The Starke County Commissioners will enter into a contract negotiation soon with officials with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation.
Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and new Office Manager Pam McDonald presented the Jail CEDIT and Therapeutic Community budgets to the Starke County Council and Commission members Monday night.
Starke County government officials will decide on the purchase of a new ambulance and a possible transfer unit in the next few weeks.
The Starke County Commissioners will open bids for the replacement of the elevator in the Starke County Courthouse today. The county was awarded a grant to conduct the work, but getting bids for the project has been a challenge.
Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff will be looking to purchase new computers for his staff.
Commissioner Kathy Norem submitted budget figures for the 2019 Starke County Commissioners budget in the General Fund to Auditor Kay Chaffins when the commissioners met last week.
Norem explained that there aren’t too many line items in the budget, but it is one of the biggest funds as they take care of the payment of health insurance and benefits.
Two new Starke County jail sergeant positions will be created in the salary ordinance.
Sheriff Bill Dulin requested the creation of the positions during last week’s Starke County Commissioners meeting.
The Starke County Commissioners took action this week to reinstate a county employee previously terminated by a county official.
The invoices received for the engineering work for the upcoming Starke County Courthouse elevator project will be going to K-IRPC representative Shawn Cain for review. Commissioner Kathy Norem stated last week that the invoices are going to her as K-IRPC is the overseeing agency over the $500,000 grant the county received for the project. Cain will review the bills from DLZ to make sure they are acceptable according to the grant standards. Those invoices will return to the commissioners for payment. The county paid 10 percent as a match and the engineering costs will be paid for out of that match money.
The Starke County Park Board has been coordinating with the Starke County Highway Department about some upcoming projects, but Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler said he needed the commissioners’ permission to move forward in doing the projects.
Starke County EMS Director Travis Clary will be looking into quotes for a new ambulance to replace an older truck on the fleet.
The Starke County Commissioners held discussion on the operations at the Bass Lake Beach last week.
Quotes will be obtained to replace the curb along the west side of the Starke County Annex No. 2 building on Pearl Street in Knox.
The Starke County Commissioners asked the Starke County Council members for just over $142,000 in additional appropriations for capital projects in the CEDIT and Jail CEDIT funds.
The Starke County Courthouse elevator project will get underway this summer.
Maintenance Director Jim Coad and Commissioner Kathy Norem met with John Kirk from DLZ two weeks ago and noted that the advertisement for bids has been given. A special meeting will be held later this month to open the bids in order to meet K-IRPC grant requirement deadline of May 31.
The Starke County Commissioners took time Monday night to discuss several capital projects on the schedule for this year.
The Starke County Commissioners will receive an update from County Attorney Marty Lucas about the state statute governing loose dogs and dog bites. Commissioner Kathy Norem brought the idea of updating the county’s ordinance on loose dogs at a meeting in April after receiving several calls about unrestrained, vicious dogs.
The autopsy pricing deal that Starke County officials thought was a good one through the Lake County Coroner’s Office isn’t as good as initially thought.
The Starke County Commissioners will soon revamp the county’s dog ordinance to put responsibility on owners to keep track of their pets.
The Starke County Commissioners asked Coroner Dannie Hoffer about some invoices recently submitted.