval to create two new job descriptions. The county is hiring an Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator and a Youth Assistance Program Case Manager. Both of these positions are full time.

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The case manager position will be a joint position between the county and the city.

“Currently, the director of Youth Assistance is working with the city and the county to get the interlocal agreement done on that,” Cook said.

Cook also recognized Community Corrections Director Josh Martin and Community Corrections Field Officer Brian Tony for receiving Director of the Year and Home Detention Officer of the Year awards from the Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act County (IACCAC).

“This is our third employee – I believe [Assessor] Anne Thurston was awarded earlier this year – so we’ve got three county employees that have been presented big awards this year,” Cook said. “I think that says a lot for our staff.”

Lastly, the commissioners approved a culvert replacement on 250 South near the intersection with 375 East. The quote received for this project comes from Trisler Construction Company at was estimated at $105,000.