Marshall County Commissioners Looking for Committee Members

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

The Marshall County Commissioners are looking for more members to sit on the Shady Rest Home Committee. The commissioners decided to form a committee to determine what uses could fill the Shady Rest Home facility once it is handed back to the county on Aug. 1. The Bowen Center made the decision to cease operations there after some of the new regulations didn’t fit the facility’s needs.

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Fair Board Seeks Grant to Construct Community Building

A public hearing was held during the Marshall County Commissioners meeting on Monday to hear comments on the proposed construction of a community building to be constructed on the 4-H Fairgrounds in Argos.

Shannon McLeod, a grant writer from Priority Project Resources, is assisting the Marshall County Fair Board  in obtaining a federal grant to build the structure.  The building would be used as a meeting place, wedding reception hall or any other type of use by the community.  Continue reading

Apple Road Closed for Bridge Work

Apple Road in Marshall County is closed so crews can demolish the Apple Road bridge.

LaPorte Construction is doing the bridge work. The commissioners approved a bid from the company in March in the amount of $274,774.68 to replace the bridge.

Bridge #174, or Apple Road bridge, is on Apple Road over the Yellow Creek, north of State Road 25 before the railroad tracks. Workers have a 75-day window in which to complete the project.

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Public Hearing Set for Reestablishment of Cumulative Capital Development Fund Rate

The Department of Local Government Finance has scheduled a public hearing to gather written and verbal testimony from Marshall County residents who signed a petition opposing the proposed reestablishment of the Cumulative Capital Development fund at its maximum rate of $.0333 per $100 of assessed valuation.

Following the hearing, the DLGF will certify approval, disapproval, or modifications of the county’s proposal and submit that to the county.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Evaluate Speed Limit Change Request

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

The Marshall County Commissioners will consider lowering the speed limit on Del-Lo-Me Lane as a resident raised concerns about the current speed.

Jessica Sills said there are 10 houses on the road and feels that 30 mph speed limit is a bit much. She said there are children who are under the age of 15 at half of the houses on the block. The road isn’t long enough to get up to that speed but since it is posted she thinks that people will attempt to go that fast anyway. She believes a 15 mph speed limit would be sufficient.

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Marshall County Council on Aging to Apply for Two Vehicles

The Marshall County Council on Aging is looking to apply for a grant to purchase two new vehicles to update the fleet.

Executive Director Jackie Wright presented information to the Marshall County Commissioners this week asking to apply for $172,363 for two low-floor mini vans and equipment with a local match of $14,800. She noted that the grant match money will consist of donations, Older Americans Act dollars, United Way funds, local government entity budgeted dollars and Marshall County Community Foundation funds. Continue reading

Marshall County EMA Director Presents Recovery Plan

Plans to respond to a disaster are in place, but what assistance is available after the scene is cleared? Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery presented a recovery plan to the commissioners during their meeting on Monday. This will be added to the emergency plan already in place.

Avery said some residents won’t meet the required threshold for monetary assistance after an event occurs in the county. He said this plan can fix that issue.

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Marshall County Commissioners Look for Shady Rest Committee Members

The Marshall County Commissioners will be putting together a committee to decide how to proceed in finding a way to occupy the Shady Rest Home in Plymouth.

Kurt Carlson from the Bowen Center announced in May that Shady Rest would be closing its doors as some of the new regulations do not fit the needs of the residents at their particular facility. He noted that efforts were being made at that time to transfer patients to family members, other nursing homes, other facilities that focus on mental health needs, or back to the community.

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Public Hearing to be Set Concerning Reestablishment of Cumulative Capital Development Fund

The Department of Local Government Finance will set up a public hearing soon concerning a remonstrance toward the reestablishment of the Cumulative Capital Development Fund at its maximum rate in Marshall County.

The Marshall County Commissioners approved the rate at $.0333 per $100 of assessed valuation in April. The notice was published and residents had 30 days to file an appeal. The petition had to have at least 50 signatures to be filed with the state. Auditor Julie Fox said 83 signatures on the document where verified through tax records. The paperwork was filed by the deadline and all was submitted to the Department of Local Government Finance. Fox told the commissioners on Monday that the DLGF will be the entity responsible for scheduling the public hearing in Marshall County.

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Marshall County Highway Department Saving Money with Millings

The staff at the Marshall County Highway Department is doing their best to make dollars stretch when it comes to road work.

Highway Supervisor Jason Peters, Highway Administrator Laurie Baker and the entire department worked hard to get the proper paperwork submitted for testing at the facility in order to be able to house millings from other road projects. Peters said the millings from the State Road 17 resurfacing project, U.S. 31 work and the Plymouth Community School Corporation parking lot paving project will be recycled and used for road paving within the county.

He said the millings the county has received look to be in good shape. Continue reading

Marshall County Health Department to Update Fees

The Marshall County Health Department will be holding a public hearing in July in order to amend some fees within the department.

Health Department Administrator Christine Stinson told the Marshall County Commissioners this week that the cost of birth and death certificates will double to $10 and paternity affidavits will increase to $35.00. New well permits will be $150 and well replacement or repair will be $100. That covers the cost of testing which detects bacteria, nitrates and arsenic.

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Marshall County Highway Department Working on Paving Schedule

Work should be done to reclaim roads by the end of this week. Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters told the commissioners that he anticipates work on 7th Road should be complete this week after repairs are made to some equipment.

The highway workers plan to pave Lilac Road as it’s next on the list. Peters hopes to use the new paving machine on Beech Road when it arrives later this month.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Meet Today

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

The Marshall County Commissioners have several action and discussion items on the agenda for their meeting this morning.

Highway Administrator Laurie Baker and Highway Supervisor Jason Peters will have an update for the board. Jackie Wright from the Marshall County Council on Aging will present the Federal Transit Act Resolution while Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery will review an emergency disaster recovery document.

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Committee to Look into Courthouse Repairs

Marshall County Commissioner Kurt Garner is looking to form a committee to look into courthouse repairs.

He mentioned to the commissioners this week that work on the courthouse tower and other projects have been on the long range plan for the county. Garner was approached by a representative of Honeywell who would be willing to come in and do calculations on mechanical systems and energy cost savings. Judge Palmer also expressed interest in being on the committee.

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Engineer Addresses Drainage Issue at Jellystone Park

Bob Aloi from Territorial Engineering brought forward information to the Marshall County Commissioners about a drainage issue at Jellystone Park.

Aloi said that the park has suffered flooding issues due to poor drainage for several years, mainly by Avalanche Avenue. According to Aloi, at the entrance of the park, on the Plymouth-LaPorte Trail, there is an issue with an overflow of ditches as well as on Redwood Road. Aloi isn’t exactly sure where the water inflow is occurring but he’s wondering what the county can do to help in the process.

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Tyler Road Culvert Work to Create Detour

A culvert replacement will cause detoured traffic between St. Joseph County and Marshall County beginning on Monday.

Marshall County Highway Administrator Laurie Baker told the commissioners this week that St. Joseph County highway workers would like to use three roads in Marshall County as a detour while the culvert issues are addressed. Lilac Road, King Road, and First Road will be utilized as a route around the construction.

Commissioner Kurt Garner noted that the area doesn’t carry much traffic so the proposed detour should not be an issue.

The commissioners unanimously approved the request. The culvert work is expected to be complete on Friday, May 26.