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‘No Parking’ ordinance passed

County commissioners passed a “No Parking’ ordinance Monday morning for the county road that runs along the west side of Pigeon Lake. The ordinance prohibits parking on both sides of the road from SR 120 south to the south end of the lake.

Commissioner Garry Heller said that he has been traveling the road at different times and not been able to get through due to vehicles parked on both sides of the road, completely blocking traffic.

Commissioners agreed to erect six signs along the stretch of road prohibiting parking.

Commissioners tabled a request from Greg Johnson to approve an employment contract for two years. Johnson had proposed that the Tobacco Cessation Grant Coordinator position be paid $41,339.80 per year. The grant, which is to cover the counties of LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb, is administered by LaGrange County.

Preliminary reports are that the grant will be in the amount of $141,595 per year.

Commissioners approved a request from the county assessor to award a contract to a firm called Masters’ Touch, LLC for the printing and mailing of Form 11. Form 11 is a notice of assessment of real estate and improvements.

County Attorney Kurt Bachman reminded commissioners that a notice needs to be sent to the current vendor for this service that the county is cancelling the contract under terms of the contract. It was so ordered.

There are approximately 26,000 parcels of real estate in the county that will receive the notice of assessment. Masters’ Touch will charge an estimated $8,830 for this service.

Attorney Bachman presented commissioners with a check in the amount of $12,688, which represented the net proceeds of the sale of a lot at Stone Lake. This is the final lot to be sold from land that was deeded to county residents for access to Stone Lake along the east shore of the lake. An earnest deposit made payable to the county in the amount of $2,300 will be sent back to Dawn Schott, who had originally made a down-payment on the lot but was unable to close on the purchase.

Commissioners ordered half of the proceeds from the sale to be deposited in the parks department capital improvement fund and the other half to be directed to the Riverboat Gambling Fund for the payment of legal fees.

Parks Superintendent Mike Metz reported that the parks department is moving ahead toward closing on the additional land at Dallas Lake Park. He also noted that bids for improvements in the new area came in over budget. “We will have to find some more money someplace,” he stated.