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Nexus Group awarded four-year contract

A contract with the Nexus Group of Indianapolis was awarded at the Monday county commissioners meeting. The contract will provide for the cyclical reassessment of land and improvements within the county and calls for payment of $627,200 for the services rendered.

The difference between the Nexus quote and that of Appraisal Research Corporation (ARC) was very close. ARC had a base bid of somewhat less than that of Nexus. However, the ARC proposal did not include unlimited appeal service and legal counsel.

Commissioners added an amount to the ARC quote that would allow for the hours used in appeals at the last reassessment at the ARC quoted legal rate to balance the contract. It was reported that County Assessor Pat Monroe was in favor of the Nexus Group quote as well.

A third quote was received from Tyler Technology in the amount of $651,472.

County Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill told commissioners that a person had resigned from the workforce at the county highway department. “I’ll probably be replacing that person within the next two or three weeks,” he said.

Geographic Information Services (GIS) Director Rita Lehman asked commissioners for permission to have an unpaid intern for her office from March 12 until the end of the school year. The student will be under the supervision of Lehner and Jeff Conrad, student coordinator from Lakeland High School. Commissioners approved the request.

Bob Shanahan reported that Apex Wind Farm has given up on securing leases for a wind farm in LaGrange County. The firm will terminate their project here.

Commissioner Garry Heller reported that Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has renewed the permit for the composting site at the northeast corner of the Town of LaGrange. The site is located on county-owned land near the 4-H fairgrounds and across the street from Lakeland Middle School and the Lakeland High School athletic field.

A $849 printer was approved for the LaGrange Superior Court. Judge George Brown said there is money in the budget for the purchase and IT Director Bob Murphy is on board with the purchase.