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County Commissioners 'laser focused' on capital projects in 2018

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The Porter County Commissioners will be “laser focused” on their capital improvement projects in 2018.

“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.”

Good reiterated 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.

Commissioner Jim 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.”

Other Business

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.

The Commissioners 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.



Posted 1/19/2018




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