The Porter County
Board of Commissioners have a full agenda for its regular meeting on Tuesday
at 1 p.m.
are meeting for the first time since Nov. 1 where they discussed upgrades
for the 911 communication and radio system, moving from the County’s VHF
system to an 800 megahertz digital platform.
discussion is back on the agenda. Commissioner President John Evans,
R-North, had pushed for the County to buy the new equipment from Motorola at
the offered price of $9 million instead of $10 million for next year, but
other Commissioners Jeff Good, R-Center, and Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South,
said that they feel more information needs to be considered before making a
decision. A new proposal is expected Tuesday.
will meet inside Room 205 of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana
Ave. in Valparaiso.
The meeting will
begin with the approval of the 2017 Porter County Government holiday
schedule and the second payout of longevity for County employees for 2016.
Commissioners will hear a report on employee comp time, which was a
discussion point at the most recent County Council budget hearings in
anticipation of the new Fair Labor Standards Act law to raise the pay
threshold for employees receiving overtime pay.
The board will
review a code of ethics and conflict of interest policy by the Indiana
Department of Transportation.
Director of Plan
Commission and Department of Development and Stormwater Management Robert
Thompson will present three ordinances to the Commissioners to consider. One
is for the operation of the County’s public safety, law enforcement and
other emergency related telecommunications. The second deals with fees for
the Plan Commission and Building Department and the third is for an unsafe
Commissioners will vote on an Animal Services contract between the County
and the Town of Beverly Shores for 2016 to 2018.
There will be a
discussion on the County’s guidelines for vacant and abandoned property
will consider a letter of agreement between the Bank of New York Mellon
Trust Company and the Porter County Jail Building Corporation.
There will be a
request to approve a third payment application to Larson-Danielson for the
new Animal Shelter. There will also be an agreement presented by NIPSCO for
extension of services to the new Shelter.
will next vote on approving the cost of a remaining medical bill for Ken and
Jamie Erow, an officer with the Sheriff’s Police, for $1,375.
In department head
requests, IV-D Court Commissioner Lisa Moser is seeking approval to purchase
state and U.S. seals for the IV-D courtroom.
Reynolds and his business manager Edie Hahn will ask the Commissioners to
open the responses for the RFP made for medical services at the County Jail,
as well as approval of agreements for a contract with the Center for
Workforce Innovations, Correct Care Solutions and the 2016 and 2017
Sheriff’s Police compensation agreements.
Interim Superintendent Andy McKay will ask the Commissioners to receive and
open bids for the 2017 supply and service contracts.
Kevin Pazour will ask the Commissioners to approve the contract for
AmeriCorps Service Members who volunteer at the Museum.
IT Director Don
Wellsand will ask approval for copier and purchase agreements with Adams
Remco for the Clerk’s Office and the Adult Probation Office at the North
Matt Stechly will ask approval of two contracts. One is with Crowder
Detention for riot doors at the County Jail and the second is with
Mitsubishi Electric for new batteries at the Jail and E-911 Center. He will
also ask for a proposal to be approved for domestic boiler replacement at
Director Lori Daly will ask the Commissioners to approve catering contracts
for 2017 and Opera House Director Scot MacDonald will ask approval for
various artistic services agreements.
There is no Plan
Commission Business following the regular meeting. The Commissioners will
however meet as the County Stormwater Management Board after the meeting.