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Animal neglect reported in county


Reports of animal neglect in the county came to the attention of commissioners at Monday’s meeting. “We do not have the facility or the financing available to house neglected large animals,” said Commission President George Bachman.

    County Attorney Kurt Bachman suggested these complaints need to be directed to the Indiana Board of Health, which will refer cases to the state veterinarian. “The state then can proceed as they see fit,” he said.

    The neglect allegedly is occurring on CR 250N in the Mongo area.

    Commissioners approved a resolution formally appointing Information Technology Director Bob Murphy as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator. They also approved a resolution outlining a notice and grievance procedure. This will keep the county in compliance with ADA rules.

    Commissioners signed letters to the towns of LaGrange, Topeka, Shipshewana, and Wolcottville agreeing to provide ordinance enforcement services for 2012. Topeka, Shipshewana and LaGrange will pay $6,449 each and Wolcottville will pay $4,985 for the service.

    County Attorney Kurt Bachman announced that following the last meeting of commissioners where he was authorized to proceed with an auction of the two lots at Cedar Lake, he contacted the low bidder who did not raise the high bid of Dr. Harry Scott and his wife of $8,200 for Lot 28 and $8,000 for Lot 29.

    “Consequently, I sold the lots to Dr. Scott and we are moving forward to a closing,” Bachman stated.

    Commissioners also approved a contract for printing and mailing 2012 tax bills with Manatron. The contract offered was at the rate of $11,280 if agreed before Dec. 15 and $12,400 if approved after Dec. 15. Postage will be extra.