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Transfer station will reopen this week


The county landfill transfer station will reopen later this week under the supervision of the Four-County Solid Waste Management District. Four-County Solid Waste was selected as the best option for the county at Monday morning’s county commissioners meeting.

The district will operate the local site the same as the headquarter site in Ashley. This means that LaGrange County residents will have the advantage of being able to leave all disposable waste at the LaGrange County site located on CR 300S one mile west of SR 9.

Commissioners agreed to enter into a long-term agreement with the waste district which will be made at no cost to the county. The site has been closed since Feb. 9.

County Attorney Kurt Bachman advised that the sale of two lots on the east side of Stone Lake will be finalized soon. The party that is buying the lots is from out of town and the transaction will occur soon after they return home.

Commissioners approved a motion by Commissioner Miller to relieve Dawn Stump from an offer to purchase Lot 14 on Stone Lake for $23,000 and return the earnest money of $2,300 unless she is the successful bidder for the lot under a new offer in which case her earnest money will become a credit toward the purchase. Since the original bidding for the lot took place, Stump’s husband has died and she has indicated that it will be financially impossible for her to fulfill the contract.

Commissioners authorized Attorney Bachman to move forward with the sale of Lot 14 with a minimum bid of $12,300 plus costs of advertising and closing. Other lots in the area were sold for a minimum of $10,000.

Commissioners also approved a contract with Beers Mallers Back and Salin in the amount of $20,000 for legal services in 2013. The basic fee covers attorney presence at 24 commissioners meetings and 24 staff meetings during the year with additional work to be billed at $85 per hour.

After a recommendation from Gary Mast, maintenance super-visor for the county office building and courthouse, commissioners approved Mast’s plan for cleaning at the courthouse. Mast expects to save some $8,000 a year with the new plan.

Currently, a cleaning service is being retained to clean the courthouse three times a week at $90 per day. Mast was given permission to terminate the custom cleaning agreement and have a county employee that currently works 10 hours a week at the county office building also clean the courthouse, which will require an additional three hours a day three days a week.