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Commissioners say plan to reopen county government is in the works

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The Porter County Board of Commissioners met yesterday to amend its original emergency declaration regarding COVID-19 and assured that they are working on a plan to reopen County government safely.

The Porter County Government emergency declaration was amended to reflect Governor Eric Holcomb’s extension of Indiana’s stay-at-home order that was announced last week, according to County Attorney Scott McClure. The extension will bring the stay-at-home order and the closure of nonessential businesses out until May 1.

The Commissioners meeting was held via Zoom and streamed live on the Porter County Government Facebook page. Commissioner Jim Biggs (R-North) was absent. Commissioners Jeff Good (R-Center) and Laura Blaney (D-South) both voted to approve the amended emergency declaration. Both then made assurances that they are planning for a safe reopening of Porter County Government.

“We have been working and talking and planning for the reopening of County government. We do not know when that is gonna be yet because we need to make sure that we have all the protocols in place prior to doing that,” Good said.

Good said the Commissioners hope to have an announcement for the community and County employees soon about how reopening will take place. “It is a very hot topic of discussion here in Porter County Government,” he added.

“We are planning, we are talking, and I think when we do release what we’re going to do, I think everyone will see that a lot of time and effort and thought have been put into this,” Good said.

“We are keeping everyone’s safety in mind, and all of our decisions are going to be data driven,” Blaney said. Both encouraged residents to stay safe and continue following social distancing guidelines.


Posted 4/24/2020




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