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Commissioners Hear Project Wrap-UP; Cole Thanked For Years of Service as Sheriff

By Jessica Lancaster

Sentinel Editor

The Parke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, December 19. Present were Jim Meece-president, Dan Collom and Bruce Hartman.

In general business, the meeting minutes for December 5 and the executive session held, December 9 were approved as presented along with county payroll in the amount of $184,529. Commissioners acknowledged receipt of the county Payroll Claims Accounts Payable report totaling $182,407.

In new business, Matt Stechley of Core Facilities was present to give an update on the projects he has been spearheading. First, he shared all four projects have been completed and come in below $430,000. He stated there was only one legitimate “change order” at a cost of $3,000 due to an unforeseen duct detector that wasn’t found until installation of the fire annunciator at the county courthouse. Stechley walked commissioners through how his program was put to work to efficiently manage the installation of the fire annunciator along with flush valve, boiler and furnace replacements at the jail resulting in only a six percent adjustment on nearly half a million dollars’ worth of work. He then presented the commissioners with an agreement for FE Moran, the company who created and installed the fire annunciator, to provide support at a cost of $600 per year. However, after initial review by commissioner attorney, Nick Sauter, acceptance was postponed allowing concerns to be addressed.

Next, Meece addressed renewals of two contracts through CSI computer systems on behalf of the recorder’s office for software. Both contracts, one with a one-year timeframe and the other with a four-year timeframe were approved contingent upon costs remaining the same as prior years.

For the full article, see this week’s edition of the Parke County Sentinel.