Commissioners meet at High School

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Brad Wolfe to the Plan Commission. Seven Whitley County residents applied for the position and the Commissioners reviewed each application individually. Vice Chairman of Commissioners George Schrumpf said he wanted to consider the district that the individual would be representing so the entire County is represented on the board. The Commissioners discussed their top three choices and Brad Wolfe was on the list of each of the Commissioners as a favorite, so a motion to appoint Wolfe was made by Commissioner Tom Rethlake, seconded by Schrumpf and carried with a 3-0 vote. Chairman of Commissioners Don Amber said he will send a letter to the other applicants and thank them for their interest in the appointment. 

Nikki Trier and Paula Worden presented the Commissioners with a handout and discussed changes at the Youth Improvement Center (YIC). As of August 1, 2012, the YIC was accredited as a school by the State and can issue credits for students participating in the program. Tuition will support educators for the academic portion, but prevention services will still be funded by Community Corrections. According to Trier, YIC directors are still looking for outside funding for the program, adding that she wants the County to be aware of the need for the program. The program will not turn away any student even if funding is not furnished by the school or parents, Trier said, and scholarship programs are in the works.  

The following article is a compilation of minutes from the November 5, 2012 Whitley County Board of Commissioners meeting.  

Ordinance Violations: Scott Wagner presented an Ordinance Violation at 156 Staunton Ave, Churubusco. The house will be tested for Methamphetamine levels and will be professionally cleaned and retested to verify decontamination if levels are shown to be present. The cost for testing will be applied as a lien against the property in the amount of $1,482.00 from Concentra. Vice Chairman of Commissioners George Schrumpf motioned to allow the testing, Commissioner Tom Rethlake seconded and the motioned carried 3-0. 

The Board approved appointments to the Whitley County Health Board. Dr. Richard Dickmeyer and Grace Lotter both agreed to serve another four year term through December 31, 2016. 

Chairman of Commissioners Don Amber presented a new purchase agreement from City Ford to replace the totaled car from Planning and Building for Craig Wagner. The amount of the new Ford Fusion will be $18,592.37. The refund from Travelers Insurance was $16,600, so the additional cost will be $1,992.37, which will be taken out of the Cum Cap fund. The Board voted 3-0 to approve the purchase. 

In regards to the property in Thorncreek Township known as the Fish Hatchery, Commissioner Schrumpf has been in contact with the State DNR. At this time, the County will be deeding the Fish Hatchery property back to the State and then it will be put on the auction block from the State. The property known as Camp Samaritan is being donated to Camp Whitley. 

Commissioner Amber presented the final bill from Havel for $77,314 on the work done for the new boilers and chiller units at the Courthouse. The bill was expected to be paid out of the 2013 CEDIT program, but since funds are still available from 2012, Amber wanted to present it to the Council to pay the bill early. 

The next regular scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting is Monday, November 19 at 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the Whitley County Government Center.

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