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County council approves joint plan for community corrections

Members of the LaGrange County Council passed a resolution that establishes a community corrections department in a joint agreement with Steuben County. The interlocal agreement is part of a grant proposal that has been submitted to the State of Indiana Judicial Program that decides funding for local community corrections programs.

These new programs have evolved because of a change in state law which basically says that persons convicted of minor offenses, which result in incarceration for a period of time, will be held in local facilities instead of state run penal institutions.

Council also agreed with LaGrange County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Wible that using infraction deferral funds for sending LaGrange County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Campos to school would be a good idea. Wible proposed spending a little over $2,000 to send Campos to a school for operating a voice stress analysis machine which the county owns.

Numbers of transfers in the 2013 budget were approved as were the additional appropriations as advertised.

Council members established a meeting schedule for 2014. All meetings are on Mondays (except as noted), start at 8:30 a.m. and will be held in the county office building on: January 13; February 10; March 10; April 14; May 12; June 9; July 14; August 11; Tuesday, Aug. 12; September 8; Tuesday, Sept. 9; October 13; November 10 and December 8.

The August meetings are for department budget hearings and the September meetings are for public hearings on the 2015 budget. The final budget adoption for 2015 will be held in November.