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Commission meetings remain at 6 pm

The start of county commission meetings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. has not resulted in greater attendance. Commissioners during their executive committee meeting Wednesday were provided attendance details by board chairman Allen Balog. The commission for years had met at 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. With three new members joining the five-person board at …

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Commissioners identify project priorities

Remodeling the courts building and upgrading the kitchen at the county jail were identified Wednesday as the highest priorities by county commissioners. During a work session following their executive committee meeting, commissioners reviewed five projects that have been on the drawing board for years but are currently in a holding pattern. After an hour of discussion, commissioners agreed the courthouse …

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County agrees to jail healthcare contract

An agreement for services between the St. Joseph County Jail and Covered Bridge Healthcare was approved this week. Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners acted Tuesday on the proposal after a thorough discussion with Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite at last week’s executive committee meeting. Details of the agreement include the employment of a physician to serve as the …

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Commission considers funding options for park improvements

An option to self-fund improvements at three county parks received favorable response by the county commission’s executive committee last week. As a result, a proposed $1.4 million plan incorporating Covered Bridge Farm and Plumb Lake parks, and Cade Lake Park and Campground, will not be financed through the sale of bonds as previously considered. The question arose after parks and …

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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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Commissioners make several appointments

Several board and committee appointments were made by members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week. Reappointed Tuesday to the County Agricultural Preservation Board were commission representative Dan Czajkowski of White Pigeon to a one-year term; agriculture representative Roger Gentz of Mendon Township to a three-year term; and township representative Carroll Parmeter of Flowerfield Township to a …

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