Proliance Energy is an affiliate of Vectren Utility. The contracts dealt with agency acknowledgement and a standard servicing agreement.
The three contracts included a natural gas service agreement with Proliance, a Vectren Energy delivery of Indiana to fuel government transportation gas service agreement and an agreement with the Indiana gas company.
Commissioner Paul Sinders said he researched Proliance to see if the county would save money or if there were any hidden fees.
"Based on what I know, I think it's something we should go with," Sinders said. "I think it's a great deal for the taxpayers of this county and for all of us. I think we should utilize this."
The contracts would run until Oct. 31, 2013, when Barrow would update the commissioners on how much money they had saved. At that time, the commissioners could decide whether to renew the contracts.
"I think it's a win-win situation," Sinders said. "Anytime we can save money, I think we should take advantage of that."
The commissioners accepted all three agreements.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Mike Heaton brought an issue to the commissioners' attention. A fire alarm went off in the attic of the courthouse last Friday.
There was no fire, and he believes a dirty or dusty sensor caused the alarm to sound. However, because of the alarm, Heaton found the automatic dialer wasn't working.
Heaton said officials believed the automatic dialer didn't work because of a blown fuse. Another problem was that during the alarm, no one in the courthouse evacuated.
Heaton suggested the commissioners create a plan to have the alarms checked periodically, as well as have an evacuation plan. He stated the jail has fire drills four times a year and suggested the courthouse have drills at least twice a year.
"It's something we need to look into in the future," Heaton said, suggesting a plan be in place by the November meeting.
The commissioners plan to look into the issue and create a plan as suggested.