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Commissioners set date to review projects

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners this week set March 15 as a date to look deeper into prioritizing a variety of county projects. Board chairman Allen Balog said the workshop will take place after the commission’s 8 a.m. executive committee meeting. He recommended commissioners bring with them a list of county projects either already approved or in a discussion …

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Commissioner approved contractor agreements

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved two independent-contractor agreements. CSZ Services of St. Johns was tapped to provide commercial and industrial appraisals for the county’s Land Resource Centre and Equalization. The work is to be performed for appraisals as determined appropriate for inclusion in the county’s 2017 equalization study by the equalization director of the St. …

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Commissioners hear comment in support of park projects

A proposed plan to address some costly projects at three county parks was endorsed by a Park Township resident at Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting. Holly Stephenson stated during citizen comments that the county’s recent discussion about potential improvements at Covered Bridge Farm and Plumb Lake parks, and Cade Lake Park and Campground would be worth the …

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Commission expected to approve grant request

St. Joseph County Commissioners this week are expected to approve a letter of support for a grant to be submitted by the county’s conservation district. During last week’s Executive Committee meeting, commissioners fielded a request from conservation district director Carolyn Grace. She sought and ultimately received the backing of county commissioners for a tally of road crossings she and her …

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Commission considers park project finance options

Funding to cover major projects at three county parks might be financed through the sale of bonds. Members of the county commission’s Executive Committee agreed Wednesday to consider the option to support nearly $1.4 million in proposed projects at Covered Bridge Farm and Plumb Lake parks, and Cade Lake Park and Campground. Parks and recreation director Jaymes MacDonald said the …

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Chupp named to Road Commission

A Sturgis-area resident with deep roots to the local Republican Party organization was chosen to serve a six-year term to the St. Joseph County Road Commission Board. County commissioners Tuesday announced Sherman Township resident Rod Chupp will take the seat held the past 10 years by David Yunker. Commissioner Dennis Allen was a member of the selection committee assembled to …

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