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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.

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.

Vacant positions will be filled

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has agreed to fill a vacant position in the two departments.

During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners agreed to fill a clerk’s spot in the finance department. The post is being filled half-time by a member of the Register of Deeds office. Human resources director Elishia Arver said the position will stay filled in such a manner on a trial basis that ends later this year.

At that time, a decision will be made whether to continue using the Register of Deeds clerk part-time or allocate a full-time employee for the position.

Also, a request to fill a corrections-officer position was granted by commissioners.

Man signs contract as grounds attendant

June 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has signed a contract with a Sturgis-area man to serve as the grounds attendant at Cade Lake County Park.

During action earlier this month, the commission and Burr Oak Township resident Richard Dell settled an agreement leading to Dell’s role for the summer and early fall months at the Fawn River Township park.

Dell will occupy a camper at site No. 1 through October. His obligations will include assisting campground patrons on an as-needed basis, oversee firewood sales, checking patrons into their reserved campsites and general duties.

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