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Commissioners move on responsible bidding ordinance for county projects

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The Porter County Board of Commissioners approved on first reading two ordinances and announced openings for county boards and commissions at its December meeting last week.

The Commissioners performed a first reading of a county-wide responsible bidding ordinance (RBO). That ordinance would establish guidelines for companies who bid on government-funded projects and require them to provide proof of a clean business record. This includes having good standing with the state, possessing evidence of employee participation in training programs and apprenticeships, possessing proof of employee drug testing, and properly classifying employees. Several Porter County communities already have an RBO in place.

Three members of the public spoke in favor of the ordinance: Tom Frailey, Indiana regional director for the Indiana, Illinois, Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting; Randy Palmateer of the Northwest Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council; and Porter County Council Member Jeremy Rivas, D-2nd. All three thanked the Commissioners for their action to ensure that responsible companies are awarded jobs in Porter County. Frailey noted that RBOs have worked out well for other counties, including Starke, which adopted one in March.

Commissioner Jim Biggs, R-North, for his part, expressed support for casting a more discerning eye on the use of public funds. “It’s not wise to always pick the lowest bidder for a lot of reasons,” he said. “I think this is something positive for the government and at the end of the day it’s something positive for taxpayers as well.”

Mobile Home Processing Fee

The Commissioners also performed a first reading of an ordinance to establish a processing fee for mobile home transfers in Porter County. County Treasurer Michelle Clancy proposed the ordinance to encouraging the use of BMV title transfer in mobile home sales.

Under the new ordinance, a $10 fee will be required to move and transfer ownership of a mobile home. County Attorney Scott McClure said many other counties have such a processing fee in Indiana, and said that research into the way other counties handle mobile home transfers was a deciding factor in the fee amount.

The second readings for the mobile home processing fee ordinance and the RBO are scheduled for the Commissioners’ next meeting, Jan. 16.

Open Board and Commission Seats

The public is welcome to apply for vacant seats on the following Porter County boards and commissions: Alcohol Beverage Commission, Board of Health, Board of Zoning Appeals, Convention, Recreation & Visitors Commission, Parks & Recreation Board, Plan Commission, Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, Redevelopment Commission, West Porter Township Fire District, and Wildlife Management Advisory Board.

Applicants should be prepared to discuss their relevant experience, educational background, and potential conflicts of interest, and will be asked to provide a resume with references.

Find the application for board appointments at







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