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School, home sites approved

LaGrange County Commissioners approved and accepted five different plats at their Monday meeting. The acceptance of the plats will allow for the building of four additional rural homes and one new parochial school in the rural area of LaGrange County.

The home-site locations are widespread across the county from the northwest to the southeast sections. The northwest site is on CR 750N between 800W and 900W, the southeast site is at 200S and the Woodruff road; another is on Old Road 9 at CR 200N and the final home site is at CR 700S and 400W.

The school will be located on CR 100S between 300W and 375W. An interesting sidebar is that there will now be parochial schools at 150W, 250W and about 350W along CR 100S.

Commissioners approved the purchase of a new truck for use by the LaGrange County Parks and Recreation Department. Three different vendors were asked to quote on the same exact model of a Dodge Ram truck. Quotes ranged from $26,933 to $26,194 with LaGrange Country Dodge submitting the lowest quote. Commissioners approved the LaGrange Country Dodge quote.

County Engineer Sarah Farlow reported that work is continuing on the Mill Street project in South Milford. There has been some delay because of the contractor waiting on delivery of concrete for the curbs and flatwork on the project. “Everyone seems to be coming together with concrete scheduled and work continuing,” she said. The substantially complete date is set for August 18 and Farlow expects the job to be on schedule by that time.

Farlow also reported that she and Commissioner President Larry Miller held a pre-final inspection with contractors on the 700S (near 200W) bridge project last week. She reported that everything looks to be in order.

She also reported that paving on CR 700N should take place next week. The road has been somewhat torn up as a result of laying pipe under the road for sewer lines to the toll road service buildings northwest of Brighton.

Commissioners approved a holiday schedule for 2018 that includes 14 paid days off. This will be the same as the State of Indiana paid holiday schedule.

Days off are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Primary Election Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday following, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Information Technology Director Robert Murphy asked commissioners to retro-actively approve his purchase of a new router for use at the sheriff’s department. Although county policy says he needs to seek approval before buying equipment, when there is an emergency he may spend up to $5,000 for replacement of equipment.

A situation developed wherein sheriff’s department deputies were not able to communicate with the county computer system. A replacement router cost $2,212. Commissioners approved the purchase. No additional appropriation will be necessary.