WARSAW — An eventful meeting took place Tuesday, Oct. 6, as the Kosciusko County Commissioners saw the awarding of veteran of the month, handled another road reconstruction project and were presented with a service agreement for off-site storage of permanent court files.
Veteran Affairs Officer, Rich Maron, introduced the October veteran of the month, Walter Gerald Gilbert. Gilbert, who was born in 1927, has been a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County. He entered the Army at the age of 18, Aug. 22, 1945. While at basic training in Kansas, Gilbert was promoted to staff sergeant. He was stationed in Tokyo.
Gilbert returned to the U.S. from the service to his wife and they had two children. In 1950, Gilbert returned to service for another 14 months during the Korean War.
Of all the events that have transpired in Gilbert’s life, there were two that struck him the most. First, his son served in the Vietnam War and passed away from an illness as a result of his tour. Second, he received a letter from a general of the U.S. Army stating how much Gilbert’s extraordinary service was appreciated. The commissioners thanked Gilbert for his service in Japan and during the Korean War.
County Attorney, Chad Miner, opened two bids for the CR 900 West reconstruction project. The first, from Phend and Brown, was $302,135.90. The second, from Niblock Excavating and Asphalt, was $297,855.84. These bids were the only ones to come in and after County Highway Superintendent, Scott Tilden, briefly looked them over, he exhorted the council to accept the bid from Niblock.
He stated that it meets all of the specifications of the project and that Niblock is located in Bristol. Miner informed the commissioners a repayment resolution would be presented at the Redevelopment Commission meeting Thursday, Oct. 8, and an additional appropriation ordinance will be presented at the County Council meeting, also Thursday, Oct. 8. Miner said these should provide the funding for the project. The council approved the bid from Niblock Excavating, contingent on the approval of the repayment resolution and the additional appropriation ordinance, which will both fund the project.
County Clerk, Ann Torpy, presented a service agreement from Imaging Office Systems for off-site storage. Torpy explained she is running out of space to store the files on-site and would like to be able to move them. Imaging Office Systems is the same company that the auditor and sheriff use for scanning and storing documents. The agreement passed with a motion from Brad Jackson and a second from Bob Conley.
No further business came before the commissioners and the meeting was adjourned.