Newly elected LaGrange County Commissioner Jac Price was elected president of the board at Monday’s reorganization meeting of the board. Both Larry Miller and Garry Heller spoke favorably toward the election of Price and acknowledged that he has been in attendance at most commissioners meetings for the last year and has been president of the county council. “This in itself makes Price the right person for this job,” said Miller.
Miller was re-elected vice president of the board.
A contract was approved for First Group Engineering, Inc., pending the appropriation of funds by the county council in February. The $50,000 contract is to help in identifying those items that the county will need to perform to bring the structures and areas around county-owned property into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Bob Murphy is the county contact for this project.
A service agreement with the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was signed for 2013. The agreement calls for the payment of $100,000 to the EDC in two installments.
Bob Shanahan, director of the LaGrange County Plan Commission, asked commissioners to table any action on the Tammi Sparkman property for two more weeks. The property, located on CR 500S east of SR 3, contains a one-car garage that is not completely enclosed. County Nuisance Officer Jason Boggs has determined that the building is a potential hazard and the county is asking Sparkman to enclose the building.
Commissioners approved a two-lot subdivision of 7.4 acres at the northeast corner of CR 500W and CR 700S. Boggs also reported that the trash and rubble that had accumulated as a result of the razing of the building at the northeast corner of the main corner in Topeka has been cleaned up very well. The owners will be bringing in heavy equipment to remove the brick and cement from the basement area prior to filling the underground space with dirt.
Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill reported that he has selected a firm to conduct bridge inspections for LaGrange County over the next four years. “We are working with the state to get their approval of the firm before we start the process of getting a contract worked out,” he said.
Brill also reported that the highway department will be switching to digital radios over the next week and installing GSI technology.
Bob Murphy received permission to purchase two iPad devises for the information technology department. “This will allow both myself and Heather to continually have a list of problems before us,” he stated.
A report was received that informed the county that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is closing the public campground at the Pigeon River Fish and Game Area east of Mongo. The campground, located along the Pigeon River, has been used extensively by hunters and fishermen.