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Commissioners approve fees for insufficient fund checks

LaGrange County Commissioners approved the creation of an ordinance at Monday’s meeting that will allow the county clerk to collect a $20 fee for insufficient fund checks issued to the court system of LaGrange County. The penalty is already in place for checks issued to the county treasurer, but there is no ordinance that covers the Clerk of Courts.

The need for the ordinance to cover other offices of county government will be researched and those offices may be included in the ordinance before passage, which is expected at the June 2 meeting.

A discussion of a needed amendment to the contract with Structure Point, an engineering firm that is in charge of the CR 200N project, was held. One item that was included in the discussion is a need for language that will cover inspection services. The subject of inspections came up on the water line extension project from Fawn River Crossing Industrial Park to the Exo-S plant along SR 9. Engineering firms charge for inspections and the water line engineering contract was amended to cover those costs.

The need for three high-volume printers for use in the LaGrange Superior Court was presented by Judge George E. Brown. Current equipment is worn out and will be replaced at a cost of $2,055 for the three Hewlett Packard Enterprise laser printers.  Information Technology Director Bob Murphy also asked commissioners for permission to replace five computers with new models that will include Windows 7 operating systems. The $2,950 investment will completely upgrade all county-owned equipment to machines that no longer are dependent on XP operating software.

A conflict of interest statement was accepted from Herbert Levitz. Levitz is a tree trimmer that has recently closed a business, is now employed by the county highway department, and is seeking to sell some equipment to the county highway department. The conflict statement is necessary to comply with State Board of Accounts protocol. The hydraulically powered pruner and chainsaw are compatible with the county highway tree trimming bucket truck, according to Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill.

Brill was also given permission to sell two dump trucks and a bucket truck at the Plato Consignment Auction set for late July. The equipment has been replaced and is considered surplus at this time.

The May Plan Commission meeting set for Tuesday, May 27, has been cancelled because there is nothing on the agenda.

Commissioners accepted a two-lot subdivision on CR 1000W north of CR 500S for Ben Bontrager. The replatted land includes some additional rights-of-way for the county roads.