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Bids to be taken for water line extension project

The plan to extend water service along the SR 9 corridor south from Fawn River Crossing is moving ahead as the LaGrange County Commissioners approved advertising for bids.

The commissioners will open bids at 8:30 a.m. on December 30. They plan to recess the meeting to allow engineers to evaluate the bids and hopefully return to an open meeting a little later to award the contract.

The December 30 meeting will be in place of the regular December 27 meeting. It was noted that if the engineers are unable to give a recommendation on December 30, the commissioners would hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. on December 31.

In other business Monday:

The commissioners received two bids for county property near Cedar Lake. FBI Farms, represented by Phil Curtis, had a bid of $6,101.25. The Moore Family submitted a bid of $5,500.

Commissioners Garry Heller and Larry Miller both noted that there had been further discussion on whether or not the county should sell the property since it was donated to the county. Commissioner Jac Price added that he felt it would be appropriate to give the LaGrange County Parks Board the opportunity to weigh in on the issue.

The commissioners voted to table action on the bids until they have heard from the park board, which meets Thursday, Dec. 12. It was also noted that the park board is expected to close on the purchase of land adjoining Pine Knob County Park at their next meeting.

The commissioners approved the low bid of $17,588 from Shetler Construction for a new roof on the commercial/exhibit building at the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds. Funding for the project will come from the county’s riverboat gambling fund and rainy day fund.