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Courthouse boiler, windows work approved

The LaGrange County Courthouse will be getting a bit of a facelift this fall as the LaGrange County Commissioners approved purchasing new replacement windows, along with work to repair the existing boilers.

Gary Mast brought the low quote of $45,000 from Bee Windows of South Bend to replace the 60 windows on the courthouse. The 8 ft. tall windows will cost $750 each. The current windows were put in during the 1980s and are in poor shape, according to Mast.

Mast told the commissioners that the new windows would be ready to install in 4-6 weeks and would take about 10 days to install.

Along with the windows, Mast also requested approval to repair the two boilers. The low quote was from JO Mory at $34,475, which included a new bladder tank. Mast said that plan is to repair the boilers, which are 30 years old, before winter.

Funds for both projects will come out of the county’s cumulative capital account.

In other business:

The commissioners approved a dog run at the Ark Animal Sanctuary, pending approval from IDEM.

The commissioners approved a request for $3,000 that will come from the county’s EDIT funds, to join a regional High Performance Government Network. County Zoning Administrator Bob Shanahan told the commissioners that regional agencies that issue permits are banding together in an effort to facilitate permitting processes for businesses to allow the region to appear more business-friendly. Shanahan will serve as the county’s representative for the network.