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Ordinances approved by commissioners


A traffic ordinance that will change stop signs at the intersection of CR 800S and CR 1000E was passed at Monday’s county commissioners meeting. Currently, the stop sign is on CR 1000E.

The newly enacted ordinance will make CR 800S a stop at this intersection. CR 800S “T’s” into CR 1000E. “The change makes sense from a traffic flow point of view,” said LaGrange County Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill.

Commissioners moved to indemnify the county sheriff in a lawsuit that has been filed against him and the county.

An unpaid leave of absence has been in effect for a jail employee since May. Her leave is due to expire Oct. 4. On Monday morning commissioners extended the leave two weeks, until Oct. 18, and instructed County Attorney Kurt Bachman to investigate the situation and report back to them.

Commissioners approved $5,000 in cost sharing for a document preservation grant. The 50-50 grant will provide $10,000 for a part-time person to work in the GIS department to preserve county records.

An ordinance that will direct donations received by the county for food and medicine for animals was approved. The donations will go to the Ark Animal Sanctuary.

A contract person at the rate of $10 per hour was approved for the county auditor. The contract will be used to help with the 2013 budget and with processing exemptions to county assessed values. The trended assessed values that were to have been certified to the state May 1 by the county assessor, were late. The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) approved the trending almost immediately and returned the results Aug. 13. This delay has resulted in a crunch for the auditor and could result in late tax bills next year.

Commissioners also gave approval for the county auditor to download county data onto a laptop computer to take home with her in the evenings.