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Phase I, II testing available


Testing for potential or suspected brownfield sites in LaGrange County is available through a federal grant. There is no cost to a property owner for the testing and some money is available to help with Phase III, which is the remediation part.

The program was discussed at Monday’s county commissioners meeting.

Keith Gillenwater, president of the local economic development corporation, said that one location in Wolcottville has gone through Phase I and is into Phase II.

Commissioner Larry Miller reported that three men from the Indiana Department of Environ-mental Management (IDEM) were in the county last week to answer questions regarding calf hutches. “The meeting was very well attended with standing room only,” Miller commented. The meeting was organized by Steve Engleking, Purdue educator for the county, and was designed to address questions and concerns of local people regarding raising calves.

Commissioner George Bachman reported that the Shipshewana West Utility District project is substantially complete. Hookups will start soon with a goal of having all hooked up by spring.

Bachman also noted that two people have resigned from the utility district board. Bob Murphy resigned because of his election to the Lakeland School Board and Mike Sutter because of his taking the position of Shipshewana Town Manager. Sutter is from Region C and Murphy from Region A.

Commissioners not only will need to appoint members for these two positions, but also will need to either reappoint the representatives from Region B (Robert Jarolim) and Region D (Howard Slater) with their annual appointments. All of these terms will be for four years.

Commissioners approved an agreement for LaGrange County Emergency Management that provides for storing supplies in the event of an emergency at the REMC building east of LaGrange and at the MEC north of Howe. The strategic plan for LaGrange County was also approved.

The LaGrange County Plan Commission was given permission to buy a desk, credenza and hutch for use by a secretary in the department. Cost of the items from Business Service Co. of Kendallville will be $696.