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Commissioners move ahead with brownfield

County commissioners voted to move ahead with a brownfield project in LaGrange at Monday’s meeting.

The grant, which will fund both a Phase I and a Phase II study of the property, will expire at the end of the year.

County Attorney Kurt Bachman was given authority to proceed with the investigation of the property which lies east of Gay’s Party Store, west of Steve’s Wrecker Service, south of Walnut Street, and north of U.S. 20.

Commissioners also approved the hiring of Caldwell Agency and the Stanner Agency for appraisals of the Juday property. This land is northeast of the Pine Knob Park in Howe.

A proposal to include the county council members under the public employees retirement fund was approved. All elected officials in the county, with the exception of council members, have been included for many years. The plan is to make the coverage effective by Jan. 1, 2015.

Cheri Perkins presented the Council on Aging (COA) quarterly report for approval. Perkins noted that the COA had 12,840 trips in the first quarter of 2014.

Three new vans will be arriving soon for use by COA transportation. The vans have a value of $140,000 and will cost the local agency some $2,400.

Commissioners signed a Memorandum of Understanding for LaGrange County Recorder Jennifer McBride. The memorandum will allow Nationwide Title Company to file documents electronically with the county recorder. McBride reported that she and County Attorney Kurt Bachman are working on a “blanket” memorandum that will allow all companies to file electronically.