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Web filter approved for county offices

County commissioners approved spending $7,118 for a web filter program that will monitor and record all internet traffic through the county computer system. Department heads and elected officials will be able to have reports furnished to them that show time spent on the internet from each computer workstation, and the identification of the website visited.

There will be annual maintenance fees for the system also. Funds for the new device will come from the tech bond issued in 2013.

Two new workstations were approved for the county 911 dispatch center at a cost of some $36,543. These units are estimated to be 13 years old and are due to be replaced. They are in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and are relied on to be functional in case of emergency. Commissioners allowed up to $40,000 for the purchase and installation of these stations.

Gary Mast, maintenance department for county buildings, asked commissioners to approve the sealing and striping of the county parking lots to the east of the county office building and on the west side of the county courthouse. The project was awarded to Pulver of Albion at a cost of $2,328.

Mast received approval to purchase an Echo chainsaw from Hawpatch Engine Service at a cost of $296 and a 2,800-psi Craftsman pressure washer with a 5-hp Honda engine from Ace Hardware of LaGrange at a cost of $297. Mast had received quotes from three other firms for each of his projects.

Mast also reported that the company awarded a contract to renovate the exterior of the courthouse reports they will be starting work near the end of August. The renovation project is estimated to take four to six weeks.

Commissioners also passed a resolution to finance the CR 200N project from Major Moves and Economic Development Income Tax (EDIT) funds. $300,000 will come from EDIT and the balance from Major Moves.

Final paperwork was approved for the grant that will buy a new fire truck for Lima Township. Township funds of $79,000 will be used to match the $150,000 grant.

Commissioners also learned that an additional $40,000 grant is in process for the Alternative Juvenile Detention program. This will be in addition to the $20,000 received for the April 30 to June 30, 2014 period of time and will extend until June 30, 2015.

Greg Johnson has resigned from his position of coordinator of the Tobacco Free program that covers LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb counties. His replacement has not been named, although there are unsubstantiated rumors that two part-time people have assumed the position.

A state grant voucher was presented by Stewart Bender that will reimburse the county for half of his 2013 salary. The grant is for $21,250. As the deadline is very near, the grant was signed without a formal review by the county attorney.

The county highway department will be buying a new time clock at a cost of $385. It was reported that time cards are no longer available for the machine now in use.