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April 29, 2013

ELKHART COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Another agreement for animal control approved

GOSHEN — Elkhart County Commissioners Monday accepted a $115,000 interlocal agreement for animal control services from the city of Elkhart.

According to Elkhart County Administrator Tom Byers, the Elkhart agreement is the last of five interlocal agreements to be accepted by the county connected to animal control. Also submitting agreements over the past few months were the city of Goshen and the towns of Middlebury, Bristol and Wakarusa.

Those five interlocal agreements make up a larger, $194,044 county-wide agreement first approved several years ago establishing Elkhart County government as the intermediary between the Elkhart County Humane Society and the various communities included in the agreement.

Through the agreement, the city of Elkhart is required to pay the county $115,000 in animal control costs, while Goshen pays $64,644, Middlebury pays $5,400, Bristol pays $4,000 and Wakarusa pays $5,000.

Once all payments have been collected the county will combine the payments into one lump sum that is then paid to the Elkhart County Humane Society as a way to simplify the payment process.

Other Business

• Tara Boocher-Whaley, executive director of Elkhart County Community Corrections, informed the board that her department has successfully secured its yearly $2.2 million grant from the Indiana Department of Corrections. Community Corrections handles such corrections-related programs as home detention, community transition, work release, juvenile alternatives to incarceration and victim/offender reconciliation.

• The board approved a three-year, $32,400 agreement with MAXIMUS Consulting Services Inc. for professional consulting services. According to Byers, the county has used MAXIMUS for a number of years to develop a cost allocation plan which allows the county to make sure it is getting reimbursed for the proper administrative costs. The total of $32,400 will be paid in three yearly installments of $10,800.

• The board approved an out-of-state travel request by Elkhart County Highway Department Manager Jeff Taylor to send one of his engineers to Pittsburgh in June for the annual International Bridge Conference.

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