Monday afternoon the Dubois County Council reviewed petitions from county departments and one of the items allowed was the petition to go forward with Highway Superintendent Steve Berg’s request for a $500,000 consensus from the Council so Berg’s department could advertise for bids.
Before an approval for advertisement the council asked questions such as whether some of the highway and road projects could be completed in upcoming years and if there were other road fixture techniques that could be used instead.
Berg explained that some of the projects had been on their list pending issues.
Also Monday, John Siebert provided a presentation to the council and public. He was joined by Jane Chappell and Beth Waltz of the Human Resources Professionals Committee.
This HR Professionals Committee has been contributing their time to the HR needs assessment initiative for county government such as the Dubois County Council and Commissioners. They had a task of gathering data to observe if there is a need for Human Resource personnel or department for Dubois County.
The team interviewed county department heads in order to gather input about human resource issues within their departments.
Siebert explained the committees findings were based on interviews and he concluded with the observation that the county seems to be in need of Human Resources and Loss Control personnel and provided recommendations.
The council decided that members Becky Beckman, Nick Hostetter, and Martha Wehr would represent the council on the subcommittee.
Siebert also highlighted that the committee’s findings about some issues dealt with human resource policies that didn’t appear consistent, short term savings decisions that could be costly in the long term, communication concerns from Commissioners and the Council through the Auditor’s Office and then with departments appear to be lacking, among other issues.
Siebert says the value of implementing an HR professional would serve the purpose of being a liaison between the Dubois County Council, Commissioners, and department heads.
The committee has yet to provide a similar presentation to county commissioner in order to to go forward with the project of implementing an HR professional or department.