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Housing ordinance passes second reading

LaGrange County Commissioners passed a housing ordinance on second reading at a special meeting held Thursday morning. The special meeting for the second reading became necessary after the motion to waive second reading was not passed unanimously at Monday’s commissioners meeting.

The ordinance is to comply with a federal government mandate that revises the definition of “family” to include families regardless of the actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of its members.

The second reading passed with commissioners Garry Heller and Jac Price voting in favor and Commissioner Larry Miller voting against.

Commissioners noted there will be a pre-construction meeting Monday with the contractor for installing the water line from Fawn River to Exo-S. Easement agreements are mostly in place and those remaining are expected to close soon.

County Attorney Kurt Bachman was instructed to help Auditor Kay Myers with an Internal Revenue Audit of the county-issued bond issue that benefited Sun Valley. Sun Valley was a firm that located in the Fawn River Crossing Industrial Park a number of years ago. Those buildings are now occupied by Lennard Ag.

Information Technology Director Robert Murphy was given authority to purchase five additional routers, at a cost of $336 each, for use in the polling places on primary election day. The routers will be used to facilitate use of the new electronic poll books.

A department head meeting was announced for Tuesday, April 22, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held in the commissioners’ room of the county office building.