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Shaffer plans Township supervisor run

A St. Joseph County commissioner said he plans to run for Lockport Township supervisor in next year’s general election. Rick Shaffer, a 20-year commission member, said he will not seek reelection when his two-year term expires at the end of 2016. Shaffer stated he plans to remain active in the community but his main focus will be a run for …

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Security training planned for county commissioners

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners plan to participate in a court-security training session, according to county administrator Pat Yoder. During last week’s commission meeting, Yoder said the idea was pitched by Sheriff Brad Balk, who planned to schedule the session for Dec. 15. The date, however, conflicts with the board’s regularly scheduled meeting. As a result, …

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County snow removal agreement approved

A Centreville-based company has been awarded the job of snow removal from county property. During last week’s county commission meeting, an independent-contractor agreement was approved with Adams Excavating, continuing a relationship between the two parties that dates several years. The task centers on the courthouse parking lot, the parks building and animal-control parking lot, and the sheriff’s department/central dispatch parking …

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Allen reappointed to Road Commission

A Three Rivers resident has been reappointed to the St. Joseph County Road Commission Board. Members of the county commission last week agreed to retain Dave Allen for a six-year term. Allen’s reappointment to the five-member road commission board was endorsed by its chairman, John Bippus. A Florence Township resident last month encouraged county officials to consider other candidates. Tim …

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Labor agreement approved

A labor agreement with the St. Joseph County Fraternal Order of Police corrections sergeants divisions was approved Tuesday by the county’s board of commissioners. The three-year agreement includes no pay raise in 2016, but a 2 percent increase in 2017 and again in 2018. Shift assignments will be made at the discretion of Sheriff Brad Balk and wage parity will …

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Commission gives details of planned 2016 budget

St. Joseph County’s proposed 2016 fiscal year budget reflects a 2.3 percent decrease from its 2015 adjusted amended budget. In advance of the county’s new fiscal year starting Jan. 1, members of the county’s board of commissioners staged a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed $16.5 million general-fund budget. The proposed budget is less than the 2015 adjusted amended budget, …

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