Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 11, 2012

County Commissioners OK fiberoptic plan

By AMANDA GRAY
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — Elkhart County Commissioners on Monday approved an agreement with Goshen officials to reconnect a fiberoptic cable connection between the Goshen Police Department and the 911 dispatch center.

The cable connection was severed when the county jail was moved to C.R. 26. Ever since, county and city officials have used an Internet connection, which is less efficient and has other problems.

County attorney Gordon Lord brought the agreement to the commissioners, saying the legal wording was still being changed before approval.

“They (Goshen’s legal department) wanted a few items changed before they approved it,” Lord said.

As per the agreement, Goshen officials will be responsible for the connection between the Elkhart County Administration Building and the police department. The connection at the administration building will give access to the appropriate connections.

Goshen officials haven’t approved the agreement, but will vote on it through the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety and the Goshen City Council once the agreement is given to the city, according to Shannon Marks of the Goshen legal department.

Simonton Lake construction

The commissioners also approved a contract for work on Simonton Lake. Construction will build a weir, or a barrier, to help control water levels in the lake, according to the contract.

County deputy surveyor Steve Schweisberger said the project stemmed from problems with the water level of the lake, whether it be too high or too low. Lake residents started the process in the mid-1990s to get something to regulate the water level, according to Schweisberger.

The project is set to be paid 50 percent by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, 25 percent by the residents and 25 percent by county government, according to Schweisberger.

This may change, according to Lord. The possibility of using other county funds for the project will be looked into at the county’s Drainage Board meeting today.

Other business:

• Commissioners approved a conflict of interest report given by County Council member Dave Hess. The report disclosed members of his family that are involved in county business, and it is required by a state statute that went into affect this year.