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County Commission approved contracts for grant writer

Two governmental entities have renewed their agreement with St. Joseph County regarding the use of its grant writer. County Commissioners last week approved contracts with the village of Centreville and Park Township for grant-writing duties by James Hissong. The entities agreed to pay about $69,000 each for Hissong’s services. County administrator Pat Yoder said Hissong and county clerk Lindsay Yoder, …

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Funding approved for two county agencies

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved resolutions centering on funding it will provide two agencies. The commission on Tuesday agreed to allocate more than $280,000 to the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. Meanwhile, commissioners also agreed to provide more than $250,000 to the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County. Both funding …

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County Commission handles personnel matters

A few personnel matters were approved during Tuesday’s county commission meeting. Commissioners approved the hiring of Teresa Meade as Friend of the Court secretary. Her rate of pay is $14.38 an hour. Also, commissioners agreed to establish the position of office manager/document imaging coordinator. Finally, the resignation of telecommunicator Travis Helmer and termination of COA home care aide Sarah Yoder …

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Commission approved resolution in honor of Steve Todd

The first of what will likely be several public accolades bestowed upon Steve Todd occurred during this week’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting. Todd, who is retiring next week following a career of more than 40 years with the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, was the recipient of a resolution approved by the five-member commission Tuesday. Todd reflected …

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County Commission meetings remain the same

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners will maintain its regular meeting schedule for 2016, following action taken Tuesday. Commissioners agreed to keep their twice-a-month meetings the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Start time will remain 5 p.m. Also, commissioners set their executive committee meetings for 8 a.m. the Wednesday prior to county commission meetings. Executive committee meetings are …

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County Commissioners approves new leader

A new leader of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners was selected Tuesday. Allen Balog, who represents Flowerfield and Fabius townships, and the city of Three Rivers, will lead the five-man panel in 2016 following his nomination and unanimous approval as chairman. Balog, 59, previously spent three of his four years on the Three Rivers City Commission as mayor. …

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