upgrades for the Porter County Jail’s B pod are on the brink of completion.
The Porter County
Commissioners approved a change order 2-0 for $114,600 that will cover
needed plumbing equipment and painting, which was recommended by Mike Jabo
of DLZ Indiana.
The funding will be
drawn from the $1.4 million garnered in the refinancing of the jail building
bonds two years ago.
Construction of Chesterton was hired by the Commissioners in January to make
the upgrades. Work began during the first week of March and so far $234,000
in upgrades have been made.
The jail’s B pod is
on track to open some time in May, according to Sheriff David Lain. He said
what is now holding the Sheriff’s Department up is staffing the pod with
four new jail officer positions that need to be filled.
background checks are being done currently. Five new jailers have already
The B-pod, which
will add 109 inmate beds, has never been used since the Jail opened in 2002.
Jabo also discussed
the need for screening sewage at the jail so it will no longer be a burden
on the City of Valparaiso’s sewer and water utilities department.
Obstructions caused by items flushed down toilets by inmates have become a
problem and the County Commissioners spoke of implementing a type of lift
station on site at the jail.
voted 2-0 to give DLZ permission to proceed to seek bids for a lift station.
In another matter
concerning the sheriff’s department, the Commisioners gave their approval to
make available a voluntary deferred compensation plan with Morgan Stanley
The option will
replace none of the department’s current pension plans and is at no cost to
the County, said Lain.
“This is just
another option for our employees,” Lain said.
Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, and Nancy Adams, R-Center.
Absent from the meeting was Commissioner Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South.
In other business,
Evans and Adams followed up on a request from Elevate Ventures to help start
a “tech foundry” in Valparaiso which was tabled from their last meeting.
voted to pledge $50,000 of county economic development income tax money (CEDIT)
each of the next four years, totaling $200,000 overall.
from Elevate said tech foundry will be a program to give seed money to
entrepreneurs to help get their business models started and bring economic
development to the area.
Other counties and
municipalities around the state have also given money to help new businesses
in their areas.
approved renewal of the annual contract with Cender and Company for the
County Assessor website which is not to exceed $8,000.
Assessor Jon Snyder
said the contract allows taxpayers to appeal their property assessments
online when notices are sent in the fall.