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One bid for radio tower

Only one bid was received for a radio tower project at Monday’s county commissioners meeting. The bid of $438,868 was from ERS-OCI Wireless, the same firm that had originally suggested the new towers be considered as a fix for “dead spots” in the county pager system for fire departments.

Two new towers will be built. One tower will be on the eastern side of the county and the other at the county jail where the communication center is located. In addition, some work will be done on a radio repeater that is located on a water tower in Shipshewana.

Bids were taken under advisement, although some urged that the project should be awarded so that ERS-OCI could get materials on hand before winter weather starts. An agreement for a tower site in the eastern part of the county has not been forwarded to the county for review. Until that formal paperwork has been submitted, County Attorney Kurt Bachman advised against awarding the bid.

LaGrange County REMC is negotiating an agreement for a radio site in the eastern part of the county. That site will be REMC’s portion of the cost of the upgraded system in return for the right to place radio equipment on the tower.

Another bid was taken for reassessment services. LaGrange County is utilizing a system of re-appraising ¼ of the county every year. The bid is for four years.

Lexur Appraisal Services of Dayton, Ohio, submitted a four-year bid of $620,315; a second bid was received from Nexus Property Tax Control of Zionsville for $634,000. Commissioners took the bids under advisement and asked Assessor Pat Monroe to review the bids for completeness and accuracy and recommend a firm at the next commissioners meeting.

Quotes were submitted by the LaGrange County Parks and Recreation Dept. for a new utility trailer. Three quotes were submitted for different products from three different vendors.

Commissioners agreed, upon recommendation from the parks dept., to purchase a trailer from Yoder and Sons for $3,754. The trailer is rated at 3,700 lbs. Other quotes were presented for lesser prices that would have carried smaller loads.

Gary Mast, director of maintenance at county buildings, recommended that commissioners terminate an agreement with Serv-all to provide trash pickup service to a number of county buildings. “This affects everyone except the county jail,” he said.

Commissioners agreed and will sign on with Noble County Disposal for trash service. The county jail is already using the Noble County firm.