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Animal shelter construction and park grants on County Council agenda

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The Porter County Council will meet for its regular meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.

The Council will first hear requests from the Board of Commissioners to make payments for construction of the new Animal Shelter. One of the requests is to appropriate $963,568 from Hospital Sales Proceeds and another $1 million from the Animal Shelter Donations fund. Next the Commissioners will ask the Council to approve $16,250 in hospital sale interest for an invoice from Capital Cities which is the financial advisor for the Porter County Government Nonprofit Charitable Foundation.

Other agenda highlights include an additional of $58,125 to be appropriated in a grant fund for Brincka-Cross Gardens. The money is for a reimbursable grant to purchase land adjacent to Brincka-Cross Gardens County Park. The Parks Department will request to appropriate $7,750 from its non-reverting fund for the land purchase and a transfer of $14,500 from other supplies to event expenses for summer camp field trip expenses. It also seeks $7,500 from a National Association of Realtors Grant to complete a community needs assessment.

Superior Court Judge Roger Bradfordís Court will ask to appropriate $70,000 in the Jury Pay Fund for expenses.

The Memorial Opera House requests to appropriate $25,000 to advertising and $13,000 to contractual services from funds received from the County Tourism Bureau. The Expo Center is requesting $20,000 be appropriated for advertising from venue funds it has received from the Bureau.

The Highway Department requests to appropriate $100,000 in its cumulative bridge fund for bridge invoices, $1.7 million for paving roads from the Community Crossings Grant Fund and $70,000 for bridge invoices.

The County Prosecutorís Office is requesting an additional appropriation of $10,000 in its Domestic Violence Grant Fund for training and education.

The Juvenile Detention Office and the Health Department will ask the Council to adjust salaries for two probation officers and a nursing supervisor in the Portage office.

The Stormwater Management Department is seeking to appropriate $1.8 million in contractual services to pay for ditch maintenance. It also requests several transfers totaling $110,000 for equipment and software and approval to create college internships paying up to $12 per hour.

The Council will hear a report from its attorney Harold Harper.





Posted 2/27/2017




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