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Cleanup plan approved for LaGrange fire

Plans for cleanup of the uptown area in LaGrange have been approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, according to an announcement made at the Monday evening LaGrange Town Board meeting. Town Attorney Bill Eberhard made the announcement.

The contractor for the cleanup is Dana Bontrager of LaGrange and the debris will be hauled to a location in Elkhart County. The order includes a provision that the loading must be done in a misted environment to keep the amount of dust in the air at a minimum.

Eberhard said the cleanup is expected to be accomplished in about a week and is scheduled to start soon. “Bontrager is lining up trucks now. He plans to load about four trucks an hour and the turn-around time for the haul is going to be close to two hours. So it is going to take a large number of trucks,” he continued.

Town Clerk Laurie Miller told board members that the town’s 2018 budget has been approved with a small reduction (less than $1,500) in the capital expenditure budget.

LaGrange Town Marshal Rich Snyder reported there was 3,845 calls for police service in the town during 2017.

Mark Eagleson was appointed the town’s representative to the Region III-A Board of Directors.

Board members approved taking bids for 2018 street improvements. The Indiana Department of Transportation has approved $213,750 in Community Crossing Grant money for LaGrange in 2018. A majority of the state funds will be absorbed by the construction costs on Railroad Street, which runs from US 20 south and borders the Council on Aging, Butcher Bob’s and the LaGrange County Clothes and Food Basket on the east side and Dometic on the west side.

Construction is likely to take place in the fall.

The town will most likely be participating in a project of curbing for areas around the LaGrange Methodist Church and the LaGrange County Library. There will be approximately 600 ft. of curbing and sidewalks involved in the project.

Larry Dickerson and Jane Smith, representatives from the church, and Library Director Richard Kuester were present to introduce the project. Town board members directed Attorney Eberhard to work out a plan to complete the project.

Fire Chief Dave Elick said that a new valve will be installed on the ladder truck at a cost of $432 plus freight by First Response Fleet Service of LaOtto. The board also approved a rebuilt radio for the new 1st Attack grass fire unit that is nearing completion. “I expect to receive word to pick up this unit before the week is over,” Elick said.