WARSAW — Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine submitted the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department 2016 year end statistics report, along with the a copy of the previously submitted 2016 annual jail report, at the Feb. 21 Kosciusko County commissioners meeting.
The year end statistics report contains information regarding department activity, such as calls for service, crash reports, warrants, citations and jail bookings. The number of citations went up, with 1,854 citations issued in 2015 and 2002 citations issued in 2016. There were 3,497 jail bookings in 2016, down from the 3,522 jail bookings in 2015. There was an increase in the number of calls for service. In 2015 there were 29,994 calls for service. The 2016 statistic report shows a total of 31,363 calls.
Attorney Chad Miner brought up an issue with a parking lot by the Orthopedic Center in Winona Lake. All mediation work has been done. The lot is still in the county commissioners’ names and needs to be conveyed over to Grace College, as they are the ones who technically own this property. This was approved by board members.
Miner also submitted an agreement for services with KEDCo for board members to sign. Board members approved this agreement.
County Administrator Marsha McSherry submitted quotes for seven shower stalls in the jail. One quote was for stainless steel inserts and the other was for quartz. There is a price difference of $1,500, with the stainless steel stalls being the most expensive. Board members agreed to try both and determine after a period of time which is working out best. After some discussion, it was recommended that they divide this up and do four quartz and three stainless steel stalls. This decision was approved.
Scott Tilden approached board members with a recommendation regarding the third pickup truck that will be purchased for the county highway department. Bids were accepted for two of the three trucks. However, bids for the third truck contained errors. Tilden recommended, due to errors regarding previous quotes submitted and also due to the fact that the county is now going to install a tailgate lift on that truck, that they reject all quotes for this truck and start over with new specifications. Tilden requested that he be allowed to obtain new quotes to be submitted at the next meeting. This recommendation was met with approval from all board members.
Tilden also asked board members to sign a title sheet for plans for Kern Road and CR 1300N intersection relocation and construction that will be taking place this summer. He further requested that a bid opening date be set for 9 a.m. March 21 for this project.
Tilden stated that Wawasee Schools are building a new elementary school in that area so the county highway department would like to make a better site alignment and a wider intersection in that area since Kern Road will be picking up bus traffic and heavier car traffic with the addition of a new school. Tilden states this is a joint project with the school corporation, as the school is paying for the engineering and the right of way. Bob Conley praised the school corporation for having the safety of the children uppermost in mind.
In other news:
- Chad Miner presented a waiver of bond for the Syracuse-Wawasee trail. A motion was made and approved to accept this.
- Marsha McSherry submitted quotes for courthouse basement renovation and gave her recommendation as to which quote should be accepted. Board members approved her recommendation.
- McSherry submitted an agreement for survey work at the highway garage. McSherry stated this agreement is one of the steps to get the highway building construction underway. Board members approved this.
- McSherry also submitted a grant approval administration policy. The policy sets requirements for grants. This was approved.
- Scott Tilden requested that the board approve municipal lease financing for a paver. This was approved.
- The next regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 7.