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County Commissioners OK vehicle purchases

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The Porter County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of five new county vehicles at its meeting Tuesday morning.

Public Safety Director Mike Brickner reported that the Emergency Management Agency received quotes from local dealerships for three Ford Explorers and one Ford Expedition to replace three interceptor vehicles and one hazmat vehicle that are in poor condition.

Currie Ford gave the lowest quotes: $26,125.46 for each Explorer and $41,056.92 for the Expedition. The Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase.

The Highway Department also requested approval to purchase a 35-ton low boy trailer to replace one that was recently damaged. The Commissioners approved the purchase for the lowest quote from West Side Tractor for $45,600.

From the Plan Commission

In other business, the Commissioners approved on second reading two requests for rezones as well as a safety ordinance proposed by the Plan Commission:

* Approved: the rezone to institutional from rural residential of the Islamic Church Center 1606N 500E in Pine Township.

* Approved: the rezone to moderate intensity commercial from general industrial of the north portion of property owned by Old Town Suites LLC Westgate Ponds.

* Approved: an ordinance requiring the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all new residential construction. The ordinance does not apply to existing homes or add-ons to existing homes.

Other Business

Meanwhile, the Department of Development and Storm Water Management received approval to go out to bid on rehabilitation of a bridge on Clem Road over Willow Creek in Portage. Bids will be opened at its next meeting.

A proposed amendment to the Rainy Day Fund would designate $446,000 for new election equipment to be purchased next year. The purpose of the amendment is to earmark money from the General Fund for a specific expense and keep it from reverting back to the General Fund at the start of the new year. The Commissioners performed a first reading with a second reading expected at their Dec. 12 meeting. No members of the public spoke for or against the amendment.

A representative of Gariup Construction reported that renovation to the County Administration Building and plaza is starting to take shape and is ahead of schedule. The front entrance is expected to be open again in January.



Posted 11/16/2017




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