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Police still looking for man

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis police are looking for a man responsible for an assault that involved the use of a hatchet last week.

Jorel Gefferand  is wanted in connection with the Thursday incident at Cato Lane Apartments. He faces charges of assault with intent to commit murder and malicious destruction of a building.

Gefferand allegedly used a hatchet to assault a man who fled from the scene. The victim was later found and had suffered a laceration to his hand and a gash to his upper back.

Tuition-reimbursement for county employees

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved a tuition-reimbursement policy for county employees.

Spearheaded by Commissioner Don Eaton, the program allows county employees to receive reimbursement up to 100 percent of tuition cost per semester at an accredited college, university or trade school.

The course must be for credit or extended-education purposes.

County administrator Pat Yoder said the classes must be relevant to the line of work in which the employee is hired to perform.

The opportunity is available, as well, for an employee seeking to fulfill specific requirements for a degree program in which the employee is currently enrolled.

Reimbursement is limited to $3,500 per calendar year, per employee, and available only if the employee earns a grade of C or better.

Two rescued from river

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two Anderson, Ind., men were plucked from the St. Joseph River near the Mottville Dam last week.

Rescue personnel said the boat got caught in the current Wednesday morning and was pulled into the dam.

Both men were rescued before the boat sank. Personnel from the White Pigeon Fire Department, St. Joseph County Dive Rescue and St. Joseph County Marine Division removed the submerged vessel.

The men had put the boat into the river in Bristol, Ind. They were cited for a marine violation.

Plans for a Sturgis senior center

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Portage-based company was hired this week to fulfill a component toward potential construction of a Sturgis senior center.

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to work with Cornerstone Construction Management. The company will provide services related to design, bidding and construction.

Total cost of the deal is $78,000.

County Administrator Pat Yoder said the senior center is not officially a done deal. But the preliminary work will allow commissioners to eventually decide whether to pursue the venture, and Tuesday’s action was a step in that direction, Yoder noted.

An Ohio-based company has already conducted site-identification and design-concept work. It has indicated a parcel north of the Doyle Center as the potential best location for the proposed facility.

Re-appointments to county board

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Six people this week were recommended for re-appointment to the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Board for two-year terms.

They are: Margaret Schultz, Jon Withers, Charles Willer, Deb Leyes, Steve Boland and Jay Newman. As Leyes is a member at large, her term is for one year only.

Also during action Tuesday, the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed to the employment of Alicia Dell as a full-time corrections officer.

Sewer system for county park

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A proposed infrastructure improvement at Cade Lake Park would allow it to have the benefit of a sewer system.

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to a contract with Jones Petrie Rafinski for engineering services related to the proposal.

County administrator Pat Yoder said the plan calls for expanding a sewer pipe from a Burr Oak sewer line lift station on the north side of U.S. 12 to the 94-acre Fawn River Township park and campground.

The Burr Oak lift station eventually ends up in the Sturgis sewer-treatment system.

Commissioners agreed to a $14,700 expense to work with Jones and put together a request for proposals for engineering-related work. According to a report from Jones, the job would call for 1,500 linear feet of four-inch pipe to connect from the park’s common restroom and dump station facility to the existing eight-inch main.

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