The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved the final bids for a joint housing rehabilitation project between the county and the city of Madison.

The project, funded almost entirely by a $500,000 federal grant, will help improve 18 local homes.

The final bids included five properties, four of which were awarded to the Pettitt Group.

Pettitt was awarded bids for projects at: 506 River Road for $44,100; 411 Poplar St. for $43,875; 7256 N. Scotts Ridge Road for $26,850; and 816 E. First St. for $36,550.

Leach Construction was awarded the project at 5804 West Deputy Pike for $36,790.

Patty Jackson of Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission - the agency administering the grant - said the amounts will be negotiated. SIRPC will complete change orders based on a priority lists provided by the state.

Jackson said the average expense on each property has been below $20,000.

There are six locations completed and another four underway, she added.

The work must be complete by Nov. 30.

Also at the meeting, 911 Director John Hendrix reported Jefferson County 911 Communication will begin using the Nixle alert system Aug. 1.

Nixle is commonly used by law enforcement to send public safety messages through email or text.

Dispatchers will use the system to report missing persons, major accidents, road closures and other relevant public safety issues.

Residents can register for alerts at

In other business:

• County Clerk Karen Mannix received permission to treat some old record books for mold and then move those books to a more secure location.

The books are currently stored in the basement of the Courthouse annex building. It's the second time the clerk's office has found mold in the record books stored in the basement. The commissioners allowed Mannix to seek bids for the mold treatment and then move the books to the first floor of the annex building.

• The commissioners approved quotes to purchase several computer drives to expand data capacity and to serve as backups. The drives will costs about $5,100.

• The commissioners approved a $660 bid for company Supershine to tint the top windows in the Courthouse annex building. Surveyor Jeff Daghir, who has his office in the building, said workers have resorted to covering the windows with paper to reduce the light.

• Girl Inc. requested $9,000 and the Lide White Boys and Girls Club requested $15,000 in funding support of 2015. Centerstone also requested support, though no amount was given.

The county will begin budget workshops in September.