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Commissioners OK next payment for animal shelter

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By JEFF SCHULTZ

In what was by far its shortest meeting for this year, the Porter County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted 2-0 to make the next pay out for construction of the new County Animal Shelter.

Commissioners Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South, and Jim Biggs, R-North, approved to pay Larson-Danielson Construction, of LaPorte, in the amount of $415,095 the seventh payment for the new 16,000 sq. ft. facility which is being built on Ind. 49 between the Expo Center and the Porter County Jail.

Absent from the meeting was Commissioner President Jeff Good, R-Center.

Shelter construction costs are being funded through $2.25 million of the $10 million in hospital sale proceeds the Commissioners and County Council earmarked for capital projects instead of being invested in a charitable endowment fund. Another $1 million was donated by Valparaiso resident Jacki Stutzman.

The Shelter is on track to open for a targeted date of June 1. The exterior work is mainly finished and the County is now completing the inside.

“Everything is where it should be in the process,” said Blaney.

Animal Shelter Director Toni Bianchi said that kennels will be in Thursday this week and installment will take about ten days. “It’s very exciting,” she said.

The new shelter will be able to house up to 120 dogs and 120 cats.

In other business:

-- The Commissioners approved adding human growth hormone treatments to its employee health insurance plan.

-- The Sheriff’s Police will contract with security vendor Videotec for a fail over server for the main distribution frame room and two additional control rooms at the Porter County Jail which will act as the backup server. The Commissioners are covering $6,925 for the server while the PCSP will contribute $41,553 from its budget.

-- A software licensing, update and maintenance agreement with Boyce Systems was approved by the Commissioners for the Expo Center to continue using its Key-Ledger computerized accounting system.

-- The Commissioners approved Indiana Department of Transportation’s final inspection report of the Division Rd. and Smoke Rd. improvement project. The matter was tabled from last meeting as the County Department of Development and Stormwater Management Director Robert Thompson said he wanted to check that acceptance would not affect the County’s use of federal funds. Thompson said it would not and this approval accepts the construction.

 

 

Posted 4/18/2017

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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