Charles Garner is a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II. He entered the military in 1942, went to Fort Harrison in 1943, and left the United States for England in 1944.
In June of 1944, he was sent to Omaha Beach. He also went to Belgium, Japan and Czechoslovakia before being discharged and coming home to Indiana after the war.
“We appreciate your sacrifice,” said commissioner Bob Conley in presenting the award to Garner.
Garner said he drove a Jeep for his platoon and added, “I dug five foxholes in one day in December 1944.”
Garner’s wife, Priscilla, was also in attendance.
In other news, $11,132.42 will be reimbursed to the county from the Indiana Department of Transportation for work conducted on the Claypool overpass. An unofficial detour was routed around Claypool during construction on the bridge, which has since been completed.
In other county matters, the town of Palestine wants to purchase a small piece of property that is now owned by the county. The assessed value is low enough to do so, said county attorney Mike Miner.
In highway matters, two speed limit ordinances were signed. The first one is for North Winds subdivision in Warsaw, which now has a 25 mph speed limit. The second ordinance is on CR 700 South and repeals and lowers the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph, from SR 15 to Claypool’s town limits.
Traffic counts will be conducted on Ferguson Road for one week. The traffic study will determine semi truck traffic on that road and help determine how much and how fast semi traffic is moving.
Commissioners approved a contract for engineering services for mapping of the old 911 dispatch system. The cost is $2,012.50, which is half of what it normally would cost. The county credits successful negotiations in being able to lower the cost. The county is upgrading its 911 system but is required to keep the old system.
In other news, the commissioners:
- renewed the 2013 lease agreement for the building that houses the Animal Welfare League for $1.
- signed the 2013 not-for-profits agreements for services.
Commissioners are president Bob Conley, Brad Jackson and Ron Truex. The next meeting is 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the county courthouse in Warsaw.