The County Commission of Public Records of Starke County members met last week and discussed several items during their annual meeting.
Clerk Evelyn Skronski said the commission meets once a year to review requests to destroy certain county government documents. Documents such as old unused election ballots and other outdated documents were reviewed for disposal. The recommendation to destroy that paperwork will be sent to the state commission who will then approve or disapprove the request. If the request is approved, the county can then review vendor bids to properly destroy the papers.
Skronski stated that they will be gathering bids for the disposal and a vendor will be approved in the spring. Skronski said she will be looking into liability insurance to see what is the best route to take concerning this action. She noted that hiring a vendor to properly shred the documents may be the best option for the county. That vendor would have to sign a contract to ensure all information contained in the paperwork be treated as sensitive in nature.
Before the papers are destroyed, members of the Starke County Genealogical Society and the Historical Society are allowed to peruse the documents to see if there is any historical value to the subject matter.