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Commissioners tend to housekeeping

LaGrange County Commissioners met Monday morning to attend to various year-end housekeeping details. New County Engineer Sarah Farlow asked commissioners to rescind a recently passed road-mileage resolution and replace it with a new resolution that will add a bit more mileage to the county road system.

Commissioners obliged and added approximately two more miles to the LaGrange County state road maintenance mileage.

When the new contract with Correctional Care starts January 1, inmates at the county jail will no longer be transported to the emergency department at Parkview LaGrange Hospital for routine care. Com-missioners approved a letter that will be sent to the local hospital thanking them for their services for many years.

A contract for information technology services was approved and signed with Robert Murphy.

County Engineer Farlow was directed to contact and issue a written request to the Indiana Department of Transportation to install signs in the village of Howe that will prohibit the use of “Jake brakes” on both the SR 9 and SR 120 approaches to the intersection of the two highways.

Parks Department Superintendent Mike Metz asked commissioners to dedicate a part of Dallas Lake Park to the State of Indiana as a nature preserve. Commissioners granted approval and the marshy area around Pond Lil will become a state nature preserve forever. Commissioners also granted a take-home vehicle to the new parks department maintenance foreman.

Commissioner Kevin Myers announced that the Council on Aging will be applying for a $500,000 grant from OCRA in 2017.

An agreement was signed to continue “Teen Court” and for the community service work program. The CASA agreement for 2017 was also approved.

Commissioners reviewed and accepted the signed nepotism and non-conflict of interest certifications from all elected officials and granted “door access” privileges to the new county treasurer, Jamesi Lemon.

Commissioners noted that site plans had been approved including the building of a new 101,000 sq. ft. factory building in the Fawn River Park for Cruiser RV and the addition of a 45,000 sq. ft. warehouse at Lund Industries, located on SR 9 south of the toll road.

Bob Shanahan presented two plats for approval that will deed additional rights-of-way to the county. Draves Truck Garage on CR 250W south of US 20 has been approved as well as a woodworking shop to be constructed on CR 450S at 300W.