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.
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.
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.
where it should be in the process,” said Blaney.
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:
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.
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.