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County awards insurance bid to Yoder

LaGrange County Commissioners awarded the county insurance business to Yoder Insurance of Shipshewana at Monday’s meeting. Although the initial quotes received and ready at the bid opening indicated a wide difference in the quotes, with Yoder being the more costly, a review revealed that it would be in the best interest of the county to stay with the current carrier.

The Yoder quote included workers compensation as well as terrorism coverage and malpractice coverage, which was not included in the other quote. When these items were factored in, it appeared that the quotes were substantially the same with the Yoder quote being some $1,500 lower.

Todd Perkins was appointed to a common construction wage committee for Prairie Heights School Corporation. The school is anticipating some repairs and maintenance that will require the establishing of a common wage.

Larry Miller, Michael Strawser and Sheriff Terry Martin were reappointed to the LaGrange County Jail Building Corporation Board of Directors. The board will serve for one year with terms expiring in April 2015.

Angie Kresse made a presentation to commissioners asking for permission to apply for a grant for the Council for a Drug Free LaGrange County. Commissioners approved the request.

Voting locations for 2014 were approved by the commissioners. Locations will be the same for this year’s election as in 2012.

The bridge inspection report for the 57 bridges in LaGrange County that are longer than 20 ft. was received from USI, an engineering firm from Indianapolis.  The federal government requires the report be assembled every four years.

Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill announced that bids will be received and opened at the April 7 commissioners meeting for county bridge #25. This bridge is over the Fawn River on CR 600W. New beams and decking will be installed on the existing pilings.

It is expected the road will be closed for about 60 days.

Sheriff Terry Martin asked permission to buy 10 radios for use by county jail officers. The radios will replace models first purchased in 2000 and will cost $260 each for a total of $2,600. He also asked to buy one in-car video camera at a cost of $4,795. Commissioners approved both purchases.

Commissioner Garry Heller announced that some 2,800 people attended Maple Syrup Days at Maple Wood County Park over the weekend. This number is down some from the 2013 attendance.

A contract with Northeastern Center for services at the county jail was approved. There was no increase in the hourly cost from 2013.