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Commissioners approve TRC actions

LaGrange County Commissioners accepted and ratified the actions of the Technical Review Committee (TRC) at Monday’s meeting. This group will be overseeing the construction of a new $3.8 million county justice center building.

The TRC will be chaired by County Engineer Sarah Farlow. Other county employees on the committee are Surveyor Rex Pranger, Auditor Kay Myers, Commissioner Larry Miller, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Travis Glick, County Planner Robert Shanahan, and Della Jennings, who is the child support administrator in the prosecuting attorney’s office. Dan Bontrager of Landmark Builders in Shipshewana is a citizen member of the committee.

Farlow requested that commissioners have soil borings done on the building site, located on the empty lot west of the county courthouse in LaGrange. Commissioners agreed to the request and noted the cost of the soil borings will be charged to the building account.

When the soil borings have been completed, it is anticipated that the committee will issue a notice asking firms to submit a list of qualifications for the design-build project. That will be followed by a request for proposals (bids) to construct the building. The two requests can be combined as a single request.

Engineer Farlow recommended commissioners award a bid for repair of Bridge #47 which crosses the Little Elkhart River on CR 700S to JPI Bridge Group. Their bid of $229,888.90 was the lowest of three bids for the project. “They will start the project (which will close the road) after June 12 and the project will take about 60 days to complete,” she said. The timing is such that the bridge will close after school is finished for the year and open up again before school starts in the fall.

Highway Superintendent Randy VanWagner reported that bids for road salt will be accepted June 19. He also noted that the highway department is planning to sell an asphalt distributor at the May 1 commissioners meeting.

The resurfacing of the Woodruff Road is set to start in July. The road runs from Wolcottville to US 20.

Commissioners approved a proposal from Kennedy Painting to provide labor and material for the painting of a pole building on the Lambright Property. Cost for the project has been quoted at $2,350.

The next scheduled meeting for county commissioners is Monday, May 1. Meetings start at 8:30 a.m. in the county office building on Michigan Street in LaGrange.