An Army sergeant was named Veteran of the Month at the Kosciusko County Commissioners meeting Tuesday.
James Marshall was named February’s Veteran of the Month. An Army veteran, he served from 1994 to 2007. He enlisted in the Army in November 1993 and graduated from Warsaw Community High School in 1994. After being promoted to sergeant in 2003 he was sent to Iraq in January 2004, where he took part in sniper missions. He also had a one-month deployment in Mississippi and Louisiana after a storm.
After 13 years, Marshall left the Army in 2007. He is now a deputy with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and is married to Julie.
“I had a list of people and he moved to the top,” said commissioner Bob Conley, who nominated Marshall. Marshall said he appreciated what the county has done to honor veterans.
The emergency management department received a grant for $50,000 for an administrative assistant for District II, which includes Kosciusko County. EMA Director Ed Rock said, “It’s a continuation of a grant we already have in place.”
Commissioners asked Rock if there are any warming shelters in place in the county. He said there was at one time, but not at the moment other than a temporary homeless shelter that is not open 24 hours a day.
Permission to obtain bids for lawn and garden tractors was approved. The two tractors will replace ones bought in 1998 and 2001. Quotes will be obtained from More Farm Store Inc. and Gilsinger’s, a John Deere dealer in Leesburg. The tractors will be used to remove snow from sidewalks.
A road maintenance agreement between Kosciusko County Highway Department and the city of Warsaw was approved for snow and ice control. The agreement is for three years and includes roads near county and city boundaries.
County Highway Superintendant Scott Tilden said it’s been a challenge to keep up with the plowing, but commissioners applauded him and his department for doing a good job. Tilden himself has even plowed a few times, when needed.
In other news, Mark Dobson and Max Courtney were appointed to the county economic development board.
Commissioners are president Brad Jackson, Conley and Ron Truex. The next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 25, at the county courthouse in Warsaw.