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Highway dept. to buy another truck in 2017

LaGrange County will be buying another road truck in 2017. The first purchase was made in the spring and High-way Superintendent Randy VanWagner reported to county commissioners Monday morning that he will have sufficient funds remaining in the 2017 budget to make an additional truck purchase. The bid prices in the spring are still in effect.

Therefore, LaGrange County will be buying a 2018 Freightliner truck at $108,000, and a truck bed and front-mounted plow for $90,000.

In addition, VanWagner was given permission to replace a “quite old” semi-tractor with a 2004 model semi-tractor for $20,000. The old tractor will most likely be sold at auction.

Mill Street in South Milford should be opened before the end of the week, according to a report by County Engineer Sarah Farlow. “The street has been striped,” she said. A railing needs to be installed at the top of a retaining wall and other small details attended to before the official opening of the street.

Cheri Perkins reported that the Council on Aging received a new van September 5. The $35,000 unit was paid for on an 80/20 basis with the local COA paying $7,000 and the balance coming through a federal grant program.

Perkins also said she has received word that the COA operating grant for 2018 has been approved. There will be $266,000 from a federal grant, $209,000 state grant and an additional grant of $73,000 for capital improvements.