County juggles jobs, looks to hire support

COLUMBIA CITY — Maintaining the Whitley County Courthouse is a full-time job. In fact, when factoring in the County Government building in addition to the needs at the Courthouse, the maintenance responsibilities require two full-time jobs and two part-time jobs.Recently County Commissioners and County Council members considered adding another person to the list to focus on maintenance at the Whitley County Jail and corrections facilities. However, after reviewing the amount of work needed on a regular basis, county leaders decided to an additional employee was not necessary.“The commissioners would have liked to have had another person, but that didn’t seem to be agreeable with everyone,” Commissioner George Schrumpf said. “There was a lot of things going on at the jail, but now it seems to be a bit more manageable. It’s worked out holding off, especially if they really aren’t needed.”Because many of the heating and air conditioning controls are computer operated, maintenance staff spend numerous hours manning a computer instead of hands-on HVAC repair. That means the county relies on outside contractors should any extensive repairs be needed.To read the rest of this story, see the Nov. 13 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.