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December 11, 2013

NAPPANEE BOARD OF WORKS: Hardship requests heard

The Nappanee Board of Works approved several annual agreements and reviewed resident hardship requests at Monday afternoon’s meeting.

The board approved renewing the agreement with Brian Hoffer, partner with Kindig & Sloat for legal services for 2014. Hoffer has been the city’s attorney since 1984. The city pays the law firm $4,800 for the attorney attending four meetings each month. In addition, the agreement compensates the law firm on an hourly rate for additional work done.

The annual agreement to support the Boys and Girls Club was approved in the amount of $95,000, as in the past. Also renewed was the 2014 annual agreement to support Family Christian Development Center with the sum of $10,000 to be used to repair and rehabilitate existing low and moderate income housing and for the construction of new housing.

The board also approved renewing the contract with Kosciusko County Animal Welfare League for animal control and animal shelter services at a cost of $587.08 per month.

The board approved renewing the independent contract agreement with Kitson Development Corporation AKA Jeff Kitson as executive director of the Redevelopment Commission and the Chamber of Commerce. The cost of the contract is $84,190 and includes the cost of workmen’s compensation, insurance and labor costs for the commission and chamber employees.

Hardship Requests

Resident James Allen, 260 S. Summit, came to the board seeking additional relief from excess wastewater charges as a result of a water leak between his house and the water meter. Allen explained to the board that the issue began in April and he called the water utility requesting a sewer adjustment because of the leak. He was told nothing could be done until the leak was fixed. Allen said he left a voicemail message with Water/Wastewater Superintendent Gale Gerber trying to determine whose responsibility the leak was and never received a return call. Allen said he then contacted a plumber who “Didn’t do much” but acknowledge that there was a leak.

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