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County Commissioners approve parks grant fund

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The Porter County Board of Commissioners approved a raft of ordinances at its meeting Tuesday morning.

Approved on second reading:

* An ordinance proposed by Park Superintendent Walter Lenckos to create a fund into which to deposit a Land and Water Conservation Act grant.

* And two sought by Recorder Jon Miller regarding bulk copies of government forms, to bring his office’s policy in compliance with federal standards.

Approved on first reading: an ordinance which would allow the Commissioner who sits on the Stormwater Advisory Board to appoint a designee to sit in his or her place.


In other business, the Commissioners authorized Facilities Director Matt Stechly to spend $17,743 on a new metal detector for the Courthouse after a metal detector there stopped working. Stechly solicited quotes from four firms and received two, with the contract going to Autoclear, which submitted the lowest quote and promised the fastest installation.

The Commissioners also authorized Sheriff Dave Reynolds to purchase four new vehicles from Lakeshore Ford for a total of $268,085.79. Reynolds said that the Sheriff’s Office received bids from Bloomington Ford, Currie Ford, and Lakeshore, and that his office averages nine new vehicles per year.

County Assessor Jon Snyder, meanwhile, was approved to renew an ongoing professional services agreement with Equi-Val Tax Solutions LLC. Snyder said that the agreement helps his office process tax appeals more efficiently.

Opera House Director Scot MacDonald for his part was approved to enter an engineering agreement with Schmidt Associates after he reported that the Memorial Opera House has received a grant to investigate options for renovating and preserving the building. At a cost of $55,285, Schmidt Associates will create a long-term maintenance plan for the Opera House.

MacDonald added that all the seats in the Opera House will be replaced thanks to a generous donation. The existing seats are nearly 50 years old, and will be replaced with 385 seats from the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, which is being prepared for demolition.

Finally, the Commissioner renewed the County Election Board’s equipment service agreement with Ellis Systems.


Posted 1/31/2018




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