The Porter County
Commissioners will be “laser focused” on their capital improvement projects
“I don’t want to
say we’re not open for business, because we’re always open for business,”
said Commissioner President Jeff Good, R-Center. “But in an election year,
we’re focused on the county’s needs.”
that between the $20-million stormwater bond and the $30-million development
bond, the Commissioners have taken on $50 million in capital improvement
projects, and they’ll be working hard to spend taxpayer money wisely and get
the projects done right. “It’s going to take a lot of meetings, a lot of
thought, so we want to stay laser focused,” Good said.
Biggs, R-North, added, “We’ve taken on more responsibility than this board
has seen in a very long time.” He also noted that government procedure is to
budget up front, not ask for changes in the middle of a budget term.
Good says the
Commissioners will begin architectural meetings for the capital improvement
plan on Jan. 30. Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South, agreed and added, “It’s
going to be an exciting year.”
In other business,
the Highway Department presented bids for reconstruction of Bridge 1008, on
Clem Road over Willow Creek. The Commissioners approved the low bid of
$249,640.18, submitted by Ellis Construction in Munster.
also approved a payment of $117,262.58 to Gariup Construction for work on
the Administration building plaza. Good reported that the work has come to a
standstill due to weather, but a lot of progress has been made.