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County recovers attorney fees of $15,258.48


LaGrange County has successfully recovered $15,258.48 in attorney fees relating to lawsuits involving the county-owned lakefront property at Stone Lake. County Attorney Kurt Bachman made a presentation of the check for the recovery to commissioners at Friday morning’s year-end wrap-up meeting.

The fees were recovered through a lien placed on property owned by the party that sued the county and included interest from the date of the award of fees by the Indiana Court of Appeals. “This will now allow us to close on the remaining lakefront properties that were the subject of this litigation, bring in an additional $40,000 for the county,” Bachman stated.

“This serves notice to people that when you sue the county, if you are wrong, the county will seek to recover legal fees,” said outgoing Commissioner President George Bachman.

LaGrange County Plan Director Bob Shanahan presented commissioners with an inter-local agreement with the towns of LaGrange, Topeka and Shipshewana to provide ordinance enforcement services for 2013. The Town of Wolcottville opted out of this agreement for 2013 and the Town of LaGrange has taken steps to possibly enlarge the town’s police force and opt out of the service for 2014 and beyond.

Shanahan also presented three plats to the commissioners for approval. A plat for a lot that will be used for the construction of a greenhouse was approved in the Miller-King Subdivision in the area on N. Morton St. in Shipshewana. The plat had been on hold pending the receipt of a letter of credit from the developers indicating funding is in place for construction of an extension of Morton St. from North St. to North Village Shipshewana.

Commissioners approved a one-lot subdivision, Mast Acres, containing 2.5 acres at 770N 375W. This lot will be for a new residence.

A replat of Dutchland Acres, a 10-acre parcel located at the corner of US 20 and CR 250W, was approved. This four-acre parcel will be purchased by Farm Credit Services for a new office building. Entrance for the office building will be off of CR 250W.

Commissioner Bachman reported that the Town of Shipshewana, under the leadership of new Town Manager Mike Sutter, is working hard on the town center issue. “Shipshewana needs to get this issue resolved as soon as possible,” he stated.