Bid deadline for bridge work extended

By Amanda Bridgman

Bids for Bridge 701 carrying Walnut Street over Grant Creek in LaFontaine will now be accepted until Monday, Nov. 26, instead of Nov. 19, due to advertising issues.

Wabash County Highway Superintendent asked for that deadline change at the county commissioners board meeting Monday, Nov. 5, and it was approved. Martin also got approval to hire two new drivers to replace one who retired and another who left for another job.

Sheriff Bob Land reported he has 99 inmates in the Wabash County jail, is holding 41 in Miami County, 10 in Elkhart County and one in Department of Corrections. Last week's average was 103, with 28 new bookings, 18 transports, a peak population of 108, and seven inmates were transferred to DOC last Friday, the sheriff said. He's got 32 Level 6 felons and three Class B felons in custody, for an average of 151 between all three facilities.

Land also told commissioners that last Friday he ordered two pickup trucks and one Dodge Charger, purchased through the lease agreement the commissioners approved, for a total of $84,763.

Commissioner Barry Eppley reported a $3,500 bill will be paid to Quality Electric for plumbing work needed at the county's newly-purchased coroner building to replace plumbing, add a new drain line and other work needed for the next exam table being installed and the new sinks.

The next Wabash County Board of Commissioners meeting is 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in the Wabash County Courthouse.

Posted on 2018 Nov 06