Jefferson County officials learned Thursday that the county will receive more than $265,000 to repair up to 12 homes through an owner-occupied rehabilitation program after the area received a grant earlier this year.

Patty Jackson with Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission told Jefferson County Commissioners during a meeting that the county received $265,510 after requesting $350,000 in grant funding. Although the request wasn’t fully funded, the grant still will be able to help about a dozen families who meet the requirements of the program.

Hanover acts as an administrator for the program this time, but the grant will be used for residents throughout the county.

The program will help the elderly or single-parent and low-income families in the area replace windows, roofs, doors, electrical, plumbing and structural needs and repairs. The funding also can be used to help pay for handicap ramps or handicap bathroom renovations.

Jackson estimated 12 families could be assisted through this grant cycle’s funding, but the projects could come in under estimates which would also free up some extra funding for additional projects.

Jackson said a $45,000 grant from the USDA will make up the county’s match for the grant, which could free the county’s $17,500 match requirement for future use. The match also could be used to help fund an additional project. 

Commissioners will make a decision on the match funding at a future meeting.

Also during the meeting, commissioners approved an amendment to the county zoning ordinance for a Deputy property near the intersection of State Road 3 and Corporation Street, just north of the former Crop Production Services site. 

Commissioners changed the zoning from R4 residential to HB – or highway business – to allow for the construction of a Dollar General store. The county plan commission made a favorable recommendation of the amendment to the commissioners, and commissioners unanimously approved the amendment by a vote of 3-0.

In other business:

• Commissioners approved updated job descriptions for Jefferson County Community Corrections. Director Amber Finnegan noted community corrections and drug court services no longer covered everything the department does, so the job descriptions have been updated to “court services,” which also helps to include pretrial services.

• Commissioners approved an extension of an audit contract with Karen Kelleher at no additional cost to the county. Commissioners said Kelleher recently hit some stumbling blocks and needs additional time to complete the work. 

Kelleher is working to complete a reconciliation of the county’s financials from previous years.

Commissioners approved an extension until June 2018, although the work could be completed sooner than that.