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Commissioners accept bids, make appointments


County commissioners accepted bids on two different projects at Monday morning’s meeting. The group also made an appointment to the Wood-Land-Lakes board and heard a report from Brian Cochran of the Ark Animal Sanctuary.

    Bids were opened for the re-mounting of an ambulance body on a new truck chassis. Crossroads Ambulance of Elkhart, Emergency Mobile Technology, and Mark Ambulance of Elkhart submitted bids. Commissioners took the bids under advisement and will award the bid at their May 7 meeting. Bruce Coney, director of emergency medical services, was instructed to review the bids, tally the amounts of the bids, and make a recommendation May 7.

    Three quotes were opened for the disposal of concrete foundations and burial of debris at the Alvin Lambright property on the south side of Oliver Lake. Three buildings were burned at the property last fall by the Johnson Township Fire Department. The bid of Miller Backhoe Service was awarded at $1,760. Other bidders were DTH Excavating and Fritz Bontrager Excavating. The specifications call for a minimum of three feet of cover over the buried debris.

    Joyce Weber, a retired Lakeland teacher, was appointed to the Wood-Land-Lakes Council Board of Directors as the county commissioner representative.

    Cheri Perkins told commissioners that the Council on Aging’s transportation program continues to be very successful. “We continue to have a record number of trips and a record number of denials,” she said. She also said the LaGrange County program is listed as number one in the state.

    County Attorney Kurt Bachman was directed to suggest upgrades to the county employee handbook and vendor policies to become compliant with the recently passed state of Indiana nepotism law. “There will be a need for much more disclosure of relationships under the new law,” Bachman said.

    Kristine Christlieb from Region III-A reported to commissioners that a decision needs to be made on which application for funding from OCRA should be pursued. There are currently two applications on file – a request from the LaGrange County Parks Department to update the department’s master plan and a second request for funding from the LaGrange County Youth Centers (LCYC). “Only one application can be pursued at a time,” she said.

    Commissioners considered the possibility of funding the parks department locally so that the LCYC application can move forward. The park grant is for $15,000 (with a $15,000 local match) and will allow the parks to apply for a $400,000 DNR grant. There is additional paperwork that must be produced before the LCYC grant can move forward.



    Commissioners decided to take the request to the joint council-commissioners meeting set for 8 a.m. on Monday, April 23.

    Commissioners approved the purchase of three monitors for use with the county’s servers. Information Technology Director Robert Murphy said the units will cost $675 each.

    Brian Cochran, director of the Ark Animal Sanctuary, reported the group is planning an official reopening event for May 15. “Currently we have 42 dogs and 38 cats available for adoption at the sanctuary,” he said. Cochran is scheduled to report to commissioners at least quarterly on activities at the sanctuary.

    Commissioner Garry Heller reported there will be an educational seminar on immunizations presented by the county health department on April 30 starting at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Westview High School and is open to the public.