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State grant will aid juvenile court

LaGrange County Circuit Court Judge J. Scott VanDerbeck asked county commissioners Monday morning to approve the county applying for a five-month plus one year grant to study juvenile detention costs.

Commissioners approved the request. In 2012, a total of $25,700 was spent for detaining juveniles.

The purpose of the grant is to hire an administrator who will coordinate the activities of a juvenile court cost study committee with the efforts of similar committees throughout the state.

Local members of the committee include County Council President Peter Cook, Chief Probation Officer LeAnn Andrews, Judge VanDerbeck and Sheriff Terry Martin.

Commissioners also approved an agreement that will transfer a van to community corrections from LaGrange County. The agreement needs to be approved by Steuben County before the transfer is finalized.

Commission President Jac Price advised that five options for a fire suppression system at Exo-s have been submitted. These options will be discussed at a joint council/commissioner meeting set for February 17.

Price also noted that certified appraisals for the right-of-way along SR 9 from Fawn River to the Exo-s property have not been received to date. “In my opinion, we need these appraisals to move forward with securing this right-of-way,” he said.