The Jefferson County Commissioners on Thursday entered into a rental agreement with New Hope Services, the organization that will take over the county's WIC program on May 1.

The organization will be only a brief tenant at the Jefferson County Health Department until it finds a permanent location elsewhere in the county. Currently, the organization is in talks with the town of Hanover about possible rental space at the town's community center.

The company is looking to move into a different location at the end of June.

WIC is a nutrition program that focuses on helping women, infants and children develop healthier eating habits, among other services.

New Hope Services runs WIC programs in surrounding counties. The state bids out the WIC program every two years. New Hope was awarded the bid for the WIC service by the state last year.

The organization will pay $675 each month for rent and pay a reimbursement fee of $532 for utilities. The rent will come to the county, while the utilities payment will be paid back to the Jefferson County Health Department.

The total rental amount is based on what the company can pay based on state approval, attorney Wil Goering said.

Also at the meeting, the commissioners approved the purchase of signs to proclaim Michigan Road as a scenic highway. The state of Indiana designated Michigan Road as a state historic byway in September 2011.

Linda Lytle, of the Historic Michigan Road Association, said the signs will help promote tourism and other commercial activity along the road.

The group requested 16 signs and seven arrows - which will direct motorists to the highway - totaling $720.  

INDOT installs the signs, which will be permanent.

In other business:

• Lytle reported that the USS LST, a World War II tank landing ship that is docked in Evansville, will travel upstream to Madison on Sept. 13-16. The boat was used during D-Day on June 6, 1944. It is now a floating museum.

• The commissioners will advertise bids for the extension office that will be constructed at the Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. The building, which will be about 2,900-square feet, will house the soil and water and extension office workers. The County Council approved up to $350,000 for the building at its last meeting.

• Sheriff John Wallace reported that the move-in date for the third floor of the jail will be April 30. The floor has been renovated to house the jail's female inmate population to help with jail overcrowding.