Commissioners initiate lawsuit against Inwelligent

By Tyler Roebuck

troebuck@kpcmedia.com

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Commissioners moved to have the county’s attorney Matt Shipman initiate a lawsuit against Inwelligent Healthcare Inc. after the company backed out of a commitment to move into Churubusco in 2013.

“Economic Development provided funds for Inwelligent to move into ’Busco, but they backed out and moved to Indy,” Commissioner George Schrumpf said.

Shipman intends to file suit in the coming week, and will seek to regain the county’s $80,000 that was committed to the company. The suit will only cost the county legal fees, and Shipman believes he will have more information in four to six weeks.

In other Commissioners news:

• Commissioners Schrumpf and Tom Western voted in favor of providing the Aquatics Center $10,000 in exchange for level fees across the county, to come from the CEDIT fund. Don Amber voted in opposition. The issue will appear before County Council Tuesday, Nov. 7.

• A new ordinance from the Drainage Board was approved, outlining a $50 fee and $500 fine to companies that violate drainage right-of-ways in the county.

“We want to get their attention,” said Highway Engineer Brandon Forrester.

Forrester also sought and received approval for a yield sign to be placed at the intersection of 500 North and 450 East near Tri-Lakes.

• The commissioners opened the only bid for residential tax assessment from Kim Erdly. They took the bid under advisement, to decide whether to adopt it or not at their next meeting.

• Nathan Bilger asked for and received a new plat for a property near South Whitley.

• Judge Matthew Rentschler asked for the appointment of Jennifer Siri to the public defender board to fill a vacancy left the death of Dale Moser in January.

• Jon Myers informed the Commissioners about a potential new internet line provider for businesses along the US 30 corridor, Indiana Fiber Network, which could provide up to gigabit internet within the next year.

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