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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Lawrence County Council Approves Recorder Contract for Digitalizing Deeds

LAWRENCE COUNTY - (January 26, 2022) - Lawrence County Recorder Myron Rainey asked the Lawrence County Council to approve a $324,165.95 contract with U.S. Imaging. This will start the first phase of digitalizing records for the county.

Lawrence County Recorder Office was approved for $324,165.95 to digitalize deeds. Clerk Myron Rainey will seek ARP funds to help with to digitalize other records.

The cost of the project will be paid r by fees already collected by the Recorder's office which has already have approximately $450,000 already in the fund.

The Recorder will also seek ARP funds to help with the digital processing of other records. Lawrence County will receive $ 8.8 Million in ARP funding however, the Lawrence County Commissioners have not released any information on how the county will disburse those funds.

The Lawrence County Commissioners have hired Baker Tilley Financial Advisors to help them direct the ARP funds.

However, early this year Lawrence County volunteer fire departments was told those funds cannot be used by their agencies. The county commissioners also refused the CARES Act funds for those agencies even the departments were on the front lines of providing emergency services over the last two years of the COVID pandemic.


In other business:

  • Approved David Holmes request for salaries for 2022, as well as transfers and additional funds for projects. This includes $15,000 for Bridge 172 on Cement Plant Road. This is a federal aid project that will take four years before the project gets started. A transfer of $1.5 Million from Motor Vehicle Highway was approved.

  • Approved Chad Shews request for additional that was omitted from the 2021 budget process

  • Approved an amended 2022 Salary ordinance following the increase in pay for the Lawrence County Health Nurse.

  • Approved the encumbrances for 2021 into 2022

  • Approved Samuel Arp II request for Additional of $8,385 that was omitted from the 2021 budget process

2022 Lawrence County Appointments

  • Alcoholic Beverage Commission - Marla Jones

  • Southern Indiana Development - Julie Hewetson

  • Purdue Extension - Julie Chase

  • 4-H Fair Board - Scott Smith

  • Salary Committee - Scott Smith, Jeff Lytton, Janie Craig Chenault

  • Abatement & Economic Development - Scott Smith, Janie Craig Chenault, Jeff Lytton

  • Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council - Scott Smith

  • Mitchell Public Library - Kaydy Fultz

  • Bedford Public Library - Janie Craig Chenault

  • Courthouse Security - Scott Smith

  • Redevelopment Commission - Scott Smith and Jeff Quyle

Department Liaisons

  • Michael Wright - Superior Court I, Highway, Emergency Management

  • Julie Hewetson - Auditor, Prosecutor, Probation, Community Corrections

  • Jeff Lytton - Treasurer, Superior Court II, Aviation

  • Julie Chase - Health Department, Extension, Recorder

  • Janie Craig Chenault - Surveyor, Clerk, Assessor, Commissioners, Lawrence County Economic Growth Council

  • Scott Smith - Sheriff, Jail, Solid Waste, Courthouse Security

  • Rick Butterfield - Public Defender, Substance Abuse, Circuit Court


The officers for 2022 will remain the same with Scott Smith president, and Jeff Lytton as vice - president

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