The Marshall County Council approved a request from Clerk Julie Fox to hire two new employees in her office.
Fox explained that two of her deputies will be retiring, mostly due to the changes in retirement benefits.
Carolyn “Avon” Hansen has worked for 20 years with Marshall County. Fox said Hansen began in the clerk’s office and then moved to the child support division. She eventually came back to the clerk’s office and that’s where she will finish her career. Her last day will be May 30.
The Plymouth Aviation Board will be moving forward in obtaining a weather station.
Dave Lattimer told the Marshall County Council on Monday morning that it’s highly probable that the green light will be given for a weather station after several other improvements are made.
Lattimer explained that the runways need to be extended and widened and two taxiways from the ramp to the runways need to intersect at a “T” instead of at a 45 degree angle. The staff will also need to extend the taxiways. Insurance will also need to be adjusted. All of those improvements need to be done before the FAA will approve the Plymouth Airport for a weather station.
The Marshall County Council approved the purchase of a different copier for the prosecutor’s office.
In his presentation to the council on Monday morning, Prosecutor David Holmes said sometimes what you see on the internet isn’t always what you get. He explained that his department purchased a copier online for $7,645 which was supposed to operate just like the copier the department was attempting to retire after several years of use.
The Marshall County Council members approved nearly $350,000 in transfers for the highway department to cover a grant reimbursement that hasn’t been received and is due.
Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck said the money is for the 7th Road project and the federal reimbursement has not yet come in. He assured the council that the money is coming, it’s just slow in its arrival.
The Marshall County Council will meet this morning at 9 a.m. ET in the second floor meeting room in the Marshall County building.
The council members have a light agenda with a copier purchase request from Prosecutor David Holmes, a salary reimbursement grant request from EMA Director Clyde Avery and a transfer of funds within Sheriff Tom Chamberlin’s budget.
The governing body will also approve additional appropriation requests from the circuit court, the probation department and the clerk’s office.
Residents are welcome to attend. Public input is at the beginning of the meeting for your convenience.
The Marshall County Council members approved an ordinance in order for Culver Military Academy to sell bonds to a trust company.
An attorney representing CMA appeared before the council and explained that in 2000, CMA took out economic development bonds in the amount of $25 million to construct a math/science building, a dormitory and library on the campus.
Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin requested to fill a position in his department and presented a salary ordinance amendment proposal to the county council members this week.
Chamberlin informed the council members that Sergeant Larry Snyder has announced his retirement and the sheriff will need to replace him. The new officer would probably be hired in March and the notice needs to be advertised. The council unanimously approved his request.
The Marshall County Council members approved an additional appropriation for the highway department overtime budget Monday morning.
Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck told the council members that his employees have been out everyday for nearly a month making sure the county’s roads are passable. There is a list available for volunteers to work the night shift and it’s on a rotating basis.
The Marshall County Council will meet today at 9 a.m. ET in the second floor meeting room in the Marshall County building.
Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery will discuss two grant applications, Sheriff Tom Chamberlin will seek approval to find a merit officer replacement, and County Attorney Jim Clevenger will discuss the Culver Military Academy Development Bonds.
The Marshall County Council approved an appointment to the Koontz Lake Regional Sewer District Board, but it was not easy to find a candidate.
Auditor Penny Lukenbill explained that the Koontz Lake Sewer District board members were attempting to find a Marshall County representative but potential candidates couldn’t regularly attend meetings and the other people the members talked to weren’t interested in serving on the board.
A candidate was found, but he does not reside in the Marshall County area. According to law, the appointee does not necessarily have to be a Marshall County resident, but must live within the Koontz Lake district.
With that, the council approved the appointment of Ronald Armstead to the Koontz Lake Regional District Board.
The Marshall County Commissioners was informed by County Attorney Jim Clevenger that he’s drafting several intergovernmental agreements for the Metronet project. Several engineering, bidding and contract agreements will be drawn up between the county and USI Consultants.
Clevenger stated that rights of way need to be acquired for the project and much of that needs to be taken care of in South Bend.
The Marshall County Council approved EMA Director Clyde Avery’s request to purchase equipment in a sub-grant agreement.
As per ordinance, Avery had to appear before the commissioners and the council for review and consideration of the grant request as it was more than $1,000.
The Marshall County Council will meet today at 9 a.m. ET in the Marshall County Commissioners Room in the Marshall County Building.
The council will reorganize with the election of a president and vice president. A MACOG representative will also be decided along with liaison assignments.
Along with the approval of year-end claims, the Marshall County Commissioners approved pre-payment for a new van for the Marshall County Corrections facility during a special meeting held Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Sheriff Tom Chamberlin told the commissioners that he would be purchasing a used 2013 Ford van from Oliver Ford that would be used to transport prisoners. There will be no trade-in as an older, smaller van will be used for local transfers.
The Department of Local Government Finance recently certified Marshall County’s 2014 budget order and tax rates. This will allow for on-time tax collection in the county. Marshall County was the 36th county in the state to receive its 2014 budget order and tax rates.
Work on the expansion of a dark fiber broadband network into Marshall County could start this spring following approval by the county council of funds for the project. St. Joseph County Metronet wants to extend the dark fiber infrastructure into Marshall County. It will mean extremely fast Internet speeds for both business and residential customers. County officials say having that infrastructure in place will significantly boost economic development. The county has agreed to contribute $500,000 toward the project. St. Joseph County is also funding $250,000, and several local businesses are also kicking in some cash. The Marshall County Council yesterday approved the advertisement of the proposed appropriation, but final approval is still needed when they meet next month.
The Marshall County Council will meet in special session on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The council usually meets on the second Monday of the month, but due to a problem with advertising additional appropriations to be discussed in an open meeting, the meeting was postponed to tomorrow.
The Marshall County Council members approved an additional appropriation request by the highway department in the amount of $200,000.
Auditor Penny Lukenbill explained that this claim comes around quarterly where the highway department is reimbursed for the fuel it supplies to the other departments in the county. The highway department purchases all of the fuel and all departments fill up at the highway garage. The department is then reimbursed every quarter with how much is spent on fuel.
The council members also approved an additional appropriation for Superior Court 1 for pauper counsel in the amount of $20,000. The county council were advised that this expense would be coming around this quarter to help keep the fund in the black.
The Marshall County Council members approved the Marshall County Grant Approval and Administration Policy Monday morning.
Auditor Penny Lukenbill explained that all departments who apply for federal funds should file paperwork with her office to better report to the state board of accounts. The paperwork will include a detailed description of what the grant money will be used for and include a plan of spending. The council and commissioners will look over the paperwork and pre-approve the grant request and it can be filed on the federal level.
The Marshall County Council members approved several requests by Prosecutor David Holmes during their meeting Monday morning.
The prosecutor’s office has acquired a new deputy prosecutor out of St. Joseph County and Prosecutor Holmes asked that the probationary period be waived so full status can be obtained. Holmes stated that she has had four years of experience outside of the office and does not need the normal training period for her duties in the office. The communication between the outgoing deputy prosecutor and the new deputy prosecutor is a little lacking, but that should clear soon. The council approved the request.