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Town approves new police officer


Members of the LaGrange Town Board approved a new officer for the town’s police force at Monday night’s meeting. Austin Bontrager, a former Shipshewana officer who is now working at the county jail, was approved.

Bontrager has already attended the schooling required of new officers.

Dean Weir, town operations director, told board members that the project of entering Greenwood Cemetery records into a computer has been started. “We are probably at about 10 percent now and hope to have the project completed by mid-May,” he said. Weir will be attending a software demonstration in Huntington on Feb. 13. The software will help in the location of burial lots for patrons.

Spring cleanup dates for LaGrange will be April 26 and 27.

Weir announced that he believes that the LaGrange Street Department is now OSHA compliant. Weir also announced that he will be attending the Purdue Road School March 5 and 6, will be sending two employees to a vacuum pump school, and will send one person to a truck show in Indianapolis.

Board members approved the purchase of an upgrade for payroll software in the amount of $50. Bonds were also approved for the new clerk-treasurer, Laurie Miller.