The Marshall County Council considered an additional appropriation request in the amount of $50,000 to take care of LED lighting upgrade and other repairs at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Gary Masterson from the county maintenance department, all of the lighting has been updated outside of the jail in the parking lot, and more lights are being switched out inside the facility as soon as one goes bad. Additional money is requested in case more issues arise at the jail.
Marshall County Attorney Jim Clevenger presented the commissioners this week with a ticket format for fines and fine amounts for ordinance violations.
Sheriff Matt Hassel and Clerk Deb Vandemark asked that the commissioners set more definitive fines for ordinance offenses such as curfew violation, junk vehicles, open burning, and animals running at large.
The Marshall County Commissioners discussed generator needs at the highway department.
Maintenance Director Doug Masterson along with Gary Masterson approached the commissioners with a quote from M & J Services and Michiana Contracting, Inc. to provide a generator for the highway department. The highway department does not have a generator to help with department needs when there is a loss of power. The commissioners discussed the need previously and Doug Masterson presented the quotes for approval Monday morning. Continue reading
The Marshall County Commissioners will soon approve a set fee for all violations in the violations bureau.
County Attorney Jim Clevenger said the problem is a number of the ordinances including abandoned vehicles, animals running at large and curfew, to name a few, don’t have specific monetary amounts given for frequent violations of the same ordinances. The officers don’t have a way of knowing if it’s a first, second or third violation.
Marshall County Sheriff Hassel told the Marshall County Commissioners this week that K9 handler, Brandon Cooper, has accepted a position on the Plymouth Fire Department and will no longer be a K9 officer. Sheriff Hassel said a decision had to made about the future of the K9 at the sheriff’s department.
“In doing some research on K9 Arras, it will be nine this year leaving a limited time left on its service lift,” said Sheriff Hassel. “The K9 was purchased through funds from the Culver Lake Maxinkuckee Lake Association and I asked them what they would like to see. I gave them options – let the officer purchase the dog, let the dog go with the officer or go ahead and train somebody to work with the dog over the next two years. Their recommendation was to go ahead and let the dog go with the officer.”
A new officer at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will be attending the Law Enforcement Academy but his attendance had to be approved by the Marshall County Commissioners.
Sheriff Matt Hassel asked the commissioners to waive the age requirement to attend the academy as listed in the job description in the county employee handbook. Colin Smith is only 20 years old and the handbook requires a candidate to be at least 21 years of age. Smith will be turning 21 later this month. The academy takes trainees at the age of 18.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will be strictly enforcing Indiana’s seat belt laws in a Click it or Ticket campaign beginning Friday, May 12.
Sheriff Matt Hassel said that officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seat belt in a moving car. Drivers who have not properly restrained children in a car seat will also be ticketed.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will be getting their last new squad vehicle.
Sheriff Matt Hassel presented the commissioners Monday morning with a pre-pay request to get the last vehicle. Hassel didn’t have numbers at the time of the presentation, but the commissioners approved the request as long as Auditor Julie Fox had the price for the record.