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EEOC training requested for all county employees

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday night approved a request of $8,550 for the prevention of sexual harassment and equal employment opportunity mandatory training provided by Carol A. Dawson, of EEO Guidance Inc., for all county employees, including part-time, full-time, department heads and elected officials.
‘If they don’t like it, they can call us to talk to us about it,’ Commissioner Terry Miller said.
The additional will be heard by the Harrison County Council Monday night and will be voted on at its first meeting in November.
The county received a reduced rate from EEO Guidance because it used Dawson’s services at the sheriff’s department last month.
The training at the sheriff’s department was required by the U.S. Department of Justice after the settlement regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sexual harassment case against Sheriff G. Michael Deatrick. All employees of the department were required to attend. Two more workshops will be held for the sheriff’s department, in September of next year and May 2011.
Sheriff’s department employees will not have to attend the workshops for all county employees, if the request is approved by the council.
‘I don’t lecture; I talk about real issues,’ Dawson, in a commissioners’ meeting last month, said. ‘I guarantee the training will not be boring. Basically, I teach respect.’
Dawson said the training can rid the county of any guilt in court because it can prove the training had taken place.
The two-hour workshops for all county employees will begin in January. There will be eight workshops on four dates.
In other matters, the board heard a request from Larry (Buddy) Bower to allow his company, Neon Cab Service, to solicit business inside Harrison County. The board advised Bower there’s no ordinance in the county to keep cab services out, but he did have to meet with the Corydon Town Council if he wanted to provide service within the town limits.
Commissioner James Goldman said the county may want to look into creating an ordinance for taxi service, because Neon Cab is the second company to visit the board this year.
Bower said all counties and towns should require permits for cab use.
‘You’re losing revenue,’ he said.
Bower said his company charges $1.75 per mile and a $2.90 ‘drop charge’ for riding in the vehicle.
Neon Cab uses 2001 Crown Mercury Marquis vehicles.
‘We’re courteous and provide safe, reliable transportation,’ Bower said.
The board approved the design and development phase by RQAW Corp. of the new government center, health services building and the Purdue Cooperative Extension building, which is phase one of the old hospital property project. It also gave Bret Dodd, project manager, the go-ahead to proceed with construction documents. Dodd said bids for construction should be ready to open at the commissioners’ second meeting in December. Total construction time for phase one will be eight to 10 months, he said.
Dodd reported that the plan of action for asbestos in the buildings, after an early analysis, is to not remove it from the buildings but instead to encapsulate it.
‘It will be much cheaper,’ he said.
The budget estimate has $1 million in contingency for such expenses.
County engineer Kevin Russel reported that work on Corydon-Ramsey Road is nearing completion, with asphalt scheduled to be poured tomorrow (Thursday). If weather permits, the road could be reopened as early as Friday.