A township official in St. Joseph County has asked the county’s board of commissioners for financial help to rebuild a portion of a major north-south roadway in Florence Township.
During Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting, Florence Township Supervisor Gordon Evilsizor said the deteriorating condition of Constantine Road is a concern that needs attention.
Evilsizor said the three-mile stretch between Dickinson and Featherstone roads is especially bad and not safe to drive on. Meanwhile, the northern portion between Featherstone and Fairchild roads is only slightly better, but not by much, he added.
Evilsizor said people tend to drive in the middle of the road, as the west and east edges of the roadway are too bumpy from repeated patching attempts.
Board chairman John Dobberteen said the five-member board can talk about the issue in the future. The board’s next Executive Committee meeting is Oct. 11.
St. Joseph County government will benefit from fiber-optic connectivity, following action taken by the county’s board of commissioners Tuesday.
The county’s deal with Ann Arbor-based Merit Network Inc. covers a five-year period and provides service at 20 mega bites per second. The agreement means the county courthouse and courts buildings will connect to Merit’s network and have faster service than it currently has with Comcast.
The county’s working relationship with Comcast will remain in place, however, as the company’s service is essential to telecommunication operations at the sheriff’s department, county administrator Pat Yoder said.
The deal with Merit Network is almost $21,000, and includes a one-time fee of about $11,000. Its relationship with Merit also puts the county in position to establish WiFi service inside its courthouse and courts buildings.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has approved the appointment of Janell Hart of Three Rivers and Karen Beverly of Burr Oak, to the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board of St. Joseph County.
The action was taken during Tuesday’s commission meeting and followed an interview with several prospective candidates.
The board is now at full strength with 12 members.
Also Tuesday, commissioners set work sessions related to the county’s 2014 fiscal-year budget, which begins Jan. 1.
The sessions are at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to approve payment to finance director Joni Smith and human resources director Elishia Arver for their work earlier this year as fill-in county administrators.
Both employees were paid $10,000 for providing professional services and responsibilities, as they worked together in the role of county administrator between the mid-January departure of Judy West-Wing and the early-April hire of J. Patrick Yoder.
The payments were in addition to their respective salaries.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has agreed to work with an Ohio-based firm to prepare a study of potential locations for a new senior center.
As a result of last week’s vote by commissioners, Lifespan Design Studio will evaluate three potential locations for a new Sturgis senior center.
The $11,000 approved for the undertaking will provide commissioners opinions from a company with experience and credibility in such tasks, county officials said.
Options under consideration are a new facility adjacent to the Doyle Community Center on the east side of town, partial modification of the Sturges-Young Auditorium or refurbishing a former grocery store.
A report on Lifespan’s findings will be yielded later this year either to county administrator Pat Yoder or the five-member commission itself.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has re-appointed two members to its Board of Election Canvassers.
During Tuesday’s commission meeting, a ballot vote was cast by the four commissioners present; Jack Brooks and Carol Snow-Penn were unanimously chosen to serve four-year terms.
Brooks will represent the Democratic party and Snow-Penn the Republican party.
The Board of Election Canvassers is comprised of five people and by law must include one representative from each of the two political parties.