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Commission revises policy

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week adopted a revised policy regarding the weather-related closure of county offices and buildings.

In light of a two-day closing earlier this month due to snow and cold, the commission last week agreed that the decision to close county government will be made with input from the county board chairman, road commission manager, county administrator, sheriff and emergency services coordinator.

The board of commissioners chairman, however, will have the final determination.

The policy also requires that commissioners and department managers be advised of a closure either through telephone or email.

Central dispatch will be charged with notifying local media.

County employees scheduled to work on days when offices are closed for an emergency will receive their regular pay for the day.