Commissioners awarded a number of bids at the second meeting of the year held Tuesday of this week. The county offices were closed Monday to give county employees a holiday.
Bids were awarded to USI for the inspection of small bridges. This contract will be paid entirely by the county highway department. USI was also awarded the contract to inspect the major bridges in the county. The second contract is 80% paid by Indiana Department of Transportation and 20% locally. All bridges in the county are inspected every four years.
A bid was also awarded to the Nexus Group for trending, new construction and the handling of appeals for the March 1, 2013, assessment. The Nexus bid of $53,000 was the second low bid, but was determined to be the best bid by Assessor Pat Monroe and commissioners. The Nexus bid for appeals was less than that of low bidder Indiana Appraisal Services.
Monroe told commissioners there are about 400 appeals that need to be resolved for the 2012 assessment date.
A contract with Structure Point has been approved and will be awarded following the receipt of a budget for 2013 from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance and an additional appropriation of funds. In Indiana, contracts cannot be awarded until there are available appropriated funds available for payment.
A contract with the Northeast Center was approved for evaluating people under court supervision.
Plan Director Robert Shanahan reported that the Sparkman property on CR 500S near Pretty Lake has been boarded up and is no longer a health hazard.
County Sheriff Terry Martin received permission to order three new vehicles for the sheriff’s department. One of the vehicles will be a white patrol car and other two will be pickup trucks for use by detectives.
Martin also reported that he processed 64 concealed weapon permits in December. There were 11 permits issued in 2011. “It takes about three or four months to get a permit,” he noted.
It was reported that the county highway radios have been switched over to the new digital radios which came with the 2012 technology bond issue project.
A bill for $1332.24 was paid to R & A Body Shop for repairs to a county owned Dodge Dakota. The vehicle was damaged in a building department accident.