WARSAW — The Kosciusko County Commissioners met Tuesday, May 31, to discuss budgets, resolutions and appeals.
Leann Ritenour came before the commissioners to ask for an appeal after being denied by the Wayne Township Trustee Sheila Burner for utility assistance. Ritenour owes NIPSCO approximately $624. The maximum amount the trustee would be allowed to give is $150.
Burner said she denied Ritenour financial help because Ritenour’s husband has pending fraud charges against him. To which, County Attorney Chad Miner said was not a legitimate reason for denial. Burner then said she believed Ritenour gave false answers on her application. Miner said that would be a valid reason to deny assistance.
Ritenour told the commissioners that she needed financial assistance to keep her utilities on because her 4-year-old child has asthma and needs treatments. The commissioners told Ritenour to give proof that her answers were truthful to Burner for further evaluation.
KABS General Manager Robert Cunningham, was approved for the 50 percent match for the Capital Grant Budget for 2017 of $704,216. Cunningham was also approved for $79,397 for a new transit bus and for a small medical transport vehicle.
In other news:
- Kosciusko County Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed swore in the new Community Corrections Director Kurt Jones.
- OrthoWorx collaboration with Kosciusko County and AcceLinx was approved.
- Mayor Joe Thallemer set before the commissioners a Stellar Communities Resolution of Support, which the council approved. The Stellar Community designees will be announced Aug. 18, at the State Fair